SUPERBOOTH19: Explaining SOMA Pulsar23 — Interview with creator Vlad Kreimer

Published on May 13, 2019 LESINDES

“VLAD KREIMER is explaining concept and main functions of his new ambient drum machine PULSAR23.”

SOMA Pulsar23

SOMA laboratory PULSAR 23 // ambient drum synthesizer // no talking // Superbooth 19

Published on May 12, 2019 LESINDES

“VLAD KREIMER is playing ambient drum synthesizer SOMA PULSAR23 production model. @SUPERBOOTH19”

SOMA LYRA-8 Noise & Drone Music Jam @ Superbooth 2019 #TTNM

Published on May 10, 2019 THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES

“Sat down for a quick tryout jam at the SOMA booth to try out the LYRA-8 organismic drone synthesizer.

The LYRA is an eight-voice synthesizer with touch plate controls, a delay and overdrive effect, as well as a lot of feedback and modulation options, to create rich “wall of sound” drone and noise music collages.”


Published on May 10, 2019 BoBeats


Soma Laboratories Pulsar-23 Sound SuperBooth 2019

Published on May 10, 2019 Perfect Circuit

“Vlad from Soma Laboratories demonstrated some of the sounds of the Pulsar-23 drum machine that will be coming out soon. The drum synth features four voices as well as built in playable sequencers, effects and patch points with pins and alligator clips.

Soma products available here:…”

Supporters of

Best drum machine ever? SOMA Laboratory Pulsar-23 // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 10, 2019 DivKidVideo

“Is the Pulsar-23 from SOMA Laboratory the best drum machine ever? Well … it’s certainly something that we’re hearing a lot of around the event. It’s on boards loopers take un-quantized human dynamic loops and create overlapping loops, wonky rhythms, modern grooves and shifting textures. Through patch points and a wide range of controls it goes from

Sonic TALK 575 – A Load Of Clap

Published on May 2, 2019 sonicstate

00:05:20 Moog Matriarch
00:16:50 Super Smash Button
00:25:15 iZotope RX7 Competition
00:28:00 Soma Laboratory Pular 23 Drum machine
00:38:00 Softube Parallels
00:39:15 Yamaha CS80 remake?
00:51:20 GForce Mtron Pro v 3
00:56:20 CL4P Hand clap synth and claps in general


I enjoyed the CS80 talk in this one with the “CS80 Twins”. What makes the CS80,

LudoWic JAM 21

Published on May 1, 2019 ludoWic music

Live Synth Jam

Used gear: (system 66)
EMS Synthi A
Vermona DRM
Akai MPC2000 XL
Sherman filterbank II
Strymon Blue Sky
TC Electronic Flashback
Kenton Pro Solo MKII

JC De Poort Dongen

SOMA’s PULSAR-23 semi-modular drum machine sneak peak

SOMA laboratory and enigmatic “romantic” engineer Vlad Kreimer have already delivered the strange and wonderful LYRA “organismic” synths. Next up: a drum machine.

The PULSAR-23 takes on that same “organismic” design philosophy, complete with rich, layered, deep space exploration sounds. With a full 23 independent modules, those powers turn to a drum machine design.

And maybe even “drum machine” doesn’t quite do this justice – you could just as easily imagine this as a percussion-heavy synthesizer. There are four independent loop recorders which trigger events, which you can clock into a single groove or leave to independent timing for more experimental rhythms. You can even set each channel to a sustain, so this is a noise/drone synth, too, not just a dancefloor object.

The PULSAR-23 was first announced last year, but now we get to see it move into its production form factor and – wow, it looks great:

It could be a gorgeous standalone machine, or you could see it as part of a larger modular rig. Full specs:

– 4 drum channels: Bass drum, Bass\Percussion, Snare drum, Cymbals\Hi-Hat
– 4 envelope generators with the unique ability to generate a sustain for the drum channels, turning them into noise\drone synthesizers.
– 4 independent loop recorders with the option for individual clocking. They record triggering events, not audio.
– Clock generator with an array of dividers as a very powerful tool for rhythm synthesis.
– Wide range LFO (0.1 – 5000Hz) with variable waveform.
– Shaos – a unique pseudo-random generator based on shift registers with 4 independent outputs, sample and hold and other cool features.
– FX processor with CV control incl. CV control of the entire DSP’s sample rate.
– Distortion.
– 2 CV-controlled gates.
– 2 CV-controlled VCAs.
– 2 controllable inverters.
– 3 assignable attenuators
– dynamic CV sensors for CV generation etc

Plus there’s MIDI control and sync, in addition to all the CV options. And if you want the really important specs – 52 knobs, 11 switches, 100 inputs and outputs for patching.

There’s also – “live circuit bending” whatever that entails, exactly?

This is the video from June 2018, where the PULSAR-23 was still just a bunch of guts – no pretty red case – but at least gives you an idea of the sound possibilities.

No lie here: SOMA will be way on the top of my list of gear to check out at Superbooth. I think this is poised to be a 2019 highlight.

Previously, we checked this out from SOMA this spring:

SOMA’s Ether is a high-sensitivity ear for your electromagnetic world

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PULSAR-23 Prototype of Mass Production version. the 1st Look

Published on Apr 30, 2019 Vlad Kreimer

“We have done the first prototype of the final design!
Processing of the waiting list will be started soon.
You can meet us on Superbooth stand W325”

Check out the prototype videos of the SOMA PULSAR-23 here.

“PULSAR-23 is an organismic drum machine that is currently in development at Soma. It has a semi-modular structure and consists of 23 independent