Soma Instruments Sampl-based song Competition

Soma Instruments is running a competition to create an up to 3-minute song with only the samples they provide (see link) judged by Richard Devine (among other notable judges). Prizes include some of the Soma instruments, which are some very cool pieces of hardware. I started my song last night, you have until the 28th to get yours in. This seems right up the beat-battlers and some of the others’ around here alleys, so I thought I’d let you all know while we’re putting together our release, this is a nice way to keep practicing until we’re ready to open up netlabel submissions for the next one.


I wonder how they verify that you used their samples.

I’ve come across loads of these things on discord, it seems like companies have really been going hard at the ‘competitions for gear’ thing lately. That’s pretty cool for those who are into hardware.

those are really neat prizes. I didn’t know about Soma lab, they’re amazing, truly experimental electronic instrument making.

@xSANTAxDURSTx I assume it’s because of lockdowns and such. My guess is it’s an honor system to know you used their samples, they’re not a huge well-known company. It’s also cool for people who are into free random samples, because they have samples from every instrument on it’s respective page and those are all free to use in your music, even for profit.

@Lug I found out about them a few years ago when they put out Lyra-8, but now Pulsar-23 just came out (which I’ve been following since last year) and seeing people use that thing, it looks awesome. The Pulsar-23 basically looks like it’s a box for making techno.

Nice one. Thanks for sharing

Want one of those synths so bad…I just may make an awesome track to try to bring it home :slight_smile:

anyone took part in this and maybe won something ?

Submitted to it…they got almost 700 tracks though and apparently it was more than their panelists cared to listen to over the weekend :rofl:

Can’t blame them…but anyway, no word yet on the contest results

Yeah, they expressed it as like 300 hours of music IIRC. I think it’ll be a bit before we hear anything.

So funny…within an hour or two of writing my last comment, they posted the results. And I actually got an honorary mention(!), which comes with their weird radio-wave-sonification device as a prize. Pretty excited because I had been listening back to my submission and thinking, man I wish I had more time to improve it! The vocals kind of sucked…but anyway, at least one judge liked it :smile:

Next time…I’m gonna get that Lyra! Haha


sick! congrats! I knew there was no chance because my track sucked compared to others. Some even made music videos and that’s even more effort. It’s hard to battle against such dedication.

Didn’t spot this thread. I ended up placing 3rd. Got the heads up on this forum, so thanks very much.

Won the pipe and an ether. Wicked.



Heh, I knew this thing sounded like the kind of challenge that IDMf would excel at. Really proud of you both.

wow, congrats! the voice processor looks awesome