Arcade is a loop synthesizer plugin that allows you to make use of an extensive library of carefully curated content from Output that is stored in the cloud.

The Arcade in-app browser contains an extensive streamable and downloadable library of loops. And, because all the loops are auditioned and downloaded directly within Arcade, it means there’s no fussing around with an internet browser.

This unique plugin allows you to apply extreme audio manipulation to the loops you download, and it also provides a number of tools that will allow you to mix these loops. Today we’ll take an in-depth look at what Arcade has to offer.


Arcade’s browser allows you to search, preview, and load kits found within the plugin itself, enabling you to audition content and download only what you need. The browser is broken down into 3 categories: Product Lines (Lines), Kits, and Loops.

Lines are collections of sounds that each offer a particular vibe. Each line is broken down into different kits. A kit contains 15 curated loops, implementing modifiers, macros, effects, and modulation; these are essentially like presets. As new kits are introduced, a little yellow icon that says “New” will appear next to each item, making it easy to identify. Additionally, Arcade allows you to use your own loops, as well as create your own kits from scratch.

Arcade’s synth allows you to play and transform the loops you download, and the synth engine turns the loop you download into playable instruments. You can modify the sound of these instruments using the black keys on your MIDI keyboard, or with macro sliders, modulation, and effects.

There are custom macro sliders explicitly designed for each kit. You can modify the macros included in each kit by opening the Macro Overview and making changes as you see fit. Making your own kit from scratch will clear all these macro settings so that you’re working with a clean slate.

Arcade uses two octaves of your keyboard; loops are loaded onto the white keys, while the black keys modify them in real time. The currently available modifiers include Resequence, Playhead, and Repeater. Resequence creates entirely new musical sequences out of the original loop; this feature will ensure you don’t end up with the exact same loop sequences as other people using Arcade. Playhead jumps to different points in the audio and allows you to play back audio in reverse. Repeater repeats different sections of your loop at various speeds and sizes.

Each white key has an Edit function that allows you to apply significant audio manipulation to each loop. The edit controls will enable you to manipulate volume, panning, attack time, release time, crossfade time, speed, tuning, send level, grid size, and filters. It also allows you to reverse audio and manipulate the playback region of samples. In the Advanced section of this editor, you can adjust the loop’s original tempo and key; it’s vital that you set this information correctly when using your own loops.

Arcade’s Mixer section provides you with a channel strip for each loop, allowing you to control the volume, pan, and send level for each white key. There’s also a master bus that will enable you to manage its level and pan, as well as insert 4 different audio effects of your choice. The available effects include a chorus, compressor, multi-tap delay, stereo delay, distortion box, equalizer, filter, limiter, lo-fi effect, phaser, and reverb. Each send allows you to load up 2 of these effects. You can also apply 4 of these effects to the master channel.

Assigning modulation to the controls in the Mixer section is easy; just right-click on a parameter and select the modulation source you’d like to apply. This allows you to add some animated movement to each channel strip.

In the bottom right corner of Arcade, there’s another master volume output. I’m not sure why there are two master volume outputs, but the one in the bottom right corner is accessible regardless of which window you have pulled up in Arcade. Below this control, there’s a square icon that lets you stop playback of all loops.

All the loops you download from the Arcade browser lock to the host tempo of your DAW. You can also select the key of the loops you download to match the key of the session you’re working on.

The Arcade dashboard allows you to control global settings like speed, legato, and input quantize. It will also let you change the location of where you save your samples. I store my samples on an external hard drive, so that’s where I relocated the Arcade sample folder.

In addition, a small feature that I think is worth mentioning is the ability to resize the Arcade window by dragging on its corner. This would allow you to quickly move the plugin over to a secondary monitor and resize it to fit the screen.



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