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
November 12, 2013 @ 11:06 am
Very good synth, I have since new. I wander is backlight update available as in picture above. Mine never had backlight?
July 25, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
Disagree with some of the comment here, certainly not a cheap poly, very warm with a relatively easy to use programming interface, granted not straightforward. A very decent analogue poly!
Zachary Berry
July 17, 2013 @ 5:15 pm
I have an EK-22, unfortunately it's been collecting dust for a while since I have two voices that have gone bad. :( I haven't been able to figure it out.
Paul Smith
July 15, 2013 @ 7:36 pm
Thanks for the links tm but this merely shows how good the chorus is, similar to other well known synths. If I run my Oberheim & late SCI through a similar pedal they sound far superior. I am merely stating that it is nothing like the Synthex, it is closer to the M1000, SCI Max & Crumar bit, Out of all the synths mentioned here the EK22 is the weakest by far. tm I own 70+ synths & played for 40+ yrs

If you want the sounds of a Synthex buy one, sample it & sell it on - I did.

Ebayers beware the EK22 is, at the moment & in UK, worth less than £250 but ONLY if in top condition.
July 5, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
Paul, posting links to bad quality youtube clips to 'prove your point' is not persuasive.
If you'd like to help others form their own point of view, post some decent clips.

Here are some clips here from a guy (Legowelt) who has used an an extensive array of vintage synths in his music http://awolfe.home.xs4all.nl/studioElkaEK22.htm

Thanks to another guy, there is a really useful and free EK22 & EM22 editor for PC and Mac here: http://najomusic.free.fr/jeanmsp.htm
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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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