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7 dicembre 2011

Murom Plant Aelita (1980)

Murom Plant Aelita, built in 1980. According to Museum of Soviet synthesizers Aelita is an electric musical analog synthesizer Aelita. This monophonic synthesizer with 3 oscillators is a modern musical instrument. If a player uses different musical effects (for example three-part unison, timbral glissando, frequency vibrato, timbre tremolo, decay, attack, strings.) a composition would sound in a new fashion.
Sounding may be changed during the playing as well as timbre: special controls are provided for it.
There is a possibility to record sounding on a tape during playing composition. This instrument can be successfully used in a variety ensembles.
The elegent package made out of aluminium alloy and is covered with artificial leather. It is well protected by the light and firm case.

It’s a russian contender to Moog Minimoog, although it features different sound generation (IMO Aelita sounds even better than the moog because his radio-derivative high frequency oscillators!) and the lacks, unfortunately, of the portamento section. Anyway it’s possible to set Aelita with Minimoog’s patches to obtain the same kind of sounds (very very close to the Moog!).

From this webpage: ““Synth was made in 80′s years in USSR. It is soviet version of the famous Minimoog synth. Synthesizer has very original ‘transformer’ design with removing main operation panel. Synth looks very industrial and military, like the soviet secret weapon. Aelita is fat sounding synth with quite unique sound due to original soviet analog circuitry and electronic components.”


Here a picturesque video from WC Olo Garb (Poland) about Aelita:


In the Museum of Soviet synthesizers you can find everything about this astounding synthesizer, patches, manual and schematics and a Russian to English panel translation.

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