This synthesizer has a very good sound. Excellent modulation unit. I get pleasure when I work with him. Unpredictability is of interest. The bass, effects and modulated sounds work well in the synthesizer.
Quality of filters is so high i often find myself stoping top rated commercial ones to try how same track will sounds with TAL NoiseMaker.There is limitations but where sit well, actually can sit better than some of most respected VST synths.
One of my favourite freeware VST synths, Noisemaker is a solid sounding little workhorse that I have come to love. The sound of the oscs, filters and envelopes, combined with a simple but well rounded feature set, are what makes this unique.
Noisemaker is pretty much a standard synth on paper. It has two oscillators and a sub-osc square. It has all the VA waveform shapes. You can do PWM on the pulse wave, oscillator sync on the sawtooth, pulse and triangle wave. You can ringmodulate between the oscillators, and do FM. Combining ringmod, FM, sync AND PWM can get some pretty wild results!
But this is nothing we haven't seen before. What keeps me coming back to it is the chunky sound. Yes, it is chunky. I've been working on submissions for the factory presets in the next update (look out for those!) and in doing so have created a whole slew of rasping, blocky, juicy, bulky synthsounds. This is what Noisemaker does best, at least in my hands.
Some of the more interesting features are a tempo synched, multi-stage envelope that you can design visually, the 6db resonant filter which is positively grimey, the strange sync behaviour of the triangle waveform, which creates a strange harmonic 'pinging' as it sweeps through zero-crossings, and the built in effects (I particularly think the reverb melds well with the overall sound). There are even two types of noise source, the 'noise' oscillator shape, and the 'vintage noise' you can dial in in the control panel, which is more subtle and quite lovely IMO.
The drawbacks, there are a few. Not too few to mention, either ;). Modulation is limited, though you get a decent amount of options. The chorus effects are all-or-nothing deals (two algorhythms) and subsequently a bit heavy handed for many applications. Likewise, the bit crusher lacks control, it is sweepable but the action is mostly at one end of the dial. Modwheel and pitchbend routings are very limited (pitch, filter, volume), and there's no way to make modwheel vibrato (a real shame given that I love this as a lead synth). At least we have midi learn, which can provide workarounds to the creative mind...
Overall, with it's bold, simple interface and chunky, addictive sound, Noisemaker is a must have for anyone who enjoys classic synth sounds. And it's free ;)
TAL's Juno 60 plugin is allready a massive plugin in my humble opinion. TAL TAL's Elektro is ok but for me it wasn't working that fast and I must sa I didn't liked the GUI. But now Elektro is rebuilt as Noizemaker (Elektro on steroids) and it blows me away! I really recommend it to anyone. From starter to pro, just put this in your VSTPlugins folder.
Positive Points: - It's free! - Its oscilators (fat juno60 oscs + more) - Self oscilating filters - Making Patches is very simple because of the simple, but nice, GUI - Very fast envelopes - Not very CPU hungry - 2 LFO's with a few interesting destinations
Negative Points: - More modulation options would be nice - Maybe a mod-matrix is welcome addition - Add the delay DUBIII as a Delay FX - The chorus (briliant juno 60 chorus) is on or off instead of blending it - The bitcrusher is not working that good for me and should have more control
Last of all I must say, Patrick did a very good job with this one. I hope we can expect lots of improvements (the negative points) with this one.
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Comments & Discussion for TAL Software TAL-NoiseMaker
I've searched the web and can't find an answer so am posting here. Has anyone had a problem when using TAL Noisemaker as a VST instrument in a DAW - and not been able to change the track volume? I'm using Acid Pro 7 and the volume slider will not change the volume of the TAL plugin. I can move the DAW slider all the way to 0 and TAL still plays at same volume regardless. Kontact Player is responsive works fine. I've searched quite a bit on web but can't find much discussion of this so I'm guessing it's rare, but all I can find is somebody else on an Acid board saying they have a TAL plug that doesn't respond to volume either.
I'm having trouble importing .fxb banks into NoiseMaker v3.21. I'm using Reaper in Win7/64x and the error message says "This file is for a newer version of this effect". Any ideas if the problem is with Reaper or NoiseMaker?
I fell in love with this amazing, amazing synth a couple of years ago. It never stops surprising me. I've managed to produce some of the most beautiful instruments with this--way beyond arps and bass patches. It's used in nearly every track of my new album--more than any other instrument. Those fuzzy, eerie, melancholy leads...
TAL Noisemaker featured on these tracks: 01 Namaqua 02 Everything You See Is You 04 Redstone 05 Obsolete Advancements 06 Ciskei 09 Machine Learning 10 My Friend Was Joe 11 Escarpment At Pella.
Album sampler here: https://soundcloud.com/clocolan/nothing-left-to-abandon
Thanks TAL for making this thing. I can't tell you how inspiring it is to use.
Um, I guess you don't have to use the patch cables. I don't really like virtual patch cables but it's easier to visualize the routing. Noisemaker's LFOs AD and envelope editor are basically modular. MOD is not that much different in it's layout really.