Elektron Analog Keys - Video of Launch

Its a four voice      23/11/13

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As I started to write this, there was only a picture on the Elektron site, but since then De:Bug Mag have posted a 9 minute video of the presentation by Cenk - the main Elektron product demonstrator, so you can ignore my speculation, or not...

No details, just a great big picture with a sticker saying effectively - wait till Tuesday.

What we can see is that the Analog Keys has a keyboard and a tag line which says - Four Voice Analog Synthesizer

Which kind of gives the game away somewhat. It has a 3 octave keyboard and a livery which is simillar to the Analog Four (see our video) and Octatrack with the signature Elektron eight rotary encoders, so we can expect a simillar OS and structure. If I had to guess - and I do have to guess (no inside info here folks) I'd say its a four-voice poly version of the Analog Four - but with out the complex sequencer, although there is a record, stop and play set of buttons. Perhaps rather than four individual voices its just a regular four voice poly.

I realize you can probably figure this out yourselves from a good squint at the photo, but if you don't have much on this weekend, you can stay in and speculate. Come Tuesday, we'll know more. I guess the big news is going to be the price, Elektron traditionally havent been about budget, but surely with the latest brace of affordable analog synths, there's got to be pressure to compete on price.

 

 

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arnold    Said...

jon: Yeah, four voices in total. The voice allocation is extremely flexible. You can use it as a 4-note polyphonic synthesizer, as a 4 part multitimbral synth, in a 4 note unison mode - or mix and match as you like.

http://test.elektronauts.com/topics/view/1735/14300/page:37#14300

23-Nov-13 05:39 PM


Mattsynth    Said...

Awsome, I cannot wait to find out more about this synth. Just what the doctor ordered.

23-Nov-13 05:45 PM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

and who said we wouldn't get a polyphonic analogue synth before the end of the year??

were Elektron the ones who did that fantastically over-dramatic Children Of Men-style promotional video for one of their drum machines last year?

23-Nov-13 05:50 PM


blox electrix    Said...

O.k i'm gonna say this even though i know i will come under fire. Electron users...Why don't you just use a D.A.W ? I'm a strictly hardware guy & i love analogue but this thing, how many presets ? up to 4000 & a tiny screen for you to do everything on. I'd rather have no screen & a few or no presets. Just give me the instrument without all of the unnecessary bumph ! How long can anyone stand looking at that poxy little screen & navigating around an interface with all those features under the hood ? It's gonna be like keyhole surgery & the Elektron users of the future will all have to wear special glasses so they can see which knob to endlessly twiddle....Nah !

23-Nov-13 05:54 PM


Synthscrutineer    Said...

Tawdry, grotty video presentation video here: http://de-bug.de/musiktechnik/archives/7762.html

trying so hard to be edgy, elektron just ends up looking shit.

23-Nov-13 05:55 PM


Geeky Disco    Said...

@blox electrix I'm confused. Why would you want to use a DAW instead of this? This is a hardware instrument. A DAW is a whole recording environment. That's apples and oranges. And if I'm hearing right it comes with 512 sounds onboard. The rest of the space is to store the sounds you make yourself. I agree, though, that the OS has always been the weak point of Elektron instruments. Menu diving is never fun. This looks like a great performance instrument though with the ability to do things no other hardware can.

23-Nov-13 06:15 PM


highsage    Said...

there is no menu-diving with elektron gear, that's the whole point of the OS...it's the most elegant OS and workflow in the world and has been for the last decade. I think you have this confused with Korg, E-MU, Yamaha, Roland?

fwiw, the A4 keyboard and stand-alone will both have 4 note poly.

23-Nov-13 06:18 PM


agsgadsg    Said...

1st. I just want a Bugfree Octatrack.

and of course a bugfree AnalogKeys with roland Filter.

and an vst editor for Octatrack.

and...........

cheers:)

23-Nov-13 06:33 PM


agsgadsg    Said...

1st. I just want a Bugfree Octatrack.

and of course a bugfree AnalogKeys with roland Filter.

and an vst editor for Octatrack.

and...........

cheers:)

23-Nov-13 06:34 PM


Oled    Said...

They could have improved the screen at least. that tiny lo-res is just a load o crap

23-Nov-13 06:43 PM


James    Said...

@highsage No menu diving? haha, good one! Made me laugh. You can't operate an Elektron machine without needing a rocket science degree. Every demo video is hands all over the place pressing buttons for this, that and the other.

23-Nov-13 07:10 PM


Earhacker    Said...

@James What's it supposed to do, read your mind?

Obviously you've never used Roland gear.

23-Nov-13 07:20 PM


James    Said...

@Earhacker Last Roland synth I sed was a Juno 106. My first synth was an SH-101. That was back when synth didn't have screens at all. Better days.

23-Nov-13 08:48 PM


Popol    Said...

How to kill a product before its launch with a dirty video.

24-Nov-13 03:14 AM


Blake    Said...

There is finally some competition to the Mopho X4 and it seems the one upped it with a better interface. I hope that firmware update for the Analog Four gives it a full poly mode. If you can chain the Analog Keys with an Analog Four to get an 8 voice synth, my Mopho X4 is hitting e-Bay unless the keyed of the AK sucks.

