Cherry Audio has introduced their latest software synthesizer, Elka-X, inspired by the rare Elka Synthex., used iconically by synthesist Jean-Michel Jarre.
Elka-X replicates the original hardware synth’s character, and expands on the original’s synthesis capabilities.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Cherry Audio precisely crafted each aspect of the Elka-X synthesizer to sound and behave exactly like a vintage hardware Synthex. Every effort was taken to emulate the prized tone of the original’s DCOs, dynamic filter, and stunning chorus. The innovative sound-sculpting and performance features such as layering and keyboard split have been preserved, and the original’s 128-step sequencer has been greatly improved.
As with its other synthesizer and effects products, Cherry Audio has kept the soul of a classic alive while updating its feature set for modern studio environments.
Elka-X expands the polyphony and filter modes and introduces mono and unison modes that were absent from the original design. The extended functionality of the LFOs and addition of velocity response expands modulation potential, and a new arpeggiator delivers new performance possibilities.
Elka-X adds studio-quality echo and reverb stereo effects, with independent settings for both layers.”
Here’s an in-depth intro, featuring synthesist & developer Tim Shoebridge:
Pricing and Availability:
Elka-X is available now for Windows and Mac (VST/VST3, AU, AAX and standalone) with an intro price of $39 USD until September 18th, 2022 (MSRP $59 USD).