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The Telemark was originally conceived as being a more feature-rich variation of Tom Oberheim's SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module) design from 1974. This achieved legendary status and went on to form the basis of some of the earliest polyphonic synth systems.
Despite the similarities, though, Analogue Solutions makes it very clear in the manual that it is "not intended to be and is not a clone of the SEM. If you want a true SEM sound, buy an SEM!". So you've been told.
The Telemark is a flexible, very capable and fine-sounding analogue synth, especially when hooked up to an analogue sequencer or used in conjunction with software such as MOTU's Volta or Expert Sleepers' Silent Way (which allow some audio interfaces to double as multi-output CV/Gate sources).
Spending a tenth of this will get you a pretty good software emulation of an Oberheim SEM, but it will most definitely lack the charm, sound, flexibility and physical presence of this very usable and individual hardware.45 Stars