Lyra Pad

A multifaceted pad created from a Lyra 8.

The story

The “Lyra Pad” is an instrument created from sampling a bizarre Russian synth called “LYRA 8, Organismic Synthesizer”.

The “Lyra 8” is an unusual synth because it has no filter, envelopes or keyboard entry – just 8 oscillators and individual pitch knobs.

I through the “Lyra Pad” I wanted to explore the uniqueness of tone generated by the “Lyra 8” combined with traditional sampling/synthesis techniques such as envelopes, filtering and LFO’s.

I had great fun with this one, so, expect more instruments from me in the future.

Thanks and enjoy!

P.S. Be sure to try the mod wheel

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  • Read this if you are using Windows!

    In Windows, DecentSampler won't be able to locate the sample because in its name there is a colon ":" symbol that is not allowed by Windows, therefore it's replaced by a "_" instead. You can't rename it, so you just need to re-locate the sample in order to make it work.

    I recommend you not to give up because this instrument features an amazing sound that immediately gave me goosebumps! I absolutely loved the sound. Even though the samples are stretched and the duration differs, it plays amazingly well. I especially love it while playing with Reverb in the middle, a slower attack and a long release, with the tone filter at around 2.5k. Perfect!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Pop Pad

    This pad i feel like is so perfect for pop music. Its warm and lush while still not taking up that much space in the mids and lows as other more dense pads do. It has a pleasing and calming tone but still has that modern pop flare. The pitch warbles with the mod wheel are such a cool edition that could be awesome for transitions. I often find instruments sourced from these old fashioned synths to be too aggressive and angular but this one has a really beautiful tone. the GUI offers nice controls which is always appreciated. Its not always needed but nothing is more annoying that wanting to tweak something about an instrument and not being able to.

    septemberwalk13 November 2021
  • Unique Pad

    This pad is indeed lyrical. It is gentle and has a sort of gentle graniness about it that makes it more interesting than a standard pad. The inclusion of attack and release controls are appreciated, as is mapping filter cut off to mod wheel. there are a lot of pads on PB, and so it's difficult to make something that stands out. However, there's always a lot of need for really food pads, and this one definitely ticks that box. This is a worthy download for sure!

    Sam Ecoff03 November 2021
  • Interesting to play such a rare instrument

    This is a simple yet effective instrument, it is named "Lyra Pad", but I found that it also works pretty well for slow lead melodies. Interesting sound from such a rare instrument.

    OsvaldoDeJesusG28 October 2021