The main screen shows the top toolbar, pad grid, the lower section toolbar, and the bottom toolbar. The screen shows two sessions (or one at a time on iPhone). You can load a session by pressing the session name display.
You can also change the master tempo by pressing the Tempo button on the bottom toolbar. This shows a view containing a tempo slider, and a tap button so you can tap your own tempo. You can also toggle the FX mode from here, and show the settings or the manual.
The pad grid lets you toggle loop playback. The lower section toolbar has two modes of buttons: When the 'Pad' button is selected, the other buttons show 'Macro', 'Key', 'Edit'.
In 'pad' mode, you can select pads in the grid, you can drag them to other pads, you can also drag them outside the grid to remove them from the grid.
Macro mode lets you modify the selected loop's timbre. The left section is for filtering the loop. The filter is a multi mode zero delay feedback filter, switchable between lowpass, bandpass, or highpass. You can change it's cutoff and resonance using the xy pad. You can apply an LFO to the filter with the two faders to the right of the xy pad. The right section lets you change distortion, volume, pan and pitch. The pitch range is +- 2 semitones.
Keys mode lets you change the loop's pitch in a chromatic way. Pressing a key does not affect the loops timing.
Edit mode is mostly for loop properties. You can halve the loop length, in case the loop got imported incorrectly.
Trigger mode is the default mode, that lets you toggle loops by pressing the respective pads. You can't move or remove pads in trigger mode.
The lower section in trigger mode lets you adjust parameters that affect an entire pad's column. You can adjust Volume, Delay send, Reverb send, or Filter. The filter is a lowpass/highpass filter, which defaults to center position (off).
You can arm recording onto pads by pressing the recording button to the left of the right play button. You can choose between external recording and resampling.
External records from the default input. This can be the microphone, an audio interface, or if connected to Audiobus, an audiobus source.
Resampling records Looptune's own output.
to start the actual recording, press an empty pad. The recording will start on the next bar start. You stop the recording by either pressing the pad that's recording again, or by pressing a different empty pad, which will finish the previous pad's recording, and start recording on the new pad.
you can't record onto pads in Pad mode.
Song decks allow you to load songs stored in your itunes media library.
You load a song by pressing anywhere in the song field in the top toolbar. When a song gets loaded, the song overview and the current position view get populated. You start song playback by pressing the respective play button in the bottom toolbar.
Below the current position view you have a row of repeat buttons that let you repeat the last beats. You also have 4 cue buttons and 4 loop buttons. You can toggle between them by pressing the button with the loop on it.
You set a cue by presssing an empty (gray) cue button. You can move cues or delete them if you drag a cue outside any of the cue buttons.
You set a loop by pressing on an empty (gray) loop button. This sets the loop's start position. You set the loop's end by pressing the same button again.
You can adjust the respective pad session's and song's volumes in the mixer, as well as adjust their EQ values.
When you press an empty pad, the loop browser opens. On the left side, you see a list of loops. You can audition a loop by pressing the green play button to the right of the loop's name. Pressing the play button on an auditioning loop toggles it back off.
If you press anywhere else in the loop row, you purchase it using a loop credit. The number of available credits is shown on the browser's top right. The app ships with 20 initial credits, and you can purchase more, by pressing the 'Add' button.
You can do a filtered search using the text field above the loop list. If you type, for example 'kick', only loops containing the name 'kick' will be shown. The filter text field is case insensitive.
You can also filter your loop search by instrument or category, which you can select on the right side.
On the bottom of the loop list, you can chose between local or online loop browsing. The two modes show the loop order differently. The local browser shows them sorted by date added and the online browser shows them sorted randomly. This allows you to find new loops every time you browse.
You can import loops via 'Audiopaste' or 'AudioShare' by pressing the respective buttons.
You can apply effects to a session, or change it's Delay or Reverb send parameters. You can specify which effect to edit in the top row. On the left hand side, you can select a song's or a session's insert effect. These effects are only active while you press the xy pad.
Right next to them, you can select the Delay or Reverb send effects.
The xy pad shows in the bottom left corner which parameters you modify depending on the pressed location.
Some effects also have a 3rd parameter that lets you edit it's length, depending on master tempo.
You can select the effect type below the xy pad. You can select between Filter , Delay, Stutter, Flanger, LFO Filter, Strobe, Degrade, and TapeStop
You can access the settings view by pressing the Settings button, to the left of the crossfader. In the Settings view, you can select Midi input devices, for controllers, midi output devices, for controller feedback (such as sending pad color information or parameter values), or for sending Midi clock. You can select between various popular midi controllers, and you can edit their settings as well, by pressing the 'Edit' button.
You can select Input channels for recording, if you for example want to only record the left channel of and audio interface, and treat it as a mono source. The 'Monitor' button lets you toggle passing of the input signal to the output, so you can audition what you are potentially recording.
The Recording delay parameter lets you finetune the latency, in samples, of the signal you are recording, so it lines up perfectly with the loops you are playing back.
When you press 'Record master', you can toggle recording of Looptunes's output, to record your mix. You have the option to send a finished recording to Audioshare.
The Background audio parameter lets you specify whether or not audio playback should suspend when the app goes into background mode.
To exit the settings view, press anywhere on the background.
You can create your own midi mappings in this mode.
In order to do this, you press control field you want to map (for example a volume slider), then move the corresponding Midi control knob or fader.
The pad respond to MIDI cc messages as well as MIDI Note On commands which toggle the pads.
You can press a mode in the center toolbar that specifies which parameters you want the controller's faders to map to. Be careful to not move your controller when a mode is highlighted, otherwise you map the control to change to that mode. You can also toggle 'Current Faders'. If this button is highlighted, the faders map to which ever mixer mode is currently active. To exit the controller map editor, press anywhere on the background.