MATRIXSYNTH: Macbeth Elements EL2 SN 058

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Macbeth Elements EL2 SN 058

via this auction

"This last unit available bought directly from Ken Macbeth in November 2019 from private collection.

Description of synth from Sneiders Laden:
... the Black Elements features a classical, subtractive signal flow. A closer look then reveals some cool oddities like unconventional filter slopes, extensively equipped modulators, a band echo simulation and a spring reverb. The Elements EL-2 features a completely discrete circuit design. Its sound is creamy and fat at the same time. Thanks to NOS components, the instrument has a nice vintage vibe. Compared to its predecessor, the EL-2 offers some very useful additions. – Especially its three oscillators have been extended considerably.

The outstanding synth has 3 VCOs, a tape echo simulator, a filter/resonator combination, a spring reverb, and really large modulation potentiomenters. Also the sound is huge but what really stands out (optically) is the golden touch keyboard with quick response.
The Elements has a CV and gate input socklet pair, several CV inputs, e.g. for separate VCO control, filter cutoff and for the VCA. A spring reverb line in/out socket is installed as well.

EL2 Changes listed below.

2 x ENHANCE FUNCTION - 1 control for VCO1 and 1 control for VCO2 ....previously 1 control shared by both.
2 x OSCILLATOR SYNC - VCO3 syncs to VCO2 and now VCO2 syncs to VCO1.
A new SPRING REVERBERATOR circuit has been fitted, a different and more deeper sound than the original Elements.
VCO1, 2 and 3 now have seperate outputs at the rear of the unit, the original unit did not feature this useful modification.
MIDI has been dropped in favour of the above circuits and modifications. Most musicians that have been using the original Elements tend to use the instrument as intended and also most have MIDI to CV processing for their other Control Voltage and Gate synthesizers and the modular equipment that they own. The Elements 'EL2' has thus become a more refined instrument than the original.
Features genuine vintage, resourced parts. 1970's RCA legenday semiconductors including CA3046 IC's, CA3083 IC's, LM1458 Metal Can IC's, CA3080E IC's. The unit is all discrete Through Hole parts which adds up to a lot of character!
Item is discontinued or sold out and no longer available"

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