Samplr for Touchbar: Turn your MacBook Pro Touch Bar into a sampler – for free!

Samplr for TouchbarDo you own a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar? Now you can finally put it to good use! The creator of the awesome Samplr app for iPad has released Samplr for Touchbar, which turns the weird touch-sensitive ribbon into a surprisingly capable sampler. And it’s free!

Samplr for Touchbar

Do you own a recent MacBook Pro? And if you do, how much do you actually use its Touch Bar? While Apple may have had reasons for not putting a full-on touch screen on the MacBook Pro (mostly related to the OS and its touch usability), the Touch Bar always seemed like an odd stopgap solution. I don’t think I know anyone who uses it for much more than volume and brightness control, let alone professional applications.

So what can you do with it? Marcos Alonso, creator of the wonderful Samplr app for iPad, has decided that it’s time to finally put the Touch Bar to good use. His new app Samplr for Touchbar is like a mini version of Samplr that runs in your Touch Bar. It’s fun to play with and surprisingly capable, and it’s free.

Four play modes

Samplr for Touchbar can record audio using your computer’s internal microphone. It offers four play modes: slicer, looper, bow and tape. Slicer lets you play sample fragments like individual hits by tapping on them. Looper mode loops sections of audio. In bow mode, you can use granular synthesis to turn a small fragment of audio into something new. And tape mode lets you play audio at -200 to +200 % of the original speed.

You can choose the play mode in the play controls, where you’ll also find an envelope and a transposition option. To round things off, Samplr for Touchbar offers integrated filter and delay effects.

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use the Touch Bar for something meaningful, I suggest that you give Samplr a try. It looks like a whole lot of fun!

Price and compatibility

Samplr for Touchbar is available as a free download from the developer’s page. He says that it’s distributed “as is” and that no future updates are planned. If you like the workflow, you can always upgrade to the full Samplr app for iPad.

The app requires a 2016 or later Apple MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar.

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