Blend audio loops together and apply VST effects - supports MIDI control; Open Source
System: XP/ Vista
Version: 1.2 (11/06/10)
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Creating music from samples can be overly complicated in some software. Livid Looper however offers a powerful set of features with an easy-to-use interface, and handles all aspects of the job. Based on a powerful processing engine, Livid Looper provides a multi-track platform for creating music from individual sound files. It has access to advanced effects, and comes with a library of samples to get you started, ranging from individual drum sounds to complex rhythms, dark synth sounds, guitars and random effects.
The software gives you complete control of loops, opening each one in a separate window, with its own set of effects. Each window can work as a separate instrument, with up to six samples loaded at once, which you can switch between during playback for a neat cut at the beginning of the next bar. The effects are clean sounding and impressive, and there’s a good mix of dials and graphical controls to shape your sounds. Interactive graphs for the Volume Envelope and Equaliser windows enable you to set the target range of frequencies and the amount of gain at the same time, and dragging the mouse can create filter effects or wah wah sounds. The effects are best suited to creating dance music, and provide different ways to fade a track into and out of the mix. These include a degrade effect, which alters the bit depth of the sound, smoothly distorting a track into a mash of electronic effects.
Once you’ve set up your samples to sound how you want, you can set the structure of the song using the sequencers, and control the output with the mixing desk. As well as the faders and panning controls, this lets you customise a set of buttons to control any effect in any track. Putting all the main controls in one window makes it easy to record a ‘live’ performance.
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