Elka Synthex

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The Synthex is a very lush sounding classic analog 8 voice synthesizer. Later versions implemented basic MIDI functions. It has 30 knobs, 6 sliders, 80 switches and a joystick. Powerful sounds with 2 oscillators per note, separate envelope generators, chorus and even a sequencer! The use of stable DCO's (digitally controlled analog oscillators) and oscillator cross modulation of Pulse Width and a multimode filter made it unique in its time.

There is a cool joystick that replaces traditional pitch/mod wheels and allows for greater variable real-time control over the two LFOs, oscillator and filter modulation. The 6 sliders beside the joystick assign what (LFO, osc and filter) goes to the joystick. Voices can also be layered or split across the keyboard. Other great features include the onboard digital Ring-Modulator, Chorus effect and Dual or Layer modes available. And also a four-track sequencer rounds out this synths host of features. Two of it's tracks can output MIDI data.

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This is just an extremely good analog and unique synth excellent for pads, drones and glistening lead sounds. They're a bit of a pain to service and find parts for. However many famous artists such as Tangerine Dream and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) have used one, and Jean Michel Jarre swears by it. One last Synthex was made just for Stevie Wonder after their production run eventually ended.

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19 Visitor comments
Edgar Froese
December 17, 2013 @ 12:32 pm
Please tell me what albums did Tangerine Dream use a Synthex on? Or live performance for that matter. Never seen any pictures of TD with a Synthex. Did it really happen?
Josh
April 26, 2013 @ 10:05 pm
The Frozen Autumn uses This Synth
Micke
November 3, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
@synthjunkie:
Yes I'm serious, Fabio Frizzi comfirmed to me back in January that Gianni Mazza played the prototype Synthex on the "Manhattan Baby" recording sessions back in '82. Frizzi owned a Jupiter-8 at the time (he still have it!) but as far as he could remember it wasn't used on that score. Maurizio Guarini (of Goblin fame) usually played the synths on Frizzi's scores but this time he was busy working on another production.
SynthJunkie
October 18, 2012 @ 9:57 am
@Micke

Seriously? Holly crap! My synth is famous!!! Yes, I am actually a proud owner of the very first Synthex ever made - the very prototype you mentioned!!! Mine has different Amazing piece of kit
Richard
March 9, 2012 @ 4:09 am
An astoundingly luxurious synth to tweak and play: build like a brick [beep] house, spacious, sexy buttons, a great little sequencer, butter smooth flters (especially love the band-pass) and a chorus to rival the obvious champion of choruses. Plus preset JMJ laser harp for infinite geek bonux points. This really is a monster poly disguised as a monster string synth, and selling it ranks as one of the top ten mistakes in life. If you have a Synthex: I hate you, so laugh in my face, but know that if you can't produce the awesome with this baby, you don't deserve owning it.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Voices
  • Oscillators - 16
  • Sequencer - 4-Track
  • Filter - Curtis Chips: 24dB LowPass, 12dB HiPass, 12dB & 6dB BandPass
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Memory - 40 preset/40 user
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1981 - 1984
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Thanks Edwin Balzan and Mattias Rickardsson for the info.

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