Widely regarded as extremely undesirable, noise is typically a phenomenon to be avoided. Noise, frequently hurled at musicians as an insult or shouted at kids following “turn down”, gets a lot of negative usage. This Patchable explores the positive aspect and benefits that noise can bring to a modular system.
The sometimes disregarded noise source, can be so much more than a little extra content for a filter to chew on in a subtractive patch. For example, pink noise, when attenuated and used as a modulation source, can add a bit of instability and life to an otherwise static patch. High passed white noise or even blue noise can make pretty great sounding hi hats. Short bursts of noise into a very short delay with a lot of feedback is the basic structure for Karplus-Strong string synthesis. White noise into a slightly resonant filter then gated can yield some pretty good snare sounds. Noise is a fantastic and excellent sound source for percussion of all types.
Not everyone has a noise source in their system. In that situation, you can pretty easily make a decent noise approximation by creating an FM feedback loop with 3 VCOs. For example:
VCO 1 Sine or Tri Out > FM IN VCO 2 > VCO 2 Sine or Tri Out > FM IN VCO 3 > VCO 3 Sine or Tri Out FM IN VCO 1 > VCO 1 SAW to OUTPUT
Using only noise as a sound source, design as many sounds needed to create a beat or track. You can use multiple noise sources or mult one as much you want. Then filter, gate, modulate VCAs, ping delays or filters, sequence and whatever else you can imagine to effect the noise.
HOW TO PLAY
THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM FEB 16TH – FEB 29TH
- Create an original piece of music. It does not have to be a complete track. Ideas are welcome.
- Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0012 in the track title. A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0012
- Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Saturday February 29th.
- Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.