Troublemaker App (303 acid emulation)

Anyone using Troublemaker? Thinking about purchasing it to get my Acid flex on. Thoughts? B)


  • edited September 2018

    It's awesome.

    It's by @brambos - what did you expect?

  • Works well in BM3?

  • It work's well with BM3, but it works the best with Rozeta Bassline for sequencing, which is currently not working well in BM3. But you can still sequence it "traditionally".

  • edited September 2018

    Yeah, you can still program it just fine using regular midi notes/patterns, just remember to lower your note velocity below FIXED 127 otherwise every note with have ACCENT on

  • Troublemaker is awesome. I'm just starting on electronic music and I have to say that is my main inspiration on basslines. I just use a small midi controller to get what I want.

  • Love Troublemaker (also don't forget to overlap notes!), but there's a good 303 sample bank in Resources.

  • edited September 2018

    I love that app (and all Bram Bos apps really) and the sound it makes is immense .. I really love it! .. but unfortunately I can't really use it usefully in a real life context because it doesn't have a fine tune dial. Fuck!!

    It comes out now and then for a play around but all the music work I do these days is accompanying overtone instruments of arbitrary pitch that can't (easily/realistically) be tuned. Damn!! No less love for Bram's apps, but a bit heart-wrenching that this one can't come out to play.

    (luckily, BM3 is fantastic for adapting tuning to unconventional reference pitches and is really a joy to use in this way!)

  • Some videos on using Troublemaker with BM3 would be fantastic :D

  • Probs best to use it as IAA for now and later switch to AU in combination with Rozeta Bassline (when the 3.1 update hits).

  • edited September 2018

    I wouldn't advise using anything as IAA, I am so glad that the developer of Nanostudio has removed it entirely.
    Having said that, if you want to use its sequencer before B3 supports Rozetta again, then as @OscarSouth suggests, you have to run it as IAA, a nice trick is to get the patterns you want, then save them to MIDI, reload as AU and use the MIDI patterns direct in B3.

    Personally i just create a ton of patterns in TB and save them for re-use later, save them to a folder of that particular key, then i can use them with whatever plugin i like, unfortunately B3 doesn't have a very good media browser right now, so using samples and MIDI files is all a bit of guesswork, but hopefully that will get updated.

    @brambos any chance we can get a namer on the save to files for MIDI, otherwise we have to just keep using keep both and then go to files and rename after the fact.

  • Finally got around to buying it. Its good but there's no tuning knob it appears unlike a 303. Am I missing something?

  • edited 2:45AM

    Well yeah, you are missing the fact that the tune knob on a 303 is because it goes out of tune fairly regularly, the software doesn’t, most people see that as an advantage, but hey, each to their own.

  • edited 6:41AM

    I was about to reply and say the same thing as Win (eg "Tuning is not required for something that is always in tune")

    ...Then I remembered a few producers use the original 303 Tune dial as another teakable modulation. Although this only really works on very simple 'acid + 808' tracks, because as soon as you have another tuned instrument (such as a bass part) then changing the tuning of the 303 will clash badly.

    I'm trying to remember if Josh Wink's "Higher state of consciousness" ever made use of the tune dial.

    Brb.. just checking on YouTube...

  • edited 6:46AM

    Sure enough...

    He cranks the Tune dial all over the place for the 'freak out' section starting at 4:04

  • My ears must be worse than i thought, all i hear there is the glide in a sequence

  • edited 7:52AM

    I've no idea how he actually did it, but can definitely hear the tuning of the 303 change by a range of around 2 octaves, and it sounds to me like a hand on a rotary dial.

    I'm very happy to be corrected by someone who's more familiar with 303s ( @Insomniak ?)

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