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SooperLooper - A live looping sampler
capable of immediate loop recording, overdubbing, multiplying, reversing and
more. It allows for multiple simultaneous multi-channel loops limited only
by your computer's available memory. The feature-set and operation was
inspired by the impressive Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro (EDP). Not VST,
but a stand-alone program. Currently supported on Linux and Mac OS X,
and any other platforms that support JACK. Not supported on XP, but is
supposed to be in the future. . http://essej.net/sooperlooper/
2. Mobius - A program for the real-time creation and manipulation
of audio loops. It has functionality based on the venerable Echoplex Digital
Pro with Loop IV software. Runs as stand-alone and as VST.
Supported on Windows XP, 2000, and NT. http://www.zonemobius.com/
XL - A VST plugin which emulates the
famous Robert Fripp's effect called "Frippertronics": Two Revox B-77 making
a continuous loop. Supported on PCs (MAC uncertain). http://www.uv.es/%7Eruizcan/p_vst.htm
4. ELOTTRONIX - A VST plugin which emulates the famous Robert Fripp's
effect called "Frippertronics": Two Revox B-77 making a continuous loop (2-8
seconds delay). Supported on PCs (MAC uncertain).
5. Lexicon PSP
42 - A high-quality digital stereo
delay and phrase sampler plug-in (VST, DirectX RTAS for PC; VST and RTAS for
Mac OS classic and AudioUnit, VST and RTAS for Mac OSX) based on the
legendary Lexicon PCM 42 processor and famous for its distinctive sound and
unique concept . Supported on PC, Mac OS classic, and Mac OSX.
Loop - An emulation of a tape-based delay
effect, with some extra features to facilitate its use as a looping device.
Runs as a stand-alone, not VST.
7. Loopy Llama
v0.802 - It's a looper... made to emulate
the Jam Man or DL-4 (VST plugin). Supported on Windows and MAC OSX.
http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/LoopyLlama/ or http://www.rekliner.com/?PageID=14
8. Ambiloop - A Windows software application that uses your sound card
to create smoothly overlapping loops of sound in real-time. Ambiloop
basically functions like a multi-track endless audio tape loop or digital
delay box with feedback. Simply set the desired loop time for a track (or
use manual mode to set loop times on-the-fly) and press the record
Supported on Windows.
AngstroLooper - A ridiculously long
delay; it partly emulates an old style tape loop system, but rather
than trying to model something that it isn't, AngstroLooper is designed to
be easy to use tool on a laptop while playing live. Functions as a VST
plugin. Supported on Windows. http://plugins.timeshard.com/angstrolooper/
10. Musolomo - An "interactive sampler" released as an OSX AU
(Windows VST supposedly forthcoming). It also has an Autoloop mode,
which will allow you to record and overdub sound-on-sound much like a
hardware Looper. Supported on Windows and MAC OS X. http://www.plasq.com
Coldcutter - A VST 2.0 plugin. The
Coldcutter is designed to chop a loop into a number of slices or 'cuts' and
rearranges them randomly in real-time according to a number of parameters.
The current version of the Coldcutter was primarily designed for use with
Ableton Live 1.5 but works with Cubase. It has undergone preliminary testing
on Cubase VST 5.0 R4 and Cubase SX 1.01 on Windows 2000. Any information
about compatibility problems with other hosts or versions of Windows
gratefully received. Supported on Windows. http://www.brightonart.org/coldcutter.shtml
12. Loopitch (name subject to change: suggestions accepted) - A
long-period high-feedback looping machine, akin to continuous tape loops in
"the old days" or digital Jam Man or Echoplex of today. Now all the Fripp
and Torn wannabes out there can have fun with a MIDI controllable looper
within a sequencing host! Loopitch currently works as a DXi2 instrument
under SONAR 2 (my only test platform!), and will likely play well with other
DXi hosts. The VSTi version works identically via the FXpansion adapter, but
is otherwise mostly untested in VST hosts. Supported on Windows.
- FreeWheeling is a new way to be In The Muse-ical
Moment. It is a live looping instrument that returns us to the joy of making
music spontaneously. FreeWheeling allows us to build repetitive grooves by
sampling and directing loops from within spirited improvisation.
FreeWheeling works because it is built from the perspective of an
improviser. It takes us out of mice and menus, and into our own process of
making sound. FreeWheeling is open source software, released under the GNU
GPL license. I hope that this will help FreeWheeling grow into a robust
platform for live looping. For Linux only. Uses the JACK, ALSA, SDL,
OGG, or FluidSynth libraries. http://freewheeling.sourceforge.net/#what
Machine - Born from the ideas of two
music professionals who were unsatisfied with the current loop software,
Devine Machine VSTi allows you to spontaneously and effortlessly explore the
possibilities from loops you already own. Hundreds of presets allow you to
create variation on any loop with a single click. Drum mode allows you to
have loops match precisely with independent control over groove, tempo, and
score. Supported on Windows / Pentium systems. http://www.devine-machine.com/home.html
List compiled by Krispen
Hartung with input from Looper's Delight members, http://www.krispenhartung