Is it a looper? Is it a sequencer? No, it’s ALK, which is sort of both has released version 2 of ALK, a free-flowing piece of Mac music software that’s designed to combine the best elements of a live looper and a sequencer.

Clips can be performed live and are then looped, enabling you to layer up sounds. However, loops can also be moved, copied, cut and pasted in a musical arrangement - just like in a sequencer. The emphasis is very much on spontaneity; when you perform a song, ALK will follow your arrangement, with virtual pedals enabling you to arm channels, trigger effects and record and play loops at the correct time.

As well as enabling you to record audio, ALK also supports MIDI loops and can host VST/AU plugins. There are multiple automation options, and you can audition a new sound for a track just by hovering a mouse over it.

Find out more and download a demo on the website. The regular price of the full version is €199, but you can currently get it for €159.  

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.