Over the last 9 months or so, many iOS musicians have been keeping their fingers crossed that Apple’s Audio Units plugin format – already well established in the desktop-based music production environment – was going to gain a grip under iOS9. However, for a variety of reasons (and some key ones down to Apple’s initial implementation of AU under iOS), developers were somewhat cautious in their adoption of the AU format….
Thankfully, with AUv.3 now available, this does appear to be changing. We now have a number of notable AU hosts and, over the last few weeks, there has been an increasing flow of AU compatible apps appearing either as new releases or updates to existing apps. And, with a little bit of pre-release chatter, we now have out first AU plugin iOS drum machine/synth app; Ruismaker from developer Bram Bos.
The app’s synth engine actually started life within the design of an actual hardware drum synth; Ruismaker Annabella. However, as an app, Ruismaker, which I reviewed a week or so ago, launches as an AU-only plugin and does, therefore, require a suitable variant of iOS (v.9.0 or later is listed), suitable iOS hardware plus a suitable AU host. The is, however, universal and, at just 10MB, it should be possible to squeeze it in almost anywhere. The app has a launch price of just UK£3.99/US$4.99.
Even a quick look at the app’s graphical design will tell you what Bram is keen to point out in the app’s blurb; in this initial release at least, Ruismaker is a software recreation of a sort of ‘classic style’ drum synth with something of a 1980s visual vibe going on. And that main screen is pretty much the full control set… so, while you can tweak each of the available eight sounds individually, in terms of the synthesis engine itself, Ruismaker is intentionally streamlined. If you need greater flexibility in your drum synth, and perhaps a wider range of sounds, then apps such as Elastic Drums, DM2 or Attack are still going to hold sway. However, it you want a simplified interface and some classic sounding FM-based electronic drum sounds with a minimum of fuss, Ruismaker might be just the thing.
Bram was kind enough to provide me with 5 copies of the app to give away to readers here at the Music App Blog. The draw closed yesterday and the winning names were drawn out of the hat this morning….
And the winners are…..
All the winners have now been sent an email with the details of how to get hold of their free copy. Incidentally, if you do appear as a winner in one of these giveaways and you don’t seem to have seen an email from me with the promo code details, then do make sure you check in your junk, trash or spam folders just in case your email system has ‘filed’ the message there :-)
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Ruismaker is a perfectly credible drum synth in its own right. Check out the full review for details. No, it won’t challenge for of the established ‘big hitters’ within this category of the app store but then I’m not sure that’s actually the design intention. Small, compact and easy to use, Ruismaker is both inexpensive and a perfectly credible choice if you are after some solid drum synth sounds. Here’s hoping the app gets the support required for the developer to move it forward from this very promising starting point. And if you didn’t win this time around, then hit the download button to find out more and grab it at the launch price while it lasts :-)