by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Eplex7 Klerphonik

Eplex7 Klerphonik  ·  Source: Eplex7

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Klerphonik uses “time capsule technology” to introduce 6 different emulation variations to colour the sounds of this painstakingly modelled polysynth.

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Klerphonik

I remember the release of the Klerhaim N1 last year and how Eplex7 seemed to think they invented analog circuit modelling and emulation. Well, they’ve lost none of the belief in the mission to introduce the world to analog circuit emulations but this time they’ve gone 6 times further.

Time Capsule Technology is a neat way of describing how Eplex7 has developed 6 versions of Klerphonik in the same way that all analog synthesizers are different. Variations in components, in circuitry, in age and abuse; all these things add to the character of an individual synthesizer. So the idea with the time capsule technology is to give you a different overall sound, mid and treble colour, saturation levels, harmonics and detuning.

The effect is noticeable and interesting but I’m confused as to how it’s been implemented. The Time Capsules are only accessible as initialised presets. You get Light, Dirty 60s, Fat, Gentle, Medium and Warm and they do all sound different, but you can’t swap between them as a part of your sound design. It would be great to have a knob so that you could dial between these options but unfortunately, the only way to experience them is as a starting point for a preset. So while this feels and sounds like a great idea, having to start from scratch every time is a bit infuriating.

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In the meantime, Klerphonik features 2 VCOs and a noise generator, separate envelopes for the amp and filter, a very fat filter, 2 LFOs and analog saturation. There’s also an emulation of temperature control for adding more noise and interference. Eplex7 has added a 4D Dimension analog chorus and a 14-bit digital vintage stereo expander.

Overall Klerphonik sounds thick and juicy. One could almost say there’s a little bit too much gooiness going on with all the levels of analog modelling, time capsules, saturation and temperature variation. Try the demo for yourself and see what you think.

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