Elka EK-22 / EM-22

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The EK-22 is an analog polyphonic programmable synthesizer from Elka. Its cousin, the EK-44 is a digital and expanded version of the EK-22. Although the EK-22 is analog, the oscillators are digitally controlled (DCOs) for better stability and programmability. The keyboard can be split and there are 16 performance patches to store any split, tuning and patch settings. There are 64 preset and 32 user sound patches of purely Italian style analog synth sounds.

Elka EM-22 Image

Oscillators are very programmable with syncing, individual tuning, level and modulations. There are two six-stage envelope generators for total control of dynamics. The EK-22 is a capable synth similar to the Prophet 600 in programmability but more like the Matrix 6 in its look and push button style programming interface. The EM-22 (pictured above) is a keyboard-less desktop module version of the EK-22.

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24 Visitor comments
March 9, 2012 @ 4:13 am
Health warning: if you're expecting Synthex on the cheap, playing this might result in terminal despair. The 22 has a harsh, cold sound that might appeal if you love harsh, cold sounds, and programming it is like having to clean behind the toilet bowl: it has to be done, but your eyes might sting a bit after (in this case due to the tiny LCD). Get it cheap, it's a nice poly with some nice features (modulation), but it's not classic analog and never, ever will be.
Bunkeflo bengt
November 27, 2010 @ 2:16 pm
EK22 are basically a Matrix6/MS6/M1000 etc if you like. Same 3396 chip.
December 21, 2008 @ 2:06 pm
Ive got one, left it on for a day and blew 3 fuses, waiting for them to arrive and hopefully it will be back. Exellent range of sounds this thing has!
Frank Heath
October 4, 2008 @ 10:09 am
I had an EM44 for years - the sounds and the flexibility were incredible. Unfortunately the electronics weren't very reliable in mine so it died and couldn't be resurrected. Still looking for a replacement tho.
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  • Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DCOs per voice (sqr, saw, tri, pulse)
  • Memory - 64 preset, 32 user
  • Multitimbral - 2 parts
  • VCA - 2 envelopes
  • Keyboard - 61 weighted keys (velocity and aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986

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