SOMA laboratory recently released an innovative electronic music synthesizer instrument, ENNER, using the human body as ‘patch cables’
/Music Industry Newswire/ — In July 2021, SOMA laboratory released the unique instrument — ENNER. Controlled by ‘human patch cables,’ ENNER = combination of words Inner + Energy. The main concept was to create an instrument that’s closely connected to the performer’s emotional state, our inner energy. This idea belongs to the founder of SOMA Vlad Kreimer and Dalin Waldo, the designer of the instrument.
According to the company, “ENNER is a very expressive sound tool that generates bits, pads, FX, noises, clicks, glitches, and it even functions as a unique vocal mic with built-in analog FX and much more. It’s such a versatile instrument you can do a full live performance using nothing but ENNER!”
ENNER is a very intuitive instrument, sensitive to the inner state of the musician. It lets you express yourself in the most direct way possible, without getting distracted by lots of knobs, menus, etc. This makes the instrument feel alive and still offers the ﬂexibility of an electronic instrument.
As an instrument, ENNER is a unique analog synthesizer with the key principle being 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. Human skin has much more complex electric properties than we think.
According to SOMA, “Our 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 process.”
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 beautiful wooden custom-made housing made from ash-tree. It’s not only a great look but also provides the necessary acoustic properties for the electro-acoustic part of ENNER. For the top panel, we use a high-quality PCB with golden metalization of conductive pads. The instrument is available in black and red.
LEARN MORE AT: https://somasynths.com/enner/
ENNER is produced exclusively by the Russian division of SOMA. The price is 440 euros (excluding VAT, shipping, etc.).
To help you estimate your total cost, here are some examples:
Central Europe ~ 530 Euros
USA ~ 635 USD (depends on exchange rate. The price is calculated for 1.19)
Taxes on the buyer’s side are not included and can not be estimated!!
VIDEO (YouTube): ENNER (SOMA lab) demo video
ENNER is a body-patching synth. It means that some weak current flows through your body. The voltage applied on the pads does not exceed 12 volts and is absolutely safe for humans and animals. It is just slightly more than the voltage in the PP3, E-Block battery that’s typically used in children’s toys. For the majority of people, it doesn’t cause any sensations in their fingers, except for some subtle ones that may happen in some patches. We consider these sensations to be a normal side effect, just like playing guitar can cause calluses on your fingertips. However, some people can be more sensitive to electricity and may experience unpleasant sensations while playing ENNER.
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