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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23 Visitor comments
Johnie
September 16, 2012 @ 6:44 am
Quote " alex
May 31, 2012 @ 9:20 am
elka synth are great. all of them the only thing that is bad the´re to rare to get some. i´m really glad to have 3 elka synths. and i bought them in italy for a good price "

Are you an idiot ? Do you compare this Elka synthesizer with a Matrix 6 ?
Matrix 6 is better and fatter by far than Elka as it has Matrix capabilities too. I assume you are trying to sell your Elka or something ...
alex
May 31, 2012 @ 9:20 am
elka synth are great. all of them the only thing that is bad the´re to rare to get some. i´m really glad to have 3 elka synths. and i bought them in italy for a good price
Mark Workman
March 30, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
Got and EK-22 and Oberheim Matrix 6 and side by side the Elka Sounds fatter than the Oberheim to my ears. Love my Elka, it's never leaving my studio :)
Bob Verona
March 29, 2012 @ 10:35 pm
Some very unfounded negative comments about a very nice sounding synth. Much deeper sound than the Oberheim Matrix 6/1000 and great modulation.Comparing it to a Synthex is like comparing the Juno series to the Jupiter 8... Completely different class..
Richard
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.
 
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  • 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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