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ELKA-X SYNTHESIZER

By  Cherry Audio LLC

The Cherry Audio Elka-X synthesizer pays tribute to the legendary Synthex, an iconic Italian analog synthesizer designed by Mario Maggi and produced by ELKA in the early 1980s. By faithfully capturing the essence of the original while enhancing its features, the Elka-X offers the authentic Synthex experience at an accessible price point.

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Cherry Audio Elka-X Synthesizer

The Cherry Audio Elka-X synthesizer pays homage to the legendary Synthex, an iconic Italian analog synthesizer crafted by Mario Maggi and produced by ELKA in the early 1980s. By faithfully capturing the essence of the original while enhancing its features, Elka-X offers the authentic Synthex experience at an affordable price.

The Synthex boasted unique and forward-thinking features that set it apart from its contemporaries. Its digitally-controlled analog oscillators ensured remarkable stability, while its flexible four-pole multimode filter provided versatile sound sculpting options. Unlike many synths of its time, the Synthex offered a 24 dB/oct lowpass mode, along with 6 and 12 dB/oct bandpass modes and a 12 dB/oct highpass mode, delivering a distinctive and robust tonal palette. Additionally, its built-in analog chorus effect added depth and richness to its sound.

Equipped with multitimbral capabilities, the Synthex allowed users to play two separate patches simultaneously in split or layer mode, making it a versatile tool for music production. It even featured an innovative four-track sequencer with real-time recording and transposition functionalities.

Despite its groundbreaking features, ELKA’s focus on home organs prevented the Synthex from gaining traction in the professional synthesizer market. While it garnered attention from notable musicians like Stevie Wonder, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson, and Jean-Michel Jarre, the emergence of Yamaha’s DX digital synthesizers in 1983 overshadowed its success.

Despite its initial obscurity, the Synthex left a lasting impact on music history, with its distinctive bass tones featured prominently in Stevie Wonder’s “Skeletons” and used by artists like Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran and Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Today, the Elka-X synthesizer ensures that the legacy of the Synthex lives on, offering musicians the opportunity to explore its timeless sounds and capabilities.

Features

  • Two part multitimbral operation: two different patches simultaneously playable, in either a keyboard split or stacked layer mode, with user-specified split point and discrete controls for layer volume and panning
  • 16 polyphonic voices which can be layered or split across the keyboard
  • Panel Control for selecting layers, with a utility function for exchanging settings between the Lower and Upper sound layers, or even between presets
  • Two DCO oscillators with triangle, sawtooth, square, and variable pulse waveforms and independent tuning
  • Modes for polyphonic, single voice, and unison monophonic with unison detune
  • PWM Cross Modulation and Ring Modulation for both oscillators
  • White or Pink Noise Generator
  • CEM3320-style multimode filter with 12 or 24 dB/oct lowpass, 6 or 12 dB/oct bandpass, or 12 dB/oct highpass
  • Two tempo-syncable LFOs
  • Two independent modulation sections: a fixed LFO 1 section, and performance-oriented LFO 2 section, intended for use with pitch and mod wheel controllers
  • LFO 1 has triangle, sawtooth, ramp, bipolar square, unipolar square, and random waveforms; LFO 2 triangle waveform only
  • ADSR Filter and Amplifier envelope generators with Velocity control
  • Multi Trigger for the ADSR Filter and Amplifier envelope generators (in monophonic modes)
  • Chord Memory and Oscillator 2 sync
  • Tempo Sync buttons for LFO 1 and 2, Sequencer rate, Arpeggio rate, and Echo rate for easy sync to DAW project tempo
  • Step Sequencer consisting of four individual monophonic sequences, each with a user-definable length of up to 128 steps, assignable to either layer, and stored with the preset
  • Step Sequencer utility operation for copying, swapping, and moving sequencer data between tracks, or from one presets to another
  • Glide (pitch envelope) and Portamento (standard glide), independently enabled for each oscillator
  • Arpeggiator with tempo sync, independently assignable to both layers
  • Studio-quality chorus, echo delay, and reverb effects, including our acclaimed “Galactic” reverb algorithm
  • Cherry Audio’s popular Focus zoom-in feature, as well as standard UI zoom and resize with drag
  • Over 600 presets created by a talented and diverse group of sound design veterans
  • Complete MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls, with easy-to-use MIDI learn
  • Preset and Global level MIDI mapping
  • Highly optimized coding for optimal performance with ultra-low CPU load
  • User-adjustable oversampling control

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

WINDOWS REQUIREMENTS

  • Windows 7 or above (Including Windows 11)
  • 64-Bit System
  • Quad Core Computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.

MAC OS REQUIREMENTS

  • MacOS 10.13 or above
  • MacOS 13 Ventura supported
  • 64-bit required
  • Native Apple M1 or greater processor support, including Ultra.
  • 3.4 GHz Quad-Core or M1 CPU with 8GB of RAM recommended.

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