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

Download from iTunes App StoreAs 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.

The stand-alone version of the app features a brilliant phase sequencer section with variable step length between 1 and 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.

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

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.

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

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….


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    1. I was lucky enough to pick this up half price last week. Overall I like the sound, ease of use and design, but feel it lacks a full ADSR envelope. Perhaps a future addition- fingers crossed.

    2. ConfusedKitten says:

      With it being circuit modelled on the original Roland TB-303 Karl (based on the actual circuit design of how voltage flowed through its analogue signal path) I wouldn’t think it’s really possible; whilst still keeping the sound authentic to the original hardware (which didn’t have ADSR in the circuit path) although you’re right it could be pretty interesting to know what it would sound like regardless! :)

      There is some interesting literature on its circuit design (and eccentricities) on Bram’s website (a PDF User Manual) that goes into it in more detail, it’s a really interesting read in that although various friends/colleagues have owned the original hardware (and I’ve used it myself), I wasn’t aware that there are actually certain settings that put it into a particular ‘mode of operation’ for example! :0 Groovy!

    3. MIDI learn would be great to tweak in real time with an external controller.

      • ConfusedKitten says:

        Yeah I agree, MIDI learn makes it really easy (almost instant) to use it with any controller and I’m sure it’s on the to-do-list! Naturally there’s a list of CC targets in the PDF manual for accessing the controls (which allow you to achieve the same thing) but I appreciate it’s wayyyy easier with MIDI learn (to switch between hardware without reprogramming etc)! As such, hopefully Bram will add this feature in a future update (although I also appreciate that if something was broken it would take a higher priority) as was the case with this quick maintenance fix! Love this software anyway – very addictive! :)

    4. Vince Rubis says:

      The upgrade did not bring us the MIDI Learn function…

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