I already reviewed Troublemaker from this developer. I will review soon, Ruismaker FM, the FM version of Ruismaker…
I hope that I will be able to review the other Apps from Bram Bos. 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… first, the first time you will launch 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 Synthesizer Machine and this, even if you start to shape the sound of an instrument. I love this… Ruismaker its two modules. Euh, no, it’s 2 Apps in one. A Midi Drum 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 to give you some explanations… Why it’s not 2 modules, but 2 Apps? With the Audio Unit version, there is no sequencer. Does it means that we can not use the Ruismaker Euclidean Pattern sequencer? No… with Audiobus 3 you can load Ruismaker 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 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 8 available instruments with the Audiobus Midi keyboard or another one. Jump to the C3 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 from 1 to 32 for each of 8 available tracks, then use the shift button to move all the events of 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, tap on the randomize button… you can also load a sequence from the Factory Library or load yours. Before to conclude, let’s talk about the Drum Synthetiser. 8 instruments. You can load 8 Snares, 8 Kicks if you like and save this as a Preset. The first line of parameters are applied to all instruments: Delay time & Feedback / Reverb and Volume. A randomize button is also available. On the second line, the parameters for the selected instrument: Tune / Decay / Personality / Drive / Bitcrush / Delay Send, Pan and Level. The last line: 8 switches below allows you to select an Instrument sound 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 fom 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!
Audiobus / Audio Unit / IAA / Stand Alone / Midi