Should I Buy It? – Sugarbytes Looperator Review
In this week’s edition of Should I Buy It? Yeuda takes a look at Sugarbytes’ Looperator plugin. It’s an older “effects sequencer” plugin but has always been a classic so we wanted to dive in and give you our opinion. Watch the video review below, and read the score breakdown below that.
As we mentioned above, Looperator is an “effects sequencer” plugin. That means that it will trigger internal effects based on notes in a sequencer. It’s a simple concept that always yields interesting results for productions.
We’ve covered glitch machines before so we were excited to get back onto the topic. Effects sequencers are awesome. They’ll make a boring loop into something unique with the click of a button, it almost feels like cheating! Regardless of work ethics, we were proud to review Looperator.
Looperator (pictured above) has a straightforward user interface, one of the many things we liked about it. It has a nice color scheme that separates the sequencer tracks and detail views that pop up when browsing each effect. Overall it’s quite easy to navigate.
Up at the header (see above) is where you can sync the plugin to your host DAW tempo, choose presets, hit undo/redo, and apply global randomization. You can also change the recording/playback timing of the plugin. You can go 1/4 time, halftime, double-time, etc.
There is a global dry/wet, which can even be switched between a few different modes. There is also a global randomizer, with six different modes to choose from. You can adjust how those modes affect the tracks from the settings menu (pictured below).
You can adjust the slice, loop, envelopes, FX 1, filter, and FX 2 tracks individually. You can also reconfigure the signal chain from top to bottom of each track. Let’s jump into each effect track below.
The Slicer in Looperator will record audio from your track and disperse it amongst the 16 steps of the sequencer. When doing that, it will also assign each slice a number. You can adjust those numbers or randomize the assignments using the slice number pad seen below.
The FX 1 track is a multi-effects unit, you can choose from Delay, Tapestop, Distortion, and Tonal Delay effects. If you choose the “User” option then that opens it up to ten effects total including the ones we just listed. In user mode, you’ll be able to choose from and adjust a Phaser, Vinyl, Chaos Synth, Reverb 2, and Ring Modulator.
It’s awesome to have that sort of flexibility and range of effects at your disposal. That being said, we don’t think the effects are all that amazing. They are capable, but not all that unique. They’ll certainly do that job of spicing up any audio loop but don’t rely on them for individual effects.
Let’s move onto the Envelope track next.
The Envelope track is a volume gate. On it, you choose from a number of preset envelope shapes or create your own. There are a healthy number of shapes to choose from and they work quite well. If you aren’t satisfied you can get more creative and customize your own shape.
The Loop effect track is very simple and loads of fun. You can place different repeat patterns onto each sequencer step that results in a loop of the corresponding audio slice. There are simple presets to choose from but if you want to take full advantage of this parameter you should customize a pattern.
The user-mode lets you dictate more than just the loop length, it lets you modulate pan, pitch, and volume as well. We love this one. Let’s move onto the second multi-effect track.
The FX2 track is another opportunity to stack multiple effects on a single sequencer track. The presets range from the four factory effects Reverb, Vinyl, Stretch and Phaser. If you opt for user mode you will unlock the same 10 total effects we mentioned in the FX1 section.
Despite what we said early, the effects are all very tasteful.
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