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Elka | EM-22


The EM-22 is a keyboard-less desktop module version of the EK-22.

The Elka EK-22 is equipped with 6 voices and offers two oscillators per voice. A built in chorus also thickens the sound further.

The instrument features a fair amount of buttons with a screen print of parameters and functions on it's front panel. The editing features are very good for tweaking and customizing the player's sound.

The instrument has MIDI and offers different settings for how the instrument play and receive MIDI. The keyboard can be split and it's setting saved along with other preferences as a Performance Preset. There are 16 performance presets that's have performance features like the keyboard split, portamento setting, wheel settings, and MIDI.

Oscillators are very programmable with syncing, individual tuning, level and modulations. There are two six-stage envelope generators for total control of dynamics. The EK-22 is a capable synth similar to the Prophet 600 in programmability but more like the Matrix 6 in its look and push button style programming interface.

Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)6
Engine Detailed2 DCOs per voice (sqr, saw, tri, pulse)
Envelope (VCA)2 envelopes
Memory64 preset, 32 user
Key typeN/A
Extra infoA ROM card and a RAM card that could store 32 patches in an EEPROM chip (no battery required).
Produced:1986 - 1986
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.

Manuals, patches etc.


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