Noisy combines physical modelling and subtractive synthesis

New Expressive E Noisy soft synth

Noisy combines physical modelling and subtractive synthesis

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Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
January 19, 2022
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March 9, 2021
New Expressive E Noisy soft synth

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A noisy new synth plugin

Expressive E launched a new plugin instrument, called Noisy.

The synthesis engine is based on acoustic resonance, which is used to manipulate noise and waveform inputs. The principle from acoustic string behaviour was the inspiration here. This signal can be changed through 6 different resonators - from classic filters to comb filters.

Modulators follow this synthesis stage, which can be assigned to a graphical X-Y modulator. Noisy also enables the mixing of 2 different presets. The final stage is a FX section with extra resonators, delays, reverbs and other effects.

Constant modulation seems to be at the heart of the plugin, with the dark interface introducing pops of colour.
I would expect the modulations can be easily mapped to Expressive E's hardware, such as the Touché or Touché SE.

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On paper, this is a new take on synthesis, merging two technologies. The demos sound good, like a mixture of analog and wave table synthesis. But with a price of nearly €180, and no trial available, I won't be rushing out to buy this just now.

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Expressive E Noisy

  • Full Price: $149
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