Seeking feedback on "Looper" module

Hello - I wanted share my first Rack plugin called Lilac Loop. For now it includes a single module named Looper, a “simple multi-track looper with a pedal-like workflow”. It allows you to record, play and overdub a mono or polyphonic signal using a multi-function “toggle” control (analogous to a foot switch on a looper pedal).

I wanted to share it here before submitting to the VCV Library. I’m relatively new to Rack and C/C++ so any feedback would be appreciated. The README doc is the closest thing I have to a manual. The builds linked below are also attached to the v1.0.0 release on Github.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll try it!


Edit: it’s in the VCV Library now https://library.vcvrack.com/LilacLoop

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I have some idea on sending “hold” like function - gate more than 2 seconds to re-record whole loop, would be useful when connecting sustain pedal to control the beast. Your idea is nice, ableton looper has some similar functionality too!

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Hi, welcome and congrats for your plugin! Prepare to be inundated with requests :slight_smile: I built it in Windows and it’s running smoothly, low CPU and nice compact package. My first thought it that there might be room to perhaps considering making it stereo, I think many people would appreciate this. Cheers!

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hi Gavin and welcome,

@Marc, as it is polyphonic stereo looping should be easy:

from the Readme:

Stereo and Multi-channel Recording

Although Looper works in mono by default, it’s capable of recording up to 16 tracks at once thanks to VCV Rack’s polyphonic cables. To record a multi-channel loop, connect a polyphonic cable to the input and toggle Record mode. Each polyphony voice will record to a dedicated internal channel and play back on the corresponding output channel. Use VCV’s Merge and Split modules to manage polyphony.

To record in stereo, simply use voices 1 & 2 of a polyphonic signal.

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I like your idea and I am considering adding support for a “press and hold to undo” feature as a combination of two additional modules:

  1. A more advanced looper module with extra features including an “undo” control
  2. A utility module that recognizes trigger/gate patterns like “hold” and “double tap” that would make a foot controller more useful in a looping context
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Thank you for referencing the doc. Here’s an example showing how stereo recording can be achieved with polyphony (although you would not hear any dry input signal with this patch).

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I just downloaded https://github.com/grough/lilac-loop-vcv/releases/download/v1.0.0/LilacLoop-1.0.0-lin.zip in my plugins directory (I’m on Linux, so ~/.Rack/plugins-v1), then ran Rack, but the module doesn’t show up.

I just realized I uploaded a 32-bit Linux build by accident. Sorry about that. Replacement coming soon!

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Hello, Thanks for this new looper, Works fine here on Mac/Mojave, Fundamental Plugin as Stereo input ( via merge/split way) Always cool to have more looper’s ! :notes:

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I just tried the new Linux build and it runs fine, thanks!

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I’ve enjoyed it so far, good fun. Recorded a series of loops and then reset the looper every now and then. Cool module, nice try at it works so simply like a guitar loop pedal.

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Here are a few example patches for anyone interested. The plugin is available from the VCV Library now. Thanks all for the help with testing and feedback so far :slightly_smiling_face:

Basic looping https://patchstorage.com/lilac-looper-mono-example/

Example patch showing how to record and loop a mono input


Stereo looping https://patchstorage.com/lilac-looper-stereo-example/

Example patch showing how to record and loop a stereo input


Multi-track looping https://patchstorage.com/lilac-looper-multi-track-example/

Example patch showing how to record a multi-track loop

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