Make Noise Intros 0-Coast Single Voice Desktop Synth

At the 2016 NAMM Show, Make Noise introduced the 0-Coast Single Voice synth module.

The 0-COAST is a single voice patchable synthesizer. It’s name reflects the fact that it utilizes techniques from both the Moog and Buchla paradigms (aka “East Coast,” and “West Coast,” due to their locations), but is loyal to neither and thus implements “no coast synthesis.”

While the 0-COAST utilizes classic modular synthesis techniques, we designed it to operate with or without the use of patch cables. The necessary connections have been made from circuit to circuit so it operates as an expressive, musical MonoSynth. Using only the MIDI controller of your choice you could apply new timbres to your existing musical forms!

Using the included Patch Cables you could get more scientific, experimenting with new ways to wire up the circuits. You might even forgo MIDI altogether, disappearing into a cloud of analog FM induced Sidebands and harmonics scattered around a single fundamental drone that has nothing to do with any form of music you’ve ever known.

Pricing and Availability

The Make Noise 0-Coast is available now, priced at US $499.

17 thoughts on “Make Noise Intros 0-Coast Single Voice Desktop Synth

  1. Sounds very cool and is priced just about right for me. Definitely doesn’t feel like more of the same. Anyone know if you can use MIDI CCs as a modulation source at all?

  2. Coolest, most tempting thing to come out of NAMM so far.

    Any mention of whether it can be racked?

    Also, is it “zero-coast”, “O-coast”, or “No-coast”? Tony can’t decide! 😉

    1. Isn’t minilogue produced by a massive corporation which has huge production lines and will sell tens of thousands of their product, as where Make Noise is a very small company producing most of their product in a very small scale compared to the corporation producing the minilogue ?

      1. Thats true, i would by from them instead of Korg any time.

        On the other hand, when you say a massive corporation and huge production lines, its obvious that they can stuff a lot more into their boxes for the same price, than a small company.

        So prize/value like, i would rather prefer to buy from korg.

  3. I think Make Noise’s modular heritage is both a bit of a blessing and a curse here. It looks like there’s a lot of scope to go really, really deep with this thing, and I love the overtone-focused signal path that seems to give the potential for lots of digital-ish and unconventional sounds.

    However, so much of that demo seems to be focused purely on ‘x cool bit of modular engineering’, rather than explaining how such a feature could be beneficial to a musician or sound designer. I’m sure it’s a really cool bit of kit, but after watching that, I’m still none the wiser as to whether I’d want it or not.

  4. I’m very interested to hear and learn more about this synth. I’m into desktop synths (learn it as a self contained unit, then learn to incorporate it with other things, since if I go down the eurorack vortex I’ll never return!), and would be curious to see how this plays with my Dark Energy II. And Werkstatt. And Little Bits. And MS-20m. And….
    Basically, I haven’t seen this type of synthesis in a desktop synth before, and am psyched about its potential!

  5. It being semimodular monosynth that uses a very different signal path than other more traditional monosynths actually makes it quite a lot more interesting to me. Having more of that west-coast philosophy come out in a standalone semimodular unit is something that i’ve personally wished to see and to be able to choose in an instrument for quite a while. Whether or not the unit is eurorackable is completely beside the point, as is the constant talk of standalone synths functioning as “gateway drugs” to euro.
    Instruments like this and the Erebus show that there’s a market for non-modular gear that retains a lot of the west-coast philosophy of synthesis and it’s nice to see that this market is being catered for. Of course, one has always the option to go euro from these sorts of instruments, but I like the idea that there exist interesting synths that have patching capabilities.

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