look-ahead audio looper on iOS !!
I have heard people mention the idea of using Ableton Live to loop and save phrases without having to plan it ahead. I don’t know what it is called in Live, but from what I can tell there is no equivalent easy app on iOS that does this. Or is there?
The idea is an app that is constantly recording so you can just play freely and when you know you have played something great, just press a button after you finish playing the musical phrase and the app will playback what you’ve just played.
So first, some questions:
- What is this feature actually called in Ableton? “Look-ahead looper” is the only phrase I’ve heard. Is it a separate plugin?
- is there any other desktop app or hardware that does this?
- is anyone aware of this type of app on iOS?
And second, I have actually found a way to build this now for iPad, with no new apps needed.
It works in an Audiobus session with Loopy as the output app, and I’m using MIDI designer Pro as the controller sending multiple MIDI actions to Loopy HD thru a “playback/record” toggle button.
It is a work in progress, only tested briefly but it’s perfect, syncs to Link, handles tempo changes, records 1, 2, 4, 8 bars (maybe more, I just haven’t tested further)
So I don’t have anything to share yet, but if people are interested let me know. I will build it properly and get it working.