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In-depth Feature:  MonoMachine SFX-6
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Sonic State Rating:
Ease of Use 80% complex but rewarding.
Tweakability 90% try and stop yourself.
Construction 90% Solid and reasuring.
Sonic Sweetness 90% Sounds very impressive.
Bang for the buck 75% Pricey but reasuringly so.
Overall:   85%

Conclusion
Monomachine SFX-6 Specifications
Sound Control
  • 6 Track Internal Sequencer
  • 6 Track External MIDI Sequencer
  • 64 Step Maximum Pattern Length
  • 128x User Programmable Patterns
  • 32x User Programmable Songs
  • 18x Tempo Synced interlaced LFO's
  • 6x56 Parameter Locks per sequencer step
  • Full Real-time Control
  • Full MIDI Support
    Effects
  • 6x Tape-style Tempo-synced Delay
  • 6x 1-Band EQ
  • 6x Resonant 24db lp/bp/hp
  • 6x Sample Rate Reduction
  • 6x Distortion
  • Machine effects for Reverb, Chorus etc
    Sound Generating System
  • 5x Monosynths
  • 10 Individual Synthesis Machines
  • 6 Part Mono/Poly Synthesis
  • 6 Part Track Effect System
  • 6x128 User Programmable Patches
    Hardware
  • Compact Hi-Q Design
  • 110V/220V Operation
  • 128x64 Pixel Backlit LCD
  • 37-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard
  • 4-Directional Steel Joystick
  • 3x MIDI DIN5P In/Out/Thru
  • 6x Separate 1/4" Audio Out
  • 2x Separate 1/4" Audio In
  • 1x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Dual DSP System
  • User upgradeable flash for OS
  • Brushed Aluminium Top
  • Steel Casing
  • Dimensions: 975x176x55 mm
  • Weight: 7.0 kg
  • The Monomachine is an excellent synthesiser, with good looks and very authentic sounds, arpeggiators and realtime controls. It takes a bit of getting used to after years spent working with software sequencers, and it can seem a struggle at first trying to figure out exactly what everything does. That said, this is not a toy, it's a professional piece of kit, and that assumes a certain level of proficiency with music technology in general. After a while the grid pattern sequencer method becomes familiar, and you realise that this system is for the benefit of those who may not have traditional keyboard skills, but want to create complex keyboard rhythms and sequences.

    At the price the Monomachine is an investment, but it's also a one-of-a-kind instrument, and with a little time and practice, it can yield very rewarding results, and very possibly scare your neighbours with its thunderous basses and cutting lead synth sounds. The one thing that becomes more apparent when you spend some quality time with the MonoMachine, is that it is incredibly deep - there's so much stuff under the hood that is waiting to be explored by the enquiring mind - but even just scratching the surface will give excellent results.

    Once again, Elektron have created a innovative electronic instrument worthy of classic status. It's a credit to the industry that quality and innovation can still be acheived if you put your mind to it, something that some larger companies could no doubt learn from - well done Elektron.

    The Monomachine is also available as a desktop unit, the SFX-60 without the keyboard and joystick, essentially just the brains that may suit the more space or budget conscious.

    Monomachine SFX-6
    RRP - $1950 USD /1950 Euros

    Monomachine SFX-60 (without keyboard + joystick)
    RRP - $1350 USD / 1350 Euros

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