Our favourite ‘create squelchy acid loops in a couple of minutes then inflict them on your friends’ iOS app, Figure, just got a genuinely exciting update.

The app, released last year by audio veterans Propellerhead Software, now enables users to share their creations directly to SoundCloud.

What’s more, version 1.4 – released on the App Store yesterday – also supports the Audiobus standard for squirting audio between different iOS music-creation apps.

The SoundCloud feature is complemented by a competition being run by Propellerhead and SoundCloud to get people sharing.

Anyone who uploads a sound from figure will go into a prize draw to win Beats by Dre headphones, a Propellerhead software suite and a year’s SoundCloud Pro account. There’s also an online gallery of sounds being uploaded, to provide inspiration.

Here’s my quickfire effort:

Audiobus support is also a good step forward for Figure though: the standard works with a number of music apps, helping people move sounds between them when creating larger tracks. In short, Rebirth will now play nice with apps like Rebirth, JamUp, Loopy, Korg iElectribe, Cubasis and others.

Figure started out as a fun digital music-making toy – albeit one powered by impressive technology – but as time has gone on, it’s got more pro features.

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