TAL NoiseMaker Free VST Synth

TAL NoiseMaker VSTi

TAL NoiseMaker has to be one of the best freeware VST synths out there. In fact, it challenges many of the commercial ones. It sounds fat and full and is suitable for various styles of electronic music. There’s plenty of presets to start with and for further sound design it’s quite easy to program. Here’s some key factors of this synth:

TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect.

A display shows the knob and slider values. This allows more control over the synth. A ringmodulator and a syncable triangle are also part of this synth. TAL-NoiseMaker includes new filter types as the self resonating 6dB low pass and a notch filter. Its improved amplitude ADSR is very suitable for slow pads as for really fast envelopes. 128 factory presets included, 80 made by Frank “Xenox” Neumann / Particular – Sound.

Properties and tutorial:

  • 3 Oscillators
    Osc 1, +- 24 semitones, fine tune, phase control (saw, pulse, noise).
    Osc 2, +- 24 semitones, fine tune, phase control (saw, rectangle, triangle, sine).
    Sub Osc (rectangle).
  • Osc 1 PM for pulse waveform.
  • Osc 2 FM controled by Osc 1.
  • Osc 1 & Osc 2 sync to sub osc (saw, pulse, rectangle, triangle(bipolar sync)).
  • Adjustable master tune and transpose.
  • Up to 6 voices.
  • Portamento in mono and poly mode (off, auto, on).
  • Ringmod modulates Osc 1 with Osc 2
  • Self resonating 4x oversampled filters (24 dB LP, 18 dB LP, 12 dB LP, 6 dB LP, 12 dB HP, 12 dB BP, Notch)
  • Filter ADSR (negative and positive)
  • Volume ADSR
  • Routable ADSR, modulates Filter, Osc 1, Osc 2, PW, FM (negative and positive)
  • 2 LFO’s with different running modes: free, sync to host, triggered by note.
    Modulates filter, osc 1, osc 2, fm, pw, lfo rate, panorama and volume.
    Sine, triangle, saw square, s&h, noise.
    Positive and negative modulation.
    Phase control.
  • Adjustable Velocity dependent control over volume filtercontour and cutoff.
  • Adjustable Pitch Wheel control over Cutoff and Pitch.
  • One pole HP filter.
  • Detune, detunes notes randomly.
  • Juno chorus with different modes.
  • A built in reverb.
  • A built in delay.
  • Adjustable filter drive.
  • Bitcrusher, affects osc 1 and osc 2. Its a pre the filter stage effect.
  • Midi learn for all knobs.
  • Panic button.
  • Easy to use, no hidden panels.
  • 256 great presets (Presets by Frank “Xenox” Neumann / Particular – Sound, The Unshushable Coktor, Alexandra Sendy, TAL, Patrick Kunz).
  • Its free and open source under the GPL license. This means that you have to release the source if you modificate or use the code in any way. Commercial use of the source is not allowed.

Envelope editor:

  • A mouse click adds a new point.
  • Double click or dragging a point to the bottom deletes a point.
  • Every point has two control points that allows to modify the spline behavior.

Download.

About Petri Suhonen

Petri Suhonen is an electronic music hobbyist. He has been producing music with computers over a decade on such styles as trance, downtempo, ambient & experimental electronic using FL Studio.

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  1. Brother O says:

    Hi there,
    Just found your very useful and inspiring site- thanks! Any recommendations on a good free Software Synth for an absolute beginner? I’m looking for something quite versatile: the TAL NoiseMaker Free VST Synth sounds great but a bit too exclusively electronic. Still, should I give it a go or do you recommend something else for the beginner?

    Thanks again!
    O

  2. Brother O says:

    PS: I’m using a macbook
    PPS: I just tried downloading Tal Noisemaker but it says it needs something to open it with, (such as Audacity) so I downloaded Audacity but now Tal Noisemaker still isn’t opening… any ideas?

    • Ah yes..

      You’ll need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to be able to open the synth. I dont have any experience with Mac machines, but I know there’s couple of free DAWs for Mac such as Ardour and commercial ones like Logic Pro.

      Also, I believe you have to download the Mac OSX version of TAL Noisemaker and install it into right folder (follow the installation instructions).

      Hope this helps :)

  3. Brother O says:

    Hi there Petri,

    Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, I’ve not had any luck getting TAL-Noisemaker to work! After discovering that Audacity doesn’t support it, I tried Ardour, but in the end learned that it does not host VSTs either. I then tried a free demo of something called VSTi Host

    http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/VSTiHostOSX/

    and I have opened it up but cannot for the life of me figure out how to open up the TAL-Noisemaker! I’m just looking to play around on a VST Synth as easily as possible… any advice?

