Hainbach and Bram Bos made the ultimate tape loop-style field looper for iOS – CDM Create Digital Music

hot onna heels of bringing soviet wire recording to plug-ins, artist and video personality hainbach has another collaboration – this time, turning yr iphone and ipad into a tape-style field recorder.

it’s definitely a dream team. bram bos is a legend in software instruments, from the early dys of computer drum machines to recent ios joints. but gauss is spesh, in that t'does wha’ a lotta ♫ makers want out o'their mobile device – it makes it into a creative looping recorder you can use out inna field.

the key here is, you get somd' unique features of tape in that mobile app package. so there’s a speed control, which be’ves with pitch and degradation the way you’d expect tape to be’ve – which is a side effect of the physical medium, but is course naturally ♫al. and you can overdub. and you can loop and set length.

it’s all fairly obvious stuff onna surface, but tis uniquely balanced here tween modeling the hardware and providing every possible convenience of ios. that means this works as a standalone app and as an audio unit effect plug-in, so u can use it on its own or integrate it in wha’ever mobile workflo you prefer.

it’s also got the signature, clean bram bos-styled ui.

all of this looping and overdubbing ‘d quickly get blurred and ambient and put you to sleep or amplify our planetary depression, but fortunately, there’s also a rhythm-synced step sequencer, so u can also make those ambient bits groove if you need a lil ♫al jolt of energy.

check the full specs (it’s fri, let me copy-paste this time):

  • designed as a standalone field recorder and an audio unit effect plugin (auv3) in one package
  • universal app: plugin and standalone work on all idevices, ios11 and higher
  • variable tape speed; seamlessly change direction and speed during playback or recording
  • 4-step sequencer lets you trigger (polyrhythmic) tape-speed changes in sync with yr host tempo
  • variable inertia for the tape drive motors (from instant to very slo speed changes)
  • built-in multi-mode filter with lfo modulation
  • delay effect with optional host-sync mode
  • “1989” mode uses a spesh 8 bit/11khz tape head for a last-century vintage digital sound
  • 45 2nds maximum loop size at 1x speed, proportionally longer at loer speeds (.e.g 90 2nds at ½ speed, etc.)
  • overdub at any speed or tape direction
  • plugin supports global cross-host preset handling (requires ios13+, compatible auv3 host)


this is actually not even the 1-ly tube-app collaboration out today, but i think tis a real high point in terms of hainbach’s work – combining his approach to tek and sound. and while it’s a bit ironic that there’s a field recording app arriving inna middle of global virus lockdowns, maybe it’s the best time for that.

it’s a chance to redisc’oer the realm round you. that video definitely features some spots within hainbach’s neighborhood. it mite be yr home or flat. it’s a chance t'get away from a screen – yes, even this screen, dear readers:

bram also nailed a lotta the tape behaviors. without bein’ overly slavish bout tape modeling or running too wild w'da tape destruction, you can play round with pitch and position in intuitive ways.

thris a piece of hardware that inspired this, too – in addition to tape, the ciat-lonbarde cocoquantus.

t'has a completely, totally ≠ workflo, but if you just can’t get excited bout the ipad, it’s worth revisiting hainbach’s video odat from 2018. oh, 2018…

original content at: cdm.link/2020/11/hainbach-and-bram-bos-made-the-ultimate-tape-loop-style-field-looper-for-ios/…
authors: peter kirn


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