For those that know and for those that don’t, Lyra-8 is a very interesting synth with a very interesting sound engine and layout.
I know, because I own it (the orange sunset colorway of course) and I can say that it is nothing short of incredible.
Lyra 8 is all about cross modulation and finding atmospheric chords
Yes, that’s right, there is no keyboard you don’t really get to play standard notes (western division into notes and semitones). There is also no MIDI so the VST version is interesting because you can get to play standard chords very easily. I got it mostly for that.
On the hardware unit you close the circuit and play the note with the two buttons on the bottom, by putting your finger or any conductive material on both for each oscillator. You only have knob tuning to select the note/pitch that each oscillator plays.
There is a also external processing on the hardware.
So having both the hardware unit and the VST makes sense if you plan to use the hardware for the BBD style delay and distortion on external sounds only.
Be sure to check also our list of 400+ free VSTs (regularly updated, we just added the Lyra 8 VST here as well).
Here is a video demonstrating the hardware, it is advised you check it first to see what to expect from the VST:
To be honest, it does not really matter what you plan to do because the VST is free. I fully recommend you test it out as I am sure you will find a place for it in your sound design pallettte.