Propellerhead’s Figure for iPhone, No Longer an Island: Sync, AudioCopy, Free Scales

Reinventing music software for a handheld is no minor challenge. Make it too much like desktop software, and you wind up with something crammed with features that feels awkward and overly heavy in a mobile context. Pare down too much, and you’ve got something that behaves more like a toy and can’t hold up to extended usage. Under the hood, Propellerhead’s Figure is actually Reason. But that’s just the sound engine underneath. And while the Swedish development house was adventurous and creative in imagining an interface for handheld use, the first version wasn’t exactly greeted with thrilled reviews. Users found …


DM1’s Touchable, Interconnected Drum Machine App Earns Apple Design Award [iOS]

DM1 The Drum Machine for iPad from Fingerlab on Vimeo. In a studio, very often it isn’t about endless racks of gear so much as the handful of items you most love. So, amidst a sometimes overwhelming flood of iOS apps – and, frankly, some of them quite disposable – a few stand out. The DM1 drum machine seems especially deserving of the coveted Apple Design Award it won this month at WWDC. The UI design by Jonas Eriksson is textured and detailed without being overly slavish to hardware. The app itself makes a great argument for turning to the …


In Korg iKaossilator 2, Beatmaker for iPad, iPhone, Extended Collaborative Features

The stream of iPad and iPhone apps for musicians gushes endlessly, but among that river of software, there are some visible trends. Demanded by users, features for sharing between apps – and other mobile artists – flourish. Hardware heavyweight KORG has been one of the developers that’s been especially good at offering that kind of support. Their just-announced iKaossilator 2 app adds native iPad screen support (previously iPhone-optimized only), and a new “flex play” for fills and breaks. But most notably, it offers options for sharing: Audio export for saving your audio – ideal for use elsewhere or sharing SoundCloud …