The Midilooper was one of the coolest boxes to emerge over the virtual stay-at-home Superbooth and it’s shipping now. It listens for MIDI notes and controls and loops them in sync with itself, MIDI or analog clock.
We all know about audio looping and looper pedals but this one is all about the MIDI. The brilliant thing about it being MIDI and not audio is that you can continue to change the sound, swap patches or even use a different synthesizer while keeping the same loop, chords, percussion or melody going. It makes so much sense that I can’t believe it’s not been done before. I guess this sort of approach always ended up being a sequencer like Ableton. But with Midilooper Bastl Instruments has created a very cool, immediate and musical box that could revolutionise your synth jams.
Midilooper has one MIDI input for your controller keyboard and three MIDI outputs to connect up to three MIDI sound sources. You then record in, loop and overdub and route it out to the synth of your choice. Once in the box you can transpose and quantize, shuffle and humanise. You can alter the tempo, change the loop length, mute, clear and re-record. It looks like a lot of fun to play with.
It also has a bunch of analog connectivity with CV control over Clock, velocity, re-trigger and transpose. You can plug in a foot switch for controlling record, clear and voice selection.
Altogether a neat little box that’s available now for €289.