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ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:27 pm
by Rokk
YES?

Elka re-issue? LEM? Bit 99? E? This Namm is going to be crazy!

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:50 pm
by ppg_wavecomputer
Rokk wrote:YES?

Elka re-issue? LEM? Bit 99? E? This Namm is going to be crazy!
Great.

Elka Solist 505, Elka EK 22. Fantastic stuff.

Stephen

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:05 am
by vcs3
Prepare for a Elka Synthex XXI century version :-)

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:32 am
by Sir Ruff
Realistically (and we know this), it's going to be more workstations/organs, yadda yadda... no 21st Synthexes are going to be made.

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:16 am
by Carey M
Sir Ruff wrote:Realistically (and we know this), it's going to be more workstations/organs, yadda yadda... no 21st Synthexes are going to be made.
From what I'm hearing, it's indeed going to be more Digital Pianos and that kind of stuff, but the people behind this have also talked about re-issuing the Synthex.

http://www.musictrades.com/profile22.html

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:21 am
by Bitexion
Hm...well, the Synthex was a one-off project, Elka just bought into the idea of a single guy and realised his polysynth dream. Then slammed the Elka logo on it. They were an organ manufacturer, not a polysynth giant..and the Synthex kind of bombed too, being released just as the new digital era arrived.

And ironically that synth is the only thing people know them for now. Everyone knows the Synthex is "the laserharp sound" and not much else even though Jarre used it for all kinds of sounds on Rendez-vous.

If they do a full polysynth rerelease I'll expect prices in the range of the new Prophet, Roland and Yamaha workstations anyway. Way out of my league.

Or we could be getting a "reimagining" like the OB-12 when Viscount took over the Oberheim brand, and released a synth nobody asked for that nobody liked.

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:47 am
by ppg_wavecomputer
Sir Ruff wrote: [...] no 21st Synthexes are going to be made.
Only with mini keys.

Stephen

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:53 am
by alan partridge
Bitexion wrote:Hm...well, the Synthex was a one-off project, Elka just bought into the idea of a single guy and realised his polysynth dream. Then slammed the Elka logo on it. They were an organ manufacturer, not a polysynth giant..and the Synthex kind of bombed too, being released just as the new digital era arrived.

And ironically that synth is the only thing people know them for now. Everyone knows the Synthex is "the laserharp sound" and not much else even though Jarre used it for all kinds of sounds on Rendez-vous.

If they do a full polysynth rerelease I'll expect prices in the range of the new Prophet, Roland and Yamaha workstations anyway. Way out of my league.

Or we could be getting a "reimagining" like the OB-12 when Viscount took over the Oberheim brand, and released a synth nobody asked for that nobody liked.
At the same time they managed some kind of integration with the sound of their instruments. The Synthex has got tones in common with their other dco and later digital instruments, and their string synths. I think manafacturers often brought in new technology from outside, and then engineered adaptations to their sound. The EK44 sounds much more like the typical Elka sound than the DX7, for instance.

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:34 am
by meatballfulton
The Elka I remember was crappy analog e-pianos and string machines in the late 1970s.

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:57 pm
by Walter Ego
Damn. I just sold an ELKA EK-22 this year. (I don't regret it though)

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:05 pm
by antilles
meatballfulton wrote:The Elka I remember was crappy analog e-pianos and string machines in the late 1970s.
What's wrong with Elka stringers? The Rhapsody sounds pretty great to me.

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:27 pm
by desmond
vcs3 wrote:Prepare for a Elka Synthex XXI century version :-)
Virtually modelled.

With mini keys.

With a "modern, futuristic design".

And an iPad dock.

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:05 am
by syntheticsolutions
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Sir Ruff wrote: [...] no 21st Synthexes are going to be made.
Only with mini keys.

Stephen


:lol:

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:36 pm
by Rokk
syntheticsolutions wrote:
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Sir Ruff wrote: [...] no 21st Synthexes are going to be made.
Only with mini keys.

Stephen


:lol:
WHAT IS THAT???

Re: ELKA ressurected!

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:31 am
by Walter Ego
Rokk wrote: WHAT IS THAT???
Hmm...sounds like a Casio organ preset coming out of a toy synthex-shaped box.