Patreon: A month with DivKid

I wrote a little while back, about why I believe we should support the content creators in our community. I don’t feel like one should write something like that without participating oneself, money where the mouth is and all that. So, I’ve been supporting DivKid (Ben) for a while now (I recently picked up Chris […]

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. […]

Doepfer A-149-1

A-149-1… with a name like that, what more could you want to know? Ok, maybe you’re not an alpha-numeric savant, tuned into the idiosyncrasies of Doepfer’s model numbers, and you still don’t know a thing. I guess we’ll have to belabor the point with words… The essence of the A-149-1 is a clocked, stepped random […]

WA-2A Leveling Amplifier

What exactly is the WA-2A? It’s a leveling amplifier, a sort of simplified compressor. The controls are shockingly uncomplicated. Most compressors give us individual control over the five major parameters of compression. Not the WA-2A, you get two knobs, output and reduction. It is an optical compressor. What this means is that the WA-2A is […]

On the Clock: Dividers

Clocks don’t tend to be talked about too much. Which is both understandable and a shame. It’s understandable because, clocks are just timing signals, they really only keep time. And while that’s cool and handy, there’s not much more to say about it. A clock divider is a very simple way to do more with […]


For US Wigglers, today is Black Friday. A nightmarish day (if you got outside) spurred on by consumerist lust and the lure of inexplicable discounts. I remember going out one Black Friday (I normally stay in for the day) and buying a cast iron skillet. It wasn’t on sale, I just needed it to do […]

Sound Out of Space

When I started recording in my house I realized quickly that I really needed some acoustic treatment. I started slowly applying absorptive panels to the space (my office). Eventually, one of my friends noted, that just being in my office sounds kinda weird. You see, there’s enough dampening that you just don’t get the same […]

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 isĀ  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 […]

Mojo: That Analogue Preamp Sound

I’ve been looking for an overdriven sound. I love a good analogue clipping if I’m honest. And this has gotten me back around to screwing about with preamps. I do a bit of radio (not professionally at the moment, but I’ve done small projects in the past for broadcast) and I’ve found that preamp type, […]