Elka Rhapsody 490

Elka Rhapsody 490

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Rhapsody 490, Analog Synth from Elka.

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Elka Rhapsody 490 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Elka
  • Model: Rhapsody 490
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Elka Rhapsody 490 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 2 reviews )
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FredRx.Daniel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Elka Rhapsody 490
This is a machine Strings (Italian) in the mid 70s.
It has 4 octaves
Two sounds (stackable) Violin Cello and Strings
No effect
A single setting possible: the release
Side connectors, audio output (mono) in 6.35 and an input jack for a volume pedal (to DIN)
For polyphony, it is total.
6 because I put a small filter and a VCA would have been welcome.


One branch, put it on, it rests on the sound you want and presto! it works!


ah! sound. No surprise, this is a string machine as we did more.
The sound is very different from a Solina, Crumar and Roland RS (anything for it ...)


I have this machine for two years. I wanted a string machine these 70 years. I found it a good value for money ... however, like all instruments of those years, the odds climbing.
I did not intend to part with it even if I want to own 610 version which is fullest

max3's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Elka Rhapsody 490
Synthetic 49-key machine violins (1977). Polyphonic Compltement like all stringmachines. An output jack, an entry for the volume pedals, a small potentiomtre tune, a volume fader, fader sustain a button and a button cello strings (three sounds because the possibility of pressing 2 at the same time). Weight: 15 Kg with flycase and pedals.


Difficult to easy, no complicated installation, no bugs and no need to book.


For those who do not know, this is fairly typical synthetic layers of deuxime Half of the seventies. The best known of these devices is the ARP Solina string together that can be heard on Bowie's Low, the first of JM Jarre (he also used an Elka), and more on the piece rcemment Kida Radiohead (3'05) or the Total Air Moon Safari. Slightly less than the full Solina in sound, a little more aggressive but still a good effect even in the same general type as the flashing (very Japanese kind of stuff diffrent Korg Lambda a bit lightweight).


Simpler but also more lightweight and much less expensive than Solina (24kg/600euros), this machine its own charactre. The sound is clear what to do can possibly go through a filter or a phaser.

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