As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago 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 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. I’ve also looked at both of his drum synth apps – Ruismaker and Ruismaker FM – and was suitably impressed. Troublemaker is, however, even better; this is a developer who is really hitting his stride and, in addition, embracing the AU plugin format.
Anyway, read the full Troublemaker review for the details… but, with a couple of updates already delivered, Bram was been kind enough to supply me with five copies of Troublemaker to give away here at the Music A Blog. The draw closed on Friday but, as I’ve been away on a short trip, I didn’t get to stuff the hat until this morning….. The winning names were pulled out of said 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 prizes. 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 :-)
Oh, and if you want to make sure you are entered for all the promo code giveaways that I run through the Music App Blog, then get yourself on the email newsletter list – and pick up your copy of our free ’25 apps’ guide :-)
While I’m sure Bram has plenty of further ideas in mind for future updates, I think Troublemaker is already absolutely fabulous. I love the design ethos and the AU support seems to work flawlessly. The sequencer option in the stand-alone app is also a bit of ‘keep it simple’ genius. Oh, and, most importantly, Troublemaker sounds great; if you are looking for synth-based trouble – in a sonic sense at least – then this will be right up your street.
Indeed, I think any half-addicted iOS musician is going to find the lure of Troublemaker quite hard to resist. At UK£9.99/US$9.99 then, hopefully, your bank manager (or pocket money provider?) won’t lose too much sleep over the investment…. but Troublemaker is absolute worth the price of entry. Top-notch stuff from a developer that just keeps getting better….