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Enso is an AudioUnit V3 plugin; it requires an AUv3 host like Cubasis, Garageband, AUM, etc.
An architecturally unique and sonically characterful looping toolkit for producers and live performers, inspired by both modern looper pedals and vintage tape-based setups, Enso combines elegant and intuitive UI design with a deep but accessible feature set and stellar sound quality.
Enso’s operation will be immediately familiar to users of hardware looper pedals or plugins such as Ableton Live’s bundled Looper. Start playback of the host DAW, hit Enso’s record button and capture your instrumental performance into a loop of whatever length you like, up to ten minutes (five minutes on iOS). Then, without stopping playback, overdub further passes to create layered grooves, complex harmonic textures, or dense, evolving soundscapes.
Beyond those basics, though, Enso takes software looping into new territory. Two Overdub modes configure the plugin for conventional looper pedal behaviour or Frippertronics-style ‘dual tape deck’ manoeuvres, affecting the handling of the Feedback parameter for an endless range of layering possibilities; and up to four Sectors can be effortlessly defined, each with its own start and end points, for on-the-fly rearrangement of the loop.
With Enso, time and motion become truly fluid, as speed and direction are handled completely independently for playback and recording, the ‘through-zero’ bipolar Speed controls smoothly transitioning from forwards to backwards, and vice versa, in real time. Want to record forwards at half speed, while simultaneously playing the buffered loop in reverse at 1.25x? Of course you do…
Onboard tape-style saturation, filtering and chorus effects bring dirt, frequency-shaping and stereo thickening to the party; and a comprehensive MIDI assignment system makes it a snap to set your MIDI pedal or button controller up for operation of all Enso’s buttons and switches. With its animated play and record heads, meanwhile, the looping waveform display provides a clean, clear visual representation of the potentially mind-bending temporal acrobatics taking place, letting you get a handle on exactly what’s happening at a glance.
Giving you everything you need for limitlessly creative looping, on stage and in the studio, Enso is one of Audio Damage’s most beautifully realized plugins yet, and an empowering addition to any musician’s arsenal of effects
Ratings and Reviews
Great looper, but some wonky behavior...
Chiefly that for some reason, at least when loaded in AUM, if you have it on a send channel (or even just as an insert effect), even if you pull the channel fader all the way down, you can still hear the loop playing. I’m not sure if it’s an aum issue or Enso, but I’ve never experienced this with anything else before. Please fix and this would be 5 stars, cause its otherwise great.
SO CLOSE TO PERFECT
I can already tell this app is going to completely change how music is made in iOS. The speed you can get loops down is amazing and the design is totally intuitive. However, the app desperately needs a way to render loops as uncompressed audio files that can be sorted into AudioShare. I cannot tell you the number of times these past few weeks where 6 instances of ENSO all crashed and I lost my recordings forever. Being able to load pre-existing loops into ENSO would be a godsend as well. An ability to save INIT setups for ENSO so it could automatically load with specific bar lengths and loop settings would also be nice. Overall, a fantastic app but needs serious methods for saving and routing audio loops in case the instance is corrupted (happens very often).
Edit: ENSO is NOT stable when connecting AUM to AudioShare. If an ENSO instance is set to record as you route audio into AudioShare it WILL crash. And you will lose EVERY ENSO instance in your project. This is a major bug that must be fixed as soon as possible. Do not rely on this plugin for any live performances.
As a longtime user of Audio Damage products (since 2009?), I’ve been absolutely thrilled by their iOS offerings. This particular effect, however, is especially wonderful. It’s evident that the designer/developer has approached this from the perspective of a user/musician - providing features and functionality in a form that is immediately useful, intuitive and inspiring.
After watching the overview video, I was immediately able to produce some impressive drones and soundscapes.
I've used it many more times since my initial review and continue to enjoy working with it. I'm continually able to produce great, useful results which I can incorporate into my desktop sessions immediately. It's a pleasure to use!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.