Enner is a complex synthesiser you control by touch alone

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Enner is a complex synthesiser you control by touch alone

Words by Sam McNiece

Well, maybe there's a few knobs too.

Soma Laboratory have returned to the synth game with another interesting instrument. Enner is an FX unit and instrument that responds to human touch by connecting various pads which allow access to a large sound palette. It’s basically a modular synthesiser with humans as patch cables.

What you need to know:

  • Soma Laboratory have released Enner, an interesting sound tool.
  • The device has synth engines, effects and even a piezo microphone which is mainly controlled by linking sections of the device with your body.
  • The device was made in collaboration with Danish sound-artist SiSTOR, who designed the front panel and inscriptions.

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Originally teased in 2019, Enner by Soma Laboratory is weird. Definitely not their first endeavour into wacky and out there synths, previously releasing The Pipe which is an out of this world vocal synthesiser that looks like a wind instrument.

Enner device map by Soma Technology

Enner is a unique synthesiser in that a lot of the parameters on this device are controlled by human touch. On their website it states “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.”

The arrangement of the synth is split with a triangle in the middle and what resembles a human head and torso. These two parts have contact patches where you connect different parts together to create sounds. The triangle consists of stereo filters and effects while the torso has multiple synthesisers you can interact with.

If that wasn’t enough there’s a piezo pickup you can tap or play with which can then run through the other interesting effects on the device in combination with the synthesiser voices.

This complex beast has little in the way of navigating it on the actual device but comes with a diagram outlining what all the parts do.

Check out this spooky demo video below, with all sounds generated by the Enner.

For more information head to the Soma Laboaratory website.