Looper, Meet Sequencer
zenAud.io ALK is a cross between a sequencer and a looper. Like a traditional looper, clips are performed live and subsequently looped to create layers of sound. Like in a sequencer, the loops can be drawn, moved, copied, cut and pasted in a musical arrangement.
When it’s time to perform the song, ALK will follow your arrangement, pressing the necessary virtual pedals to arm channels, trigger effects, and record and play loops at the right time.
Freeing you to do what you do best: perform.
It's All About the Song
With traditional loopers, it’s easy to get caught in an endless stack of loops that go nowhere, and eventually collapse under their own sheer weight and tedium.
With ALK, you can create dextrous transitions between different chord changes and musical sections, keeping your tracks light, fresh, and engaging throughout.
Intuitive Interface, Innovative Engineering
ALK has a host of innovative features that give you amazing, granular control of your sound - without distracting you with minutia.
Unique arranged live-looping workflow. ALK allows quick and easy arrangement of where you want to perform live, using Record Loops, and where you want it to play back, using Play Loops. Build up your song structures in minutes!
ALK’s loop sequence view lets you take in your entire arrangement at a glance. Break away from endlessly layered loops and create structures: verses, choruses, b-sections and soloes.
MIDI looping is supported out of the box, giving you the ability to create loops using your entire array of software synths and beat machines. Adjust the tightness of your groove on the fly using ALK’s elastic quantize feature, simply by turning a dial.
Symmetric Routing is ALK’s answer to traditional mixer channels and effects sends/returns. Any track (audio or MIDI) can act as a mixer or group, and an effect send simply becomes a regular output!
ALK supports VST/AudioUnit effects and instruments allowing you to live loop with all your signature sounds. Plugins can be automated from the arrangement, or controlled with your favorite MIDI controller.
ALK’s Magnetic Note Repeat automatically smooths out notes triggered off-grid, easing them gradually into lockstep. Perfect for laying out a four-on-the-floor kick drum or eighth-note hi-hat pattern on the fly.
Draw accurate automation using intuitive trackpad gestures. Using a combination of mouse position, horizontal and vertical swipe gestures, and rotation gestures, you can control the shape of your curve. Adding control points for more precision is as easy as clicking within the region.
ALK's approach to performed automation, like filter or reverb sweeps, is to treat the knob, pad, or pedal as an instrument in its own right: on its own track. Routings are dynamic and can be changed over a song or set, so a single knob could control a filter sweep in one song, and a reverb sweep in the next.
With ALK's panic features, you don't need to worry about making the occasional mistake. Through a click of a pedal, you can have a perfectly played reference version of the loop replace it - useful for when you absolutely need the song to progress.
With hover auditioning, changing sounds is as easy as hovering the mouse over the track in question. However, it's still possible to leave monitoring on or off by switching to manual auditioning in the track's context menu.
"ALK2's track-based workflow appears to transcend the limitations of hardware-based live looping by enabling and facilitating the creation, programming and presentation of complex, pedal-free, multitrack live looping performances in a DAW-style environment."
"zenAud.io ALK2 is an outstandingly simple to use looper station, that does not share the typical shortcomings of similar products, complements their functionality with the advantages of a sequencer and also provides innovative automation options."
"ALK2 gives a wonderful glimpse into the future of live sequencing and recording."
“Over the time of our test, we became aware that the purpose of ALK2 goes far beyond that of just a better looper.”
“Costing only €39 for the Solo version and €149 for the Full version, the ALK2 is not only cheaper than your regular looping pedal, it’s just better and a great songwriting tool.”
"Relating ALK2 to a looper pedal brings to mind the old 'DJing with Ableton Live vs turntables' comparison, in terms of the simplification of the performance process and the immense creative empowerment that software brings over hardware."
Let the music flow
ALK was made by musicians, for musicians, with one purpose: to remove all distractions and artificial barriers between the performer and audience. Because good music flows.
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Requires Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or higher or macOS 10.10 Yosemite or higher. To find out if your OS supports zenAud.io ALK2, choose "About This Mac" from the Apple menu () in the upper-left corner of your screen on your mac or press the Windows key, type in This PC and Enter on Windows. The full list of system requirements can be found here.
Each copy of ALK2 or ALK2 Solo can be activated and used on up to 5 different devices - PC or Mac.
You will never be penalized for buying ALK Solo before ALK. The upgrade price will simply be the difference between the ALK and ALK Solo prices (all discounts and special offers apply).
Compare ALK2 Versions
|Unique Arranged Live Looping workflow for complex pedal-free looping performances|
|MIDI loop quantizing|
|Magnetic Note Repeat|
|VST and Audio Unit support|
|Flexible Captured and Scripted automation|
|Panic Mode for smooth mistake handling|
|Hover Auditioning for quick and easy track monitoring|
|Excellent trackpad support|
|Pitch shift and change offset of audio and MIDI loops|
|Instrument tracks (allow software synths and audio effects; output is audio)|
|MIDI tracks (allow pure MIDI effects; can output to MIDI hardware; output is MIDI)|
|Tracks per project||12||Unlimited|
|Hardware audio inputs and outputs per project||2 in 2 out||Unlimited|
|Inputs and outputs per track||1 in 1 out||Unlimited|
|Submixing (track into track routing)|
|Audio effects plugins per track||2||Unlimited|
|MIDI effects plugin support|
|MIDI controllers per project||1||Unlimited|
|Scripted Control Automation (Pre-programmed automation curves)|
|Quantized Command Automation triggering (MIDI trigger of command waits until end of measure)|