The Xerxes polysynth looks to be Black Corporation’s Elka Synthex clone

Black Corporation has taken to social media, once again, to drop the news of yet another iconic synthesizer to be reimagined in rack-form.

This time it seems the Japanese firm has set its sights firmly on the Elka Synthex, with this, the Xerxes.

Launching at the fifth edition of Moscow’s Synthposium (opens in new tab) show, the Xerxes is an 8-voice analogue polysynth that bears much resemblance to the Synthex and becomes the youngest sibling to the Deckard’s Dream and Kijimi; CS-80 and Polykobol reworks respectively.

It’s not the first time the Synthex has been the subject of a revival, with the failure to relaunch the polysynth back in 2017 by the owners of Generalmusic, Soundion.

We hope to have more news from Black Corporation on the Xerxes very soon, including some demos, so watch this space.

Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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