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Electronic Music Laboratories (EML) | SynKey


SynKey (2001) by EML is different. SynKey is made for the musician who doesn't happen to have a degree in electronics. To play SynKey takes musical ability not electronics training. To create music on SynKey requires musical imagination not a technician's skill. And to recreate a sound you've created is as simple as plugging in a SynKey Program Card and playing the keyboard. The SynKey programming feature gives you more time to create, more flexibility in performance. Spend your time creating. Once you get the sound you want, punch out the control positions in a SynKey Program Card and file it. Then start creating again. No need to spend time writing down dial positions and patches. Every SynKey comes with a set oftwenty-five blank cards and a card punch plus twenty-five factory-prepared cards with some voicings to set you to thinking. When you want to recreate a particular sound on your SynKey, just plug in the card, punch on the reader and your controls are already set. You just play! On stage, that can mean more imaginative arrangements, fasterchangeover from sound to sound and a tremendous new potential for the synthesizer as a performance instrument. SynKey is the most playable synthesizer ever built. We've simplified the synthesizer. SynKey is easy to understand, easy to play. You can manually set the controls just like other synthesizers. The keyboard is a full 44 notes. Second-touch is available with a variety of effects. And the clearly marked, white-on-black control panel with color-coded buttons cuts out a lot of the confusion you may associate with other synthesizers. A sound like thirteen oscillators. The more oscillators, the richer thesound. Most portable synthesizers have, at most, three oscillators. That limits the sound. But to duplicate the SynKey sound you'd need a synthesizer with thirteen oscillators, and there isn't one made. The SynKey sound is generated by a unique top-octave divider which produces a basic tone plus the next twelve higher semi tones in precise intervals. All you do is select the semitones you want by punching the semitone select buttons. No multiple oscillators to tune. No complicated setup time. SynKey weighs only twenty-nine pounds. Which means you can travel light. The SynKey system may just replace two or three other keyboards you may pack. So SynKey may just be all you need to make all the music you want. There is also a non programmable version SynKey 1500. Instead of blue accents, they are orange.
BrandElectronic Music Laboratories (EML)
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
Engine Detailed13 oscillators (square waves only)
MemoryPunch-Cards (Originally came with 25 blank cards and 25 pre-punched factory sound cards)
Key typeKeys
AftertouchYes Channelalled "seChannelond touChannelh feature"
Extra info2 models made, the programmable one SynKey 2001 and a non-programmable version SynkKey 1500.
Produced:1976 - 1984
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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