Make Noise modules: design, usability, theory, philosophy, etc

Another Make Noise-inspired mockup for something I want to make once I finally own a Morphagene: the “Gene Pool,” a simple 2hp microSD card holder, providing a safe, simple solution for storing cards while allowing for quickly swapping between reels and/or firmware options.



Not sure why it ended up so pixelated, being exported from vector graphics in Illustrator, but you all get the point. 100% passive, unpowered, pint-sized protection for cards, and an easy way to record, manipulate, and reintroduce some xenochronic material during a performance.

Looks great! If you ever make them available I’d buy one :slight_smile:

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Reviving an old post here, but would anyone be interested in a chart listing what kinds and amounts of cv are tolerated or accepted by different modules?

Trying to sort out what take unipolar vs bipolar cv, at 5 or 8 or 10 volts, can be a head-exploding task…

What would be a good way to assemble something like that?


A shared Google Sheet would probably be easiest!

also, any reasonably designed module will be protected from voltages outside of what it is designed to respond to, so within reason you can not worry too much about it unless you are going for a specific result.


Looks like Make Noise just announced that they’re switching over their whole lineup to use only white knobs- a choice I love because I’ve been doing that myself for ages! They look so nice without the blue knobs :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


The blue knobs were just too dark to see the pointers under some lighting conditions.

I wish Noise Engineering would change their knobs… the glare off them makes the pointers invisible.

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Got a good source to order said white knobs?

got mine from here

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Thanks, I’ll check back later when they’re in stock!

Noise engineering knobs are d shaft, so you can swap right over to the same knobs as make noise easily if you so desire!

I’ve swapped them before. They’re difficult to remove, densely placed, and many of their modules have encoders where you don’t want standard pointer knobs, so I wasn’t super happy with the results.

would the “2S Encoder Knobs” from Rogan/Thonk be too large for Noise Engineering modules with encoders? I don’t have any of theirs, so maybe the medium knob would just be too big.

I don’t actually have any Noise Engineering modules anymore to check, but I do seem to recall thinking the 2S encoder knobs were going to be too wide based on the size of the 2PS knobs.

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For anyone looking for white Rogan knobs to replace their blue knobs, make sure today you’re getting the medium sized unskirted ones. The smaller ones are meant for the attenuators/attenuverters and are the slightest bit shorter than the medium knobs.


(staff edit: to keep this thread on-topic, covering the philosophy and design of make noise modules, the lengthy discussion & speculation on the upcoming/new stereo signal processor has been moved to its own thread: Make Noise QPAS: Quad Peak Animation System. once the name of the module is known, that thread will be retitled.)


Looks like the Make Noise crew did some cleaning on the website recently to prepare for the new module announcement, with discontinued modules like the Mysteron and MMG removed from the module list (manuals can still be found for discontinued and v1 modules in that section) and product images (except RxMx) switched to the all-white-knob aesthetic.

Possibly of interest to some of you is this little update I noticed on the QMMG page:

“We are working on being able to offer a run of QMMGs through our dealers. We have had a parts delay and hope to have these available late summer 2019.”


Here’s a fun piece of trivia connecting the RxMx and the recently unveiled QPAS.

RxMx, which was the first Make Noise module to have a Radiate control, was originally going to be called AIM, or AnImated Mixer. The AIM itself was also referred to as AME, or Animated Mix Engine, an expander for the DPO:

The only thing that I would have liked to include will end up being offered as an expansion, and that is the Animated Mix Engine. It takes 6 waveforms generated by the DPO and allows for dynamic mixing of them using gates, triggers, pulses, clocks and control voltages.

Obviously, AIM / RxMx ended up being an DPO expander and much more, especially with the help of the FxdF and the Control File. It was nice seeing that Tony shared the story of the QPAS’ conception along with the announcement, as it’s now more than obvious just how long he’s been pondering and developing this whole “signal animation” concept.


It was interesting to hear from the live stream that QPAS isn’t envisioned for the Shared System, as a mostly mono system. That makes sense, so I am curious what the alternative “Stereo Shared System” might look like in the future.


The System Concrète was built around the Phonogene and MMG, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new all-black stereo System Concrète built around the Morphagene and QPAS.

Heck, I might even be tempted to buy one!