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Reason Compact - Make Music

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mobile music studio packed with features, lots of pro tips.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free Music
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This tool does exactly what it sets out to do: It's a compact, accessible starting point for digital music creation. It's easy to get started because you can use the "smart keyboard" to start creating melodies that stay in the right key, or you can find more features and create more flexible, customized tunes and beats. To get more information, you can tap a question mark button to explore info screens that detail how each setting works, and there are brief, meaty pro tips for how to use them. There aren't many apps for beginners that include this much detail, and it's empowering and exciting to explore and learn how these many features work together to produce music. The volume of features can occasionally overwhelm the device, so sometimes switching between apps can make the playback misbehave, which may require relaunching the app. Its features may be a little limited for more seasoned digital music creators, but overall it's a flexible, accessible starting point for digital music makers of all ages.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Subjects: Arts : music, rhythm
  • Skills: Creativity : making new creations, producing new content, Self-Direction : effort, initiative, work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Free (more content via in-app purchases from $0.99 to $9.99)
  • Release date: October 12, 2019
  • Category: Music
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Publisher: Reason Studios AB
  • Version: 2.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: February 26, 2020

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