SOMA ENNER, The Synth That Runs Audio Signals Through Your Body, Now Available

SOMA Laboratory has announced the release of ENNER, a synthesizer that’s designed to react to the user’s unique touch.

ENNER is an analog synthesizer that has the key principle that all signals that make sound pass through, and are managed by, your body. Your hands become the central part of the circuitry.

Touching different contact pads with different parts of your fingers and palms with different amounts of pressure, letting signals pass through your body, defines the mixing, volume, timbre, feedback and other parameters of synthesis.

Skin provides not just resistance but also some capacitive properties and even nonlinear dependence of conductivity from current, its direction and time during which the current was applied. All of this affects the sound, making you the key part of the synthesis process2.

Features:

  • All pots of ENNER are metallic and also function as inputs or outputs. Touching a pot can change not only the parameters but also patch the audio signals.
  • ENNER has a wooden custom-made housing made from ash. It’s not only attractive, but also provides the necessary properties for the electro-acoustic part of ENNER.
  • The top panel is a high-quality PCB, with golden metalization of conductive pads.
  • The instrument is available in black and red.

Video Demos:

Pricing and Availability:

ENNER is available now for 440 euros (excluding VAT, shipping, etc.).

20 thoughts on “SOMA ENNER, The Synth That Runs Audio Signals Through Your Body, Now Available

  1. Mine just arrived at my local post office. Very excited to play about with it. Add in some Landscape AllFlesh patching gubbins and I’m my own patch bay link between Enner the rest of my kit 🙂 !

  2. sorry, but this is silly (and probably dangerous), if making music is your priority (it should be). listeners don´t care about signal pathways.

    1. What on earth are you talking about? Dangerous? If your on a site called ‘synthtopia’ you should probably learn some fundamentals about how synths (and for that matter, electricity) works!

    2. hahahah it just has capacitive touch plates that interact with the conductivity of your skin, it’s harmless. it’s not like you are running 120 v through your body or something… Noise synths have been doing this for decades, it’s nothing new.

        1. I refer you to my earlier answer. Pacemakers are disrupted by changes in magnetic fields, not electrical current per se. Your mobile phone is likely a greater hazard than this is.

    3. Listeners absolutely do not care about what synthesis methods are used to make music, but the matter in which the music is made absolutely affects the way the music sounds. How can you not understand that?

    4. Making music can be a priority without making music for listeners. Such a comment is a bit like saying that sex is only for reproduction. It’s fun, try it sometime.

  3. Sorry, but this is brilliant and probably dangerously addictive. If passing the time joyously before you die is your priority (and who am I to dictate anyone’s priorities) then who cares if you even have listeners, though if you do and they don’t dig this then feic ‘em ? Also 440 seems like a good price.

    1. Yeah I thought so as well. I have a Lyra-8. It’s a much more practical and appealing design. It also has touch capacitive plates so I don’t get why this has to look like it was designed by a 5 year old

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