Noises is the latest collaboration between plug-in developer AudioThing and creator Hainbach. Like other interesting software which emerged from this cooperation, Noises will surely find its fans. This time it’s about noise – the beautiful noise which comes out of a musician and sound researcher’s laboratory.
Noise can serve as the basis for music, thicken up a track or create atmosphere. For example, layering noise under a beat can really weave the individual percussion hits together. Noises follows the same idea, using a 1.2GB pool of sounds recorded in the studio of Hainbach – a renowned musician and YouTuber. Anyone who’s ever seen his videos knows there’s some incredible stuff laying around in it. Gizmos like signal measurement and generator devices, electro-acoustic constructions, vintage microphones and mixers, obscure tape recorders.
The Noises plug-in features many recordings of this equipment, in addition to field and experimental recordings. The sounds are divided into 21 banks with colorful names like Autobahn, B00GA, Bandpass Pulses, Drum Drones, Electro-Acoustics, EMF, Filterbank, Flight to MARS, Military Wires, Noie-Denoise, Oddular, Phaserland, and so on. There are also a few “cosmic” harmonies or chords. Good old tape is also represented, via banks like Soviet Tape and Tape Hiss. You can also create your own sound banks by importing audio files, adding info texts, and pictures.
In the middle of the user interface is a large rotary control which works as a kind of crossfader to smoothly fade between the 8 sounds in a bank. The fades can be sequenced from an integrated sequencer, too, or left to random chance. Additionally, there are several effects for sound shaping. You can change the pitch, add modulation, filter the signal, and apply a bit crusher. The filter and bit crusher order can be changed. There is also a simple attack & release envelope generator. Finally, Noises can sync up with the host or respond to MIDI notes and automation.
AudioThing Noises Price and availability
During the introductory period, you will pay EUR 45 instead of EUR 69. AudioThing Noises works in 64-bit AU, VST, VST2, VST3 and AAX formats under macOS 10.9+ and Windows 7+. A demo version and a PDF user manual are also available for download. 118 presets by Hainbach come with the plug-in.