An iOS version of Reason has been on many people’s wish list for some years now, so the announcement of Reason Compact, billed as “a slice of Reason on your phone,” was always going to generate considerable excitement. However, the title of this new app is slightly misleading, for while it does contain a touch-friendly version of Reason’s excellent Europa synth, which is also available as a plugin, that appears to be about it.
Reason Compact comes with 35 presets and enables you to create synth patches using 16 types of waveform. You can then hone your sound using the Shape controls and add effects. A smart keyboard enables you to record patterns, and performances can be tweaked using the note grid.
All of which is fine up to a point, but there’s bound to be a certain amount of disappointment that we’re not getting a rather larger slice of Reason here. Yes, your projects are compatible with Reason 10 and the Europa plugin and there’s support for Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Allihoopa, but this isn’t a full-on mobile DAW by any stretch.
Fortunately, Propellerhead have confirmed that there is more to come from Reason Compact, posting the following statement on the subject to their website: “The first version of Reason Compact features a slimmed down version of the Europa Shapeshifting Synthesizer from Reason 10. Reason Compact will be developed further to contain more tracks and instruments – including drums – so this is just a beginning.”
Reason Compact is free to download on the Apple App Store.