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Elka EM-44

FM module (1986)

Elka EM44

"Module version of FM Italian synthesizer Elka Ek44 based on a 4 OP Chip from Yamaha "

 Main Data 

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Company: Elka
Model: EM44
Class: Midi Module
Display: LCD no backlight
Synthesis : frequency Modulation
Dates: 1986
Country: Italy
Polyphony: 18 voices (2x9)
Operators: 4 (sinewave)
Algorithms: 8 models
Memory: 96 slot (64 ROM) + 16 performances
Multitimbric: 8 parts
EG: 4 DCO + 1 EG AMP
LFO: 1 vibrato
Weight: 6kg 
Dimensions:  37 x 3 x 9cm
IC YM2203 OPN /  MN3009 +  MN3101 / 
CPU: TMS 7001 + Motorola 68b09

Module same performance as Ek-44 , rackmount version is Er-44 .

Rear panel connectors:
- Stereo out
- headphones out
- Midi interface (IN OUT THRU)
- ROM and RAM cartridge slot
- volume input pedal
- sustain input pedal
- portamento input pedal
- program UP input pedal




none

- No official VST plugin No free samples


 - looking for Elka Ek44 service manual and schematics
- download free EK44 user manual

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 In details 

Em44 CPU

VOICE Cpu 8-Bit Microcomputers TMS 7001 + Motorola 68b09 handle 18 voices polyphony: 2 detunable x 9 voices engine DEG1  + DEG2 .

Main IC is based on a FM YM2203 (SG1/6 these are yamaha IC but sanded) CHIP - able to generate 4 sinewave OP routed into 8 possible algorithms.

18 voices

DEG1 8 voices
DEG2 8 voices

 4 oscillators

Sinewave shape called "DCG"

8 algorithms

Check out the table picture

YM2203 OPN

FM Operator Type-N 3-channel sound chip developed by Yamaha. The YM2203 has been mainly implemented on arcades games from era. usual DAC driver is YM3014 here's called DA1. Wow

Elka EK44 IC

Em-44 Performance

The 2 voice processors can be split, layered or played as 8 indipendent parts with own Midi channels and mix volume. Also other features:

-arabian Scale
-Portamento
- fine tuning
- analog chorus based on BBD MN

Em44

LFO / EG / FILTER

Filter

FILTER 

NONE

LFo

LFO

1 delayed modulator (shapes: Sawtooth Sinewave, random and Square) with variable depth

Envelope

Envelope

- 4 EG FM  (ADSR)
- 1 pitch EG

Elka EK44

EM-44 memory

Sequencer

96 slot (64 ROM) + 16 performances
can be expaned with cartridge

Battery

<- internal battery sanyo 

Our Verdict 

"Quite big and bulky. An esoteric touch of 4 OP FM! programming is not easy: no programmer around! "

Sound 
quality

Interface

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 quality

Rarity

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Overall

CONS

- interface
-limited 4 OP 
- no editor

PROS

-rare
- FM
-chorus

Are you a EM44 user? do you like it? You do not agree with our review?  Let us know in the comment field just below 

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