its easy to find lots of music apps in the iOS app store, but they do not interconnect!
so if you choose your phone or tablet to be a looper, here are the options we found:
probably the furthest developed: great graphics, multiple loops with different lenght, MIDI in for pedal control…
- EveryDay Looper
one of the first to come out. 6 tracks of the same lenght. just remember that when you are lost, use a swipe from track 1 to 3 to get back to the menu 🙂
- RiffBox (free)
a special app since it detects the loop lenght automatically like its hardware brother. less easy to handle, also because its not adapted to iPad size.
- VoiceJam (free)
sophisticated but not quite intuitive interface. interesting for the effects which do not come free
basic 4 track looper with MIDI sync out and MIDI pedal in. iPhone size interface (can be x2 in iPad)
- (the app called Loop creates sound very differently, have a try!)
a major limitation of all those apps are that there is no way to digitally integrate them with other software tools. so they either serve as:
- just loopers to have fun with, anywhere
- connect the output with a mini audio connector to some other analog tool
- connect effect units before the looper using an adapter
so far the apps that allow to mix several effect modules like AmpliTube or Tabletop do not include a looper
Windows 8 promises to be touch oriented. TabletPCs have been around for a while and now come portable AIO. I think those machines will be far more useful for the musicians than the tablets due to processor power, connectivity and plugin structure.