SOMA Lyra-8 White Angel


Analog Drone Synthesizer

  • 8 Voices
  • 8 Oscillators
  • Each voice is freely tunable and within a wide range
  • Triange/Square waveform mix and adjustable FM modulation per voice pair
  • AD envelope per voice with slow and fast response time
  • Hyper LFO for vibrato- and delay modulation
  • Switchable feedback path
  • Mod delay with 2 delay lines and LFO modulation
  • Drive knob with wet/dry controller
  • Can be played via 2 metal contacts per voice
  • Audio output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm jack
  • External input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Hold gate: 6.3 mm jack
  • CV delay: 6.3 mm jack
  • CV voices: 6.3 mm jack
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 266 x 266 x 62 mm
  • Weight: 2.5 kg
  • Colour: White
  • Includes an external power supply (12 V DC)
available since October 2019
Item number 471732
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Keys 8
Touch-Sensitive No
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Number of simultaneous Voices 8
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface None
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects Delay, Distortion
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
Pedal Connections None
Dimensions 266 x 266 x 62 mm
Weight 2,5 kg
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Weird alien mindstrument
1 BPM 25.05.2021
My first Lyra-8 was the Black Beast. My second Lyra-8 now is the White Angel. Yes they sound different LOL. Each day no matter how carefully I try reproduce a patch, it will never sound exactly the same. The Lyra-8 is the startrek of boldly sound what no one has done before. Okay that was the intro. Now the details: Operation: especially the rather unpredictable Mod knobs are very sensitive to the minutest turn depending on the other knobs. Even opening one Osc with Mod Osc another is more than enough to drone longer mindights than the usual drone synths. Not to mention all eight Osc... The Mod Delay sectionon top is not too exaggerated, a bit tame to me, but for sure I need more daring settings in the other sections. Time will tell. Features, well, I wish there were a deep (modulatable) reverb built-in. This machine deserves one, just like the well-known NYX synths. But the eight 8 oscillators grouped in pairs under 4 mods, man, that is droning to the power x. I tried the CV Voices port on a Doepfer Time analog sequencer (thank you Thomann for having devlivered) CV out, and with quantize off it produces great microtonal style phrases. Also, it would have been better IMHO the audio out would be stereo and not mono. All in all, if you are tired of the trodden path of beat and melody and even drones, well, here is some alien stuff that would even make Spock salivate on planet Vulcan.


What a crazy synth!
Bryan104 24.12.2020
This synth is built like a tank, sounds really crazy, and is one of the most original and inspiring instruments I have used in recent memory. It rewards experimentation, creativity, and just turning knobs, and you will end up with some of the most other-worldly sounds you have ever heard.

Because it is such an "organic" experience, as SOMA Labs puts it, it does have the drawback of not having patch memory or recall of any kind. So make sure you record what you make, and download their recall sheets just in case you need to get it replicated later on. It also doesn't accept midi, but does accept CV. That being said, this instrument performs best when it is played like an instrument! The conductive touch points react differently depending on how you press them, which adds to the expressivity.

The levels can be a little low at times, so having a nice DI or mic pre to run it into will help with getting good levels with a bit less noise.

Overall this has been a wonderful addition to my studio, and I am going to use it extensively on the films I score in the future.

10/10. It's an amazing synth. If you want something unique, this is the instrument for you.


A Unique Playing Experience
F. Lawler. 18.10.2021
I wasn’t sure what to expect after seeing some demos online. This is an incredible instrument which encourages you to play it and play with it. It is definitely a different approach to synthesis, but a very rewarding one. A very well thought out instrument and built like a tank !


Truly inspiring!
Gior 28.11.2020
This is not the average midi capable synthesizer with the usual controls..but you can get lost playing with it and after an hour (i recommend recording) you have collected amazing sounds. It is capable for both ambient and angrier sounds that NIN or Tool would use. I often feel that there is a whole ocean of timbres and rhythms in this machine that wait to be explored!

I have already used it in quite a few tracks, no problems mixing it with other instruments and soundscapes.

All in all a perfect experimental sound generator able to produce a vast number of sounds and timbres!


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