Luppp live performance tool for Linux released
Sick of rebooting to Windows for rehearsals and gigs? Harry van Haaren released the source code of Luppp, a looper-based live performance tool for Linux.
Strictly speaking, this isn't a new project. Luppp was first introduced around 2011, but since then got a major internal rewrite. Certain UI decisions will absolutely remind you Ableton Live, although feature-wise the two apps are considerably different.
Well then, what does Luppp actually do? Here is the most recent video featuring the developer using the app with an Akai APC40 grid controller, a MIDI keyboard and a guitar.
So, in a nutshell, Luppp is a classic mono looper app with a few extra features:
- automatic snapping to beats during recording and playback;
- tapping for tempo and visual indication of beats progression;
- sends for external sound processing.
There is, of course, a MIDI learn feature, so you can map your MIDI controllers to handles in UI (also, you don't have to sell a kidney to get an Akai APC40, a Novation Launchpad Mini would do just fine).
The source code release was sponsored by the Linux audio community who donated 520 euro over 5 days. You can fetch the code at GitHub. If you need an introduction to the app, visit the project's page for videos.
Harry seems quite motivated to invest a lot more time into development of Luppp, and it's quite possible that he's going to go for shorter release cycles and less new features each time. More FX is coming to the app soon, there's some talk of ambisonics support, and then it's live performance features time.