SOMA Cosmos

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Drifting Memory Station

  • Creative looper and performance effects unit for meditative soundscapes
  • Audio is recorded into a network of multiple delay lines, modulated by LFO
  • Loop times vary between 2.5s - 22s depending on algorithm
  • 4 Different algorithms with three variations each: 2 delay lines with relative shift, 4 delay lines with relative shift, Giant Reverb and Granular Delay
  • Blur and Drift knobs control different parameters in the algorithms
  • Adjustable suppressor / compressor effect
  • Controls for drive, feedback, input and output levels
  • High-pass and low-pass filters can be activated via footswitch (3 frequencies per filter selectable)
  • Foot switches for Erase, Reverse and Record
  • Internal signal processing with 24Bit / 48kHz
  • Stereo input: 2x 6.3 mm TRS
  • Stereo output: 2x 6.3 mm TRS
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm TRS
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 342 x 153 x 68 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes power supply unit (12 V DC)
available since February 2022
Item number 516978
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£619
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Set adrift on algorithmic bliss
Background Hum 13.07.2022
I'd been considering buying one of these for a while, then I saw Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) using one in a live stream, and after a quick back and forth with him on Twitter I knew it would work perfectly with what I'm doing.

My setup is e-bowed lap steel through multiple effects, a sampler, plus various synths including a Bastl Kastle Drum. These go into a small mixer, with the two outs going into the Soma Cosmos's L/R inputs. The Cosmos's L/R outputs give me a stereo signal at the end of the chain.

As they say in all the reviews online, the Cosmos is NOT a looper, so if you're looking to create multiple repetitive loops go for something like the Boss RC-505 Mk II. The Cosmos is more random, and in fact it's impossible to completely control the final results because the algorithms generate loops which are constantly shifting against themselves. There are multiple settings which determine the "depth" of these shifts, from simple drifting ambience to a full on cacophony of layered sound. Find the feedback sweet spot and it'll carry on forever while you go to the bar for a pint!

The build is really solid, as you'd expect for this kind of money. I imagine the metal casing is pretty much indestructible, and the dials/buttons/switches are really good quality. The algorithm selector positions click into place very positively. Oh, and the sound quality is great.

So, the Cosmos is good value even at a touch under £600 - if it's the right tool for what you want to do. If you're loaded, why not get one of these AND an RC-505!
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Creating machine
rotalumis 23.11.2022
Cosmos is an excellent whisperer of sound suggestions... either quiet or thounderous ones, depends mostly by you. It is more apt at landscapes, ambient, textures and... obviously cosmos :) Easy to use, somewhat quite impredictable (but you improve with practice) and doesn't save nothing, so be prepared. I would treat it more like an acoustic instrument than an electronic effect, that's probabily the best way to approach it. It is very well built, pots and switches gives back a good tactile feeling. Processed sound is of very good quality too and doesn't introduces clicks, pops, buzz etc. that given the start/stop nature of what you feed into it it is quite a feat for any electronics. And it doesn't get boring, I would buy it again without doubt.
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Essential ambient, improvisational tool!
Rosencorp 21.09.2022
This thing is awesome! I have been using it for around 5 months now and it has become an essential element in my live performance set up. In of itself, it can be used with just one instrument to build up interesting textured performances, but I use it as a way to glue elements together that I perform live. Its perfect for creating transitions, or straight ambient sections. So far I didnt update the firmware to use the rhythmic looper, currently I dont need that as Im happy to us it as is.
Not for everyone if you want a straight looper, but as something to build improvised textures on the fly, its awesome!
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a delay station with its own free will
Tony Amsterdam 24.09.2022
This is not your ordinary delay station. It creates evolving and overlapping delays that bleand and cross over into each other in mysterious ways. The subtitle 'drifting memory station' is actually the best way to describe it. The machine is intuitive to work with and gives you a lot of surprising sound presents when you are working with it. The build is sturdy, metal, with good knobs. This unit is well worth its price!
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