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Last updated November 3, 2019

LOOPEREYE - A new paradigm in guitar looper pedals

A fully featured loop station combining the power and flexibility of a DAW with the portability and convenience of a looper pedal.

LOOPEREYE - A new paradigm in guitar looper pedals

A fully featured loop station combining the power and flexibility of a DAW with the portability and convenience of a looper pedal.

£12,452
pledged of £15,000pledged of £15,000 goal
77
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 3 2019 6:51 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 3, 2019

About

What if you could have the power and flexibility of a digital audio workstation with the portability and convenience of a looper pedal?

Now you can with LOOPEREYE! The world’s first digital audio workstation at your feet, giving you all the flexibility and power of a software solution in a standalone, compact, lightweight and durable case. Available in two styles: looperEYE, with a camera-driven interface, and LOOPEREYE-B, with a classical button interface.

Perform and produce with your guitar or other instruments using a flexible and extensible interface with user-assignable buttons. Record high-quality, non-compressed stereo audio. Easy to set up and use letting you create, save and share multi-track loop sessions in seconds. 

 All this and more is possible with LOOPEREYE and it’s small enough to fit in your hand! 

Overview

  • Full-featured highly-customisable loop station
  •  Standalone operation 
  •  High resolution stereo interface 
  •  Multi-tracks sessions 
  •  Embedded synthesiser 
  •  Save and load sessions 
  •  A sturdy and compact die cast aluminium enclosure 
  •  Export/Import individual tracks 
  •  Configure and customise the button banks 
  •  A library of unique built in rhythms 
  •  Porta-studio feature lets you mix tracks directly in the application 
  •  Use as a MIDI foot controller to control other hardware or software

Specifications 

A new paradigm in looper pedals

At the heart of LOOPEREYE is a powerful and flexible looper engine with a high-quality audio interface, including an embedded synthesiser, that you can use standalone. Through a touch interface you can access the state of the looper as well as advanced configuration options. But wait, why pay for a touch interface when you already have one your phone? That’s why we moved all the options to an intuitive Android/iOS app!

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"We wanted to create a fully customisable low-cost loop station that keeps things simple and doesn't lose sight of the fun side of looping."

The current market for loopers ranges from low-cost simple single track/button loop pedals, that are compact but very limited in functionality, to comprehensive multi-button loop stations and software based solutions, which have better functionality but are more expensive, complex and less portable.  

We wanted all the flexibility and benefits of a software driven solution with the convenience and portability of a traditional looper pedal. The simplicity of looper pedals makes them fun to use and frees you to be creative. We realised there are users adapting to their loop stations rather than their loop stations adapting to them, thus LOOPEREYE was born! 

Application

LOOPEREYE connects wirelessly to an easy to use and interactive Android/iOS application. Through the app it’s possible to get real time feedback about the state of the looper, the action mapping of the buttons as well as which track has been selected. The app, number of tracks and buttons are configurable to suit you, but this is the default setup:  

 The next video show the application in action.

Camera-driven version

This version has all the same functionalities and features as the button version, and it's equally easy to use, but it doesn’t have a physical switch to drive the operation of the looper. Instead, it combines an integrated camera with state-of-the-art image processing to control a user configured bank of virtual buttons.  

See next video to learn how to set up and use looperEYE to revolutionise your live or studio sessions.  

 See the camera-driven LOOPEREYE working with the app. 

Multi-track sessions  

LOOPEREYE allows you to build your song with up to 32 individual tracks, each of them with virtually unlimited track record length, and the way they are related depends on the operational mode you choose: automatic, normal and metronome. For instance, in normal mode, you can set the tempo with the first track and then synchronise the others tracks to it. Or, in metronome mode, all the tracks will be synchronised to an internal metronome. On each track you can record, overdub, replace, insert, mute, and much more!

Operating Modes

LOOPEREYE has four factory operating modes: normal, automatic, metronome and unsychronised.

Normal mode

In this mode, one of the tracks is configured as master. All the other slave tracks will be synchronised to the master, and they will be quantised to the length of the master. This means that the length of the slave tracks will be 1, 2 or N-times the length of the master track. Overdubbing is not bound on any track. 

Automatic mode

In this mode, one of the tracks is defined as the master. The recording of the master is triggered automatically when you start playing. All other tracks will start recording as soon as you hit record. Just as in normal mode the length of all the other slave tracks will be quantised to the length of the master. Overdubbing is not bound on any track.

