Developer Bram Bos, in colaboration with synthesist Hainbach, has introduced Gauss, a new iOS app designed to bring old-school tape looping to mobile devices.
It works both standalone and as an Audio Unit effect plugin. Like real tape loops, Gauss takes you off the grid of your DAW: you can adjust tape speed and direction, even during recording. The flow of your loops will drift organically as the tape follows its own cyclical timeline.
It’s designed to mimic the behaviour. but not the sound, of magnetic tape. For example, recording on low tape speeds will give you longer recording time, but with lower recording quality.
- 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 your host tempo
- variable inertia for the tape drive motors (from instant to very slow speed changes)
- built-in multi-mode filter with LFO modulation
- delay effect with optional host-sync mode
- “1989” mode uses a special 8 bit/11KHz tape head for a last-century vintage digital sound
- 45 seconds maximum loop size at 1x speed, proportionally longer at lower speeds (.e.g 90 seconds at half speed, etc.)
- overdub at any speed or tape direction
- plugin supports global cross-host preset handling (requires iOS13+, compatible AUv3 host)
Pricing and Availability
Gauss Field Looper is available now for $6.99.