Noise Engineering

Get out of the box

Noise Engineering is a Eurorack and 5U modular synthesizer manufacturer based in Los Angeles, California. 

Reason: From Eurorack to Your Rack. Get back in the box.

Our first journey into software products came about because of a Twitter conversation of all things. Mattias Haagstrom is one of our many fans who reach out to us to discuss our products. He also happens to be the Product Director for Reason. He suggested that our products would be a good fit for the Reason Extension marketplace. At this point we weren’t even aware that Reason supported extensions -- Stephen had been an avid Reason user from their initial beta only until version six, and Kris had never really used it. It didn’t take us long to see the advantages inherent in their system as we are a tiny company without even a single full time programmer. The reduced barrier to entry provided by Propellerhead was a huge win for getting back into the box :)

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Mimetic Digitalis: An Origin Story

In the latest NE Blog, we’ll talk more deeply about the new Mimetic Digitalis, the 16-step CV sequencer shipping May 1. Here, we’ll talk a bit more about the history of the module and the thinking behind the design as well as some of the deeper functions this beast can do.  We'll be adding MD content to our YouTube channel and social media over the next few weeks, so subscribe to those for updates!

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Modular Tips and Tricks Guest Post: Frequency Fodder on putting together a rhythm section

For this outing, we have Frequency Fodder, who is known on YouTube for his exceptionally good series of demo videos and monthly “Live from the Lab” series. We found him when he did some demos of Noise Eng modules and showcased them working with other modules in ways that blew our minds. I hit him up to to see if he would be willing to talk to us about his setup, how he uses modular, and walk us through a patch.

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NAMM 2018 Announcements

In preparation for NAMM this year, Stephen and I are giving you, our illustrious blog readers, the first glimpse at our NAMM roll-outs this year.  This year, we're leveling up as a company to a larger booth, and we'll have some great people helping out showing off our gear.  Stop by and say hello to us and our pals! We're in booth 10702 in the A wing.

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Happy holidays from Noise Engineering

Buy a Manis, save a pangolin

We're thrilled with the sales of Manis Iteritas so far. As promised, we have donated a portion of the proceeds from each module sold to savepangolins.org, a non-profit organization that works to save these critically endangered animals. Did you know pangolins are the world's most trafficked mammal (and as a result, one of the most critically endangered)?

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 Want to learn more? Check out our partners at www.savepangolins.org

Want to learn more? Check out our partners at www.savepangolins.org

Modular Tips and Tricks Guest Post: Rheyne

This week we're pleased to present a guest post from user Jon Barbieri, popularly known as Rheyne, who many of you have undoubtedly seen on Instagram or YouTube. He talked to us about how he uses our Loquelic Iteritas Percido in combination with the wildly awesome Moog DFAM. Not having my hands on the DFAM myself, I was anxious to dive in and see what he was doing and how he was doing it.

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Modular Tips and Tricks Guest Post: Using Loquelic Iteritas for snaps and claps

This week, Noise Engineering is happy to present a tip from two of our favorite people:  Matt Lange, composer, sound designer, music producer, and sometimes DJ, and Anthony Baldino, composer, sound designer, and modular user extraordinaire. When they did their guest posts a while back, they mentioned that one of their favorite tricks with Loquelic Iteritas was to use it to create a clap or snappy sound. Here, they elaborate on how they do that, with some bits recorded from when they did their excellent guest posts. I’ll just note that all the tricks they mention can also be used with our new Loquelic Iteritas Percido.

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Modular Tips and Tricks Guest Post: Patrick O'Brien, aka POB, on modular composition

This week, Noise Engineering is happy to present a tip from Patrick O’Brien, known in the modular world as POB or OBrienMedia.  Patrick has become one of the most well-loved LA-based modular (and occasional trumpet) performers, weaving beautiful melodies and complicated patches together into some of our favorite compositions. It was a no-brainer to ask him to contribute, and we were thrilled when he agreed.

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Modular Tips and Tricks Guest Post: Anthony Baldino on composing in modular space

This week, Noise Engineering is happy to present a tip from Anthony Baldino.  Anthony is a talented and prolific composer and sound designer; he is also a modular user extraordinaire. We asked Anthony to compose a short piece and break it down for us, sort of a la the Podcast Song Exploder. Here, he speaks in his own words about the haunting patch he created, patching in general, and how he uses NE modules.

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Tuning on the Cheap: Part 2 in a 3-part Series

In the previous post, I estimated the required precision for a 1v/8va pitch voltage using Psychoacoustics. While the precision of an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) used in tuning is important, speed is of conversion (and thus the maximal sample rate) is equally so. In this post, I’ll talk about the requirements and tradeoffs between these two variables and ways around them.

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Noise Engineering is proudly located in Los Angeles, CA