I Mind Mapped My Fav Top Features of the Launchkey Mini MK3

I recently picked up a Launchkey Mini MK3. Wow - what an improvement over past generations. The short of it is: the keys are super playable with a light synth touch, the pads feel like smaller versions of the Launchpad Pro MK3 and Launchpad X, and the knobs are small but probably the best feeling... Continue Reading →

New Sonic Encounters Soundscape “Replicant’s Dream” + Video of Improv Session w/ Analog Four and Interactive Visuals w/ Resolume

I just released a Bandcamp subscriber preview of a new soundscape called "Replican'ts Dream" obviously inspired by Bladerunner. Music and visuals improvised and recorded in one real-time pass. Music is performed on Elektron Analog Four MKI using 4 tracks with no sequencing. Visual synthesis in Resolume Arena. Video of Live Recording Sessions Here is a... Continue Reading →

Elektron Announces Full Release of Overbridge 2

As a long time beta user of the Overbridge beta, I was excited to learn that Elektron has released the final version which they are calling Overbridge 2. Overbridge makes life easier for musicians. It is a free of charge software suite offering powerful tools and deep control when connecting compatible Elektron instruments to computers.... Continue Reading →

The Sydney Opera House is Streaming a Digital Season Including Contemporary Music Like Sets from Panda Bear #Octatrack

The Sydney Opera House (@SydOperaHouse) is Streaming a Digital Season Including Contemporary Music Like Sets from Panda Bear (@pandabear) #Octatrack

Video: Elektron​ Digitone meets Novation​ Launchpad Pro MK3 Hardware Sequencer, Note and Chord Modes

Here is a 1 minute video of a new song I'm working on with the Digitone. https://youtu.be/Ggsq8hffuHY In this piece, I'm used the Launchpad Pro MK3 hardware sequencer to create a sequences with probability and mutation. I then recorded the MIDI output of the Launchpad Pro MK3 into Digitone via hardware MIDI connection from Launchpad.... Continue Reading →

Ess, Father of the Elektron Digitone, is Streaming Epic Videos on Twitch. Watch the Recordings.

Digitone is my favorite Elektron synth. This being the case, I was quite excited to find that Elektron developer Ess Mattisson started streaming on Twitch. According to his Elektronauts profile he is "on the Applied Design team at Elektron, where I conjure synths and push pixels". So as you might imagine this is some great... Continue Reading →

Elektron’s Fascinating Interview with Father of FM Synthesis John Chowning + Digitone Overview

Elektron's Fascinating Interview with Father of FM Synthesis John Chowning Elektron just posted a long, deep, and fascinating interview with John Chowning who originally discovered FM Synthesis.  The interview covers a lot of ground including his thoughts on: Explaining FM synthesis to a child The history of his work at Standford and how they helped... Continue Reading →

Synth Journal: The Return of the Elektron Analog Four

Back in August I picked up an Anlog Four MKI as Sweetwater was closing the MKI out. I really kicked myself when I didn't get a new Monomachine when they closed them out. I actually had an Analog Four way back in 2013 when they were first introduced but sold it to focus on my... Continue Reading →

Wrap Your Head Around Elektron Digitakt with Cenk (Elektron and Sonic LAB) and Cuckoo

Elektron's been busy releasing MKIIs. I wanted to dig deeper into Digitakt to learn more how it fits into the lineup and I found these videos from Cenk and Cuckoo most helpful. Official Elektron Videos Cenk (aka Dataline) just posted two walk-through videos. He's also been featuring Digitakt in a lot of his live performances... Continue Reading →

Elektron Octatrack MII vs Octatrack MKI – A Deeper Look Beyond the Bullet Points

[update 2017-11-01 The New OS is Here!!! Here is a new post on what's new with a link do the download.] This rather lengthy post offers a comparison of the original Octatrack vs the Octatrack MKII from my perspective as a long-time Octatrack user. [Update 2017-10-07] The MKII has release and the manual is online... Continue Reading →

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