Rea­son Com­pact

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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.

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