New synth incoming -- Soma Labs Lyra 8

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And my ears are now listening to it (praise just posted in the above thread).

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I need to give this serious time, I’ll listen later today.
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:clap: sweet! :clap:
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I'm working on a remix for the purposes of this thread that will have the Lyra-8 accentuated so you can hear what it's doing more clearly.
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Here's the remix which may be helpful in picking out the Lyra-8 in context: https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... tion-lyra8
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Thanks Ben!

Intriguing to hear the Lyra 8 in isolation 8-)

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No problem, thought you might find it interesting.
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Now that I am a couple of weeks in, I thought I’d post a follow up on my time with the L8.

It’s a totally unique and versatile instrument. I definitely gravitate more towards the softer side of its sonic palette, the chaotic stuff doesn’t necessarily appeal to me, but I may use it on occasion.

Getting actual movement from the sound coming out of the L8 has been a challenge. At first I tried using the MIMIQ, but it sounded terrible, which was not what I was expecting! I ended up using a slow setting on a BOSS RT-20 and then going into the DECO with the decks slightly offset (about 200mS is my guess). This creates a gentle undulation across the stereo field that I find adds some nice motion to the sound. Sprinkle in two more delays and two reverbs and you’re off in the clouds!
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Thanks for the follow up Ben!

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Arpangel's thread on the Subharmonicon has be thinking that the L8 and SubH would probably make a great combo, especially feeding the Subharmonicon's output into the Lyra for it's delay and additional modulation, and taking the SEQ or VCA outs from the Sub H into the L8 may make for some interesting rhythms.

Hmmmm .... more to follow.
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Well, these last couple of months have flown by! My day job hit its busy season and all hope of making music was sidelined for a few weeks as looming deadlines and coverage for people on holidays took over. If there’s any advantage to it, it’s being able to revisit this strange machine with a fresh perspective.

I recorded the L8 on two pieces yesterday. On one I used the L8 to create an ominous, tuned drone patch. I increased the sharpness of the voices and then ran it through a Make Noise low pass gate to tame the high freqs but keep the harmonic complexity. This drone was not intended to be noticed and the L8 did the job perfectly after I wrangled a steady tuning out of it.

On the other, the drone is front and center and I tried a different approach. Using the Hyper LFO to modulate the pitch on most of the channels, I ‘played’ the feedback created by the delay self-oscillating. The resultant sound is a ((MASSIVE)) alien soundscape of churning-space-whales-dying-in-hell and absolutely silly amounts of pants-flapping bass.

I was beginning to have fringe doubts over the Lyra-8. Space is at a premium in my house and everything on my ‘play’ shelf has to justify its existence. I needn’t have worried, the Lyra-8 is such an amazing instrument for exploring sound design — not from a top-down, conscious view but the street-level; getting your hands dirty by directly manipulating and influencing the sound, though you have very little control over it.

I am sitting here listening back to these sounds, knowing that I’ll never be able to replicate them, and I’m okay with that. :)
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Ben Asaro wrote: Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:04 pm I am sitting here listening back to these sounds, knowing that I’ll never be able to replicate them, and I’m okay with that. :)

Sounds good to me Ben - can we please listen to them too? ;)

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Martin Walker wrote: Sun Sep 05, 2021 7:19 pm
Ben Asaro wrote: Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:04 pm I am sitting here listening back to these sounds, knowing that I’ll never be able to replicate them, and I’m okay with that. :)

Sounds good to me Ben - can we please listen to them too? ;)

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All in good time. :)

The first drone will be ready soon, the other track is in progress and will take longer.

I may record another drone jam just so you can hear the approach, though!
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