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Elka EK-44

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    Description
    The EK44 is an 18 voice synthesizer with 8 oscillators and FM based sound sound structure very similar to the Yamaha DX 7.

    All 8 oscillators can be edited simultaneously or adjusted separately. The first 12 parameters are presented this way on the non backlit LCD screen. It should be noted the lCD display is readable at any angle a feature this instrument is known for.

    A second set of editing parameters deal with the overall sound of the instrument. Some of the parameters that are familiar to synth enthusiasts are Pitch Envelope and LFO Vibrato.
    A chorus effect rounds out the sound shaping section.

    A nice feature in the editing portion is an over all level control for matching volume levels between programs. An additional set of editing features deal with the whole setup of the EK-44 very similar to whats now called Global Mode these days.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 8
    Waveforms: Sine
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Rate 1, Level 1
    Filters
    Filters: 0
    LFO
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Saw Down, Sine, Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 18
    Timbrality: 8
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 32
    Patches ROM: 64
    Storage: Internal, RAM Cartridge, ROM Cartridge
    Editing: MIDI
    Effects
    Chorus
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 61 keys
    Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Faders, Joy Stick, Pedal - Patch Change, Pedal - Sustain, Switches, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: LCD
    Display Count H: 32
    Display Count V: 2
    Display Notes: Non Backlit display but readable from all angles
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 3
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Control Features: 3 CV Pedal inputs
    Power: Wall Wart Ac Adaptor
    Production
    Year Released: 1986
    Manuals & Documents
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $1,599 - convert
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