On-the-go music making apps are theoretically a great idea. Who doesn’t want to impress the cute girl on the bus with your dubstep/electroclash/country/John Tesh psychedelic mash-up? Who doesn’t want to liven up those trips to the launderette with a full-on mixing session right there in the midst of the dirty pants and powder-encrusted loose change? Only a joyless fool, that’s who.
The trouble is: while iPad music making is relatively straightforward (thanks to the delights of that massive shiny screen), it’s a whole different world when dealing with the iPhone. As remarkable as that little device is, production apps can often seem a little squashed together and fidgety. This isn’t the case, however, with ‘Figure’, the new app from Propellerhead.
Seriously – this thing has one of the most intuiative and user-friendly touchscreen interfaces we’ve seen in a long time. Don’t get unrealistic expectations – Figure won’t turn you into the next Aphex Twin. But if you want to rediscover the sheer joy of creativity during a boring commute, you won’t find many better music-makers than this.
Don’t believe us? Just check out this enthusiastic user comment:
It feels like I’m fingering music!
Erm … nice.