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Something new from Soma

Post by Synth Con Meo » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:29 pm

Interesting.

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Post by anselmi » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:31 pm

Synth Con Meo wrote:Interesting.

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is this Muff´s? :hmm:



there´s the cats . . . :forumcats:

the emojis . . . :goo: :omg: :banana:


panason trolling posts...




yep...Muff´s :despair:

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Post by adnauseam » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:09 am

With no explanation of how it's generating or amplifying sound all I can say is that I'm intrigued yet confused.

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Post by blipson » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:38 am

adnauseam wrote:With no explanation of how it's generating or amplifying sound all I can say is that I'm intrigued yet confused.
https://somasynths.com/dvina/ says:

"I take the electric signal DIRECTLY from the strings that vibrate in the strong magnetic field of a neodymium magnet, hidden in the neck."

Sounds like guitar pickup technology to me, but Vlad says it's not exactly the same.

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Post by Blairio » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:44 am

The text in the video says the strings directly excite a magnet, and that there is no pickup as such, but what I can't see us where the electrical output passes out to an amp or recorder.

It sounds great when one of the two strings acts as a drone / resonator, while the other is 'fretted' to produce the melody.

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Post by Pugilistas » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:16 am

Vlad's gone shinehead!

I'm liking electro-acoustic more and more, but not a string player.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by Panason » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:38 am

anselmi wrote:
is this Muff´s? :hmm:



there´s the cats . . . :forumcats:

the emojis . . . :goo: :omg: :banana:


panason trolling posts...




yep...Muff´s :despair:
Just loggin in to say: DOES THIS THING EVEN HAVE MIDI ??/??//??

seriously guys : w.t.f. :lol:

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Post by MindMachine » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:03 am

anselmi wrote: panason trolling posts...

yep...Muff´s :despair:
HA! :party:

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Post by Kent » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:12 am

Who’d have known that Heaven’s Gate would be back with their own Pied Piper so soon?

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Post by neonmercury1 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:22 am

Looks like they have finalized the design and are getting ready ship these
https://somasynths.com/dvina/

also new demo

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Post by bmot » Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:00 pm

My place in the waiting list has been called! Has anyone got one yet, or played one? I've filled in the form and replied to the order confirmation, and will definitely go ahead. But naturally I'm interested in other people's experiences, if there are any here, since I haven't read anything about DVINA since last year

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Post by Buyakasoundman » Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:46 pm

You lucky dog. I don’t think there any of these in the wild yet. When did you place your pre-order?

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Post by bmot » Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:00 pm

I was on the waiting list from the first day I think. As soon as I read about it, I sent the email.

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Post by Phil999 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:59 pm

a very good instrument. By request there may also be a DIY version.

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Post by bmot » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:01 am

I read that DVINA uses 3rd and 4th guitar strings by default, but should also work fine with cello strings. I would think a standard cello bow would work best, but I’ve never tried a bow on guitar strings (actually, I’ve meant to but haven’t had a bow in a long time). Any opinions on bows and strings?

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Post by oblis » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:45 pm

bmot wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:00 pm
My place in the waiting list has been called! Has anyone got one yet, or played one? I've filled in the form and replied to the order confirmation, and will definitely go ahead. But naturally I'm interested in other people's experiences, if there are any here, since I haven't read anything about DVINA since last year
Just paid for mine and now waiting in anticipation. :hyper: Same question, anyone receive one and have feedback on it? I play tabla, darbuka, and some other percussion instruments and thought the dvina would make a nice accompaniment...particularly like the idea of running it through effects pedals and whatnot.

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Post by sgnlnrv » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:19 pm

been pouring through videos of this over the last couple days, i have no diy instrument experience but dvina seems something you could build yourself, especially if someone is willing to tear theirs apart and take some pics of the not-a-pickup tech. keeping an eye out for those :woah:

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Post by bmot » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:57 pm

mine just arrived, but sorry I don't want to dismantle the not-a-pickup part of it. So far I have just tried it briefly a few times, will maybe make some videos when I have some time after Easter

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Post by j bowman » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:20 am

bmot wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:57 pm
mine just arrived, but sorry I don't want to dismantle the not-a-pickup part of it. So far I have just tried it briefly a few times, will maybe make some videos when I have some time after Easter
Would be really interested to hear your experiences with this instrument! I am on the list but am still trying to decide whether to go ahead...

