Ruismaker FM description from the website developer:
Ruismaker FM is like the crazy twin-sister to the classic Ruismaker drum synth. Instead of using virtual analog modelling, it sports a single, custom FM (‘Frequency Modulation’) synthesis engine capable of creating a vast bandwidth of different types of sounds.
The theory behind FM is too complex to go into right here, but essentially it works by taking an oscillator
(called ‘the carrier’, like a sine wave or a pulse wave) and changing its frequency so fast that all sorts of overtones - known as ‘sidebands’ - become audible in the signal. Although FM can be done using analog equipment, the most effective way to do it is using digital algorithms (analog’s charming quirkiness tends to introduce side effects that sometimes makes FM hard to control properly in a musical way).
Ruismaker FM uses this type of digital FM synthesis to create percussive sounds. It is capable of creating powerful synth kicks, noisy snares and metallic hihats, but truly comes to life when doing more unconventional sounds (zaps, blips, whirrs, clicks, hollow or metallic effects) or even bass lines.
Because it is designed to do percussion, it comes with some specific parameter behavior and waveforms that are optimised for percussive sounds and effects - typically not found on other FM synths.
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I already reviewed Troublemaker & Ruismaker from this developer. I will review soon, Ruismaker FM, the FM version of Ruismaker
I hope that I will be able to review all the Apps from Brian Ross. If not, very very sad I will be, because a big fan of this developer I am… (one more time, I am talking like a Jedï…).
I love the UI, I love the generated sound, I love the concept… I also love their User manual which allows me to save a lot of time while I am making my review and tutorial…
So, Ruismaker FM… first, if you download this App, use an headphone, you will be able to listen to the quality of the generated signal. A lot of dynamics which is not so easy to find with in a Drum FM Synthesizer Machine and this even if you start to shape the sound of an instrument track. I love this… Ruismaker FM its two modules. Euh, no, it’s 2 Apps in one. A Midi Drum FM Synthesizer Machine and a Sequencer, an Euclidean Pattern sequencer… an Euclidean Midi Pattern sequencer… an Euclidean Polyrhythm Midi Pattern sequencer… I think that I have to make a little break and to give you some explanations… Why it’s not 2 modules, but 2 Apps? With the Audio Unit version, there is no sequencer as we have in the Stand Alone version and in the IAA one… does it means that we can not use the Ruismaker Euclidean Pattern sequencer? No… with Audiobus 3 you can load Ruismaker FM as a Midi input… at this moment, you can use it as midi sequencer to control another App, but you can also use it to control the Audio Unit version of Ruismaker FM loaded in Audiobus 3 or in another App. Check out the tutorial below… note that you can Tap on the GM keymap button located on the first parameters line of the Drum Synthetiser to play the 6 8 available instruments tracks with the Audiobus Midi keyboard or another one. Jump to the C4 octave of your MIDI Controller and play.. Now Euclidean. Euclid was a Greek mathematician from 300 B.C. who came up with an algorithm to calculate the Greatest Common Divisor (GCD) for any set of two numbers. http://cgm.cs.mcgill.ca/~godfried/publications/banff.pdf. It means that this sequencer is not a classic sequencer… don’t try to tap on the grid,… no events will be added to it. Use the Beats button to add beats… set the number of steps for each of 6 8 available tracks from 1 to 32 and use the shift button to move all the selected tracks in an Euclidean style. Add an accent or not, use the Mutation button to add random beat to your track and if your not happy with this track, tap on the randomize button… you can also load a sequence from the Library or save yours. Before to conclude, let’s talk about the Drum FM Synthetiser. 6 8 instruments tracks. You can load 8 Snares, 8 Kicks if you like, or else and save this Preset. The first line of parameters are applied to all tracks instruments: Delay time & Feedback / Reverb and Volume. An edit button open a menu and allows you to randomize the parameters for all or the selected channel. To initialise a channel, to copy and paste it too. An High Pass and a Peaking filter are also present on this line a randomize button is also available. On the second line, the parameters for the selected track instrument: an Oscillator & Pitch, a Modulator with amount & Speed, Attack, Decay, Saturate, Tune / Decay / Personality / Drive / Bitcrush / Delay Send, Pan and Level. The line of Pads below allows you to play the sound of the selected track and select an Instrument preset. So, now my conclusion… I love the Drum Synthetiser… the generated sounds… I also love the sequencer… the possibilities that he can offer to an ex Punk, ex New Wave, ex Rocker and old Electro music lover. I remember the day I listened to the first Tom York solo album… the Eraser… the Drum programming… so far from me… my internal Drum Machine programming system. And it’s too bad because, I love this kind of rhythms so much… Euh, no, it’s was too bad…. Now, I will use the Ruismaker App… a Killer App. A Must Have!
Review by Ed