SOMA Labs Lyra 8

Wow ; it matches the MFB Dominion Club - not sure if this is a good thing, mind.


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tempted by the orange lyra8

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Not sure if this is common knowledge but Soma posted on instagram that the black Lyra 8 is on sale for 10% off from the Russian division only through to Dec 5.

There’s also 10% off the Pipe. Sadly, I don’t think I can justify spending that much money on myself this side of Christmas.

I just got one the other day. No clue how to use it yet, but here’s my first fiddle with it:

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I have noticed that people seem to value the Russian-made models over the Polish. Is there a reason for this, beyond Vlad may have touched it?

I’ve been wondering the same thing. While I don’t know for sure, I think that the idea of “Soviet” synthesizers holds a special appeal for some people. Polish synth just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

How do you know which country it’s from if you get one second-hand?

Be ready to pay hefty extra for shipping and customs tax/VAT when ordering from Russian division. Learned that the hard way while ordering the Ether.

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Ha! This sums up how I feel about it. I’ve only had it for a few months, but it’s been sitting in a case since my last gig in mid-October. It’s such a beautiful, weird, unpredictable instrument, and sounds lovely when played together with my piano, but it really feels like a luxury item among the rest of my setup.

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I’m wondering how people are using the rear jacks for CV Voices, CV Delay, Hold Gate, and Ext In. What kinds of stuff is being connected?

CV voices: a bit limited in usefulness IMHO. Audio rate modulation doesn’t contribute a lot and it’s not any particular volt-pitch scheme, but a more freeform sequencer like the SQ-1 can work.

CV delay: simple LFOs or smooth random are good, since the Hyper LFO is a bit odd.

Hold: any gates work well. It interacts with the hold knobs, “fast” switches and touchplates. Nice for injecting some synchronized rhythm.

Ext in: lots of stuff works well here with the Lyra’s distortion and delay. I haven’t had as much success with feedback patching the Lyra itself, but I admit I didn’t spend long on it (maybe hard limiting would help). Drums sound pretty great through it, and I’ve mixed drones from my modular with playing the Lyra itself.


This may be a dumb question, but can you process both external audio and the internal synth voice through the effects at the same time?

I reknobbed mine as well:

The tuning knobs are the style that was on the mod/sharp/pitch/hold pots – very similar to Mutable/Make Noise Rogan PT knobs. I didn’t care for the chicken head style knobs in the upper section either, so I replaced those all with Re’an P670 (Bugbrand style, I think) from Modular Addict.

(I was just out of town for a week, and despite having a cloth over it and a nearby air purifier with HEPA filter, I see it’s collected some dust. That isn’t too pleasing.)


there is plastic cover and nylon dust bag available if dust becomes too much of an issue

I have the nylon bag. It’s designed as a slip case rather than a handy studio cover. I’ve just been lying it across the top, but I might “hack” it into the sort of cover I wanted.

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Any demos on this yet? looks amazing!

Just got my Lyra a week ago and am really digging it. Such a deep and elusive instrument.

Question about the voice modulation: When I have the mod switch in the “LFO FB CV” position and have the MOD knob turned all the way down, I hear the LFO modulating the voice. When I turn up the MOD knob, I hear more, but I would expect to hear no modulation until I turn the knob up from zero. It’s the same with the Total FB on - the voice changes pitch even when MOD is at zero.

Is that normal or is mine an oddball?


Playing the Lyra-8, I’m usually alternating between thoughts of—this is transcendent!, and—is this broken?


Yep I can also confirm this is how mine works (and confused me at first).

I’ve found it makes a nice performance feature though (switch in the modulation set at minimum every now and then and throw a little chaos into the mix).

The Lyra is as beguiling to me as it is bewildering. And I love it all the more because of it :smile:

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