Red Sound Systems Elevata

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The Elevata is a virtual analog poly-synth with a back-to-basic's interface and big analog sounds. The same DSP analog modeling synthesizer technology used in the DarkStar has been beefed up for this sound module. The front panel swivels 90 degrees to facilitate rack-mounting or desktop use. Several hands-on knobs are plainly laid out for the oscillator, filter, envelope, and LFO sections in a simple, streamlined and intuitive interface.

It is 16-voice polyphonic and has 8 multi-timbral parts. There are two analog modeling oscillators per voice with square, sawtooth, sine & formant waveforms. The filter is a 2-pole (12dB/oct) with switchable low-, high-, or band-pass modes. There are ADSR envelopes for the filter and VCA sections and two syncable LFOs with multiple waveforms. You will also find portamento, a basic arpeggiator, chorus and flange effects, and a joystick controller assignable to any modulatable parameter. There are no reverb or delay effects unfortunately.

Every parameter has a knob or switch just a hand-grab away, so creating sounds is quick and easy on the Elevata. The Sound Wizard is a cool function that randomizes various parameters. This allows you to experiment with creating random sounds, hopefully leading to some happy accidents! Your custom creations can be stored in any of 127 user patches. There are also 127 preset patches and 90 multi-patches (aka performances). The Multi-patches can have up to eight different patches for creating some very lush arrangements.

The Elevata is also upgradeable via EPROMs you can buy for a little over $100 each and install yourself. The Vocoda EPROM adds vocoder capability. Additional EPROMS are on the way and there is room for up to 3 EPROMs. With multiple (6) outputs, stereo inputs for processing external audio, and full MIDI implementation, the Elevata's at home in any studio environment. It makes an interesting alternative to other virtual analogs in its price range such as the Nord Leads and Novation SuperNovas.

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16 Visitor comments
November 7, 2010 @ 3:05 am
and....This is a real analogue emulator. Does not sound at all like a Nova, Virus, or JP8000, but those are virtual analogues that are voiced to sound similar to rompler workstations ('cause that's what people are used to). This sounds like analogue- raw. It has no effects save a crappy global chorus/flanger (just like the real thing). The presets [beep] (just like the real thing). The interface RULES (just like the real thing). The tiltable front panel is awesome, the knobs are waldorf-style continious controllers, the multi mode is as easy to get to as the single patch mode, the LED interface is visible across the room, etc. If you have any analogue experience you'll be flying in no time and programming your own patches. it's gonna be my secret weapon for sure.
November 6, 2010 @ 6:57 pm
for the very reason they only made less then 250 world wide made me grab one when i saw one MINT used! sure it's not the best synth around but i have one of 250 made! will be worth something soon~
August 29, 2010 @ 12:05 am
rather unique and got really bad reviews (like S.O.S. just ripped it a new one) but for that very reason I'm mad i never got one. because there is something cool about these kind of maverick weirdo synths that have locked-in eccentric functionality.. especially if they are well built, as this one was. I remember listening to the samples on their web site before i knew much about synths or why it may have been lacking, and i really liked the sound. -and the LOOKS!! i would keep it if you own one. and love it cause it was picked on for being different!
September 14, 2009 @ 6:53 am
Rather rare instrument, now a collector. Very well built, but too expensive compared to its competitors, the production ended quickly.
That's why the EPROM upgrades were never issued by Red Sound(sigh !).
On a musical point of view it's "hate it or love it", because it has really its own sounds, they've not tried to emulate some glorious ancestor. Sometimes it could sound a bit like Waldorf or early Oberheim synths; if you like the "Moog sound" this one is not for you because of the 2 pole filter.
July 16, 2009 @ 1:04 am
the last paragraph should be revised to say the elevata WOULD have been upgradable via EPROMs had red sound not gone under.

other than that i'll second Yekuku's comments. it has its own sound for sure. im glad i picked one up when i did but i only use it for very specific sounds
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - Two with square, sawtooth, sine & formant waveforms plus pink/white/blue noise
  • LFO - Two with ramp, triangle, square, sine, pulse, sample + hold, random waveforms.
  • Effects - Chorus, Flange
  • Filter - 12 dB/oct resonant filter, low-, high-, or band-pass modes
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 127 preset, 127 user patches, 90 multi-patches with 8 programs each
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8-parts), Joystick Controller with independent socket input
  • Date Produced - 2001

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