Soma Labs is bringing their much anticipated Pulsar-23 drum machine to Superbooth in a couple of weeks. They’ve just released a video on YouTube to give us a flavour of what it’s about and to give us our first look at the finished product. It’s orange and awesome.
I’ve been excited by the concept of this product since we first saw the prototype back in June last year. Well, now it’s nearly upon us and I can’t wait to have a closer look at Superbooth. The video doesn’t disappoint and even considering the audio is just from the camera microphone it already sounds fascinating.
It’s possibly interesting to note that the panel that shows up at the start of the video is from an old Soviet Russian analogue drum machine called Formanta (Форманта). Maybe they are indicating the heritage of the Pulsar-23.
What we do know is that Pulsar-23 is a 4 channel drum machine where each channel forms a section of the machine and works as an independent looper rather than a step-based sequencer. It’s semi-modular so it can work on its own or you can get stuck into patching it into itself and various included modulation and effects modules. The patching system uses crocodile clips onto riser/pegs which is pretty unusual but practical and perhaps diverting from the common Eurorack format. It certainly looks a lot tidier than last years prototype.
Looking forward to finding out a lot more about it.
Soma Labs Pulsar-23 webpage.