Loopy Pro

Live-looper, sampler, AUv3 host, DAW

App type: App and AUv3

App store link:

Developer: Michael Tyson

Developer AB Forum Handle: @Michael


Feature Request Voting: https://roadmap.loopypro.com/

Read the Online Manual

The manual is available from within Loopy Pro, also, from a link in the Help menu.

The Loopy Roadmap can be found in the online manual

Setting Loop Lengths (Recording) - Unsure how to set the lengths of loops you will record? This page should help.

Tempo Setting - Because the tempo is usually set by recording your first clip, no tempo is set when you first launch Loopy Pro or create a new document. If you plan to use a MIDI sequencer or AU that uses host tempo (for arpeggiation or delay times) before you record any loops, set the tempo in the tempo panel that you get by tapping on the tempo (which will be '–' when none has been set).

Count-In For First Loop - To have a count in for the first loop, set a tempo in the tempo panel. Make sure that Count In Quantization is set to your desired count-in length. Make sure the metronome is on.

Idle Mode - A Loopy Pro innovation is idle mode. Loopy Pro frees up the CPU used by instruments and effects when it detects that they are idle and not being used. In many cases, this will allow you to have a set of synths and effects loaded that would bring other hosts to a halt. Normally, this happens seamlessly without your noticing. Instruments go idle when their channel is muted. Effects go idle when no signal is going through them. Disabling Idle Mode. There are times when you might not want an effect (particularly one that behaves as a synth or sampler or sequencer) to ever go idle. You can turn off the idling of that plugin by opening its window and long-pressing the On/Off/Idle label in the upper-right corner.

MIDI Mapping and Learning AU Parameters - MIDI map/learn AU effect parameters in Loopy Pro using the MIDI Control panel to add MIDI “bindings” to the effect parameters. This video demonstrates how.

Retrospective Looping. Loopy is always listening when the clock is running. When you turn on Retrospective Recording in the settings (it can be set in clip settings or color settings or for individual clips),tapping an empty clip will fill the clip with the previous cycle's audio. The amount of audio captured is determined by the master cycle length which you can set in the tempo/clock panel that pops up when you tap the tempo display. There are two retrospective modes, Quantized and Immediate. Quantized grabs the last complete cycle of audio. You have plenty of time after the cycle completes to tap a clip and capture a perfect loop. Immediate captures a cycle length of audio that ends at the moment you tap. If phase-lock is in, Immediate will “rotate” the captured audio to keep it phase-locked. A brief demonstration can be seen on YouTube

Moving Projects Between the Standalone and AU Versions. Loopy Pro projects can be moved between the standalone AU versions using the project manager panel that you get when tapping on the folder icon found in the upper-left of the screen. Tap on Projects to see the list of projects. At the top of the list, Audio Unit Extension Folder is shown. Only projects in that folder can be seen by the Loopy Pro Audio Unit (for arcane reasons known to Apple, the system does not allow it to be visible in the Files app). Move folders from standalone into that folder if you want them to be visible to the Audio Unit. IMPORTANT NOTE: audio units cannot load other audio units. If moving a project from standalone to the audio unit, remove any audio units first. You can also move projects from the Audio Unit folder into the main project folder. When the Audio Unit is open, it can only see the projects in the Audio Unit Extension Folder.

Sending MIDI To Loopy. When you send MIDI to Loopy Pro with virtual MIDI, use the Virtual MIDI In MIDI source to receive the MIDI.

Record on Press. Because release is more precisely detected than initial touch, Loopy normally uses the release moment to initiate recording. You put your finger down and remove it for very precise recording initiation. In the Gestures settings (accessed from the Clip Settings panel), you can turn on Record on Press in order for the initial touch to start recording. When this is on, actual recording starts immediately but the recording animation doesn’t start until the finger is removed.

SoundForMore has started a series of Loopy Pro tutorials.

Do we want split videos up into tutorials/reviews and performance?

Any MIDI device or app with a virtual MIDI port can be used to send MIDI to Loopy.

Auto-Mapped Devices

Loopy Pro has built-in auto-mappings for some devices. Devices that are currently automapped are:

  • LaunchPad Pro MK3
  • LaunchPad X
  • LaunchPad Mini MK3 [not prior versions]
  • Akai APC-40
  • MIDI Fighter Twister

There was a report in July 2022 from someone on the Discord server that a LaunchPad Pro (original) worked with auto-mapping as well.

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  • Last modified: 2023/03/20 05:08
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