SOMA Terra Synthesizer In-Depth Review

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In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes his usual in-depth look at the new SOMA Terra, a unique synthesizer that SOMA describes as “a highly conceptual device”.

Behind the extremely simple interface hides a complex polyphonic, microtonal synthesizer, with a broad and flexible sound palette that ranges from classical beautiful tones to complex atonal noise, with smooth and fast transitions between these extremes.

Like other SOMA instruments, the Terra is not designed to compete with other traditional electronic instruments, but to explore new territory. Or, as Eliraz notes, “It’s not the best of a certain regular category, it’s its own category. ”

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
2:20 Note sensors
3:30 Timbre sensors
4:10 Pitch shifters
5:30 Gyro
6:15 Holds
6:40 The Triangle
7:30 Envelopes
8:00 Effects
8:35 Sea & sun
9:10 Engine controls
10:50 LFO & Arp
12:00 Presets
12:50 Connectivity
13:30 Synth params
14:00 POLYPHONIC
17:00 Evil synthesis
18:35 Church organ?
20:15 Dist. ecstasy
20:40 EXPERIMENTAL
20:50 Gyro feedback
21:00 Drum synth
21:20 FM
21:55 Rate @ 50%
22:20 BASS
22:35 Smart glides
23:10 Expressive 303
23:30 SOLO
24:25 Formants
24:45 MIDI out
26:55 Pros & cons
29:30 Outro

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the SOMA Terra in the comments!

The Terra is expected to be released some time in 2023, with pricing TBA. See the SOMA site for details.

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