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Reason Compact Update

Reason Compact, from Propellerhead Software, was updated with two new instruments. Rytmik is a drum machine, while Monotone is a bass synth.

What's new in Reason Compact v2.0:

WHAT’S NEW:
In Reason Compact 2.0 we’ve added two new amazing-sounding instruments. Rytmik is a simple yet powerful drum machine that comes with lots of inspirational free drum kits. Monotone is a synth made for deep basslines.

This update arrives with an official promo from Propellerhead that is just a lot of YouTubers vlogging about how they allegedly use Reason Compact. We don't see much of the app's use to verify this claim.

Reader Comments 16

Disappointed to see these as IAPs. It was already a bit sneaky to launch a rather basic app with added packs, but now we also get asked to pay for additional instruments and more packs. Would have been better if they had made it a premium priced app or at least offered some sort of discount for the early adopters. I think I’ll stick with my Korg gadget setup for now.
May 23, 2019  | person nreyes
I’m even less interested in this garbage than I was before. This is Propellerhead’s investor focus, eh? Jumping on the bandwagon years too late, into a saturated market, and not even TRYING to give users what they’ve been asking for (a mobile version of Reason, not a crippled garbage product designed to extract money from micro transaction whales).

Also, it took about six taps on the comments link to get here on my iPhone. The link kept changing color but doing nothing else. The tiny size seems to have something to do with it. Zooming in seems to avoid this issue. The site is hard to read without zooming to begin with, but at least it doesn’t behave like a crippled “mobile” site like so many others. This issue does get on my nerves though.
This looks a lot like groovebox by novation
May 23, 2019  | person_outline Synthesaurio
On May 23, 2019 - @Synthesaurio said:
This looks a lot like groovebox by novation

Yeah... that's confused me on a couple of videos. I've misattributed in a post Groovebox as Reason Compact once, and another time I thought Reason Compact was Groovebox.
On May 23, 2019 - @dysamoria said:
Also, it took about six taps on the comments link to get here on my iPhone. The link kept changing color but doing nothing else. The tiny size seems to have something to do with it. Zooming in seems to avoid this issue. The site is hard to read without zooming to begin with, but at least it doesn’t behave like a crippled “mobile” site like so many others. This issue does get on my nerves though.

Thank you for saying that you prefer the way I do mobile, instead of the crippled mobile site that so many other people do. I feel the exact same way, but sometimes I feel like I'm alone in this opinion.

Because you specifically said that, I spent some thinking about and tweaking this problem! I've made the comment link text slightly bigger, and I've also added an invisible bounding box around it that goes off to the sides and top a bit. Now the link isn't just the text, but also the area around the text. This should make it much much easier to hit!
Not very happy. I already paid $10 for the synth extras and then had to purchase two more in apps just so I could play more of the whopping 10 presets - then they add a $10 drum machine and a $10 bass machine .
This app is not worth $30 and for people who bought everything at the beginning they should give them a break. All this is is figure with more control- funny because I bought that app before it was free as well. Not too happy right now and I was excited that there was actually going to be some drums but I will not spend another 20 bucks just for five drum kits and a few bass kits.
For $30 you can get a much better app than this. I hate to even say that for free ( even though back in the day I spent five dollars on it ) you can use garage band. Or for cheaper you can use nano studio two ( which I wasn’t even mad that I bought both versions LOL).
May 23, 2019  | person_outline Eve
A lot of the hate for this app seems to be because it is called "Reason". If it had a generic name people would be saying it is a cool little free app with a few IAPs.

Managing consumer expectations is an import part of marketing...
May 23, 2019  | person_outline Simon
Personally, the app frustrates me for many other reasons. The glitched presets that have been present since launch, the awkward promotional videos, and now the price. The synthesizer sounds really good, so there are times when I feel like I have to use it. It's just off-putting to have something that looks and sounds beautiful, while being so uniquely annoying. Until they updated it recently, I would forget about how you could only save "projects" and not presets, and I would often end up deleting my preset and losing my work.

And their marketing is so uniquely off-putting that it's almost genius. It's like they're paying homage to Buzzfeed, Tai Lopez, and classic infomercials, all at the same time.
May 24, 2019  | person WilliamC
Over on the AudioBus forum there is even some criticism of Jakob Haq for being involved in this project. So unfair.
May 24, 2019  | person_outline Simon
Sad to hear Jakob is getting grief. There are many cool people in the AB forum and there’s a lot of good stuff happening over there but those kinds of discussions really put me off.
Tai Lopez, for anyone unfamiliar with him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GIwTG8V-Ko
On May 23, 2019 - @Tim Webb said:

Thank you for saying that you prefer the way I do mobile, instead of the crippled mobile site that so many other people do. I feel the exact same way, but sometimes I feel like I'm alone in this opinion.

Because you specifically said that, I spent some thinking about and tweaking this problem! I've made the comment link text slightly bigger, and I've also added an invisible bounding box around it that goes off to the sides and top a bit. Now the link isn't just the text, but also the area around the text. This should make it much much easier to hit!

Thanks for looking into it, Tim. So far, the link still seems to behave the same way (took three taps this time, color did change without triggering the page load, so I know I’m hitting it). I didn’t notice the text being larger. A bounding box is a good idea. The “text as control” thing was always an issue with hypertext links, which was understandable... until the same concept ended up in software UI (looking at you, Apple and Microsoft!! Buttons should mean something!!).

I definitely dislike crippled mobile sites, especially when they have a shit-ton of scripting on the page that gets in the way of basic functionality like scrolling, zooming, back navigation, interference with text editing and context menu (on desktop)..., while adding useless UI animations and gestures (which never work well on websites). I’m a fan of basic website design. Though I think scale of objects and layout can still use a more moderate choice on some sites (a sort of compromise between desktop and mobile; something I haven’t managed to accomplish on my blog with the nightmare that is CSS). Making a site look great on one platform (desktop vs handheld) usually makes it problematic on the other. “Responsive design” has been a disaster (awful on all platforms... and the term doesn’t mean what it sounds like it should mean, what with bloated pages and unresponsive UIs).

Here’s an idea: maybe the comment link is too close to the other page elements and iOS is interpreting taps as a mistake?

I wish iOS behaved better with tap to zoom. It always seems not to zoom fully to the paragraph text (zooming instead to text containers(?), which wastes zoom potential).
Why does “Reason Compact” have such a high rating on the App Store????
@dysamoria: The changes were in a CSS file, and your browser may be caching that. Can you try again in a different mobile browser (if you have one already installed... it occurs to me now as I type this that normal people probably don't install 3+ mobile browsers)? Or if you use Chrome, you can swap into Incognito mode and that will download the CSS file fresh.
Enkerli wrote: "There are many cool people in the AB forum "

Yes, but there are also some real bullies too.

Last week one AB Forum user called Audio Damage's Chris Randall a "scam artist". The AB moderator has allowed the comment to remain. Sad to see nasty developer bashing like that. Law suit anyone...?
May 24, 2019  | person_outline Simon
There’s not much for the money here when all the IAPs total $30. But if the 2 new IAPs go on sale for $5 each like they did with Europa, it may be a little more enticing. Aside from that, I’m glad they made the sequencer horizontal this time.
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