Noise Engineering

Get out of the box

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

An early prototype

An early prototype

Noise Engineering is character in a small footprint. Digital when it works, analog when it works. Exploring new sound spaces to help broaden the universe of musical tone in the context of a proper interactive interface.

We strive to put as much functionality into as small a package as we can. 

Our modules are designed by us in sunny Los Angeles, California.

Stephen McCaul

Stephen playing Modular on the Spot.  Photo (c) Alan Davis. See more @alandavisphoto

Stephen playing Modular on the Spot.

Photo (c) Alan Davis. See more @alandavisphoto

Stephen has always been a student of music, but has degrees in math and video game design. Prior to starting Noise-E, he worked in game audio for 10 years, publishing and presenting internationally on the topic. Noise Engineering was born when a friend re-introduced him to the world of modular synth. On a whim, he assembled a quick prototype of an LFSR oscillator roughly based on the TIA, plugged it into a friend's system and he was hooked. Many prototypes later he had his first product: Ataraxic Translatron. Noise Engineering became a full-time thing in 2016.

Stephen is in charge of all things software, and shares hardware-development duties with Kris.

Kris Kaiser

Kris playing Modular on the Spot.  Photo (c) Alan Davis. See more @alandavisphoto

Kris playing Modular on the Spot.

Photo (c) Alan Davis. See more @alandavisphoto

Kris comes from a family of musicians and from an early age was interested in music herself. She engineered her first album while still in high school. Although she ended up pursuing her love of science, she never strayed too far from sound: her PhD and subsequent research focused (mostly) on frog calling behavior and the effect of the acoustic environment on animals (with ample frog mating behavior thrown in). If you ever need to know anything about recording frog calls or traffic noise β€” or frog sex, she's your girl. Read the kind of stuff she used to do here. She left the world of academia behind in 2016 to join Noise-E full time.

When not modularizing, Kris is on instagram @la_sunset_cocktail making beverages and watching sunsets. 

Kris is in charge of all things non-engineering, hyphens, and shares hardware-development duties with Stephen.

Markus Cancilla

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Markus is an LA-born, classically-trained pianist and violinist turned producer, composer, and sound designer. He dove headfirst into the world of modular synths in 2016 and he and his bank account never looked back. He now spends most of his time working on his own music under the name Death of 9, helping develop the next great Noise Engineering modules, and waking up his neighborhood to the sounds of modular-induced techno nonsense. Markus joined NE in 2018.


Markus is in charge of breaking all the modules Kris and Stephen make and he’s very good at his job.

Stephen + Kris


Stephen and Kris met in the Daily Pint, a bar in Santa Monica, in 2007 and married in 2011. When not modularing, they enjoy good food and drink, travelling, and hanging out with their rescue pitbulls, George and Daisy (follow them on instagram @georgendaisy).

Daisy knows who is boss.

Daisy knows who is boss.

George just wants to be loved.

George just wants to be loved.

The Evolution of Noise Engineering: History!

Noise Engineering started in the office Stephen and Kris shared many moons ago. Once upon a time, it was confined to just a desk, a pilfered o-scope, and a Looney Toons mug.

Moving up -- Noise-E upgraded to its own room when we moved and took over substantially more space (and made our own mugs).

Noise-E today has expanded again. Stephen's lab is larger than ever, and Kris' "corner office" (with views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign) are a great way to work. 


No chair, but there's a dog bed. That's how we roll.

Noise Engineering is proudly located in Los Angeles, CA