I love this synth, I am using it more and more often again these days. Despite the totally different look, it is quite similar to Noisemaker.
Although Elektro is older, it has some features not even found on Noisemaker, like the more advanced suboscillator with selectable waveform and semitone tuning. I wonder why TAL has not included every good thing about Elektro in Noisemaker as well, which is its successor, after all.
It does sound a bit different than Noisemaker. Sometimes that is a good thing, sometimes not so much. When combining Elektro with TAL's chorus plugin, one can get rather similar sounds, but still, they do have a different sound. Noisemaker sounds a bit more intense and direct, Elektro has a slightly more digital sound, at least that is my impression. It can do lovely silky pads, partly thanks to the separate HP filter. Bass and weird sound effects (FM, LFOs) are also among its strengths in my view.
Despite the similar architecture, it is not so easy to replicate Noisemaker patches on Elektro or the other way round as knob positions can be quite different for the same value/effect on the sound.
The only thing I am not so happy about is the user interface. It is a bit too dark. Especially for those black dropdown menus white fonts would have been much better. Plus, 6 voices is not much by modern standards, not least as Elektro can do nice electric piano sounds, but with long release times 6 voices can be a problem.
One thing I don't quite understand: There is one PW knob in the osc 1 section, and one FM knob in the osc 2 section. What exactly do PW1 and PW2 as well as FM1 and FM2 as LFO targets refer to? (On Noisemaker there is only one FM and one PW LFO target.).
My rating: 10. For a free synth it is fantastic in terms of sound (it uses 4x oversampling, which might be one reason). While offering more gimmicks, effects, etc., many commercial ones don't sound as good. For musicians (rather than sound designers) who want to program really good sounds fast it is a great synth, just like Noisemaker, of course.
Elek7ro is one of my absolute favorites when it comes to VST plugins. It is solid as a rock and has a classic user interface.
The "front panel" 10/10 Each part as Osc and filters are properly placeralering the "front panel". They are where I want them when I create a sound. The two 2 oscillators and sub oscillator is placed in the upper left part and followed up in a logical way, with Osc mixer. Below Osc part is the filter section located and followed up by envelopes. All ends with LFO edit. All functions on Elek7ro are assignable to CC-MIDI.
How it sounds 10/10 "It sounds like as it looks like". It sounds as a classic hybrid synth from the 80's. Because it works with waveforms and not samples, you can create everything from kick drums to analog lead sound and classic synth bass sounds, like Roland SH101.
Thoughts and reflections about the Elek7ro 10/10 Elek7ro is an absolutely amazing VST synth and feels like a real synth when it is completely 100% stable. For some reason, I get all the time to me that there is a software version of the Roland SH201. TAL has really done a great job and I hope it will live on.
The user interface is simple and it looks good. It is capable of a variety sounds, as the presets of version 1.01 will demonstrate. Because all the basic waveform shapes are available, you can get everything from trancey crunk leads (saw leads) to chunky basses and it is capable of searing or smooth sounds. Be sure to check the KVR patch database as well.
It comes with envelopes, and LFOs with drop-down menus to sync the LFO speed to a variety of beat types (triplets and dotted note values are even available). LFOs come with intensity knobs, so essentially, it is "dubstep-wobble-ready". In fact, I would love to see TAL come out with an effects plugin that was just the filter and the LFOs, because of those features.
If you find it hard to use complicated synths with many knobs, this synth is not complicated and is easy to learn with. Due to its simplicity, it's easy to take a patch that someone else made and turn it into something unique. With every knob turn you can hear the difference you're making.
EDIT: I realized something that could improve Tal-Elec7ro. It would be useful if when you are changing the tuning of oscillators, if somehow you could see a number value for how many semitones and cents you are actually changing it. Right now you have to fiddle a bit with that.
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Comments & Discussion for Togu Audio Line TAL-Elek7ro
I'm sorry, I must be missing something, but I cannot see how to select from the presets? I don't see any menu or mention of such an option in the plug-in or documentation. Can someone please help me, because I know I want the Miami 808 and many other preset sounds here.