NPR logo

'Figure' Music-Making App Lets You Be The Artist

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161303857/161306152" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
'Figure' Music-Making App Lets You Be The Artist

Digital Life

'Figure' Music-Making App Lets You Be The Artist

'Figure' Music-Making App Lets You Be The Artist

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161303857/161306152" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Singer-songwriter Margot MacDonald reviews the music-making app called "Figure" that records and layers different beats to create a song.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now from tech across the globe to tech at your fingertips. It's time for our latest app review. Today, we're going to tell you about Figure, created by the company Propellerhead. Figure is a music-making app that lets you record and layer your own beats, no talent required, just the right hardware and 99 cents.

Lucky for us, singer-songwriter Margot MacDonald has all three and shares this review.

MARGOT MACDONALD: Figure is a really intuitive way to kind of create your own music with a bunch of given set sounds of drums...

(SOUNDBITE OF DRUM BEATS)

MACDONALD: ...and bass...

(SOUNDBITE OF DRUM BEATS AND BASS NOTES)

MACDONALD: ...and a lead line.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: So you scroll through, and you pick the drum kit you want to use. Let's say, you pick Old-School, and it gives you boing...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: ...cha(ph)...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: ...and pu-pu(ph)...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: ...and create your own rhythm on the touch screen with your fingers.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: Hit record and loop that, then move on to the base.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: Just scroll your finger up and down depending on what note you wanted to hit.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MACDONALD: I'm not sure how it could be applied live or in an actual music setting, but it's definitely - for musicians, it's definitely fun for playing around with some new musical ideas, kind of finding inspiration in an odd source. And for the average person, it's - I think it's as fun as any other game app. So that's (unintelligible) you're going to create something.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

CORNISH: That's singer-songwriter Margot MacDonald reviewing the music-making app called Figure.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Copyright © 2012 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.