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The Somachord is a circular counter inside the Personal Quarters which can be used to play music inside the Orbiter, functioning as a jukebox.

Somachord Tones[]

Somachord fragment in-game.

To unlock sounds for the Somachord, players must find Somachord Tones which are fragments of soundtracks scattered throughout the Origin System, scannable with Codex Scanners or Synthesis Scanners. Tones are placed randomly in the tileset in each mission and can only be scanned once per mission. They are identified as purple bars arranged in an arc, reminiscent of the Mandachord's note table, and have a unique pink icon on the mini-map if equipped with a Loot Radar mod. Each soundtrack requires scanning 4 tones to unlock, and the player must complete the mission for the scan to be saved.

Quest soundtracks (The Sacrifice and Call of the Tempestarii) instead spawn tones throughout their mission and require fewer tones to scan. However, they must be scanned in order of appearance or subsequent tones will not appear; these quests are repeatable in the event the player misses a tone.

List of Somachord Tones[]

Main article: Somachord/Tones (edit)
Location Song Required Somachord Fragments Scans
Ceres This Is What You Are 4
Earth Gene Molds 4
Eris Our Disease 4
Europa Origin System 4
Jupiter The Profit 4
Kuva Fortress Red Broth 4
Kuva Fortress The Witches Lair 4 (requires Red Broth completed)
Lua Rapid Adaptation 4
Lua The Second Dream 4 (requires Rapid Adaptation completed)
Mars Consume Us 4
Mercury Vor's Prize 4
Neptune Archwing 4
Orokin Derelict Derelicts 4
Phobos Wings Of War 4
Pluto March Of The Moa 4
Saturn Wretched Things 4
Sedna Grineer Onslaught 4
Uranus Hunhow 4
Uranus Sentient Tombs 4 (requires Hunhow completed)
Uranus Grakata 4 (requires Sentient Tombs completed)
Venus Corpus Greed 4
Void Corrupted 4
Void Ghosts Of Void 4 (requires Corrupted completed)
Void The Creeping Dark 4 (requires Ghosts Of Void completed)
Zariman Ten Zero On Corroded Wings 4
Zariman Ten Zero The Offering 4
Zariman Ten Zero Canticle 4 (requires The Offering completed)
The Sacrifice Your Creator 2
The Sacrifice To Take Its Pain Away 3
Orb Vallis (Venus) Cold Tundra 4
Orb Vallis (Venus) Coldwave 4
Orb Vallis (Venus) Fluid Mechanics 4
Orb Vallis (Venus) Klokkit 4
Orb Vallis (Venus) Null Unit 4
Orb Vallis (Venus) Vapor Trails 4
Orb Vallis (Venus) We All Lift Together 4
Post-New War Plains of Eidolon and Orb Vallis For Narmer 1
Post-New War Plains of Eidolon and Orb Vallis Hybrid Abominations 1
Post-New War Plains of Eidolon and Orb Vallis Sunkiller 1
Call of the Tempestarii Sleeping In The Cold Below 2


  • Loot Radar mods such as Mod TT 20px.png Loot Detector, Mod TT 20px.png Thief's Wit, and Mod TT 20px.png Animal Instinct (Mod TT 20px.png Primed) will cause Somachord Tones to appear on the minimap.
  • Somachord Tones do not count for Cephalon Fragment scans needed to unlock Junctions.
  • Somachord Tones can appear simultaneously with Cephalon and Frame Fighter Fragments in the same mission.
  • Right-clicking on songs in the Somachord menu will stop that song from being auto-played.
  • The Somachord can play custom music made using OctaviaIcon272.png Octavia's Mandachord.
  • We All Lift Together, Sleeping In The Cold Below, and For Narmer are the full versions of the songs, not instrumentals.
  • Orb Vallis Somachords can receive progress from scanning Post-The New War Tones. However, the Post-The New War tones only contribute mid-progress, and only counts one scan regardless of source requiring the player to leave and re-enter the Orb Vallis after a single scan.


Patch History[]

Update 29.5 (2020-11-19)

  • Fixed outdated name for the Derelict Somachord; it is now Deimos Somachord.

Hotfix 25.6.1 (2019-08-08)

Hotfix 23.1.1 (2018-07-19)

Somachord & Mandachord Changes
  • All Mandachord songs (other than the default song) will now appear in the Somachord, between the unlocked tracks and the locked tracks.
  • Each song will play for 10 loops (80 seconds).
  • Added per-song autoplay toggle to the Somachord.
  • Right clicking a song will toggle eligibility for autoplay (or right trigger for controllers).
  • Songs with autoplay disabled can still be played manually, and through the historical prev/next song toggles (going backwards always plays the previously played songs, and going forward after doing that will do the same until a new song is selected).
  • Mandachord tunes now duck out other music in the Market and Star Chart.

Update 23.1 (2018-07-18)

  • 2 new original quest songs have been added to the Somachord from the Sacrifice soundtrack. You can find and scan the Fragments by re-playing The Sacrifice!
    • These Somachord Fragments must be scanned in mission order from beginning to end in order to collect them all. If you miss one in mission 3 (for example) you can replay the quest and begin your search at mission 3 instead of back at mission 1.

Hotfix 22.20.3 (2018-05-18)

  • Removed the controller D-Pad function from the Somachord as it does not function there.

Hotfix 22.12.3 (2018-02-12)

  • Somachord volume setting is now saved across all sessions.

Update 22.12 (2018-02-09)
Somachord Changes:

  • Volume slider changed to a horizontal slider.
  • Added loop toggle:
    • None: Stop playing songs once the current one ends
    • Loop: Existing behavior
    • Loop 1: Repeat the current song after it ends
  • Inverted the Shuffle state to be bright when it's enabled, and dark when disabled.

Update 22.8 (2017-12-21)

  • Introduced