    Thanks again,
    O

  4. Brother O says:

    Oh sorry Petri,
    I’ve just click on the link to that Kore2 player that you recommended above and it appears it can be used as a standalone device… this might be just what I need. Wish me luck…!
    O

  5. i downloaded it but i cant find it.can you help me out on where to find it on fl studio?

    • Do this:

      1. Unzip the TAL-NoiseMaker.zip to a C:\Program Files (x86)\vstplugins folder (if you dont have vstplugins folder there, create it).
      2. Open FL Studio and go to Options -> File Settings
      3. Under the VST Plugins extra search folder, select the directory where your VST plugins are located (C:\Program Files (x86)\vstplugins)
      4. Close the File settings and go to Channel -> Add one -> More… and choose Refresh – Fast Scan.

      Le me know if it worked.

      • Woo_j says:

        Hey I followed all of your instructions and when I tried to open the synthesizer I get the following error message “There was a problem opening TAL-NoiseMaker for an unknown reason. Please make sure it has been installed properly.”. Is there something else I can try to do to make it work or is something wrong with the synthesizer itself. I have a friend who has used many TAL products and he stated that many of them are glitchy and unreliable.

      • thanx guy,you’re very nice :D

  6. Adzze says:

    Hi, I used this VST in one of my songs (some amazing sounds for such a simple-looking interface), but after a while I became wary of clicking on the channel too much because I found it suddenly maxed the CPU occasionally (without doing anything) and I had to crash out of FL Studio… :(
    Have you encountered this problem and if so did you find a solution?

    • Hey Adam,

      Does it do that regularly?

      I havent yet encountered such problem, but have you tried tweaking the Fruity Wrapper settings under the Processing tab? Maybe enable/disable ‘Use fixed size buffers’ or something.. not sure if it helps though.

      Btw, do you have the latest version of TAL NoiseMaker?

      • Adzze says:

        Hey Petri, yeah as far as I know it’s the latest version, I downloaded it from the website about a month ago. And yep it happens regularly. I’ll try tweaking those parameters as you suggested but I might also try reinstalling it because it’s quite a disabling problem the way it is. Thanks for the suggestions!

  7. Chris says:

    Hello. I’m trying to use this with Ableton Live 8 for Windows. I need some help trying to find the 256 presets. I can’t even find the stated 128 factory presets on this synth. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thank You

  8. Eric says:

    Hi,
    I”m having trouble loading NoiseMaker vst in Ableton 8. I am running on windows 7 64bit. I have downloaded both the 32 and 64 bit versions and moved them to C:\Program Files (x86)\Ableton\Live 8.1.1\VstPlugins where I have all my other vsts. That’s all i’m supposed to do right, download, unzip and move the .dll to the directory where Ableton points?
    Thanks,
    Eric

    • Hey Eric, sorry for my very late reply, but yeah, that’s pretty much it. Ableton should find it there automatically next time you start it.

  9. sofiarte says:

    any glossary for people that just starts on this world???
    i have to do a descriptive table on the tal for college and i’m making a bit up what the fonctions are for and what they do…
    thanks a lot !
    :)

  10. sofiarte says:

    hy petri!
    well i was thinking about the tal, but if what you have is more general it would be welcome too!! all my class is struggling because of terminology ,,,
    thanks so much!
    s

  11. Stephane says:

    I just recommend this wonderful tuto implying TAL Noisemaker and Live 8.

    http://vimeo.com/groups/emgearhaven/videos/17055242

  12. sofiarte says:

    yep! thanks

  13. No work in my FL ! :\

  14. Alexander says:

    When you choose one of the many premade sounds, how do you listen, try it out?
    I can’t find it anywhere and probably it’s just a button but help would be appreciated! :)

  15. lucasg06 says:

    I download TAL but I cannot get it to work inside of FL studio,it shows up in the broswer bar with the rest of the files though,any ideas whats wrong ?

  16. steven mathieu says:

    Hi

    1. How do I name presets? I can save them with a name but when I load hem, the name stays the same.
    2. How do I change presets by midi with Ableton Live (Mac).

    Thanks,
    Steven

  17. Hey guys, i gotta say i love the sound of this synth! HOWEVER, ive been having some problems lately and think maybe it has to do with this synth. when i use it, it seems to make my beat or at least parts of my beat sounds quieter at some parts then louder at others. Has anyone else had this kind of problem with it? i got both a new pc and upgraded to fl 10 from 9. So this is one theory, but please if anyone has answers PLEASE HELP! thank you!

  18. Cloel says:

    I am simply not getting sound out of this effect. Using sl studio 11, and it loads and looks the way it should, but when the effect is enabled there is no sound, when disabled, sound returns. I can even see that when it is enabled the instrument it is linked to flares up output in my pattern sequencer but then my equalizer shows nothing… Any thoughts?

  19. ’tis my favorite synth. So simple and great sounds.

    ‘tho I had some problems after installation as every time I clicked away or turned a knob the music stopped.

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