Metronome mode

There is no master track in this mode, all the tracks are synchronised to an internal metronome. You set the tempo, metric and quantisation through the app. In future releases we will support an external MIDI clock.

Unsychronised mode

There is no synchronisation or quantisation in this mode, tracks are recorded independently of each other, making this mode great to record and solo different parts of a song.

 Multi-user sessions 

LOOPEREYE allows you to connect more than one application at the same time so that you can control your loop sessions from multiple controllers at the same time! This makes LOOPEREYE a great tool for collaborative jamming sessions! 

Embedded synthesiser

Through the embedded synthesiser included on LOOPEREYE you can play dozens of instruments, controlling it with plug-play supported MIDI devices or MIDI over WiFi, through the app, or by mapping MIDI commands or notes to LOOPEREYE's buttons.  

The following video shows how the embedded synthesiser is controlled by a MIDI-USB controller, making it easy to incorporate piano and drums along side the guitar.

Configurable button bank
 

Traditionally looper pedals are driven using switches/buttons that control several options related to the recording of tracks and configurations of the looper. The functions that map to these buttons are defined by the manufacturer with little opportunity to change them. With LOOPEREYE you can map loads of actions to the buttons, and switch between button banks on the fly from the app or using one of the buttons as a scroll. The following boxes show some of the main commands but there are many more. 

In the next video we demo the configurable button banks of LOOPEREYE. The first bank of buttons has Next track, Rec&Overdub, Undo, and NextBank. You can scroll through the button banks using the app or by mapping the scroll action to one of the buttons on LOOPEREYE, which is what we've done for this demo. Then we can see this in action, recording a new track, scrolling to the next bank and showing off the reverse function, all without using the app.

Switching tracks with a single click

Switching between different parts of a song is very easy with LOOPEREYE, by selecting and soloing the next track just with one single click, whilst you play or overdub on top of them. In the video shown in the Application section we have a simple song with three independent tracks, the first one with the verse, the second with the chorus, and the third one with a bridge, and we switch between them just by pressing a button.

 Save and load sessions 

With LOOPEREYE sessions can be stored and loaded letting you pick up where you left off. All track information is preserved and sessions can be shared between LOOPEREYEs

Control other pedals

You can use LOOPEREYE as a MIDI foot controller to control remotely other hardware or software. The next video shows how easy is to control the POD HD500X functions, just by configuring some LOOPEREYE's buttons with the proper MIDI command!

Stretch Goal

Share with Friends!

Help us out and share LOOPEREYE with your friends! Let them know about LOOPEREYE by sharing our project with them. 

In Action on Instagram and YouTube

We have uploaded a bunch of videos showing LOOPEREYE in action, so come check us out on Instagram and YouTube.

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Project Timeline

This is our proposed timeline and work plan detailing the work required if the Kickstarter funding is successful. We will be ready to start shipping by March 2020.

Fulfilment Work Plan

If the Kickstarter campaign to fund LOOPEREYE is successful, here's what the following months will look like.

November/December: Survey and Finalise Design

This time will be used to make any final design changes based on community feedback and allow a minimum viable product to be created and fully tested.

January/February: Manufacture & Software Tweaking

The final two months will be dedicated to manufacture and assembly of the PCB's, coordinating with the machine shop to perfect the enclosures. In tandem with the physical product development, the software will be finalised and fully tested.

Early March: Shipping

At this point, we will be ready to start sending backers their LOOPEREYE. We will maintain communication with backers via email and our website support will be updated to include support for software downloads, etc.

What next? 

The potential of LOOPEREYE doesn't end with the product released for Kickstarter. We have a great set of features and functionality to deliver now, but have identified a number of additional features and functionality we aim to provide as incremental upgrades. Some of these require a simple software upgrade and will be provided at no cost to our backers. So as well as getting a great deal on LOOPEREYE hardware you will also get a host of new features to add even more power to your looper for free!

Why We Need Your Help!  

We are at an advanced prototype phase of development. Everyone that has seen and tested LOOPEREYE has been impressed and fully supportive, but we are looking to build a community to support and help us take LOOPEREYE to the next level.  

 We have produced a few working prototypes and are looking for the support to complete our development and get them into your hands right away. Your financial support will enable us to offer LOOPEREYE at a more attractive price point. The manufacturing costs associated with creating a small batch of prototypes makes them expensive. Successful funding of the Kickstarter campaign will enable us to fund the manufacture of a greater number of LOOPEREYEs, lowering the cost per unit and helping to fund the remainder of the development effort.

