Troublemaker giveaway – 5 copies of Bram Bos’ 303 inspired iOS synth to be won

Download from iTunes App StoreAs 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 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.

Multiple instances of Troublemaker via AU work a treat…. as shown here within AUM.

Anyway, read the full Troublemaker review for the details…  but, with an update already delivered, Bram has been kind enough to supply me with five copies of Troublemaker to give away here at the Music A  Blog. As usual with the giveaways I run on the blog, the deal is simple; get your name in the hat and see if it gets pulled out.

You can enter the draw in one of two ways.

  • First, if you just want to enter this draw, then use the Contact Us page to leave your details before 10 pm (GMT) on Friday, January 27th, 2017. Make sure to enter ‘Troublemaker’ in the message subject line.
  • Alternatively, if you want to get included in this – and every future promo code giveaway run on the site – then sign up for the Music App Blog email list before the deadline. All members of the list will automatically be entered in every draw. You can sign up here and, as a bonus for signing up, you also get a copy of the Music App Blog’s ‘25 iOS music apps to get you started‘ guide. And if you are already signed up for the email newsletter, then consider yourself entered :-)

Troublemaker’s mutation option allows you to apply real-time variations to your sequence.

As soon as I can organise after entries close, I’ll draw a suitable number of names at random from all those entered. I’ll then notify the lucky winners by email and include the necessary promo code. I’ll also post a list of the winners here. If you are one of the lucky ones, do make sure to use the code ASAP – iTunes Redeem Codes generally have a relatively short life span once they have been issued.

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….


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    1. ConfusedKitten says:

      You lucky… lucky… potential winners you! I’m envious and I already own it! :p Try combining this and Kymatica’s Sector… You’ll instantly be convinced you work for ‘Warp Records’ and wonder why you aren’t being paid lots of money! Actually I only just realised Bram’s also got a 6-operator FM synthesiser (Phasemaker) and 2 x brilliant drum/percussion synthesisers (Ruismaker/FM respectively) all which utilise that wonderful real time circuit modelling and care and attention that makes ‘Troublemaker’ sound so very lovely! I already knew these items existed but their importance to my musical interests are only just sinking in weirdly! :0 I guess when you’re like a child in a sweet/candy store… (which is what it feels like at times to experience the plethora of music software in the App Store) it’s all a little overwhelming for you to take in… Well they’re in my sights now… Way to go Bram! :)

    2. Cool :)

    3. Rob Haring says:

      It was a nice gift, Bram Bos makes great music apps! Good luck to everyone!

    4. Lisa Francis says:

      Very cool app! Thanks for the chance to win!

    5. Nick Watson says:

      More trouble

    6. The sound and interface are good, yes! A question because not a specialist: could you recommend me an audio plugin filter that could make the sounds from Troublemaker sound a bit more “greasy”, or more “rounded/full”? I tried with the knobs but can’t get the acid rounded sound (hard to explsin sorry!)

      And to John , hello! , a suggestion: to write a mini-guide of available audio plugin apps , there are not many but some are burried in the lowest search levels of AppSore

      Thank you all!


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