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Behringer's Elka Synthex Keyboard Synthesizers
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Behringer's Elka Synthex

Look what we just added to our synth collection?
The Elka Synthex was developed by independent Italian designer Mario Maggi. Only 1850 units were ever produced by Italian company Elka between 1981 and 1985. Famous artists who used it include Jean-Michel Jarre and Stevie Wonder etc.
What an amazing sounding synth and master piece of engineering - we can't stop playing it
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dammit, yes!
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Look what we just added to our synth collection?
The Elka Synthex was developed by independent Italian designer Mario Maggi. Only 1850 units were ever produced by Italian company Elka between 1981 and 1985. Famous artists who used it include Jean-Michel Jarre and Stevie Wonder etc.
What an amazing sounding synth and master piece of engineering - we can't stop playing it
:-)





'We can't stop playing it'...... 'So we're going to clone it'

Coolaudio do CEMs don't they ?
Old 4 weeks ago
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finally something interesting from B
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thought it was the best sounding one when I played it at mn studio out of pro 5 Jupiter8 and oberhiem 4 v or 8.
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the question is WHEN? 2039? so much teasing
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By the time Uli is finished we’re all going to be so broke that every slut here will be forced to co-habitate in a SlutzShelter. A chilling vision, to be sure, but then again think of the synth room.
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I doubt anyone has ever gone broke buying Behringer gear. Which is kinda the point, I guess.
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But it’ll start to add up at this rate. 25 synths later and I’ll be looking a lot like this...

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Would absolutely love a Synthex remake. The sounds from it on Rendezvous are still some of my favourites.
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Who cares when it's cloned and ready, we should all just enjoy the ride and make some tunes along the way.
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The Synthex is a very nice DCO synth. It also featured the CEM3320 filter configured as a multimode filter.

You can read more about the various CEM3320 filter configurations on Electric Druid.
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I doubt even the staunchest vintage synth snob could resist buying a Bynthex.
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I'll probably get one, but I basically have no use for 80's DCO polysynths.
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Would the purists complain if it didn't include the tape and computer interfaces?
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Would the purists complain if it didn't include the __________________________?
Yes. And incessantly.
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I doubt even the staunchest vintage synth snob could resist buying a Bynthex.
Had the original(s) and eventually sold them (early prototype and later model w. MIDI).

Not interested in another one that might appear in 2 years or so (or even appearing today).

The future hype wears me out. Rather than wait for an MS-101, I ended up buying an original 6 months ago for a decent price and have been able to use it all this time.

YMMV
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I'll probably get one, but I basically have no use for 80's DCO polysynths.
But does it have a typical 80's DCO sound? From the clips I've seen I think it sounds stronger and more versatile than any of the others. Junos for instance are cool and all, but sound a bit samey.
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Had the original(s) and eventually sold them (early prototype and later model w. MIDI).

Not interested in another one that might appear in 2 years or so (or even appearing today).

The future hype wears me out. Rather than wait for an MS-101, I ended up buying an original 6 months ago for a decent price and have been able to use it all this time.

YMMV
If you covet the classic enough to justify the current costs, and can afford it, then why not buy the original? As a former 101 owner I don’t need that sound enough to justify the current costs, so I sold it.

However there’s plenty of people that don’t have the means to pay for the classic, or aren’t willing to spend that much money on something 30+ years old, or also want whatever modern conveniences get attached in the Behringer process.

Yes, have to be patient and realistic with all the things coming out of Behringer at the moment...just because they announce or tease something people shouldn’t expect it to ship today or even 6 months from now. Even if they were straight cloning something, the whole process takes time, and they have many projects going concurrently.
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I do not understand why people say it is digital osc and not DCO
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The Synthex is a very nice DCO synth. It also featured the CEM3320 filter configured as a multimode filter.

You can read more about the various CEM3320 filter configurations on Electric Druid.
Talk about unique filters! And am I dirty for wanting to plug something into that DB15?
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I do not understand why people say it is digital osc and not DCO
I think it was mentioned in another thread that the sawtooth is digitally generated using a counter and a DAC, but at a variable clock rate so there's no aliasing. So it's not exactly like a traditional DCO, but it's "digital" in a sense... though not like VA or sample based.

A Behringer Synthex clone would be something to keep an eye on. I've always liked the Synthex but considered it too unobtanium for the likes of me.
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Hell yeah a Synthex! Clone away!!!!!
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Cant believe theyre ripping off Synthex, oh the humanity
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just pre ordered on sweetwater
Old 4 weeks ago
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Elka Synthex | Vintage Synth Explorer

Elka Synthex



The Synthex is a very lush sounding classic analog 8 voice synthesizer. Later versions implemented basic MIDI functions. It has 30 knobs, 6 sliders, 80 switches and a joystick. Powerful sounds with 2 oscillators per note, separate envelope generators, chorus and even a sequencer! The use of stable DCO's (digitally controlled analog oscillators) and oscillator cross modulation of Pulse Width and a multimode filter made it unique in its time.

There is a cool joystick that replaces traditional pitch/mod wheels and allows for greater variable real-time control over the two LFOs, oscillator and filter modulation. The 6 sliders beside the joystick assign what (LFO, osc and filter) goes to the joystick. Voices can also be layered or split across the keyboard. Other great features include the onboard digital Ring-Modulator, Chorus effect and Dual or Layer modes available. And also a four-track sequencer rounds out this synths host of features. Two of it's tracks can output MIDI data.



This is just an extremely good analog and unique synth excellent for pads, drones and glistening lead sounds. They're a bit of a pain to service and find parts for. However many famous artists such as Tangerine Dream and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) have used one, and Jean Michel Jarre swears by it. One last Synthex was made just for Stevie Wonder after their production run eventually ended.
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Oh..OK .. The synthex! But it's DCO, right? It better sound better than the VSTI

But seriously.. I suggest they better get working on the Jupiter 8 clone first.. or maybe just finish that UB-XA within 10 years. Or any of the other clones for that matter!

I do love the Boog though! Still playing it every day!
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Don't know if Behringer are really gonna build this one. It seems that despite all the hype, no one really likes the Synthex as much as other classics. There was a kickstarter a couple of years ago to build new Synthexes from the old parts inventory but there was not enough interest. A shame really.

Elka Synthex synthesisers by Generalmusic | Indiegogo

Although the new Moog might change that?
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Personally, I wait for the Black Corporation's Xerxes (whilst in rack format)
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Put me down for one 100%
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