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.

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58 Visitor comments
October 24, 2011 @ 7:03 pm
All haters: If you haven't spent at LEAST one full year learning this magic synthesizer, you are truly missing out. It is a sad state of affairs with gear lovers when they can HATE a synth with little to NO time with it. I spent two months reading the manual before I even purchased it, then I spent another year figuring out Elektron's way of doing things. Elektron makes some of the most intuitive Machines out there (I own the Trinity), intuitive yet much different then most gear out there. Anyhow,before you buy the latest"Groove Synth",reconsider your options because the Mono FAR exceeds that.
Terry tekno
October 4, 2011 @ 9:24 pm
This was a slow burner when bought a yr ago but over the last 3-4 months I have been liking it more and more. I am especially digging the fm machines and the DwavePro with imported waveforms (which I am guessing 'Eraser' in his 10 minute in depth experience never got to mess with lol)... The filters are flexible and do the job well enough. Remember its a digital 12 bit machine so its silly to compare it to a moog. It does cut through a mix though no problem. The parameter locks are ingenious and the midi sequencer is brilliant. Definitely a classic I can recommend checking out to anyone!
October 4, 2011 @ 7:14 am
Oh Benny, calm down dear!

1) SID oscillators ARE basic waveforms (saw, square, tri and noise). Any and all of the BASIC monomachine modelled oscillators (i.e. before filter or effects) DO sound crap.

2) Are you saying that all filters and EQ sound the same?! I know what a filter does - sadly, the one on the mono doesn't do it very well...

3) I actually used it for 10 minutes before declaring it crap...

4) Great news on the whole ignorance/creativity thing... Way to go, champ!
September 26, 2011 @ 7:36 pm
eraser: Sounds crap at basic oscillator level? Funny you say that since the MM has no "basic" oscillators but unison ones, SID modelled ones, wavetables, FM algorithms etc, all of these sound like crap? The filters work as filters does, add/remove harmonics, so does EQing so you can sculpt the sound in pretty much anyway you wish, you'd known that if you'd had bothered with it for more than 5 minutes before declaring it [beep] e. Of course, you've already made up your mind so no examples of programming would do either way, the good thing is I don't need ignorance to guide my path to creativity :)
July 12, 2011 @ 7:24 am
@ Adam

1) Just because someone doesn't like the sound of a synth doesn't mean they do not know how to program or mix this (or other) synths.
2) You don't even HAVE to know how to program this one to hear that is sounds like total [beep] even at basic oscillator level.
3) Why spend hours 'exploring' this turd when half a dozen other synths can sound better with only a few minutes tweaking.
4) Care to upload a link of your amazing programming capabilies so that I change my mind about the MONO? Nah - didn't think so...
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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
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    Reviewed August 2008.

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