Figure updated with Song Save & Export

Propellerhead has updated Figure with a couple of the community's biggest requests! You can now save your jamming as a song, for reloading later! There is even an export option to render an audio file for iTunes File Sharing.

This update also adds new loop lengths. Previously you were limited to a 2 bar loop, but now you can select loops of 1, 2, 4, or 8 bars. I was playing around with this a lot and they handled it pretty well. If you make a little pattern on 2 bars, but then shift the length up to 8, it will copy the 2 bars to fill in the new length.

If you have a multi-bar pattern, and reduce the length, you will lose the pattern information that is no longer in the loop. For instance, let's say you have a 4 Bar pattern with a flourish of crashes on the 4th bar. Then you reduce it to a 2 bar pattern, and then back to 4, you will only have whatever was in the first 2 bars and won't hear the crashes. This makes sense, and I'm not complaining, but I thought it was worth pointing out. Now that you can save your work, you can experiment without fear!

Buy Figure on iTunes: $0.99 (iPhone)

Electronic Piano Synthesizer is on sale for just $1!

Both the iPhone version (XS) and the iPad version of Electronic Piano Synthesizer on are sale now for just $1!

You can check out my mini-review, along with reader comments, in the Buyer's Guide.

Buy Electronic Piano Synthesizer on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy Electronic Piano Synthesizer XS for iPhone on iTunes: $0.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Sunsine Audio releases Snowflake for Arctic

Sunsine has a lot of news today! They have just released a new preset pack, Snowflake, which includes 64 new presets for Arctic Keys. I've heard some complaints about the factory presets in Arctic, but half the problem is they were mostly community submissions... without any normalization. Volumes can vary wildly, since every single designer had a different monitoring environment.

Sunsine's Snowflake should be easier to work with, and their demo has some nice analogue-sounding fun for the ears.

Snowflake is available now on Sunsine's website for $2.49.

Additionally, Sunsine are now offering a bundle to purchase all iOS packs, including the GlitchBreaks loops, for one price at $19.99. Find complete details on their iOS Bundle page, and check out this epic song, from iOS Music & You blogger Chip Boaz. He makes use of nothing but presets from the Sunrizer, Animoog, Cassini, and DXi packs!

GlitchBreaks added to the Buyer's Guide

I just realized, yesterday, that I forgot to add an entry for GlitchBreaks to the guide! It has seen a couple of big updates since launch and it is now definitely a "Friendly" app, with an eye on getting "Awesome!" soon if development keeps pace!

Please add your thoughts here!

iPad Music App Buyer’s Guide Rating: Friendly

Recommendation: Fun and easy app for making original grooves, with great features like recording and Audio Copy/Paste.

Drum Loops HD

Hans Eijkenaar (a drummer famous enough to have a lengthy entry on the Dutch Wikipedia) let me know about his new app, Drum Loops HD. It is essentially just a drum loop library, but it is a really well designed library for iOS (Universal). It is even taking advantage of Audio Pasteboard to get the loops into other apps and DAWs. It seems fairly fast to navigate, find, and audition a loop in the style/BPM you want. Then one button sends the whole loop to the pasteboard.

All of the loops are performed by Hans himself, and recorded with two different mic setups. You get a modern and a "vintage" mic arrangement to choose from for every loop. This seems like a great place to start if you hate programming drum patterns, or even just to get the ball rolling with a specific groove style! Here's the intro video with Hans.

Buy Drum Loops HD on iTunes: $9.99

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