Looptastic Producer 3 features three mixer zones that now expand on the fly to fit the loops a user adds, facilitating custom cueing and submixes. Performers can now mute or maximize each loop with a single tap on its fader. And each zone can now be switched in or out of the effects loop with a tap, adding variety and motion to the mix.
A new "scratch strip" above the faders shows the waveform of the last loop touched; tapping anywhere on the waveform retriggers the sound from that point. In Looping mode, the sound then continues from the correct point in the recording. Turn off Looping mode, and the sound plays only while your finger is down. Tap the side of the screen and the new tempo slider glides out; Looptastic changes the tempo without changing the pitch.
Five new effects join the four existing filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass and notch) on the X/Y effects screen: gate (vertical movements on the touchpad control how long the gate stays open; horizontal movements control the number of pulses per second); bitcrusher (vertical movements control bit depth, adding noise and distortion; horizontal movements control the sampling rate, adding metallic artifacts); flanger (vertical movements control feedback, imparting a metallic whine; horizontal movements control delay, sweeping the pitch of the resonance); Glitchy Repeater (vertical movements control the number of repeats; horizontal movements control the duration of the segment); and delay (vertical movements control feedback; horizontal movements control the length of each echo. Analog-style interpolation creates dub-style pitch-shifting as you move your finger).
You can even combine the effects for more dramatic textures. The new Effect Hold button locks in the last settings, allowing the performer to, for example, swap in a distorted drum groove or echoed sound bite and then get back to mixing.
Looptastic Producer can import custom loops over Wi-Fi from a PC, Mac or Linux computer, and export performance recordings as AIFF files. Mobile musicians can also download 10 commercial Loop Sets from the Sound Trends Loop Store via in-app purchase; genres range from ambient to Reggaeton. The Mix-n-Match feature allows Looptastic to load up to 20 loops from different sets simultaneously, playing up to 10 at a time. The app automatically time-stretches all loops to fit the master tempo. Looptastic Producer is available now from the iTunes Store for $14.99.