BeepStreet’s latest iOS release Drambo fuses an easy-to-use groovebox, powerful modular Synthesizer and effect processor with over 120 modules in one app.
Grooveboxes are numerous on iOS. Just yesterday, Time Exile released his Endlesss app with which musicians can virtually jam together. Beepstreet goes a completely different way with its new app Drambo. He shreds a typical groovebox engine (synth, sample-based sounds, effects…) into individual components that allows users to customize every instrument according to their taste. In simple words: Drambo is a powerful modular groovebox without a prefined engine.
The individual modular components are used here to build synthesized and sample-based instruments or flexible audio effect processors using high-quality DSP and audio-rate modulation. All this is tied to a creative sequencer with advanced features.
Thanks to the modular engine, Drambo can be much more than just a normal groovebox. It allows you to build custom synths or sample-based instruments using different oscillators, samplers and more. BeepStreet has even built-in its beloved physical modeling synthesis engine from the Impaktor app. Well, a similar one. With the help of a microphone, you can turn your table into a powerful physical modelling instrument. Over 120 modules (oscillators, samplers, LFOs, envelopes, filters, audio effects, MIDI processors, mixers, math functions…) are currently available that connect automatically without cables and gives you the freedom to add/rearrange them at any time. With a morph groups function, you can also morph many parameters using a single slider, that’s handy.
A dynamic interface creates modulation knobs when you need them. Modules may house other modules, so you can keep your patch well organized. Of course, automatic connections can be overridden. In Drambo you can focus on playing with sound and signal structure without getting lost in wires. Drambo makes modular work easier thanks to cable-less, drag ‘n’ drop, color coding, dynamic interface, automatic connections rack views and directional signal flow. The latter means the signal flows only left to right what makes routing and patching very simple. Instant feedback routings are not possible but delayed feedbacks are available in certain modules.
What makes Drambo so powerful is the fact that it can be a lot at the same time: a mono synth, a polyphonic synth with 8 voices (per modular instrument rack), a drum synth, a sampler, modular effect processor or just a classic groovebox. Plus it offers stereo-processing and audio-rate modulation for the mod section.
Drambo works equally well as a self-contained standalone app or audio unit plugin with audio and MIDI connectivity as an AUV3 instrument, audio effect, and MIDI effect. No modular experience is necessary to get started playing with preset sounds and effects. It is also available as an AUv3 Synthesizer or effect processor in other DAWs but without the sequencer. So you have a very powerful modular synth as the AUv3 instrument on top.
On top, it offers MPE support with which you can play it also very expressively. According to the developer, Drambo is an open-ended app and so it just the beginning. Many modules and updates are planned for the future.
I haven’t tested this app yet, but I read and saw so far is very exciting. It may even be one of the best synthesizer relation apps of 2020. Congrats Jaroslaw, this is a monster synth app.
BeepStreet Drambo is available now on the Apple AppStore for $19.99 USD.
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