24-Nov-13 03:59 AM


blox electrix    Said...

Geeky Disco Said...

@blox electrix I'm confused. Why would you want to use a DAW instead of this? This is a hardware instrument. A DAW is a whole recording environment. That's apples and oranges. And if I'm hearing right it comes with 512 sounds onboard. The rest of the space is to store the sounds you make yourself. I agree, though, that the OS has always been the weak point of Elektron instruments. Menu diving is never fun. This looks like a great performance instrument though with the ability to do things no other hardware can.

My whole point really. 512 sounds is hardly groundbreaking so that alone is not a good reason to buy & the more features they pack into a unit & over complicate it the more it would make sense to use a d.a.w instead of struggling to do it all on a single piece of hardware with a tiny screen. I'm not a d.a.w user, i don't have any of the known software's & i am strictly a hardware user & Audacity is as far as i venture the other way but this looks like i might as well go software if i want all those features. I'm dismissing this synth, i mean the Elektron stuff is very sexy & all that but wen i watch anyone using it they are always twiddling those encoders forever & lost in that little screen.

24-Nov-13 05:09 AM


   Said...

Correction... I'm not dismissing this synth, i mean the Elektron stuff is very sexy & all that but when i watch anyone using it they are always twiddling those encoders forever & lost in that little screen.

24-Nov-13 05:12 AM


Dr.Filterstein    Said...

I'm sure it will cost more than 1500 Dollars but why the hell only 4 voice poly ??? I would never buy a synth with only 4 voices, encoders and many menus

24-Nov-13 06:13 AM


Synth_Fan    Said...

@box_electric: totally agree with you. Elektron technology is a con to young musicians. Their user interfaces are as poorly designed, cryptic and user-unfreindly as those instruments in the DX7 era. This is late 80's / early 90's level user interface design what we all hate so much and which was a fad that thankfully didn't last (except with Elektron). This is mutton dressed up as lamb.

My Yamaha RM1X is better configured and a better user interface that the combined output of Elektron.

Youngsters - do not be conned by Elektron 'instruments' however good you think they sound. They are outrageously over priced, don't sound better than other instruments costing a fraction of the cost, and are of a design where you'll never use 90% of their features because you'll never find them or won't figure out the device you own. Ultimately, you'll use its presets - and eventually leave it lying there unused.

The only possible interest in these devices is their 'trending' value; which will fade as fast as it came about, because they are dreadfully designed.

24-Nov-13 09:45 AM


Alfalfa    Said...

@Synth_Fan Do you consider the RM1X a good or a bad product?

24-Nov-13 10:16 AM


BCBHM    Said...

This is a official video? no shit it look and sound so amateur... why is The hold function not in the middle? on the left ?WTF ,you can see on this so called demo the guy barely make it to hold a chord played on left side,so if you play a chord on right side you can forget this hold function. 2000 Bucks for that? LOL

24-Nov-13 02:37 PM


eric    Said...

This is a official video? no shit it look and sound so amateur... why is The hold function not in the middle? on the left ?WTF ,you can see on this so called demo the guy barely make it to hold a chord played on left side,so if you play a chord on right side you can forget this hold function. 2000 Bucks for that? LOL

24-Nov-13 02:37 PM


GTRman    Said...

I will have to agree with some of the comments on this post that the small screen, bad graphics and noisy buttons is the big downfall of Electron instruments. This is a step in the right direction for Electron but I do not see anything innovative here. I would like to see something fresh and new not just another analog synth. I am already tired of hearing sequenced analog sounds. Give us something to be excited about.

24-Nov-13 02:42 PM


Haters Gonna Hate    Said...

Tough crowd! Looks like a really nice instrument, nicely expanding the Analog 4 rather than just bolting a keyboard on.

24-Nov-13 06:22 PM


Branko 808    Said...

I sell out all my Elektrons and bought Spectralis 2, because good sounding synth counts. A4 is poor wet dreamer, with sily envelopes, dull filters, boring oscillators...all that hyper gizmo parameter lockish synth is only four overpriced monotrons in one box. Volcas will do a better knob per fc. job and you will save some money for proper mastering.

25-Nov-13 03:30 AM


Champ    Said...

I would love to see all the wankers here build a synth of there own. Then try to sell it and then try to make a living out of that.

Some people here can scream all they want. They clearly have no clue at all how to bring a product on the market. Bitching is so childish. Coming up with solutions is a thinker in the making. Some of you should try it. ;-) I think 99% of those that complain spent about 100,- /500,- for a synth. So this new Analog 4 is already priced 3 times over their budgets. Their opinion shouldn't matter to those how actually do buy the gear.

For me I never used Elektron but I do think its a great company with mayor potential. Plus the employees love making music, its clear when you see there instruments.

25-Nov-13 07:38 AM


GoDaddy    Said...

Hay Champ, Electron makes electronic instruments for a living us musicians don't. To call everybody that comments a wanker is childish if you ask me. How will Electron learn from there mistakes if us musicians don't comment about there product?

