Reviews

Martin Gore “Depeche Mode”

“I have enjoyed experimenting with my LYRA-8. Getting some cool sounds. I like the way it encourages you to create music in unusual ways too”.

Alessandro Cortini “Nine Inch Nails”

One of those that leave a mark. 

David Kronemyer

“It’s very ingenious and has immense sonic potential. Thank you for creating and selling such a marvelous device!”

Thighpaulsandra

“This is an amazing instrument and capable of far more subtlety and nuance then I could have ever imagined. Although I am getting great results from it I feel like a child learning the violin for the first time.”

Dominik Müller (Furanum Records)

The Lyra 8 is just amazing, sounds crazy and fits perfectly to my own or Uncto’s upcoming projects and live acts. It is a quality synth, very good work!

Paul Nagle

“Awesome fun to play! Lyra has given me a whole new perspective on what I want from a synthesizer. No turning back now ;)”

NERO BELLUM

It sounds better than in the demos! The build quality is extremely impressive. It looks beautiful. It’s very intuitive and easy to play straight away but, it’s still different enough to feel like I’m exploring new ground.

I can already see that I’m going to love crafting evolving soundscapes with this thing. It really excels at creating exciting sounds.

Jarek St aka “ELECTRICDUNK”

Beautiful instrument. You can definitely see how much passion and knowledge has been put into this device. I love the idea that each time you sit in front on it eand move knobs, you get new and exciting sounds. And the way how you interact with the instrument feels very organic. You feel like you dealing with some magical box.
“LYRA IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATE: YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU`RE GOING TO GET”.
I really love this instrument. You can explore new territories of sound far above well known musical horizon. I highly recommend it for everyone who is searching for a new sonic palette.
Congratulations to all SOMA crew.

Павел Михайлов (Pavel Mikhailov)

Лира-8, на мой взгляд – это наиболее смелая и особенная новинка, появившийся на фоне глобального “аналогового ренессанса” последних лет. Не смотря на то, что конструкция скорее отсылает к ранним электронным музыкальным инструментам и предполагает использование в первую очередь в импровизационной музыке, в написании экспериментальных композиций и саунд дизайне, и задумана она совсем не как mainstream синтезатор (в противоположность инструментам, где важно максимально быстро получить типичный, “формальный” звук ), все таки Лира звучит совершенно актуально и может применяться в любом направлении музыки от сонорных композиций до индустриального трэпа.

В тоне Лиры изначально есть некий сюрреализм, примитивная агрессия, в то же время гибкость и пластика. Инструмент содержит большой запас неизвестности, думаю, возможности здесь зависят по большей степени от фантазии и навыков обладателя. Лира требует к себе вдумчивого отношения, тогда результаты могут быть удивительно многообразны. Впрочем, я уверен, ничто не помешает с удовольствием играть часами не имея никакого представления о том, как устроен синтезатор.

Отдельно замечу, что синтезатор сделан очень качественно, в духе классических аналоговых инструментов 70-х. Все, начиная от используемых материалов, потенциометров и заканчивая упаковкой и описанием продумано и исполнено великолепно. Это действительно серьезный дебют для автора, предполагающий за собой не менее интересное продолжение. Посмотрим, что же принесет будущее…

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LYRA-8, to my mind, is the boldest and the most unique new product which was created during the recent “analogue renaissance”. Despite the design taking after the earliest electronic instruments and having improvisational\experimental music and sound design in mind, LYRA sounds totally up to date and can be used in any genre. From sonic compositions to industrial trap.

LYRA’s tone inherently possesses a certain surrealism and primitive aggression, but also flexibility and mobility. The instrument offers a lot to discover. I think, the possibilities mostly depend on the skills and creativity of the user. LYRA requires a thoughtful approach; then, the results may be surprisingly diverse. However, I’m sure that you can enjoy the instrument for hours even if you have no idea how a synthesizer works.

I also want to note the high-quality build of the synthesizer, in keeping with the spirit of classic analog instruments of the 70s. Everything, from the materials and potentiometers to the packaging and description is thoughtfully designed and wonderfully done. This is a serious debut for the author, which implies that we might see more interesting things in the future.

Glenn Keteleer aka “Radical G”

Probably the best distinctive sounding synth ever. 
It is very unique, very authentic and stunning! 

Lloyd Cole

A wonderful instrument to learn (or aspire to). It did take me 20 years to have any kind of idea of what I do on the guitar so, no promises. But here’s hoping – it’s like nothing else I’ve played

red-garlic / yucca tree records

It sounds like nothing I heard/played before… So unique and so intuitive – very inspiring!
Congratulation for this piece of art work and engineering – also the built quality is excellent.

Damien Vandesande

Really in love with it, such a unique instrument, thank you for creating it and letting us having a hand on it!

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