SOMA Laboratory, maker of experimental synthesizers and sound machines including the LYRA-8 Organismic Synthesizer, has announced that its COSMOS Drifting Memory Station is now available in five new colors: orange, pink, blue, green and white. This is what they have to say about it...
Cosmos, originally launched in 2021 in classic black, is the ultimate sonic morphing machine -- capable of evolving and shapeshifting a myriad of sounds that lead to unexpected and inspirational musical outcomes. Inspired by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp's Frippertronics and tape looping work that originated in the late '70s, COSMOS is a highly creative tool for guitarists, synthesists and a range of other instruments.
Rather than functioning like a traditional looper or delay pedal, COSMOS takes the original signal -- be it an electric guitar, synthesizer, electronic percussion -- and generates constant 'recombinations' of this sound source to create an ever-changing soundscape. This is done by shifting timing relationships among delay lines, usage of an asynchronous LFO and modulation with a slowly changing chaotic signal. The result is an unconventional and refreshingly non-repetitive amalgamation of sound.
Re-inventing looping techniques
Cosmos is built with four different algorithms, which process at 32-bit/48kHz. There are two or four delay lines, which can morph in relation to one another. Additionally, the reverb in Cosmos is very uncommon and due to its enormous buffer size, can simulate the echo of a hall several kilometers in size. As a result of this, early reflections sound like individual echoes, which merge very slowly into the finely dispersed noise intrinsic of a reverb.
Each of the (5) foot switches on Cosmos provides access to the most important functions, and crossfading between on and off states facilitates ultra-smooth transitions. The Record footswitch enables quick and spontaneous recording of a new signal into the buffer. For further sonic shaping, Cosmos contains a high and low pass filter each containing three cutoff frequencies, and a Reverse switch enables seamless reversal of an incoming audio signal. The
Erase switch allows the user to eliminate certain parts of a loop, or erase the entire buffer if required.
With its Blur, Drift, Drive and Suppressor/Compressor knobs, the user has an entire range of sonic shaping facilities that can blur and smear a sound source or produce intermodulation and panning effects. With Drive and Suppressor/Compressor, a range of distortion and limiting / auto-leveling possibilities expand user control even further -- the only limitation is your own imagination.
With COSMOS' latest firmware update, users can work within clearly defined tempos and rhythm parameters, and also access functionality to make COSMOS behave as a regular looper. Further, the latest firmware also makes it possible to align two COSMOS units for use in a quadrophonic set up or performance.
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