One day I decided to learn to create MIDI signals with an Arduino. My first project was this cardboard and hot glue "guitar". It uses magnetic reed switches. The tapping you hear is the hard plastic tip of the "magnetic pick" hitting the plexiglass that covers the reeds. I should have added a bit of felt to the tip! The music itself is coming from my iPad running Garage Band of all things, but any MIDI capable device can use this as a driver.
I jumped on Troublemaker as soon as it was out, and was immediately impressed. With circuit modeling, Audiobus, Ableton Link, and AUv3 this is the modern TB-303 app we've been needing on iOS. I've had a lot of fun with it this week! So much so that I forgot I was recording a video twice on this Let's Play. The video got quite long as a result, so I edited out the second impromptu jam session to keep it under 30 minutes!
Troublemaker is an excellent new TB-303 clone with an impressive amount of features and an exquisite sound! This is the latest app from Bram Bos, developer of Phasemaker and Ruismaker! If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/discchord If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a new monthly Patreon campaign: https://www.patreon.com/discchord_com
Just after this was posted Troublemaker got an update adding the Realtime Mutation Probability Engine! This new feature makes your sequenced notes morph, with controls that let you dictate how they go about that. The update also includes MIDI Sync with start/stop!
What's new in Troublemaker v1.1:
Thank you for the support and the great feedback! Here's what's new and improved in version 1.1:
- Realtime Mutation Probability Engine
- Responds to MIDI Clock Sync
- Responds to MIDI Start / Stop commands
- Audiobus Playback Triggers
- Cleaner Envelopes
- Slightly tuned LFO
- Minor improvements
Reader otem rellik has released a "Weirdo Rap" album produced almost entirely on iOS! The circuit bent sound design on this gives the album a Psychedelic Cyberpunk flair! I especially liked the track
machines made of gold which reminded me of my own struggles with aging disgracefully.
Jakob Haq did a tutorial showing off two ways to connect an ethernet cable to iOS devices. This is helpful for live streaming from your iDevices, when you don't want to rely on spotty WiFi for your audience. Also, as Jakob demonstrates, making sure you can always reach discchord!
Since I've started live streaming with my iPhone, I've wondered if there Is a way to connect an Ethernet cable directly to the iPhone. The answer is yes, but Apple doesn't tell you this officially. In this tutorial I am showing you two ways of hooking up your iPhone and/or iPad with an Ethernet cable!