Elka-X Testimonials

“The original ELKA Synthex is one of my favorite synths ever. Roll on 40 years, and Cherry Audio’s new Elka-X is every bit as good sounding as the original, if not better. It was a joy to hear some of those old familiar patches which I used”

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Geoff Downes
Keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer
ASIA, The Buggles, Yes, Wetton/Downes

“I had the opportunity to play with the Elka-X and a lot of memories came flooding back. It has been put together with a lot of love and attention to detail. The Synthex certainly was a versatile instrument and it's great to be able to have access to”

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Peter Howell
Musician, composer for film and television (including Doctor Who)
BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Radiophonic Workshop (band), Agincourt, and Ithaca

“For 40 years, I have been searching for the alternative to lugging around the heavy beast that started my career. Cherry Audio have delivered big time. They've doubled the voices to 16, retained the Split/Double and Sequencer features that other”

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Paul Wiffen
Musician, sound designer, and synth programmer
Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Stevie Wonder, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson, and many others. Creator of the original Synthex presets.

“Hell yes! Once again, Cherry Audio kills it. Now I can have a piece of history! The Leads and Pads are excellent, and the massive amount of presets is amazing. One word comes to mind, LUSH! Elka-X is a desert island instrument for sure, and it will”

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Phil Bennett

“The new Elka-X brings this unobtainable synth back to life with features the original couldn't achieve. The vast preset library and the consistency in making all parameters clear and available make this a completely intuitive and imminently playable”

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Rick Steff
Keyboard artist
Lucero, Dexys Midnight Runners, Cat Power, and Hank Williams Jr.

“This fills a super useful spot in my collection! It sounds like an 80s analog poly, but not like the American or Japanese synths. It has a beautiful and unique character. For “synth orchestra” arrangements, the Elka-X is like a viola, filling out my”

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Eric Levy
Night Ranger

“The Elka Synthex has always been one of those ‘unicorn’ instruments for me. Cherry Audio has done a brilliant job at capturing the soul of this legendary machine and giving it capabilities and flexibility that make it one of the best virtual synths I”

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Michael Whalen
Emmy® Award-winning film & TV composer, and international recording artist

“I've never played a Synthex and never quite understood the mystique surrounding it. But now I get it! Elka-X does things my hardware synths can't do, so it's a great option. And sometimes, I prefer it over vintage analogs!”

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Joe McGinty
The Psychedelic Furs, Ryan Adams, The Ramones, Martha Wainwright, Ronnie Spector, Spacehog, and many more

“Incredible job you guys did! I tried one long ago and yours seems to sound even better than what I remember. This Synthex version is just remarkable, very impressive!”

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Fred Bensi
Missing Persons

“Cherry Audio have outdone themselves again with the new Elka-X software synth. It amazes me how they capture the soul and warmth of such a unique classic. Inspiring!”