MATRIXSYNTH: KORG LAMBDA - Synthesizer Review, Sounds & Demo | Analog string synth

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

KORG LAMBDA - Synthesizer Review, Sounds & Demo | Analog string synth

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"Korg Lambda ES50 - Analog string synthesizer review, sounds and demo. This synth demo and review of the Korg Lambda ES50 provides an overview of the synth, functions, presets, effects and more. The Korg Lambda is a great vintage string synthesizer with lush sound and layering capabilities.

00:00 - Intro
00:48 - Overview
02:49 - Percussive
06:06 - Ensemble
10:27 - Layering
11:46 - Detuning
12:59 - Joystick
14:07 - Effects
14:58 - Final Thoughts
17:22 - Conclusion

Released in 1979, the Korg Lambda is a fully polyphonic 48-key preset string synthesizer. There are two main sound generator sections on the Korg Lambda which provde 9 distinct presets: Percussive (Electric Piano, Clavi, Piano, Harmonics) and Ensemble (Brass, Organ, Choir, Strings I and II).

Each section has its own dedicated lowpass filter and decay envelope; in addition the Percussive section has adjustable tremolo and key click settings for the electric piano, while Ensemble has variable attack envelope, vibrato and a dedicated paraphonic filter for the brass sound.

The Korg Lambda uses divide-down technology via 3 top octave oscillators, and both the Percussive and Ensemble sections have their own independent volume controls to adjust as you play. The Korg Lambda also allows you to detune between both the Percussive and Ensemble sections for extreme chorus and phasing effects. In addition there is built-in ensemble and chorus effects which can be enabled or disabled via dedicated buttons. A joystick controls chorus rate/phase and pitch bend.

The Korg Lambda also features various connections on the back and outputs true full stereo which allows for some beautiful lush strings and pad sounds. The Korg Lambda is large and has nice wood casing, and sounds great. It allows you to quickly and easily stack presets to build large patches, and tweak the filters and volume levels as you play for an organic performance.

The Korg Lambda is somewhat rare on the second hand market and some consider it one of the finer string synthesizers considering its features, stereo output and filtering/detune/effects parameters. It excels at layering sounds and despite a limited number of presets, sounds lovely when all sounds are used on their own or together. Keep your eyes out for the Korg Lambda, as they are hard to find."

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