Elektron Monomachine SFX-6/60

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Monomachine SFX-60

The Monomachine combines several types of synthesizers with an intuitive beat-box-style programming interface. Think of it as five synthesizers in one package with a flexible sequencer and plenty of real-time controls for a unique twist on desktop music machines! It has 6-part multitimbral capability which allows for up to 6 mono-synth sounds at once, or a single 6-voice polyphonic sound.

The SuperWave synthesizer, which is analog modeled, gives warm and thick sounds made from unique algorithms that makes sounds free from the artifacts normally associated with digital processing. Traditional (and 303-like) saw and pulse waveforms and sub-oscillators give you fat bass synth and lead sounds, while the ensemble is specialized in creating polyphonic textures, chords, and harmonies.

The Mono-synth SID is based on the synthesis of the legendary SID chip, from the Commodore 64. The SID 6581 machine offers one oscillator of high quality synthesis, complete with ring-mod and sync. Just like the original, the oscillators are derived from an extremely fast main counter, giving the crisp highly recognizable sound.

DigiPRO offers raw digital waveforms, which can be put into animated life. The BeatBox, which is a part of DigiPRO, offers a percussive toolbox shaped in the traditions of the Machinedrum E12 synth. The sounds of DigiPRO WAVE are harsh and electric and stand out in the mix.

FM+ is 21st century FM synthesis. It implements world class frequency modulation algorithms that address the complexity problem normally associated with FM. All three FM+ machines are based around a number of custom made FM blocks. The machines have been handcrafted, each with its own personality.

VO is inspired by classic voice modeling methods using formant synthesis. The goal was not to recreate any existing voice or speech synthesizer, but to create a new way of building and controlling a synthetic voice in a way that suits musicians. VO-6 is the VO incarnation of the Monomachine. User controllable between pulse or white noise, formant filters and a set of predefined consonant-like sounds.

While the Monomachine's 6-part beat-box-style sequencer can be used to create your own synth grooves, it offers six additional MIDI tracks that can be used for controlling external MIDI gear. MIDI control data can be generated realtime, with parameter locks and with LFOs. Each MIDI track offers a full implementation of the Monomachine arpeggiator.

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Monomachine SFX-6

The SFX-6 is a limited edition of the original SFX-60, with an integrated 3-octave LED-action keyboard, MULTI-TRIG key and specialized sound manipulating super-smooth dj-style joystick. Owner's of the original SFX-60 can purchase an external control keyboard to replicate SFX-6 functionality.

So without further ado, click on the YouTube link above so you can see and hear the Monomachine in action!

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58 Visitor comments
January 14, 2014 @ 3:06 am
The same everywhere in the world. Humans lack the capacity to value things and beeings for what they are.
So if u want warm sound and go for sharp sounding innovativ masterpiece wouldnt it be possible to call yourself stupid and buy an analog synth thousand of which are available and well known for their warm sound.
I love this maschine. It speaks, its alive, its futuristic, nothing sounds and breathes like the mono.
October 24, 2013 @ 6:36 am
Pretty hard to use,it's a real sinth and some sounds make me scary, the sequencer are a dream!
if you have and like grooveboxes rompler whith dope sounds don't buy this..i'm learning to tweak it
August 17, 2013 @ 2:27 am
Even if you do not like its sound, the fact you have 6 external midi sequencers with also a dedicated ARP on each of those external tracks, and can apply parameter locks to your external gear's incoming midi is pretty deep.
The MnM can actually sound very warm with correct programming. This is not a preset machine and hardly a me too machine. Very sweet for even evolving ambient drones and you can connect it to the new Analog Four and send to midi channel 6 and sequence cv track which is driving a third analog synth...wicked combo, endless possibilities!
June 10, 2013 @ 5:02 pm
Over the past years I've owned consecutively 3 sfx60, I did not kept them because I didn't have the skills to make it sound good, but keep coming back to it because of the excellent sequencer and the feeling that I was missing something. Now one more time I'm back on it, a bit more skilled too, and believe me once you get it going and take it for what it is, it's an awesome synth! Excellent for fx, lush and evolutive sound and early digital/lofi. Makes me think to a korg wavestation on some aspect, more for what it has to offer and cannot be found anywhere else.
May 30, 2013 @ 9:35 am
Such a pity the amplitude can not be controlled. It sounds great at first and you can do really interesting things with it, but after a while it becomes dull, unless you manually adjust every note digitally when editing. That's quite a pain in the behind though. I will keep it for my studio, but if it starts to collect too much dust I will sell it.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Part Mono OR 1 6-voice Poly
  • Oscillators - 5 independent monosynths: SuperWave, FM+, SID, DigiPro, VO
  • LFO - 18 Temp-synced LFOs (3 per track)
  • Filter - 1 Resonant 24db hi-Q multimode filter per track
  • VCA - Attack, Hold, Decay, Release (comparable to ADSR); can be trigged w/out note-on
  • Effects - 6x Tempo-synced Delay, 6x 1-Band EQ, 6x Sample Rate Red., 6x Distortion, etc.
  • Sequencer - 6-track Internal Sequencerv / 6-track Ext. MIDI Seq.
  • Arpeggiator - 12x Multi Func. Programmable Arp. (6 for internal seq. / 6 for ext. seq.)
  • Keyboard - SFX-6: 37-note LED'd keyboard / SFX-60: None
  • Memory - 6x128 User Programmable Patches; 128 User Programmable Patterns; 32 Songs
  • Control - 3x MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Date Produced - 2004
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Monomachine.com and

    Reviewed August 2008.

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