 By backing this campaign it shows you support what we do. Your funding helps us develop the product and as a thank you, we send you the rewards that you want as soon as they are finished.

When you support this campaign:

  • You get a LOOPEREYE at a much lower price than what will be available after the campaign, up to 40% off 
  • You receive the products before everyone else 
  • You can help to shape the products as you want by giving early comments and feedback, and by participating in polls and surveys 
  • If you want to be really early with trying the products, you can apply to be a beta tester (and accept some bugs!) 

 Design Philosophy 

As musicians we love the pickup and play experience you get with looper pedals. No prolonged set up and configuration to get in the way of your creativity, simply connect your guitar and you’re ready to start looping. As engineers we love the flexibility and power a software-based solution gives us, unlocking an almost endless potential of possibilities. When we couldn’t find a looper that fulfilled both these needs, we decided to make one.  

We set out to make LOOPEREYE the most powerful, extensible, reliable, compact and low-cost looper; using the best components available and providing features from a usability and user perspective. We didn’t lose sight of the simplicity and fun side of looper pedals when we made LOOPEREYE. It is really easy to setup and use, just being able to pick up and play is at the core of what makes using a looper so fun.   

Every aspect and detail of LOOPEREYE has been carefully considered and refined to create the ultimate loop station. From the robust die cast aluminium box, to the unique set of features and high specification ensures a superior experience with lots of room to adjust to your preferences -- keeping you looping for longer!

LOOPEREYE Development Story 

It all started when Francisco moved from his home in Argentina to Scotland. An avid guitar player he was keen to keep practising his hobby, but wasn’t able to bring all his gear with him on the long journey -- including his favourite item his looper pedal. 

Initially, he used a software based looper running on his laptop. It was great because it opened up a whole new level of flexibility he never knew was possible with his looper pedal. However, having to set everything up each time he wanted to play was taking away from the fun he had using his looper pedal.  

 He set out to find a looper pedal that matched the capabilities and flexibility he found in the software solution. After failing to find such a looper pedal, he decided to put his engineering skills to the test by building one that was compact enough to take with him wherever he moved to but also powerful and flexible enough to adapt to his needs and capabilities.   

 Influenced by his time using loop pedals and making various foot controllers to use with his guitar, Francisco found a way to combine all the power of a software solution with the portability of a looper pedal. Thus LOOPEREYE was born, slowly crafted over a couple of years and culminating in a powerful looper that keeps things simple and doesn't lose sight of the fun side of looping.  

Meet the Team 

The team behind LOOPEREYE aims to provide a more dynamic and feature rich experience to all types of musicians and live loop enthusiasts. We’re very passionate about improving the user experience and really want to work on giving musicians new ways to create, share and explore their musical creativity.

Francisco is our music and product expert. He has 10+ years experience developing hardware and software across a range of industries. Although, his background is in electronic design and manufacturing, his passion is music. With over 20 years of playing and producing music Francisco is our go-to guy when it comes to understanding what musicians want.

Phil is our embedded systems engineer and oversees business development. He has a background in electronic design with over a decade of experience taking products from prototype to manufacture. He spends his days working on next generation satellites and understands the importance of quality and reliability.

Sebastian is the iOS developer, although his love for music and computers is the same, his ability to play instruments is inversely correlated to his ability to develop software. Sebastian has experience in a variety of industries, but music is the one he loves the most. Sebastian has 10 years of experience developing for different industries including video games, banks, automated warehouses and more, he also has experience in research, publishing several papers.

Ray is the in-house quality engineer, tester and photographer. As someone who has been a live and session musician for over ten years, his experience has helped by  providing an outside perspective during the development of the looper. He also has a keen eye as a photographer and is responsible for all the amazing photographs of LOOPEREYE.

Risks and challenges

Like all Kickstarter projects, we will face certain risks and challenges in delivering this product at the high quality we demand. We are committed to producing the best possible product and through our experience in engineering and manufacturing we've made every effort to mitigate these risks for our backers. We have found reliable partners to work with and are confident of delivering high quality products on time. We promise to be transparent and to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues that may come up and our solutions to such.

We are extremely confident in the future of looperEYE and want to bring you an exceptional and revolutionary looping experience. So please go back to the top of the page and support us with a pledge.

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