Setting Up and Using AUv3 Plugins

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AUv3 (Audio Unit Version 3) plugins bring powerful audio processing capabilities to Loopy Pro, enabling you to expand your creative possibilities. This guide will walk you through the steps to set up and use AUv3 plugins in Loopy Pro.

Setting Up AUv3 Plugins

To use AUv3 plugins in Loopy Pro, follow these steps:

Installing AUv3 Plugins

  1. Open the App Store on your device.
  2. Search for the AUv3 plugin you want to install.
  3. Download and install the plugin. Ensure it is an AUv3 compatible plugin.

Adding AUv3 Plugins in Loopy Pro

  1. Open Loopy Pro.
  2. Go to the Mixer view by tapping the mixer icon at the bottom.
  3. Tap the + button in the Effects section of a channel strip to add a new effect, or tap the + button in the corner of the screen to add a new instrument.
  4. Select the AUv3 plugin you want to add from the list of available plugins.

Configuring AUv3 Plugins

  1. Once added, tap the plugin's icon to open its configuration window.
  2. Adjust the settings as needed. You can resize and move the plugin window for convenience.
  3. If the plugin supports presets, tap the preset icon to select or save presets.

Using AUv3 Plugins

AUv3 plugins can be used in various ways within Loopy Pro to enhance your audio projects.

Applying Effects

  1. Add AUv3 effects to individual channels or colors in the mixer.
  2. Use insert effects for direct audio manipulation, such as filters, compressors, and distortions.
  3. Use send effects for reverb and delay, which overlay the processed audio on top of the original signal.

Managing MIDI Inputs

  1. Loopy Pro supports MIDI-capable AUv3 plugins. To add MIDI sources, tap the MIDI icon in the plugin’s toolbar.
  2. Select the MIDI source, such as a USB or Bluetooth MIDI keyboard, or a loaded AUv3 MIDI sequencer.

Saving and Recalling Plugin States

  1. When you save a project in Loopy Pro, the state of each AUv3 plugin is saved automatically.
  2. You can create and manage presets for AUv3 plugins. Long-press a user preset to rename or delete it.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Here are some solutions to common problems users encounter with AUv3 plugins in Loopy Pro:

Plugin Not Showing Up

  • Ensure the plugin is an AUv3 compatible plugin.
  • Try restarting your device after installing new plugins.
  • Make sure the plugin is added as an effect and not as an instrument if it’s an effect plugin.

Audio Issues

  • Check your buffer size and CPU usage. Large buffer sizes reduce CPU load but increase latency.
  • Ensure the plugin is not in Idle mode if it should be active. Tap the IDLE button to re-activate it.

MIDI Configuration

  • Make sure the correct MIDI source is selected in the plugin’s settings.
  • Use MIDI Learn to bind MIDI controllers to plugin parameters for hands-on control.

Practical Tips

  • Experiment with different combinations of AUv3 plugins to discover unique sounds.
  • Use Loopy Pro’s actions system to control plugin parameters and automate changes.
  • Regularly update your plugins to the latest version to ensure compatibility and access new features.