Synth Site: ELKA: X-50: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Kitley a part-time user from Germany writes:
The X50 is a fantastic instrument.

In comparison to the cx3, vk or hammond xk series, it brings all the b3 experience but for an affordable price nowadays. I paid 200 € a few months ago.

With it`s great tube distortion,noise attack and adjustable bass and treble parameters it can sound really dirty and mean.

Drawbar section is very rugged and sliders have a position hold, so you can´t adjust them accidently.

Percussion sounds are all great.

The presets are full organ, vox I , vox II, vox III and jazz (e-piano ,rhodes like, really cool). All presets can be effected.

The Leslie Simulation is also very good. slow leslie sounds a bit too artificial (eq helps) but fast leslie is very authentic. leslie speed is also adjustable via slider so john lord-sounds are no problem.

My version also has an original midi interface with 16 channels, a split function and octave up and down switch. This allows to control any midi expander or desktop synth like my ELKA ER-33 very widely.

It is also very fit for the road with it´s build in-a-case-design.

If you have the chance, buy it!

Ti amo ELKA !!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-22-2010 at 04:21
Pastor Ek a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
The Elka does the job very well for the music i play which is some kind of 70's southern rock. I play it through a Elkatone 700 Rotating speaker cabinet.

It is not a "synth-organ". We're talking full polyphony here, press all the keys down with your arms, full speed on your leslie, wiggle the volumepedal up&down quickly and work the volume slowly from quiet to full blast and there you have a great earthquake intro >-)

The built in leslie effect is usable although the slow mode has a little too much "rotating" effect to be realistic, the fast is good but what is really lacking is a jack for a footswitch controlling the les simulator, makes me just go for either slow or fast for different parts of the song instead a more dynamic use of it. But if you are handy with the soldering iron you could probaly make one. A real leslie or other brand rotating speaker cabinet is essential for getting the full experience anyway, but for really small stages where there is simply not room for the cabinet it will do the job.

The percussion controls are really good, you change both volume and decay with 2 sliders.

The "click-simulator" is great for roughing up your playing and there is plenty of click to say the least.

Distorsion is controlled by a slider and sounds good, it also affects the overall volume which is a little odd i think, but can be good for getting your solos cut through the noise...

I dont use the presets that much but they offer a pretty wide selection of different sounds.

I really like the concept of it being built into its case, just put the lid on and you are ready to go and the chrome stand makes it look nice and retro and not like a synth, you can also tilt the angle of the keyboard with it if you for some reason would like it tilted towards or away from you.

A feature that is missing is the chorus/vibrato which is the reason why this instrument do not get 5 points from me, you will not get a vibrating Jimmy Smith sound from this organ. A regular chorus stomp box set on fast will do the job alright though.

All in all it is a good sounding organ that is still affordable, you dont stumble across these things that often though. The only remarks i have is the lesliesim and the lack of chorus/vibrato as mentioned before. I still would not part with this instrument for those reasons though, or pay more than double for another clone that dont even look like an organ, the crome stand makes up more than enough for those minor flaws...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-09-2006 at 01:47
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