In this roundup, we looked at a variety of great choices for different needs. We particularly focused on looper apps that were intuitive and fun to use.
Overall, here are our top looper apps for iOS:
Gauss Field Looper (Our Pick)
Looperator (Best Value)
Quantiloop (Best Solo Looper)
AudioKit L7 – AUv3 Live Looper
n-Track Studio 9
1. Gauss Field Looper
In collaboration with Berlin-based electronic musician, Hainback, Gauss brings the old-school tape-looping art form to mobile devices.
This creative field looper works both standalone and as an audio effect unit plugin and puts the possibilities of using loaded tapes in your hands, without the need for scissors.
Like real tape loops, Gauss takes you off the grid of your DAW; you can adjust tape speed and direction, even during recording. Your loops will flow organically as the tape follows its own cyclical timeline.
You can also use overdub or even multiple instances of the Audio Unit plugin to create multi-layered, ever-changing sonic palettes.
Ruismaker wanted this app to be a celebration of digital technology, so when audio quality is degraded, it will do so in a pleasingly crunchy way.
For example, recording on low tape speeds will give you longer recording time but at the costs (or pleasure) of distinctively lower quality. So Gauss mimics the behavior (not the sounds) of magnetic tape.
Set the length of the tape, record and overdub your audio, and play around with your tape speeds. Gauss captures the essence of two ends of two tapes stuck together in all its unsynchronized, free-running glory. There’s even a unique 4-step polyrhythmic sequencer for automating tape-speed changes.
Build a looping effect sequence, with discreet settings for each of Looperator’s stunning engines, then bring everything to life using the comprehensive modulation system on a per-step basis.
Each sequencer track offers 20 ready-made steps. Much of the time, you won’t need to go any further than that, but when you do, the four user-defined steps also available to each track give you full and precise control of five processor parameters per effect.
Looperator makes you sound as if you worked on your track for hours and hours even though it really was a click of a button.
The app is integrated and enhanced with the Looperverse pedal, which features 6 quality switches pre-mapped to undo, clear, tap tempo, record, and playback. Each setting is also delightfully customizable!
Inspired by the Roland Boss RC-505 Loop Station, L7 packs dozens of features previously only found in professional hardware loopers into a sleek, easy-to-use package with virtually unlimited creative potential.
Selecting a loop length longer than you have allowed in settings is not allowed, meaning you need to start again.
The RC-505 is set up so you don’t have to fit your meter into a predefined length. Is there a way to have manual length meters as opposed to predisposed lengths to exploit grooves, and their synchrony? This would certainly improve AudioKit L7.
However, this developer really listens to their audience and fixes bugs. I’m excited to witness the rest of the Audiokit 10.
You can save your song online with the opportunity to collaborate with other users
Varying subscription levels come with different features
Whilst n-Track Studio 9 lets you record a virtually unlimited number of Audio, MIDI & Drum Tracks, mix them during playback and add effects, the awful subscription feature and crashing issues let the app down.
7. One Loop
One Loop is a 10 track loop station designed for singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. Whether you want a personalized backing track or need to record an idea for your next big hit, One Loop brings recording straight to your phone.
Sometimes clicks at the beginning and end of the recording
A looper for budding vocalists who want to try their hands at looping, One Loop offers a simple and intuitive app that creates a space for newcomers who may find more advanced apps such as Garageband to have too much of a learning curve.