Noise Engineering

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

We have the techno-logy: building a Eurorack system for live techno

A question we are often asked is, “how do I go about building a techno-oriented Eurorack system?” Fear not, young padawan! In this post we’ll go over some important concepts for improvising, make sure we have all the staples of techno in our rack, and build a few example systems. By the end, you’ll hopefully be well on your way to making some four-on-the-floor Eurorack badassery.

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Guest Post: POB on Making Brass on a Modular Synth

If you are into modular synths, you probably already know Patrick O’Brien, or POB Energy. Patrick is a friend of NE, and he does all of our demo videos (and does a killer job!). A while back, we asked Patrick to put together a demo for our new Ataraxic Iteritas. In the process of making the jam for that demo, he dropped the Loquelic Iteritas Percido into the case and got ready to roll.

…and then a strange thing happened.


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Mastering for Modular

So. You’ve made that awesome patch, you carefully perform and record it into your daw, and you’re all ready to share it with the world. There’s just one problem: it sounds bad. The music is there, all your carefully crafted sounds are in that audio file, but it’s quiet and doesn’t have the impact of the recordings you’ve compared it to. Today we explore the dark art of mastering. The good news is that making your track sound good can be relatively simple and inexpensive. Join us in this rabbit hole.

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Starting Out In Modular

Between email and social media, we’ve been asked about how to start in modular so many times we’ve lost count. Today we attempt to demystify the basic concepts that you’ll need to know and guide you through some functions that will be helpful to have in your system starting out. Remember, eurorack is all about creating a system that works for you, and it’s all personal preference. There are plenty of popular modules out there, but if they don’t work for you, there’s no reason to have them, even if everyone says you should. We’ll be talking broad concepts as opposed to specific modules as much as possible in this post, and then showing some examples of what we’d want in our own personal systems if we were starting out again.

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Fader to Black (or silver, your choice!): We welcome four new modules to the family!

As we’re sure you’ve seen, we’ve announced four new modules: Lapsus Os, Pons Asinorum, Sinc Defero, and Roti Pola. And now they are available for preorder, shipping Dec 7!

They’re a whole lot of fun. These releases focus more on utility and expanding the possibilities of other modules in your rack with a slew of new ways to generate, modify, and control CV. Here the whole NE gang talks a bit about the history and inspiration for each, as well as some of our favorite uses and applications.

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Guest Post: Kirk Markarian talks about Reason, Synth Bundles, and makes a song.

 This week, we’re doing something a little different: we’re featuring a post from Kirk Markarian that showcases our recently released Rack Extensions for Reason. We’ve been dipping our toes into the Rack Extension world for a few months and last week released the newest installment, the Vereor series, which includes six Noise Eng oscillators with built-in low-pass gates and VCAs. Kirk was a beta tester and was kind enough to put some demos together for us, and then just kept on playing. Here we talk a bit about how he uses these and what draws him to Reason and the NE REs in particular. Think of it as sort of a written Song Exploder for Reason.

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Guest Post: Joey Blush on Making Living, Breathing Techno

This week, I got to talk (via interwebs) with Joey Blush. We met Joey at Superbooth a couple of years ago but his brand of techno is some of my favorite. If you haven’t seen his Boiler Room set you should.

I asked Joey to talk about what brought him to modular and and how he uses it to make some of the best damned techno out there.

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Modular tips: How to Succeed in Breakbeats Without Really Trying

This is part of a series of tutorials based on user questions and fun ideas. Are you new to modular and have a question about Eurorack? Are you an advanced user and have burning technical questions?  Please submit ideas here.

First, introductions are in order. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you’ll have seen that we have a new employee. Markus Cancilla (on Instagram as Deathof9). Markus will be filling in on lots of blog posts as one of his many responsibilities around here.

This week, we talk Breakbeats.

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Noise Engineering is proudly located in Los Angeles, CA