Elektron Digitakt

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The inventors of electronic instruments from the Electron company have long been known in the music community. Their digital devices, despite the high price, are a success all over the world, but announced in 2017, the model Elektron Digitakt, due to the cost of about 700 euros, immediately attracted increased attention. Of course, for many users, this cost of the tool is still considered high, but in terms of price and quality, looks quite attractive.

Presented Elektron Digitakt, although it does not have many features of previous models, such as Octatrack or RYTM, but contains new engineering ideas that change the approach to creating electronic music. When recording, even from two existing channels, Elektron Digitakt, you will get a mono signal and in General the device only works in mono format. The small Elektron Digitakt allows you to quickly change the length of the sequence, adding variety to your track and allows you to program the rhythm quickly, even without reading the instruction, thanks to a rich interface. Work on Elektron Digitakt, promises a striking sound, starting with strict marching rhythms and ending with polyrhythmic complex beats. 

As with previous models, the Elektron Digitakt allows you to quickly record random results by pressing the record button, random sequencer steps, and twirling various knobs to transform the sound to the maximum. After fixing the desired parameters, Elektron Digitakt returns to the last saved version of the pattern by selecting the desired option, even while playing the pattern. Thus, Elektron Digitakt, in a certain place, radically changes the sound, and then quickly returns to the original version of the pattern.

Many professionals are well aware of the functional feature of the Dave Smith Tempest model, where controlling various parameters of an individual instrument, including envelopes and filters, at one moment, you could erase the pattern and continue to create interesting, brittle and increasing sounds, for example, with a sharp drop at the end. Approximately the same story is available on Elektron Digitakt, where using the TRC option, you also operate various instruments and additionally switching from one version of the instrument to another, changing the timbre. These manipulations, on Elektron Digitakt, sometimes produce interesting results, saving which, you get new opportunities in the future.

On the display, Elektron Digitakt, you will see 128 projects, each containing 128 patterns, quite an impressive figure, given that each pattern can contain individual samples that can be changed at your discretion. Each pattern on Elektron Digitakt contains an almost unlimited number of sequences, with an interesting mode that allows you to set the percentage of probability of triggering triggers. On Elektron Digitakt, there are other convenient settings that allow you to control certain trigger parameters after several repetitions of sequences, making them as long as possible. This opens up huge opportunities for creativity.

The device, Elektron Digitakt, has 8 sampler tracks, and on the display screen, there is a large list of different effects, from of which you can use simultaneously, only two options, but of decent quality. The Elektron Digitakt tool has two effects in send mode, reverb and delay, which can be used for a specific frequency range. The editing screen on Elektron Digitakt looks quite rich and easy to navigate, both in the initial and final label of the sample, divided into 3 parts. Also on Elektron Digitakt, there are standard classical instruments, sample manipulation, for example, reverse or loop, with which you can adjust a certain position, which in creative terms gives new opportunities. Another positive feature of the sampler drum machine is the support for the overdrive function, which produces both soft and sealing sounds. Each track has a separate LFO with an extensive list of adjustments.

On the Elektron Digitakt drum machine, there are eight MIDI tracks, the polyphony of each of them is 4 minutes, connect the MIDI keyboard, and you can play simple chords. The MIDI sequencer has the same capabilities as the internal one, with the TRC option, LFO programming, and other parameters, which further expands the ability to control external sources. On some other device, using any of the 16 patterns in Elektron Digitakt, we can change a lot of presets, without restrictions. In addition, changes can be made at any step while a single sequence is playing, and using CC messages, you can assign controllers that will control the external device, for example, by rotating the f control, you control the filter on an external device.

Useful tip, to make it faster to upload samples to Elektron Digitakt from various available sources, you should consistently check the MIDI parameters in the screen settings and select the USB option. At close acquaintance, Elektron Digitakt, causes positive emotions and each time you have to experience new sensations.