Make Noise Maths
Make Noise Maths is a Control Voltage Generator and Processor that owes debt to the classic designs of Don Buchla in his Model 281 and Model 257 function generators. The design of Buchla's envelopes allowed them to easily switch between cycling and triggered envelopes, providing LFOs as well, and at high enough speeds, Oscillators. This design was then appropriated for the Serge Dual Universal Slope Generator, which is an apt name, as it can basically create any kind of rising and falling voltage. Maths continues in this great tradition of versatile and function-packed modules.
Maths can be used for VC Envelope Generators, VC LFOs, VC Slew Generators, a strange type of filter/VCA, a polarizer/attenuator, a VC clock divider, and a VCO. It can easily translate digital information (clocks and triggers) into analog information (sloped waveforms and continous shifting voltages), and vice versa, (with trigger "End" outs for both function generators.) The wave shapes can be changed from Logarithmic to Linear to Exponential with a control knob, which also affects their frequency range and timbre. Two cycle buttons easily convert the functions from triggered or gated envelopes to looping LFOs.
Two utility polarizers are also present to process CV and/or Audio. When nothing is patched into the Polarizer input, it outputs a static voltage based on the level of the knob. 12 O'clock would be 0V, and would increase or decrease depending on which way the knob is turned. When something is patched in, the polarizers work as attenuverters. This means it will turn down bi-polar signals until they invert, or it turns down a unipolar signal until it crosses the X axis and goes negative.
A synthesizer that consists exclusively of Make Noise Maths would technically be a fully functional synthesizer, complete with oscillators, envelopes, esoteric VCA's and filters, LFOs with Audio mixing capabilities. The Maths is an essential synthesizer module for any style of synthesis.
Make Noise Maths Features
- Analog Computer Module Designed for Musical Control Voltage Manipulation and Generation
- Voltage Controlled Envelope or LFO as slow as 25 minutes and as fast as 1khz
- Apply Lag, Slew or Portamento to control voltages
- Change the depth of modulation and modulate backwards
- Combine up to 4 control signals to create more complex modulations
- Musical Events such as Ramping up or Down in Tempo, on command
- Initiating Musical events upon sensing motion in the system
- Musical note division and/or Flam
- Perfect for modulating the DPO and just about anything else
Downloads: Make Noise Maths Manual
Make Noise Maths Videos
These videos are inspired by the absolutely essential Maths Illustrated Patching Manual, created by Demonam.
Maths as a Clock Divider
This patch utilizes the MakeNoise Maths slew capabilities in a rhythmic and helpful way. The Maths on the right is just providing clocks which are patched into the Trigger inputs of Channel 1 and 4 of the Maths on the left. If the Rise amount makes the envelope longer than the next Trigger, it won't retrigger until the next gate, allowing one to use it as an analog clock divider. Both channels of Maths are being clocked at the same rate, and as the Rise value changes, the clock division is decided, showing some rhythmic ratios such as 1:2, 2:3, 2:4, and 3:4. The End of Cycle and End of Rise clock outputs are then sent to strike an Optomix for a quick percussive envelope.
Maths as a (waveshaping) VCA
This patch is similar to the Clock Divider patch, but instead of sending Triggers and using the slewed envelope to offset the Trigger outputs, this patch uses the Gate input for Audio, and slews it completely until no sound is outputted. The output of an oscillator is sent into the Gate input on Maths. As one moves the Rise and Fall knobs, one can hear the timbre shifting slightly, with some locations cutting out the sound completely. If the output of Channel 4 is patched into the Rise CV, it can modulate the Rise control to cut out the sound. In order to get the correct ranges, the output on Channel 4 may have to be fully negative (by use of the polarizer knob). Great as a VCA in a pinch!
Maths as a Quadrature LFO
In this patch, Maths is organized to have the second envelope be Triggered with the End of Rise output on the first envelope. If the first envelope is set to linear slope, with its rise and fall amounts set to similar ranges, then the second envelope will begin halfway, or 90 degrees, through the first one. The End of Cycle output of channel two is then fed back into the trigger of channel one, which creates a loop of re-triggering. When this patch is created, one will need to turn cycling on for just a moment to get the triggers to start. The envelope outputs are controlling the volume levels of the Audio and Sub-Audio outputs on the STO via the Optomix.
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- Eurorack Module
- 20 HP Width
- 24mm Depth
- Current Draw: 60mA @ +12V, 50mA @ -12V
- MATHS is my favorite eurorack module Review by BlueForest
- Perfect choice for your first module Review by MusicIsMaths
I had been a lurker on the popular modular synth forum Muffwiggler for a long time before taking the plunge into the world of eurorack. A lot of time was spent on figuring out which module I should get first. After reading through tons of threads I noticed a recurring theme: everyone seems to love the Make Noise Maths module.
There's a reason this module is so popular. It's possible to do just about anything with it. For a few months, my only modules were this and a filter from AMS Synths (why are their modules so hard to get?) that clones the filter from the Roland Jupiter 8. With just those two modules, I was able to make some really interesting music.
I won't go into all of the details of the functionality of this thing, as they're well documented in the manual and across the internet. I will say that if you're just getting started, this is an incredibly powerful module to start off your system. You can literally have fun and do interesting things with this module alone. (Posted on 7/7/16)