ELKA ressurected!

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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:56 am

Walter Ego wrote:
Rokk wrote: WHAT IS THAT???
Hmm...sounds like a Casio organ preset coming out of a toy synthex-shaped box.
Nothing beats *real* synthesiser programming skills.

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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by alan partridge » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:18 pm

antilles wrote: What's wrong with Elka stringers? The Rhapsody sounds pretty great to me.
Yes I think that's a beautiful-sounding stringer.
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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by Walter Ego » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:15 pm

So...was there any ELKA news from NAMM? Haven't really heard anything.
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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:49 pm

antilles wrote:
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.
I've always been a Mellotron man myself...blame King Crimson :help: String synths always sounded thin and shrill to me, although at least you could hold a note for more than 7 seconds :?

My cousin played bass in a band during the late 70s that had an Elka string machine, total cheese whiz to my ears and his. It had a "piano" setting which was even more awful, as most analog electronic pianos were. They only used it because they got it really cheap, sort of a recurring theme with small time bands ;)
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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by alan partridge » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:52 pm

Each to his own ;) I think it sounds nicer than some full polysynths - very lush sound, for me.

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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by commodorejohn » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:19 pm

Stringers can sound lovely or terrible depending on how they're treated. Play it like it's a Mellotron and yeah, it's going to disappoint, but build up some nice keyboard-spanning mega-chords and maybe add a touch of phaser, and they can be stunningly beautiful.
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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by mute » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:08 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Walter Ego wrote:
Rokk wrote: WHAT IS THAT???
Hmm...sounds like a Casio organ preset coming out of a toy synthex-shaped box.
Nothing beats *real* synthesiser programming skills.

Stephen
lol guys, it's just video fakery.

here's a couple more:
- large casio vl1
- mini OBXa
super lol's at the mini jd800 & jupiter
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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by synthroom » Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:37 pm

mute wrote: here's a couple more:
- large casio vl1
Those were great! I wish they had played "Da, Da, Da" on the Maxi-VL-1, it would have sounded so much better with more and larger keys!
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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by ninja6485 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:22 pm

mute wrote:
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Walter Ego wrote:
Hmm...sounds like a Casio organ preset coming out of a toy synthex-shaped box.
Nothing beats *real* synthesiser programming skills.

Stephen
lol guys, it's just video fakery.

here's a couple more:
- large casio vl1
- mini OBXa
super lol's at the mini jd800 & jupiter
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:lol: The large Casio vl1 is genius... I would actually buy a jd800 mini :? :oops:
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by Broadwave » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:17 am

It'll be interesting to see what these new owners do. I've got a GEM S2 Turbo, which was designed by Elka as a follow up to the Synthex, but the rights got sold to GEM when Elka went down the pan.

The S2 is a very underrated synth, great feeling keybed with Poly AT, and superb digital filters that still sound better than many of the latest VAs... it's just a cow to program though!

A modern reissue of the Rhapsody 610 would be nice, but probably very expensive if they go down the analogue route.

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Re: ELKA ressurected!

Post by mpa1104 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:15 pm

alan partridge wrote:
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.
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.
Interesting comments both. I recently had the privilege (and it was) of noodling about on an X705 ("Space Organ") and I had a ball. Between the monosynth sounds (and the fair amount of control you had over the timbre such as filter, lfo, envelope, etc), the somewhat luscious string sound, the presets, and a more than passable impersonation of a certain classic drawbar organ among other things, it made a ton of sounds that were way more than "just an organ". In fact - and yes, I appreciate this is a slightly OTT statement - the last time I played an instrument that was to all intents and purposes aimed at the home organ market, but which exceeded those capabilities by several thousand miles and provided a lot of fun, was a certain Yamaha Electone (model number GX1). No of course the Space Organ is no GX1, but I certainly felt as though Elka were seeing how far they could push the home organ spec.
Would be curious to see what they may produce, but no way would I try to second guess what it would be.
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