Swedish music hardware company Elektron today announced free updates for its Overbridge hardware/software integration protocol and the Analog Rytm analog drum machine.
Here are the details:
Overbridge Version 1.10
Overbridge version 1.10 adds a variety of new features and improvements. Highlights include:
- Total Recall of all Elektron instrument parameters from DAW project
- Updated GUI
- AU plugin format support
- Support for Mac OS X El Capitan
- Improved support for numerous DAW hosts
- Tighter sync between Elektron instruments and DAW host
- Support for smaller DAW host buffers
- Plugin sidechaining allowing analog processing of DAW audio directly via the plugin
- Automatable track mutes for the Elektron sequencer
- Usability refinements
- Numerous stability and performance fixes
Elektron shared this video demo, showing how Overbridge is being used by students at Cal Arts:
Overbridge 1.10 can be downloaded for free via Elektron’s website.
Analog Rytm OS 1.30
Analog Rytm OS 1.30 adds 12 new analog percussion synthesis models, nearly doubling the range of available models. The update adds synthesis models specifically tailored for kick drums, snare drums, hi-hats, cymbals, and more.
Here’s an overview of the updated Analog Rytm OS:
New synthesis models:
- Basic Hi-hat – Hi-hat model with a tinny electronic sound.
- Metallic Open hi-hat – Open hi-hat model with a snappy metallic sound.
- Metallic Closed hi-hat – Closed hi-hat model with a snappy metallic sound.
- Ride Cymbal – A multi-personality cymbal model that featuring a selectable cymbal oscillator type and also individual levels for the cymbal components. Well-suited for ride-cymbal type of sounds, but can also achieve other types of cymbal sounds.
- Metallic Cymbal – Cymbal model with a snappy metallic sound.
- Metallic Cowbell – Cowbell model with a snappy metallic sound.
- Sharp Bass drum – A modern, hard-hitting bass drum model based on a single VCO featuring user-selectable waveforms. The VCO can be run freely for slight differences between the hits.
- Silky Bass drum – A silky smooth bass drum with a large sweet spot and a gentle VCO click for shaping the transient. Also comes with a dust parameter, allowing the drum to be buried in tape-like environmental noise.
- Plastic Bass drum – A bass drum model that utilizes both ring modulation and frequency
modulation between two VCOs to achieve distinct and almost plastic-sounding harmonics.
- Natural Snare drum – A natural-sounding snare based on a single-VCO configuration. User-configurable noise color makes this snare very usable for both acoustic-type snares and subtle, electronic mini-snares.
- Noise Generator – A white noise generator with a resonant low pass filter and a high pass filter. There is also an amplitude envelope to control the volume over time, and controls for automatically sweeping the low pass frequency.
- Impulse Generator – Generates a short pulse with controllable attack, decay and polarity. This model is useful for triggering external devices.
Here are audio demos of the new Analog Rytm capabilities:
Analog Rytm OS 1.30 is available as a free download from the Elektron website.
Analog Keys/Four OS 1.23
In addition to the Overbridge & Analog Rytm updates, Elektron also released 1.23 firmware update for Analog Keys/Four. It addresses a few bugs and makes the instruments fully compatible with Overbridge 1.10.