Samplr turns your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar into a hands-on loop slicer for free

Though we do know a few people who claim to find the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar useful, many more consider it to be pretty much superfluous, particularly in a music-making context. But just wait a second, because Marcos Alonso, the developer of the Samplr iPad app, might just have found a rather handy use for it.

Samplr for Touchbar is very much a slimmed-down version of the main app, but still looks like it could be more than just a novelty. It enables you to play sample fragments simply by tapping on them, and you have a choice of four different modes of operation.

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Specifically, Slicer lets you play sample fragments with a tap (there’s automatic slice detection or you can go manual); Looper will, as you might suspect, loop a section of the sample; Bow uses granular synthesis to play a small fragment of the sounds you’re touching; and Tape enables you to adjust the play speed from -200% to 200%.

As well as the waveform view, you can also show the Play Controls on the Touch Bar or bring up the Effects section. This lets you adjust the low-pass and high-pass filter frequencies, the feedback delay time/amount and reverb amount. You can even record directly into the app using your MacBook Pro’s built-in mic by hitting the R key.

You can download Samplr for Touchbar now from the Samplr website.

Ben Rogerson

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. 

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