New Elka Synthex?

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New Elka Synthex?

Post by pflosi » Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:12 am

http://bringelkaback.com/index.html

Let's see what happens here...

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:42 am

Belated April's Fool?

What's next? CS80?

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by pflosi » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:03 am

I wasn't sure either, but it wasn't posted on the 1st...

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by madtheory » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:10 am

It's legit. That's the company that bought the Elka brand. I guess it's a way of surveying the market for a remake. I'd sign up, but I'd never be able to afford one.

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by Cybercardinal » Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:20 pm

How will they get CEM's enough you reckon?

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by Broadwave » Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:39 am

Cybercardinal wrote:How will they get CEM's enough you reckon?
Rumors a while back mentioned that Behringer (who now have their own plant) were to start re-manufacturing Curtis chips for their own analogue poly. The revived GEM company would be an obvious customer ;)

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by volumetrik » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:57 am

Broadwave wrote:
Cybercardinal wrote:How will they get CEM's enough you reckon?
Rumors a while back mentioned that Behringer (who now have their own plant) were to start re-manufacturing Curtis chips for their own analogue poly. The revived GEM company would be an obvious customer ;)
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At the same time we studied the legacy Curtis and SSM chips and we’re in the process of designing our own versions of these highly regarded IC's in collaboration with Coolaudio.

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by commodorejohn » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:12 am

Duuuuuude. This could be interesting.
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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by Rokk » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:24 am

Definitely exciting news! I signed up and I'll keep my fingers crossed some money starts to rain here :)

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by Bitexion » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:12 pm

Some patent-holding j**k will probably clamp down on their Curtis chip recreations and demand so much in "royalties" that the project will die before it even started.

Remember what happened to ARP when they cloned the Moog ladder filter back in the 70s?

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by Hybrid88 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:16 pm

Far out, didn't expect that. :shock:

I kinda have mixed feelings about it though, on the one had it's awesome news, on the other I'd hazard a guess that it'll cost about as much as the old ones do anyway. Plus what else did the old Elka brand have to offer before? Sorry but not exactly full of memorable products, one hit doesn't make a company...

And an Italian brand resurrected in Finland? err right. :lol:

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by Bitexion » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:19 pm

The synthex was hardly a "hit" anyway, it was just used prominently by some very famous artists like Stevie Wonder and Jean-Michel Jarre (everyone knows the laserharp sound is a Synthex).

It came out just as the digital synths took over the planet, and was incredibly hard to market to people who would just laugh at such an old relic or compare it with their Prophet-5 and Jupiter-8s and whatnot. And why would people wanna buy a knob-heavy synth like that when the latest and the greatest were DX7s and other synths with no knobs and fancy computer interfaces were all the rage?

Paul Wiffen tried to market it to musicians at NAMM 1984 and was met with mostly mocking laughter at a synth that looked like an old relic, that used a chorus effect to cheat to sound "fatter" because it had digital oscillators.
"Turn off the chorus, ok it just sounds weaker than my Prophet lulz is this a string machine?"

Elka were sadly 4 years too late to the analogue synth train.
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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by salwa » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:42 pm

Bitexion wrote:Some patent-holding j**k will probably clamp down on their Curtis chip recreations and demand so much in "royalties" that the project will die before it even started.

Remember what happened to ARP when they cloned the Moog ladder filter back in the 70s?
As far as I know, patents for Curtis chips expired.
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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by dustinh » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:48 pm

salwa wrote:
Bitexion wrote:Some patent-holding j**k will probably clamp down on their Curtis chip recreations and demand so much in "royalties" that the project will die before it even started.

Remember what happened to ARP when they cloned the Moog ladder filter back in the 70s?
As far as I know, patents for Curtis chips expired.
It would have to be expired by now. Patents are only good for 20 years.

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Re: New Elka Synthex?

Post by radek tymecki » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:20 pm

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