Figure updated – Propellerhead add new features to their classic iOS music app

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 - an instant iOS music app classic.

Figure – an instant iOS music app classic.

Propellerhead released v.2.0 back in July and this added performance improvements, new sounds and an arpeggiator function (no,  the latter is no match for Thesys or Arpeggist but then it doesn’t come with the same price tag either).

Figure now includes a 'Discover' button....

Figure now includes a ‘Discover’ button….

A further update – to v.2.0.1 – appeared on the App Store over the weekend. Aside from some bug fixes, this now adds a ‘Discover’ button so you can explore Figure projects created by other users. It’s always interesting to hear what other folks do with software you also use; someone always manages to squeeze something surprising out of an app that you can learn from whether it is a musical style you work in or not…

You can explore tracks created by other Figure users....

You can explore tracks created by other Figure users….

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 currently also free – so what’s not to like?


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