The Best Loop Pedal Apps
When I’m recording, I like to use apps that are affordable and easy to use. Loop pedal apps allow me to enhance my sound, but as they become more popular, it can be hard to determine which apps are the most friendly users. That’s what I’m here to help you with.
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The Best Loop Pedal Apps
Here are 12 popular looping apps. I’m going to focus on my favourite six to narrow down your search.
Loop Pedal Apps
Midi Loop Station
Learn That Song
Voice Jam Studio
The best music looper apps will vary depending on which type of device you’re using. Let’s take a look at my favourite apps for iOS products.
Example #1: Everyday Looper
This app is great looper app for iphone that will allow writers and composers to record song ideas as quickly and easily as possible. Some other apps have many different settings and recording techniques, which can be great if you want to record something complex.
However, if you want simplicity, this is a great app to consider because it focuses the one function: looping. Once you’ve recorded your loop, you can play with the volume of each recording to produce the sound you’re looking for.
To use this app, all you need to do is tap the track when you want to start recording and tap the app again when you want to stop the recording.
You can then experiment with different harmonies, melodic lines, and bass lines. In my opinion, the transition between loops sounds pretty seamless, but if you’d like to have a listen yourself, check out this video
Example #2: Loopy HD
The Loopy HD app steps things up from the Everyday Looper in terms of complexity. In addition to being able to record loops, this app has additional features such as reverse and decay settings.
This will allow you to easily adjust various loops in your recording in order to create the sound you’re looking for.
I really like this virtual loop station because it is still very easy to use even though there are many different settings and features included.
Musicians are able to choose whether they’d like to use six, nine, or twelve loops. This means you can create really complex sounds. If you’d like to go even further than twelve loops, you can then place one of your existing loops on another existing loop, combining them together and creating more room for yourself.
The possibilities here are endless. You can also adjust the tempo of your loops manually (by tapping) or through a pre-set tempo that you can select.
Take a look at this video to see Loopy HD in action
Example #3: StompBox
StompBox is a great app to explore because they allow users to test a trial version for free before committing financially. Based on my own experience, I find that companies with the confidence to let users try their product before paying for it are typically the companies that put great quality apps on the market.
This app has a 4 Track Loop Recorder, meaning you might not hear the complex harmonies you’ll get if you go with the Loopy HD. It’s important to remember that this app isn’t just a looping app, as it has a lot of other features like The Pre-Amp, the Metronome, and the Media Player.
StompBox’s Media Player is a great feature for musicians who want to practice a solo over pre-recorded audio. All of these extra features are why I’d recommend StompBox if you’re looking to try out loop pedal apps that have other additional features as well.
If you’re used to having numerous amps, be prepared for an adjustment if you choose to go with StompBox. This app has one amp, so musician’s more familiar with more than one amp may find it feels limiting. Take a look at this article to see a list of other features included with the StompBox
Example #4: Looper
Looper is probably the most popular of all looping apps made for androids. This app will allow you to record six tracks that range from 1 to 16 beats in length. If you prefer your loops to be pretty long, you might want to explore other apps that will allow you to record past 16 beats.
However, based on my own experience, I haven’t usually needed more length than what this app offers, so this wouldn’t be a problem for me.Like the Loopy HD app, Looper allows you to merge tracks together which will give you more room or may just simplify things when you’re trying to organize your tracks.
While this app has received a lot of positive feedback from users, other musicians have been disappointed by the app’s ability to keep a steady beat. For this reason, I’d recommend this app to musicians who are looking to record their preliminary ideas for a song quickly and easily.
This is a brainstorming app, not an app that will work well to record your finished products that you plan on sharing with an audience.Here’s a video of Looper being put to use
Example #5: LoopStack
LoopStack is one of the easiest virtual loop station apps to use. Loopstack android will allow you to record four independent tracks and choose your beats per minute (BPM), number of measures, and your time signature.
Having to choose the number of measures you’ll be playing may or may not be ideal for you if you’re looking for an app that allows you to practice improvisation. Some improvisers prefer practicing with a preset time limit, while others like to experiment with no time constraints.
There is both a free version and a paid version, but don’t expect to be able to save and export recordings in the free demo version.While this app is an affordable option, some users have found it bothersome that the metronome volume can not be lowered.
The clicking of the metronome was an interference for some musicians, so I’d recommend downloading the demo version to make sure you don’t find the metronome too overwhelming when you’re recording. Here are some other users’ opinions on the app if you’d like to do some more reading.
Take a listen to this cover created with LoopStack.
Example #6: LoopStation Premium
LoopStation Premium has received many positive reviews from users everywhere. This app will allow you to record separate loops, and then adjust the volume and add reverbs where you see fit. Once you’re happy with your separate loops and how they sound together, you can then record a single track that contains all of the loops.
This feature will be useful for you if you prefer simplicity when you’re recording, rather than having numerous tracks with different harmonies, melodies, and bass lines.
This app will also let you change the timing of each individual loop, meaning you can record something at half the speed you want it to be played at, and then increase the speed to get your desired sound.
Here’s a link to some users’ feedback on LoopStation Premium.
If you’d like to hear a short demo using LoopStation, follow this link.
This list would have been so helpful for me when I was first experimenting with different loop pedal apps, so I hope it saves you from hours of searching. Let me know if you enjoyed this list, and if you have any additional feedback on the best music looper apps out there.