Aelita, Queen of the Soviet Analog Synthesizers
By James Grahame
Sometimes it's best to let an eBay ad speak for itself:
"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."
Could not have writed better, new friend. The Aelita is a 3-oscillator monosynth with independently detunable oscillators, a 24 dB/Octave Moog ladder filter, dual ADS envelopes and an LFO with triangle, square, saw and ramp waveforms. There's no weak westernized MIDI or decadent capitalist on-board microprocessor to store patches. You'll have to do it the Soviet way: By hand.
If Aelita is built anything like the infamous AK-47 assault rifle, she'll drift out of tune at the slightest provocation but can survive biting Afghan sandstorms without so much as a whimper. Just what I look for in a
sexy Russian spy synth.