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
Paul Smith
July 5, 2013 @ 4:56 pm
Sort of proves my point:
Paul Smith
July 5, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
It looks as though some are trying to artificially inflate the value on this budget DCO synth. As stated earlier (and generally accepted as an accurate statement, "comparing it to a Synthex is like comparing the Juno series to the Jupiter 8... Completely different class.. " It sounds NOTHING like a Synthex (sounds like your Synthex is in desperate need of a service James).

A cheap digitally controlled analogue and nothing more !
May 10, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
Cold sounding? Warm sounding? This synth can do both, it's how you program them, far better than oberheim, definitely got the snthex sound when programmed, obviously it is no synthex but you won't get closer.
I regret sellling mine in mid 90, damn digital age!
However, all elka synths are too hard to find these day :(
April 24, 2013 @ 8:52 am
I have a synthex and EM22 & ek44. Obviously Synthex is king, possibly of all synths?? EM can sond like a synthex, at least you can get some very very nice sythex sounds from it, however the EM2 is a strong poly in its own right, snatch it quickly if offered ek/em 22. EK44 is also nice, obviously digital, but sounds nice too, I have commented on these synths in order of preference. Gems for the first two and ek44 coming in not so far behind!
February 27, 2013 @ 3:12 am
Indeed, the rare EK-22 is a gem. The onboard stereochorus adds much color and warmth to the Curtis-Chip sound. A real value added over the Matrix 6/1000. Soundwise, I prefer it over the Matrix 6. I also use it to produce Juno106 or JX8P pads (with less chorus noise...) e.g. JX8P's "Fat Fifth".

The modulation matrix is, who wonders, less complex than in the Matrix. A very nice and robust [Roland :-( ] aftertouch and velocity which can be routed to modulate envelopes and filter makes dynamic and expressive playing easy.

The preset sound are crap! Don't judge a book by the cover.
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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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