Sonic LAB: Make Noise Strega Review

Make Noise is such an interesting company to me. Founder Tony Rolando was able to take everything he learned from his tenure at Moog to create his own company and vision. That vision turned out to be pure madness, but it's the fun kind! One of the many fun devices to come out of Tony's company has been the wildly popular 0-COAST.

Nick Batt from Sonic State takes a look at Make Noise's latest creation, Strega. This semi-modular semi-complex desktop synth is packed full of the fun kind of weird. It is so much fun to see Nick explore this thing and all of its silly labels! Those weird fucking lines all over the place are real labels providing real information about the signal path!

At $600 it is a bit beyond the price of gear I tend to feature here, but this is a very special device. In addition to Tony Rolando's fantastical styling, Nine Inch Nails contributor Alessandro Cortini collaborated on this one, to pack his weird with Tony's weird into Tony's fantastical styling. As a fan of both men, I'm elated and this is my first bout of G.A.S. in a long time! According to this interview with Tony Rolando, Alessandro was instrumental in getting Tony into modular in the first place!

Video Description:

A new instrument born from a collaboration between Alessandro Cortini and Make Noise.
With an unusual concept and architecture - semi-complex oscillator, analogue delay with a filter and a function generator. It sounds quite simple, and is, but it also sounds pretty interesting, capable of some lovely atmospheric textures and dirty, imperfect sounds with degraded feedback.
Available now priced at 529UK, $599

00:00 Introduction and overview
02:54 Oscillator
05:21 Activation (VCA)
06:29 Delay and filter
11:32 Patch demo
14:53 Function generator
17:15 Touch Plates
22:05 Conclusion

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Yurii Zubkov: Tracks + Volca FM + Bass bleeps and bloops

YouTuber Yurii Zubkov got his hands on the new Circuit Tracks and it is fitting in nice on this Deep Tech jam.

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Making some arpeggiated noise, which my brain likes for some reason.

Audio routed into the Tracks in a bit unusual way.
Volca FM has a built-in stereo chorus effect. So as not to lose it, I routed the audio like this:
Volca FM and Bass are connected to the Retrokits RK003 passive mixer (using 3.5mm stereo jacks). Mixed signal from the RK003 goes to the Circuit Tracks Ch1 and Ch2, which are hard panned left and right on the internal mixer.

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Making LoFi Hip Hop on the Model:Cycles

Gabe Miller did a detailed tutorial on designing LoFi Hip Hop sounds on Elektron's Model:Cycles!

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I show the making of a lofi hip hop jam on the Elektron Model:Cycles, including unquantized recording, drum design, synth sound design, chords, and more!
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Dj Puzzle: Lumi Keys meets Sonicware Liven Jam

Reader Dj Puzzle is having a lot of fun with his new gear! I love the playful melody he has on the LIVEN warps!

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Having a bit of fun integrating Lumi Keys bluetooth midi with the old school DIN midi from my Sonicware Liven. In this video you’ll see several midi interfaces connected to my iPad sending midi clock and sending and receiving both MIDI DIN and Bluetooth MIDI. Planning to do a walkthrough video of this setup next. iPad used 2020 iPad Air.

Sonicware Liven 8bit Warps - Audio Looper Tutorial

ChrisLody did a tutorial on the looper found in Sonicware's impressively inexpensive $200 LIVEN 8bit warps.

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Apologies to those that asked for this to be made that I haven't got round to it sooner, but here's my first 8bit Warps tutorial showing how to use the audio looper.

This will be the first of at least three tutorials covering a few aspects of the machine. I'm also planning on making a drum synthesis tutorial with another video how to pitch sweep function works alongside that.

I think I managed to cover everything but if you have any questions then please post them in the comments below

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