A personal experience
dRambo was released on the 1st April of this year.
Up until then I thought it was an in joke of the AB Forum
which I didn't quite get and the only way I would be able to be in
on the joke was to wade through a few thousand comments.
When I saw the amount of comments I thought to myself
,'hhhmmm, I couldn't be bothered with that', and
carried on perusing threads, looking for recommendations
for the various apps that I needed for my configuration.
After years of of freelance production and sound exploration
I knew what tools I needed for a mobile production rig and that
was what I had accomplished right up until dRambo was released.
I needed one more good reverb, another good compressor,
I already had a really good sampler, the best DAW
that was on the iOS platform at the time and
I was well on my way exploring the DAWless capabilities of
AUM and a good solid looper.
So along came the announcement for dRambo.
What was dRambo?
I thought it was a joke.
'Oh, this is interesting , it's a groovebox, sampler thingy'.
Well, I've got everything else for the mo,
might as well have a little play...
I had some spare left over from my
iOS budget and thought hhmmmm.
Let's have a looooook...WTF!!!!
Four weeks after playing around with dRambo and seven or so videos up?
I decided to get serious...
Eight months later I'm still serious...
On route I've learnt about modular synthesis,
how to build a compressor, a multiband compressor,
multiband eq and variations of multiband processors,
a delay pitchshifting sequencer thingy of my own design,
adding, subtracting, dividing, rectifiying, log, signals.
An m/s decoder of all things...
Is this a cv signal or a cc signal or can I use them as both.
I hadn't even reached the sound synthesis section yet.
I clearly remember rs2000 commenting...
'The graphics shaper is your friend',...
' Graphics shaper???',
'WTF is a graphics shaper when that's at home???
He was right by the way...
It's very useful.
I sat for a week listening to one oscillator with an env module
connected to a filter before I placed an ADSR on the end.
At one point I was so, 'zen', with dRambo that I entered a deep meditative state.
Taking into consideration the recent events of a global nature
that we've all had to face dRambo has been and continues to be a boon,
a blessing as it where.
I've learnt about modulations in way that I hadn't approached before.
Sending signals to trigger sequencers that
tell other modules to roll, swoop, spin and whirl.
I built midi machines that harmonised the arp module
that was in turn harmonising the notes that I played in.
Imagine being able to sequence the harmonies of the harmonies
that you've played in and being able to play those in any key.
Well, that's what you can do with dRambo.
At one point I started looking at the synths that I already
had trying to figure out how the signals flowed so that
I could recreate them in some way like a jazz musician
would take a piece and perform it in their own way.
I'm a jazz musician and composer so it is a natural state of
being for me to approach synth design like this.
A synth is much akin to a piece of music.
I've played around with all of the sound generating modules in dRambo.
The possibilities and combinations are endless.
Though I love the integration of the auv3's and being able to
play the rest of my synths in dRambo, there is a distinct pleasure
in being able to design ones own synths from scratch
and to listen to the results of ones own labour.
This in some small way must be how the synth developers
must feel when they design their synth apps etc.
I've designed about 87 synths so far not including the ones tucked away inside my projects.
Some are mere woodblocks, some are so intricate I've already forgotten why
I started them in the first place but the thing is they make sounds which I enjoy.
dRambo can be made to sound like an h'ordeuvre or a full on orchestra
now that it can host auv3's, it all depends upon what you have in mind or not.
It can boom bap or be full on gabba.
I haven't had a piece of software impress me so much since Cubase came out on Atari.
I had been looking for an app that brought all of my main iOS apps together.
dRambo was the missing link.
On this note...
I think I've completed my basic training as a dRambonaut...
Whether you be a beginner, an intermediate or advanced?
There will be something inside dRambo for you.