Make Noise 2018: Project Update

So, we’ve been talking about the components, the bits and bobs of the project, for a couple of weeks now, but how is the project going in general? Good question! I like to stay ahead of the blog while building out the system. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to spend a couple hours […]

Resolution: Appreciating the little things

Gearing up for this Make Noise system has been an education in itself. Part of my goal is to offer up some options, from starting with a solid foundation, to absolute minimalism. But how can I really claim that an almost unspeakably minimal system is worth your time and money? Well, in my eyes, I’d […]

Making Noise in 2018

With a new year on the horizon, I thought it might be interesting for us to go on a little adventure in 2018. If you’re a regular reader, you probably already know that I have a lot of love for small systems. So, I figure, why not explore the creation of a new system together. […]

Basic: The Moog Mother-32

Basic. That about sums it up. The Mother-32 is a basic synth. Ok, there’s one point of hesitation, the sequencer moves beyond basic. But the remainder of it is  indeed quite simple. It’s a single oscillator, single LFO, single envelope, single filter, single VCA, and some noise. And I hate it! I really, really, want […]

Small Systems: It’s tough being the little guy

Lately I’ve been working on building an 84hp control skiff, something to accentuate the capabilities of my main rack. And really, it’s been a lot of fun. But it’s also become a distraction. I realized the other day, that I’m being sucked back into the world of “more, more, more!” I have to remind myself […]

Small Systems: Ergonomics

Don’t get your spaghetti on your knobs! It’s time to talk about the ergonomics of small systems! Ergonomics are a bit easier in small systems. There’s less to manage, and I think it’s worth taking advantage of that. Here are a few things that I find make synthesis more enjoyable. Organize your modules. Don’t just […]

Small Systems: Beginnings

My own journey into the eurorack format began with the Roland SYR-E84. A case I chose, because it was available, and I could get financing on it. This meant that I could get a case and a module. Tides was my first module. It started life as a supplement to a Dark Energy II. Over time […]

Small Systems: The Dark Side

All this time I’ve spent literarily and philosophically pandering to small systems, you might think they could do no wrong. You might think that they are morally, intellectually, and artistically superior to large systems. We’ll, you’d be wrong. The truth is that they are just smaller. And just as there are advantages, there are drawbacks. […]

Small Systems: Support modules

We’ve come to terms with the limitations of a small system. We have chosen a focus for our system, be it a particular module or concept. Now it’s time to consider the supporting modules, which will help us to fully express ourselves within our chosen space. There are three principles for choosing support modules in […]

Small Systems: Focused

So, small systems are limited and we’ve come to terms with that. We’re ready to face the world of limitations head on. But in euro-land we’re drowning in modules. So how do we decide what will comprise our little island of synthesis? I propose two possible pathways: The basics. Many of the great little semi-modular […]