Noisy: Expressive E gets out of character with a raucously expressive synth
An unexpectedly fruity software synth from Expressive E. Noisy looks surprisingly groovy and offers an expressive dive into physical modelling and subtractive synthesis.
When you think of Expressive E you think of elegance and the artistic manipulation of pieces of wood in creative and probably expensive ways. So, when they release something called “Noisy” I was intrigued and unprepared for how fabulously fun this looks.
Noisy was designed around the acoustic resonance principle of a string’s vibration. This vibration is fed into 2 layers of 3 resonators combining subtractive synthesis and physical modelling. Then you get to modulate through the control of 4 dimensions which is exactly the sort of thing you’d use their Touché controller for. However, it doesn’t need a post controller you can manipulate them through regular means. Then, at the end, there are a bunch of effects which also enjoy a bit of manipulation.
It’s really interesting and I’m totally digging the colourful interface and oversized interaction – I find the visual side very helpful. There are more than 400 presets ready to play with and you can squeeze elements out of them into interspliced layers for more possibilities. Noisy is not quite as raucous as the name suggests. This is a soft approach to noise that won’t scare anyone and offers an interesting sound palette and yet can get a little bit edgy if you push it.
Noisy is available now for €149 for macOS and Windows as a VST or AU plugin.
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