«Noise & Texture» is a collection of 50 patches for the semi-modular synthesizer Make Noise Strega.
Although Strega is often seen as part of the Make Noise trio (0-Coast + 0-Ctrl + Strega), it remains an intriguing standalone synth. My goal was to explore its full potential independently, without connecting other Make Noise devices. Strega is a truly unique instrument, offering inspiration for crafting the unusual and experimental timbres.
This collection includes textures, drones, leads, noises, FXs, and rhythmical patches. They can take center part in a track or serve as a supporting element, creating an atmospheric background.
These presets are suitable for various genres of electronic music where experimental sound design plays a crucial role, including: Ambient, Techno, Minimal, Deep, Electronica, Drone, Industrial, Dubstep, Hardcore, Garage, Cinematic, and others.
Each page contains notes that explain how the patch works, what parameters are worth tweaking during playback, and how to develop the timbre during a performance. If you make all the settings consciously and try the things mentioned in the notes, you will learn a lot about the synth and discover its true depth.
To recreate these patches, you need up to 5 patch cords.
There are audio examples of all patches inside the folder with the soundset. They are 24/44100 WAVs. You may use them as a material for further processing in your tracks and performances.
In most cases, I utilize the 1V/OCT input (indicated by a black cable in the images) to send note information to Strega. There are several popular methods to achieve this:
- Using a MIDI keyboard or controller with CV output, such as the Arturia Keystep or Beatstep.
- Employing the Make Noise 0-CTRL.
- Utilizing software like Ableton (or another DAW with similar capabilities) to send CV signals via an audio interface.
You have the flexibility to choose any of these methods and play notes manually with a keyboard or use their internal arpeggiators and sequencers. In some of my audio examples, I used the internal arpeggiator of the Keystep.
If you don’t have any of these devices or prefer not to use them, you can still effectively utilize the patches. In this scenario, you’ll be working with a single note or pitch, which you can set using the TONIC parameter.
Don’t forget to use Touch Plates for immediate modulations and expression.
I’ve added a very simple delay to the demos, with no modulations or any complex parameters. Just for stereo image and space.