25-Nov-13 07:50 AM


S R Dhain    Said...

MAN O MAN...the sniping. Oh well, the good thing about all the negative comments is that elektron themselves must be reading them ( hopefully) and can perhaps address some of it before it hits the street. I own loads of hardware and softsynths, including an RM1X, which i agree with someone else here, is a very deadly piece of kit when it comes to SEQUENCING tricks and power.

Anyhoo, this, even with the grainy video, sounded good to me. I applaud elektron and all the other boutique manufacturers for having the courage to put out product in these times, as sales of gear probably arent as high as even five years ago, so it's a MASSIVE risk to spend on R&d, tooling, batch processing, and so on. The elektron range has a workflow all of it's own, and whilst admittedly ( ive used the machine drum and owned the monomachine keyboard years ago) it isn't RM1X or obviously a DAW, which is an apples and 3 course meal comparison ( ie. there isn't anything comparable in the real sense), never mind apples and oranges, it DOES work with time.

It's easy to whinge these days, cause you can get so much built into a piece of software, out of the box, that hardware and its perceived limits can seem a bit "meh" sometimes, but the end experiences are VASTLY different. Obviously and thanfully, lots of people still agree, including myself. If the specs are enough to entice, then i'll buy one. I love anything that encourages you to think a little out of the box. THAT for me, is where the creativity comes into play.

25-Nov-13 08:25 AM


blox electrix    Said...

Well personally i was not being negative. My comments were constructive. My main point being then as a hardware only person, there's a point where a piece of gear has so many functions that you might as well use a d.a.w in this age. For £1500 you are not getting a good deal, kid yourself if you want but if i wanted to buy a synth in that price bracket i would want something with no friction between me & it.Honestly, if i liked this gear i would buy it & the price would not be a make or brake factor but i'm not paying them for something i could do (And more) with a laptop. Flicking through those little menu pages get between me & the sound i want to create. The exact same reason that don't use a computer either to make my sounds.By the time you have pissed about with those menu's & numbers, the moment has gone !Where's the fun in that ? I can get more immediacy from a more basic instrument with zero digital menu's & at 1/3 or less of the price.

25-Nov-13 11:10 AM


SUBTRACTIVE NOBODY    Said...

I was excited to see elektron put a proper keyboard on one of their machines (not just a keyboard that could attach to the side... Monomachine was it?). But I can't get much more excited than that. Not because the AK is a piece of crap, but because the feature set is not what I'm looking for. I am a big fan of the "one knob per function" idea. I don't have the patience for assignable encoders...

All this said. I would love to check one out at NAMM '14. Maybe I'll be wrong. Maybe I will die and go to heaven while menu diving.

25-Nov-13 11:17 AM


Champ    Said...

Its interesting and frustrating at the same time to watch the complains when most of the time I read. "I have to go in a menu" "its not a complete daw" "screen ain't big enough" etc. etc. It always comes down to money.

You want everything? Care to pay 4x the current price? Ow now its priced to high right? Everybody wants the best but almost none are willing to come forward with the cash. (some of course don't have the luxury of choice) Synth like that 8 voice of Schmidt would be mayor successors if things were like that.

Who here payed more then 3k for an keyboard that wasn't a fancy rompler like the motif etc.? Who had the balls to drop a serious bucket of cash for a Voyager XL and got that one voice pure sex, made by angels in heaven, right under your fingertips? Can some see where i'm getting? The list gets smaller and smaller. A company can't survive by just selling a couple of them. Production costs would be to high and the risks to heavy. Workers couldn't feed their families. etc. Its always about money.

Everything above 1500,- doesn't sell that well as stuff under it. Why is Korg a hit now? Not because they build amazing stuff. Its cheap thats why. There are certain limits unfortunately to where people buy there stuff. Not entirely their fault, not the fault of the developers either. Its this economy in which we live. Want better products? Then change the mindset and this economy first. Btw has anyone ever seen a perfect product in their life? Of course we haven't. Perfect doesn't exist. Nobody is born with talent either, we develop it over time if we practise enough.

I'm a lazy person with loads of ideas. I could criticise all day long (which I do about every little thing in life) but the truth is... I can't build these synths, I don't have the knowledge nor do I have the money. Sure everything can be build better thats a fact but its also a fact that only a few companies in the world actually build these analog synthesizers for us. R&D takes up so much time and money. The music business specially analog synthesizers isn't a huge market. It is growing a bit but the crisis is hitting every sector at the moment and its only getting worse.

There are people that really love Elektron and how they build their machines and there are people that hate it as well but its those that take the time and energie for it that are the ones who are falling in love with it. :) I don't own anything from Elektron, hardly tried them out as well. They didn't sound like my kind of thing (the A4 maybe) but if something isn't for me it doesn't automatically mean its junk.

I think Elektron provided the analog community with a decent and solid new synthesizer setting the bar a little higher for other developers.

25-Nov-13 02:01 PM


factual act    Said...

Bullshit !

25-Nov-13 04:48 PM


Robear    Said...

Wow. Bad video, and I mean bad in a crappy way.

25-Nov-13 11:57 PM


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