As I mentioned back in January when doing a full review, Bram Bos latest iOS music app is Troublemaker and, as the name suggests, this is going to be an app with a certain amount of attitude. It doesn’t disappoint and it has already gained a very enthusiastic audience…. and, if you were lucky enough to pick up a copy at half price in the flash sale last week then you got a real bargain :-)
Anyway, if you have not already, do read the full Troublemaker review for the details… but the app has already had a few updates that have delivered a number of refinements and minor tweaks. For example, the MIDI Clock sync has been improved and the app now also responds to MIDI start/stop messages. The LFO behaviour has been fine-tuned as have the envelopes. The Audiobus support has also been enhanced with playback triggers. A ‘realtime mutation probability engine’ has been added (eeek!) and the sequencer, which is available when using stand-alone mode – now supports patterns up to 64 steps.
A further update appeared yesterday. This moves the app to v.1.2.3 and fixes an issue related to exporting WAV files whereby some other apps saw the exported files as CAFs and not WAVs. Yep, this is just fix-level stuff but it’s great to see Bram dealing with any outstanding technical issues to ensure a smoother user experience.
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£7.99/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….