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Make Noise Strega review: A wonderfully weird, one-of-a-kind synth


The Make Noise Strega is a strange beast.

If you’re a strict adherent to the familiar world of East Coast synthesis (think Moog), you might even consider it downright hostile. The face of the synth is a bewildering array of lines and shapes, labeled with odd terms like “activation” and “tonic.” The manual doesn’t go out of its way to clarify anything either. In fact, it tells you up front that it’s “not important to fully understand the Strega.” And it leans hard into treating the instrument as a metaphorical “alchemical experiment.”

  • Completely unique sound and character
  • Lo-fi delay sounds amazing on almost everything
  • Unique interface encourages experimentation
  • High price
  • Intentionally obscure controls could be a turnoff to some

Unless you’re drawn to strange and esoteric instruments, you might be turned off by the Strega. Tony Rolando of Make Noise, who co-designed the instrument with Alessandro ...


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