Elka-X Synthesizer

Elka-X Synthesizer
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Cherry Audio
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A Renaissance Synthesizer

The Cherry Audio Elka-X synthesizer is based upon the legendary Synthex, a rare Italian analog synthesizer designed by Mario Maggi and manufactured by ELKA in the early eighties. Elka-X replicates the extraordinary character of the original synth without compromising sound or functionality, thoughtfully expanding its feature set and delivering the authentic Synthex experience at a price anyone can afford.

Each aspect of Elka-X has been precisely modeled upon Cherry Audio's pristine vintage Synthex. Every effort was taken to emulate the prized tone of the original's DCOs, dynamic filter, and stunning chorus. We've preserved the innovative sound-sculpting and performance features such as layering and keyboard split, and hugely improved the original's clunky step sequencer. In addition, Cherry Audio has kept the soul of a classic alive while updating its feature set for modern studio environments. We've increased the polyphony, included mono and unison modes, and added velocity response that was absent from the original design. We've expanded the functionality of the filter and the LFOs, greatly extending the modulation options. We not only simplified the operation of the four-track step sequencer but added a complete arpeggiator with independent assignments for both layers.


Elka-X features:


Two part multitimbral operation: two different patches simultaneously playable, in either a keyboard split or stacked layer mode, with user-specified split point and discrete controls for layer volume and panning

16 polyphonic voices which can be layered or split across the keyboard

Panel Control for selecting layers, with a utility function for exchanging settings between the Lower and Upper sound layers, or even between presets

Two DCO oscillators with triangle, sawtooth, square, and variable pulse waveforms and independent tuning

Modes for polyphonic, single voice, and unison monophonic with unison detune

PWM Cross Modulation and Ring Modulation for both oscillators

White or Pink Noise Generator

CEM3320-style multimode filter with 12 or 24 dB/oct lowpass, 6 or 12 dB/oct bandpass, or 12 dB/oct highpass

Two tempo-syncable LFOs

Two independent modulation sections: a fixed LFO 1 section, and performance-oriented LFO 2 section, intended for use with pitch and mod wheel controllers

LFO 1 has triangle, sawtooth, ramp, bipolar square, unipolar square, and random waveforms; LFO 2 triangle waveform only

ADSR Filter and Amplifier envelope generators with Velocity control

Multi Trigger for the ADSR Filter and Amplifier envelope generators (in monophonic modes)

Chord Memory and Oscillator 2 sync

Tempo Sync buttons for LFO 1 and 2, Sequencer rate, Arpeggio rate, and Echo rate for easy sync to DAW project tempo

Step Sequencer consisting of four individual monophonic sequences, each with a user-definable length of up to 128 steps, assignable to either layer, and stored with the preset

Step Sequencer utility operation for copying, swapping, and moving sequencer data between tracks, or from one presets to another

Glide (pitch envelope) and Portamento (standard glide), independently enabled for each oscillator

Arpeggiator with tempo sync, independently assignable to both layers

Studio-quality chorus, echo delay, and reverb effects, including our acclaimed "Galactic" reverb algorithm

Cherry Audio's popular Focus zoom-in feature, as well as standard UI zoom and resize with drag

Over 600 presets created by a talented and diverse group of sound design veterans

Complete MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls, with easy-to-use MIDI learn

Preset and Global level MIDI mapping

Highly optimized coding for optimal performance with ultra-low CPU load

User-adjustable oversampling control

macOS Requirements: macOS 10.9 or above, 64-bit required.Native Apple M1 processor support. Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAMrecommended.


Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above, 64-bit required.Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.

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