This hands-free drum machine and looper lets you ‘stomp’ on your iOS or Android phone

Mobile drum machine and looper apps are pretty common, but Kovaluu’s Beats and Loops has a potential ace up its sleeve - or in the sole of its shoe - thanks to the option to control it with your foot, as you would a traditional looper pedal.

Obviously, there are risks to doing this - the most obvious being that you’ll end up stomping on your phone and causing it serious damage - but thanks to your device’s proximity sensor, you can use your foot to trigger drum fills, switch song parts, record loops and more. You get a variety of drumming styles, and the parts were recorded on a vintage Ludwig kit.

Loops can be recorded through your device’s internal mic or via an audio interface, and all recordings automatically sync to the current tempo. A tuner and a metronome are included, too.

Beats and Loops is available now for iOS and Android from the Apple App Store ($3.99/£3.99) and Google Play Store ($3.99/£3.39).

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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