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Post by bmot » Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:10 pm

Hey, great to hear someone else here has ordered too, I'll be happy to tell you what I've learned so far. Until now I have only tried it over a few short sessions, because I think I slipped a disc and it's hurting like hell! But first impressions anyway: it is as simple as it looks, easy to play for sure. Only 2 strings, and al it arrives with strings and ready to play (just screw in one nut and bolt to join the 2 parts). It arrived in a hard tube, looking rather like it could be a weapon so I think the customs people were curious what it was. It's also got a soft bag that's fluffy inside and well fitting, it does the job but I don't like the garish yellow straps. Plucking sounds good, especially plugged in with some effects. Bowing sounds clear even when unplugged. Knocking/tapping the body does carry a bit of sound when it's plugged in, but not much. The magic not-a-pickup is noise free and doesn't need any preamp - works directly in my mixer. I've tried s few effects so far: boss RE20 Space Echo (as a send effect) and some reverbs which are built into the mixer. I haven't tried any direct effects on the chain yet. Delay will be important for the sound I think, as there are only 2 strings so it will make it sound bigger then that. I would love to try with a looper at some point.

So, first impressions, it is as I expected, which is a good thing! No nasty surprises. It's nicely finished and the workmanship is also up to my expectations. The process of ordering was very positive too, the maker got in contact at the start and was in contact with me a few times to confirm his progress and share pictures before sending.

I want to get some recordings done this week, if my back gets better and if I find something worth recording

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Post by RickKleffel » Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:57 pm

Thanks for this! I'm now back to interested. Thinking it out, has a different, ie Soma sound, not too big...how it it getting it in tune with the rest of the gear? Does it fit into the mix well?

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Post by bmot » Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:48 am

RickKleffel wrote:
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:57 pm
Thanks for this! I'm now back to interested. Thinking it out, has a different, ie Soma sound, not too big...how it it getting it in tune with the rest of the gear? Does it fit into the mix well?
I played it together with a DFAM rhythm and it instantly sounded good. Basically, what you hear Vlad doing in his videos, sounds pretty similar. By the way, the strings were tuned 1 octave apart

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Post by The Junglechrist » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:27 am

Wow ! Looks and sound beautiful ! I wonder if how it would sound if played slaping like on a bass guitar.


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Post by whyfarer » Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:40 pm

My place on the pre-order list came up a week or so ago (I pre-ordered as soon as I saw the option) but I've been working with slow Payoneer customer service to revitalize an old account. After a back and forth for over a week they had me make a new one :bang: . But my new account is finally vetted and I told Soma they can send me the invoice. :yay: Really looking forward to this. I went with deep cherry stain and decided not to have any scale/fret positioning etched into the neck. It will come with some decals for learning, but I thought playing by ear and experimenting with non-traditional scales will be easier without the markings to lean on.

Had I heard about the DIY option, I may have opted for that. But, I'm already working on a DIY lyra8 so it feels good to be able to more fully support Vlad and the gang.

I have no experience with a bowed instrument. While you can pluck and strum it, I think the bowing sounds lovely and I will certainly be looking to buy a bow. What are people plans for bows? I saw cello tossed around in the thread. Is there any reason to opt for that over a violin or viola bow? Ideally I would go to a store once the dvina arrives and try some bows out - but I'm not sure stores will be open in the near future....

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by oblis » Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:18 pm

Thanks for the breakdown bmot!
whyfarer wrote:
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snip...I went with deep cherry stain and decided not to have any scale/fret positioning etched into the neck. It will come with some decals for learning, but I thought playing by ear and experimenting with non-traditional scales will be easier without the markings to lean on...snip...I have no experience with a bowed instrument. While you can pluck and strum it, I think the bowing sounds lovely and I will certainly be looking to buy a bow. What are people plans for bows? I saw cello tossed around in the thread. Is there any reason to opt for that over a violin or viola bow? Ideally I would go to a store once the dvina arrives and try some bows out - but I'm not sure stores will be open in the near future....
Cool, I went with the dark brown stain and no scale also...I’m not really sure how I’ll be using it yet, so figured I could mark scales later, if desired.

The maker also messaged and asked which “Dvina” font and faceplate I wanted and I chose a blocky, glossy version.

I ordered an inexpensive violin bow to get started...we’ll see how that goes :guinness:

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