Taking a closer look at Korg Lambda
This is a small demo from the Korg Lambda ES-50, together with the Roland TR-77. Played by hand with multitrack recording.
Beside some reverb and delay, some lines from the Lambda were also played through the Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phaser.
The Lambda ES50 is a vintage poly-ensemble type synthesizer with slightly editable Preset orchestral sounds. It is divided into two sections: The Percussion set includes Preset pianos, clavis and harmonics; The Ensemble section has Presets for brass, strings, organ and choruses. Filter and envelope controls affect the different instruments individually. The Lambda has 96 discrete envelopes and VCAs – two for each key – a very unusual design. There are also vibrato and chorus effects.
The Percussion group and Ensemble group each have their own separate outputs which is nice. A joystick is proveded left of the keyboard for simultaneous control of pitch bends and chorus phase speed.
The String sounds are the nicest sounds this synth can create. With three oscillators you can vary and detune them enough to get a nice layered analog string. Piano and Brass sounds are pretty cheesy. The Lambda is cased in a great big wooden case that gives it that authentically vintage status. It’s nice to have around, but a good sample of it is all you’ll really need these days.