Troublemaker updated – Bram Bos tweaks his 303 inspired AU-ready iOS synth app

As I mentioned last week in doing a full review, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn't disappoint and I think this might already be a strong contender for my 'top 10 iOS music apps of 2017' selection (and, if it's not, then we are in for a heck of a year!). Bram is building an impressive collection of iOS music apps. I reviewed his … [Read more...]

Troublemaker review – Bram Bos delivers a dose of 303 inspired trouble in an iOS AU-ready app

As I mentioned yesterday, Bram Bos has just delivered a new iOS music app to the App Store to tempt us with. The choice of name - Troublemaker – suggests this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. I’ll come back to that issue later but, as the app is a synth that attempts to capture the essence of Roland’s famous (infamous?) TB-303 hardware ‘bass’ synth – the synth that perhaps launched the whole ‘Acid’ music genre on its own – then Troublemaker is bound to make a lot of iOS … [Read more...]

Troublemaker launched – Bram Bos delivers 303 attitude in an AU-friendly app for iOS

I reviewed Bram Bos' Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just after it was released. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. If you liked Pahsemaker (and Bram's two AU drum synths Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM) then I suspect you might also like his follow up to Phasemaker; Troublemaker hit the App Store today. Indeed, I suspect Troublemaker might bring in a … [Read more...]

Phasemaker update – Bram Bos tweaks his AU-friendly FM synth

I reviewed Bram Bos' new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just after it was released. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist in the original release was that the app supports the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app, via Audiobus or IAA (the later two added in a subsequent update). While … [Read more...]

Phasemaker update – Bram Bos adds Audiobus support to his FM synth

I reviewed Bram Bos' new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just a few weeks ago. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist in the original release was that the app supports the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app...  but it did not include Audiobus or IAA technologies. This is an approach I … [Read more...]

Phasemaker update – Bram Bos goes universal with his AU FM synth

I reviewed Bram Bos' new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just a couple of weeks ago. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist is that the app support the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app...  And while it is designed with the AU format in mind, like iSEM or Poison-202 (for example), … [Read more...]

Phasemaker update – Bram Bos adds new features to his AU FM synth

I reviewed Bram Bos' new Phasemaker iOS synth app here on the Music App Blog just a few days ago. It's a brilliant little synth inspired by the FM synth engines of the 1980s (such as the classic DX7) but with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure. And, in iOS terms, the other modern twist is that the app support the AU plugin format, although it can also run as a stand-alone app...  And while it is designed with the AU format in mind, like iSEM or Poison-202 (for example), this is a … [Read more...]

Phasemaker review – Bram Bos adds an AU FM synth to his iOS music app line-up

It's only a few months since Bram Bos launched both Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM, his two iOS drum apps that are delivered in an AU plugin format. Both are interesting not because they feature some uber-complex and sophisticated drum programming options but perhaps because they are designed to be the opposite of that; drum synths that are easy to program, have modest demands on the iOS hardware host and very easy to get to grips with. Given the potential that Audio Units offers, it is perhaps … [Read more...]