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

Download from iTunes App StoreFigure logo 3I missed a few updates while I was on enforced gardening leave for a few days and, while I’ve no intention of catching up on all of them, there are a few I can’t ignore.   One of those is one of the iOS music apps that, in some way, have helped define just what mobile music making might have to offer; Figure. 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 is just a classic... and, as it's free, there is absolutely no reason not to give it a try.

Figure is just a classic… and, as it’s free, there is absolutely no reason not to give it a try.

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). It now also includes the Allihoopa branding and musical hub for sharing your Propellerhead mobile-made musical compositions.

A further update – to v.2.1.2 – appeared on the App Store a week or so ago. Aside from some bug fixes, this now adds a rather neat ‘browser’ option for managing the internal sounds. This has perhaps become a necessity because the Props have added a considerable number of new sounds over recent months; you now need a browser to work your way through them all and, if required, to ‘hide’ those you don’t use so often.

There is now a browser option for navigating the sounds for each instrument slot....

There is now a browser option for navigating the sounds for each instrument slot….

Anyway, 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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    1. Hmm… Sorry to disagree, but Figure (the synth, lead and beats workflow)… Is still interesting at times, but… Alihoopa? Social music making? What? Not possible to transfer your own work to yourself without joining a social media abomination JUST SO YOU CAN DOWLOAD YOUR OWN WORK THAT YOU CREATED ON ANOTHER DEVICE? HAVING TO SIGN A LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH PROPELLORHEADS AS PART OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS? Of your own work??? No way Jose. Rotten. Wish they would just drop social media crap entirely, refocus on Figure as a generator and introduce MIDI I/O. That would be superb… But for the love of god please stop Alihoopa and TOD licensing crap now. Please PROPELLORHEADS!

      • Hi DF…. I can absolutely see where you are coming from here re the Allihoopa element of the app. I guess it doesn’t bother me as much as you…. but I don’t actively use that element… I just tend to stick Figure in AUM and make some noise with it :-) Very best wishes, John

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