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

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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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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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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: Rheyne Revisited -- LIP loves DFAM

If you’ve been paying attention to Noise Engineering blog for a while, you may be familiar with Rheyne. Also known as his alter ego, Jon Barbieri, he did a great guest post about a year ago and has been posting amazing stuff all over Facebook and Youtube and, well, all the places for a while. We were chatting recently and we batted around the idea for a follow-up post.

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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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