Make Noise New Semi-Modular Strega Fits into Eurorack

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Thursday, 3 March 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Make Noise New Semi-Modular Strega

Make Noise’s new Strega module is the perfect way to add a touch of creativity and modulation to your Eurorack modular synth setup. With seven sources and thirteen destinations, this little powerhouse offers a wealth of possibilities for experimentation. And thanks to its rugged steel enclosure and small form factor, it’s perfect for on-the-go musicians.

Make Noise is a new instrument created in conjunction with Alessandro Cortini. Strega represents the seen and unseen, the sign and magic, the alchemy of sound, inspired by Cortini’s music and sonic experiments.

The Strega is an audio alchemical experiment. Turn it on! Pour the tonic into time and watch it pass through the filter over time to hear the results.

The mix is controlled by the Tonic, which adjusts the oscillator pitch, filter cutoff frequency, and dead center delay duration. The Time control allows you to go from short, almost slapback repeats to the nearly uncontrolled cacophony, when the clock noise from running the delay chip slower than planned overwhelms the sound of the oscillator.

The Make Noise Strega

The Make Noise Strega is a voltage-controlled oscillator designed to create rich and harmonic sounds. The oscillator has two outputs, each with its own set of controls, that allow for a variety of modulation options. The module also features an attenuverter for precise control over the amplitude of the signal.

The monophonic oscillator, on the other hand, isn’t the show. The Strega’s soul isn’t in its sound generator, unlike other synths. Instead, the character is derived from a multimode filter and a low-fidelity delay.

When you compare the controls to the overall design, it’s easy to see why there was such a long wait. There are three knobs that are larger than the others.

Alessandro Cortini

Strega is a synthesizer designed in collaboration with Alessandro Cortini. Strega encapsulates the visual and unseen, the sign and magic, the alchemy of sound, inspired by Cortini’s music and sonic experiments.

Strega was birthed from a personal need or the artistic connection Alessandro has with Make Noise and the crew. The two are so interwoven.

The most essential thing is that it no longer functions as a collection of concepts, but rather as the tool you presently possess in your hands… an instrument that epitomizes the sonic aesthetic that is so close to Alessandro.

The Strega may be used to produce audio tones, generate control signals, and analyze external noises. Connect the 0-COAST or any other line-level source into the Strega to discover new sounds!

This new instrument takes the same form factor as the 0-COAST and 0-CTRL. It was designed to be controlled by the 0-CTRL or the 0-COAST’s MIDI-CV B outputs and is equally happy interfacing with Eurorack modules as well.

Easy-To-Use Semi-Modular

The Make Noise Strega is a great choice for anyone looking for an easy-to-use and versatile oscillator. It’s perfect for creating drones, pads, and other textural sounds.

The Strega feels like a drone instrument, but it’s capable of much more. The transition from drones to monophonic pad sounds, for example, isn’t very substantial.

The module is also great for adding movement and texture to rhythmic patterns. With its wide range of controls, the Make Noise Strega offers a lot of flexibility and sonic possibilities.

Make Noise’s Strega touch bridges and gateways are perfect for momentary modulation routings. With seven sources and thirteen destinations, it’s easy to create rich and complex sounds. Plus, the Eurorack compatibility means you can use it with your existing modular synthesizer setup. And like all Make Noise products, it includes patch cables, an output cable, and an AC adapter.

Alessandro and Tony designing
Make Noise New Semi-Modular Strega Fits into Eurorack 3

Strega is able to conjure audio tones, generate control signals, and process external sounds.  This new instrument takes the same form factor as the 0-COAST and 0-CTRL in a rugged steel enclosure. 

Strega was designed to be controlled by the 0-CTRL or the 0-COAST’s MIDI-CV B outputs and is equally happy interfacing with Eurorack modules as well. If you connect the gate out of a sequencer or keyboard to the Begin and End on the Agitation circuit, then route it to the Activation, you’ll have an amp envelope with a long attack and release times that any good pad requires.

Strega is patchable, with 7 sources and 13 destinations.  The instrument also includes Touch Bridges and Gateways for momentary modulation routings, and both Line Level and Eurorack Level outputs.  

If you give the tone-setting to the appropriate place, you can even get some basic synth string and organ sounds. Now of course pads, strings, and organs all require polyphony, but you may fake it with the delay’s decay cranked all the way up.

Conclusion

Make Noise has released a new semi-modular synthesizer called Strega. This instrument was designed in collaboration with Alessandro Cortini and takes the same form factor as the 0-COAST and 0-CTRL. It is able to generate audio tones, control signals, and process external sounds.

If you’re looking for a great-sounding and versatile oscillator, the Make Noise Strega is definitely worth checking out. It’s capable of creating some amazing sounds that will add interest and texture to your music. With its two outputs and wide range of controls, the module is sure to inspire your creativity.

There is no keyboard, sequencer, or MIDI. Strega will make beautiful sounds and murmuring drones right out of the box. You don’t want to use a piano on its own, because it’d sound too melodic. Make Noise’s desktop sequencer, the 0-CTRL is an obvious match.

The Strega’s major disadvantage is its high price. Although the cost isn’t overly prohibitive, it may be a touch excessive when you consider the machine’s somewhat restricted functionality.

The Make Noise Strega is a Eurorack modular synthesizer signal touch bridge and gateway that’s patchable with 7 sources and 13 destinations. It’s compatible with Eurorack modular synthesizer signals, includes patch cables, an output cable, and an AC adapter, has a headphone and line-level amplifier as well as Eurorack outputs, and is housed in a small rugged steel enclosure with the same form factor as the Make Noise 0-Coast and 0-CTRL.

Strega detail
Make Noise Strega

Pricing and Availability

Strega ships in late February 2021, the retail price is $599 plus local tax.

Shipping with Strega is a Cable Pack

  • Two 6″ patch cables
  • Two 12″ patch cables
  • One 1/8″ to 1/4″ output cable
  • A DC splitting Y-Cable that may be used to allow a single Strega power supply to power a Strega as well as a 0-CTRL or 0-Coast. 
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