Propellerhead’s reign under new CEO Niklas Agevik has officially gotten underway with the release of Reason Compact 2.0, an upgrade of the brand’s Europa pocket synth app. Version 2 introduces two instruments into the mix: a drum machine known as Rytmik and a bass synthesizer called Monotone.
With two new instruments and the Europa synth, you’ll essentially be able to create a three-instrument track. Rytmik arms you with 16 virtual drum kits, which can be triggered with drum pads and built-in patterns. To get those creative juices flowing, the drum machine offers you beat and sound presets tailored for a variety of modern genres.
Monotone, on the other hand, is a synthesizer that pumps out deep basslines. Monotone basslines and Europa melodies can both be created via a smart keyboard feature, which helps you “stay in key and never hit a wrong note”, according to Propellerhead.
Besides the two instrument additions, Reason Compact 2.0 also boasts a range of built-in effects, including reverb, delay and unison. The app also packs a plethora of tips, making it easier to learn about the instruments and different aspects of music production.
Ideas crafted on Reason Compact 2.0 are exportable to Reason 10, letting you finish off your compositions on the desktop. A v10.4 update for Reason 10 has just been released as well. Available to all Reason 10 users for free, the new version adds both Rytmik and Monotone instruments to the desktop-format of the DAW.
Check out an overview of Reason Compact 2.0 below:
Propellerhead is giving users of the Reason Compact app a free download of Reason Lite. Download Reason Compact 2.0 here, full functionality is available via in-app purchases. More info at propellerheads.com.