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
Morten
January 18, 2013 @ 8:53 am
An utterly fantastic piece of machinery, this! I've had this for a bit over a month now, and love it to bits. If you're a bit familiar with synthesis and take the time to read some of the manual, it's not really particularly hard to use. The best/most fun way to learn it is to just experiment anyway, and you sure can with this one. I often find myself sound-designing for hours on end in total trance with it, there's just no end to the possibilities with this. 3 LFO's per machine as well, combined with the parameter lock feature makes this heaven for someone who wants to experiment.
GenBrimm
November 24, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
I can't understand why some people struggle with this machine. I have it a week and it's pretty straight forward, it took me a couple of days to get to grips with the basics. The parameter locks really make this machine along with the hands on tweak-ability. The presets are wack, but it's pretty straight forward to create basses, leads and pads from scratch - the key is to read the manual and familiarise yourself with the mono. But don't buy this if you aren't prepared to put some effort in and learn, if you want a quick return buy some samples ;)
Rob
January 23, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
It may be unfriendly, I still want one. You haave to admit, it offers a lot of differnt ways to me used. I'll get this with a Synth cookbook, if I have trouble programming. but I watched the videos and it looks managable.
pulsn
January 9, 2012 @ 9:27 am
This is definately not a synth for everyone, but if you are willing to accept the steep learning curve, this instrument is *very* rewarding. I am now in my fourths year with it, and i am still discovering new sounds or ways of creating something. It´s suitable for every genre and it can sound whatever you want it to sound. Mostly i use it for lush warm analogish pads and for sequencing external synths.

Here´s a Monomachine only track: http://soundcloud.com/puls-n/pulsn-ambi-stueck-2036
testpattern
December 29, 2011 @ 3:03 am
If you want to make synth lines from scrach to understand how to build your music your own way this is for you. It allows you to get to the bottom of it all. I love it. If you want nice presets and machine that does the hard work for you with little effort and understanding...... This is not for you go buy a microkorg.
 
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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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  • Images from Monomachine.com and

    Reviewed August 2008.

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