Elka Rhapsody 490

Forgotten Keys has released Elka Rhapsody 490, a new sample pack featuring the sounds of the Elka Rhapsody 490 string machine.

The Elka Rhapsody is an Italian made “String Machine” from the 1970s. It has that classic shimmering ensemble effect and was used by the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis. The sound isn’t an accurate simulation of a real string orchestra — though I thought it was at the time — but has a unique and pleasant sound nevertheless.

Elka Rhapsody 490 Sample Pack features

  • 147 samples in 24 bit wav format.
  • Every note of each sound was carefully recorded (3 × 49 samples) to keep as high a quality as possible.
  • Kontakt instrument files for each of the 3 sounds plus extra instrument files (stereo versions and other created sounds using the raw sample data).
  • The Kontakt instruments use a random sample start offset script so that the same note repeated doesn’t always start at the same place in the modulation cycle avoiding that machine-gun effect on repeated notes.
  • Note: This sample pack has no sfz support.

The Elka Rhapsody 490 Sample Pack is available to purchase for £7.50 GBP.

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