Figure updated – and also goes FREE

Download from iTunes App StoreFigure logoThere are a few iOS music apps that, in some way, have helped define just what mobile music making might have to offer. For all it’s simplicity, Propellerhead’s Figure is one of those apps. With its brilliant use of the touchscreen interface and its ability to let almost anyone – musician or non-musician – making some cool-sounding electronic dance music in the blink of an eye, Figure was an instant ‘classic’.

In terms of the actual music creation process, Propellerhead haven’t added huge numbers of features to Figure since I first reviewed it but the various updates since then have improved the workflow, included Audiobus support and the potential for creating material that you can move on to other apps to develop or share with others. As such, instead of being ‘just’ a rather brilliant musical distraction, it is now also a genuinely useful musical tool.

Figure; simple but brilliant and an absolute iOS music app classic at UK£0.69.

Figure; simple but brilliant and an absolute iOS music app classic.

Propellerhead’s have made v.1.7.3 available on the App Store today. This brings various performance improvements and refinements to the Take (Propellerhead’s audio recording app) export process so you can move your Figure tracks over to Take and add some vocals (for example). However, perhaps the best news for those that don’t currently own Figure is that, for now at least, the app has gone FREE. Er… so just download it and have some fun.

Propellerhead’s Figure is an absolute classic iOS music app. The novel interface – with scale confined XY pitch pads, rhythm assisted drum part creation and some simple, but very cool, effects options that can be automated – is both a pleasure to use and easy to learn. If you have a musical bone in your body (OK, a musical bone that likes electronic styles) and you have not yet given Figure a try then you are missing a treat. Simple but brilliant – and now free – so what’s not to like?


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