We’ve got lots of other news from Messe to share soon – so don’t worry, this isn’t becoming the Propellerhead News Network. But since I’m starving and going to dinner, you can spend those 40 minutes watching the Propellerhead “keynote” press presentation I saw yesterday.
This video is for the moment the only way to really see the new iPhone app Figure, powered by Reason under the hood. Speaking of which, I have some answers to questions readers asked during our live coverage from yesterday:
Q. Will Figure be available on Android?
A. No plans at this time, no.
Q. Is the US$1 price an “intro” price? Really, only a buck?
A. It’s really only a buck, when it becomes available following Apple approval. It’s not officially an intro price, but Propellerhead also hasn’t said it’s the permanent price, so you might want to snap it up.
Q. Is there an iPad-native resolution?
A. Confirming this one. But see the demo video below… on an iPad.
Q. Will it support MIDI out?
A. Good grief, I’d be a little frustrated with Propellerhead if they added MIDI in or out to this iPhone app before we got it in Reason. (Cough. Yes, I still want that, darn it.) Anyway, short answer: no. No MIDI in, no MIDI out. MIDI out would be excellent, because it’s a pattern sequencer; maybe they can put that in a future version and I can play my MeeBlip with it. MIDI in makes less sense, because it’s really about the touch experience.
Q. There’s really Reason inside this app?
A. Yes. Ernst was very clear on this, as you can hear in the video. It’d be really great if you could somehow load racks from the desktop Reason with Figure and visa versa, but we’ll just have to get our hands on this, which should happen very soon.
Q. What does Figure actually look like?
Our friends at Sonic State shot video, so that I spend more time sitting in the sun eating brats and drinking beer. (Nick, does that mean me embedding this here counts as non-commercial usage? I’m doing it solely out of being lazy and bad at shooting video.)
Seriously, it’s a nice hands-on: