Reason and ReBirth developer Propellerhead has trimmed and sliced its music chopping talents down into a pick-up-and-play iPhone app, Figure, offering intuitive track creation for under a dollar. Pulling in audio from Reason’s Thor synth and Kong drum machine for bass, lead and percussion, Figure is designed to be usable in just a few minutes by even those with no musical skills whatsoever, by dragging a finger around the play pad UI.
There are also some easily modified touch-wheels to control rhythm and pitch, as well as make sure that your finger scrubbing keeps in tune and to the beat. Various tweaks can be applied to the preset sounds too, again using the play pad UI so that users needn’t know the technical terms.
Mixing is similarly straightforward, with automatic compression for that tight, professional sound, and you can add club-style sidechain compression with the tap of the “Pump” button. Propellerhead says the goal was something simple enough to pick up and use while you’re queuing, but with sufficient depth to maintain interest over longer periods too.
Figure for iPhone is available from the App Store, priced at $0.99 [iTunes link].