Elektron Digitakt drum machine was one of many surprises at this year’s NAMM, this time Elektron goes digital…
NAMM 2017: Elektron Digitakt
Elektron, the Swedish manufacturer, moves away from analogue and takes the digital path with their new Elektron Digitakt exposed at this years NAMM.
This new digital beat making machine has an eight-voice, 16-track sampling drum machine. Promises to deliver the old-genuine Elektron drum machine experience, with the sequencing and performance features from the older Elektron machines. All of this at less than half the price of the Elektron Analog Rytm.
Powered by a new digital sound engine promising an outstanding feature set that will give you the ability to create all types and styles of music. All 8 audio tracks owns a digital multi-mode filter and an assignable LFO, while delay and reverb send effects give you further possibilities. With the 8 audio sample tracks the Digitakt has another set of eight MIDI tracks to trigger external devices. In total you will be able to play with 16 different tracks.
Elektron Digitakt hardware
The machine has 16 backlit drum pads that also work as sequencer step buttons. The sequencer goes up to 64 steps per sequence. The Digitakt has eight 360° knobs to adjust the parameters shown on the OLED screen, and many different function buttons. Elektron included a range of sequencing tools like the ones you can find in the Analog Rytm and in the Analog Four. This is a drum machine designed with live performance in mind. In terms of sampling , the Digitakt has 64MB of samples plus 1GB of storage where you can load you samples.
Elektron only had a non-working prototype on show at NAMM 2017. The prototype had one headphone output, stereo balanced outputs, stereo inputs for sample recording and MIDI in, out and thru ports plus a USB 2.0 port that supports the Elektron’s Overbridge software, to control the Digitakt from you DAW.
The new Elektron Digiakt is said to be released in April wth a price around $600/$650 .