Noise Engineering

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

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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New t-shirts!

Noise Engineering is pleased to announce that we have partnered with SynthPatcher to make three new shirt designs available so you can profess your love for all things NE to the world...or at the very least, make everyone else wonder WTF Iteritas is too. Herewith:

We don't sell these directly, but shirts are available in all colors and sizes  over at Check in with them and the kind folks there will get you set up. Check out their awesome shirts for all sorts of manufacturers while you're there!

AC vs DC Coupling: What, Where, Why

We recently had a user ask CV mixers and if/why some mixers are useful for gates and CVs or sometimes just audio. I realized I’d answered this question a few times over the years, and I realized that perhaps it was makings of yet another user-question post. It turns out it all boils down to a concept called coupling (not that kind of coupling). Circuits are either AC or DC coupled, and which one your module is will define the things it can (or can’t) couple with .  So...

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Modular Tricks: Gates/Triggers as CVs

I love CVs.  Who doesn't? But I also frequently run up against space constraints in my case, as I bet many of you do too. My compromise for this has been to use gate/trigger sources as CVs. I'm absolutely not the only one who has thought of this, but I've seen enough people surprised by this when I give demos that I think it warrants some discussion. And of course a badass demonstration or two of how you can use it in your own case.

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The Noise Engineering Blog. It's ALIVE

Hello world.

In the coming months, we plan to fill this space with content relevant to NE, modular synth, and other goodies. Look for module info and tutorials, highlights, guest posts, random bits of information gleaned from our collective brains, maybe just the occasional sounds.  Got an idea for the blog? Contact us.

Superbooth Love

We're just back from Superbooth17 (Thanks, SchneidersLaden!) and we had a blast. Huge thanks to all the support from vendors, users, and media.

Here are a few of our favorites

DivKid stopped by:

Gearslutz came by too

And RubaDub in Glasgow got more BIA in stock and dropped a pretty killer new promo for it. Any video that includes "batshit mental" pretty much sums up the BIA.

Kris also got to celebrate her birthday at Superbooth. Check out instagram for an awesome shot of the patch cable crown Stephen made her.

Noise Engineering is proudly located in Los Angeles, CA