The Elka Panther organ is either awesomely famous or largely unknown depending on who you talk to. The story goes that Elka looked at all the organs being used by bands in the 1960’s and thought that they could do better. The Elka Panther was designed to have it all. General Music is reviving the Elka brand and they are kicking it off with the Elka Panther virtual instrument.
It’s fully modelled rather than sampled. Apparently, they discovered a pristine example in the estate of an ex-Elka employee and used it as the basis of their modelling. There’s also effects and amplifier modelling built into the plug-in including a LEM tape echo.
There are no other details available at the moment but I can pull this is from Combo-organ.com:
The level of the 16′, 8′, 4′ and Mixture voices can be infinitely varied via the knobs – very nice idea. The Mixture tabs are a combination of 2-2/3′, 2′ and 1-3/5′ voices, Mixture I is described as “Harsh”, and Mixture II as “Mellow”. The Tone Decay tab adds an attack Percussion effect to the Mixture tabs only. The Bass Extension tab extends the bass section into the Gray keys, providing 24 bass keys.
It’s generally thought to sound something like the Farfisa and Vox Continental. One nice feature is the split treble/bass output so that the bottom end can go through a separate bass amp. That is also modelled in the software.
The Elka Panther should be available soon for €99.
- Nothing yet on the General Music website.