Loopling is a musical instrument for realtime online collaboration. It also serves as a fun and creative educational tool.
Loopling is launched as a Java Applet in your web browser window. It uses Java's built-in music synthesizer by default, to provide a range of instruments including drum kit, pianos, guitars, strings, brass, electronic sounds, etc. All musical events are handled using the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) standard, so you can also hook up an external MIDI keyboard or synthesizer.
Several users can connect together over the Internet as Members of the same Group. Users can listen to each others' instrumental "loops", play along in perfect sync, and record their jam sessions as General MIDI files. These can be played by many media players (QuickTime, Windows Media Player, etc) or edited further.
Click Create to create a new Group. Use a password-protected group to limit membership to people you know. The LAN (Local Area Network) option may be used when all members will use a local network (eg in the same household).
Click Connect to connect to an existing group.
Once you're connected, read the User Guide and FAQ
for music-making tips. The User Forums are another helpful source of information.
You will also find that many of Loopling's controls have tooltips that appear when
you place your mouse over them.
Authentication. You may get a prompt to "Trust" the download from Muskrat Works. Please click OK to proceed with the download. The Loopling applet contains no spyware or malware.
Difficulty creating a Group. You may experience problems creating a Group, as noted in the log area at the bottom of the Loopling applet. There are three ways to create a group:
Get Java and Java Soundbank. If the Applet does not work you may need to download the latest version of Java for your computer. Java 1.5 (aka Java 5) or later is required.
Audio or MIDI device unavailable. You also may need to install a Java soundbank. In some cases this error message appears because another program is using your sound card. You may need to quit iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc and/or restart your web browser.
Why is the applet so small? On some older browsers the Loopling applet may not take advantage of all the space available in the browser window. Try resizing your browser window after starting Loopling.
If you are still having trouble getting Loopling started, try the User Forums.
Loopling is written in Java and should be compatible
with most modern operating systems (Linux, Mac, Windows, etc) and a Java-compatible browser
(Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc).
Loopling and MemberMan are copyright 2010 Muskrat Works. Redistribution in any form is prohibited.
MemberMan includes software developed by SuperBonBon Industries.
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