AG-KW has released a second series of their OKTAKONTROL controller for the Elektron OctaTrack sampler.
The OKTAKONTROL is a custom MIDI Controller for the OctaTrack. The Oktakontrol is designed to fit perfectly with the Octatrack. It is the same width & height and its sockets are at the side panel, so you can place both machines directly next each other. It offers 8 high-precision faders and 9 buttons to control the tracks on the Octatrack
Elektron has introduced Caught on Tape: 808+909, a drum machine sample library for the Octatrack.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Classics never go out of style. The Roland TR-808 and TR-909 are legendary drum machines, cherished and praised for their sound and percussive abilities. Goldbaby has pulled out all the stops and carefully recorded these revered machines using an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine. The result is warm, round and beautifully saturated analog sounds – perfect sample material for the Octatrack.
The sound pack is specifically made for the Octatrack. Included is an Octatrack set featuring 1 project, 16 patterns and 4 parts. Also included are 16 scenes per part, providing a great starting point for experimenting with the demo patterns.
This video, via TweakersTV, takes a look working with a Eurorack modular synthesizer, particularly DPO from Make Noise, in combination with Elektron Octatrack.
Octatrack’s MIDI track is sequencing the modular, then the modular’s final output is connected to Octatrack’s audio input for realtime sampling. Sampled sounds are looped and processed to create few different layers then mixed with modular’s direct sound.
The Octatrack is now out of beta – Elektron has released v1.0 of the OS for the Octatrack DPS-1.
Here’s what they have to say about the release:
We have just uploaded OS 1.0 for the Octatrack DPS-1. It is the single biggest Octatrack OS update so far and greatly improves the machine.
The OS features our most advanced MIDI sequencing offering to date. The eight dedicated MIDI tracks include assignable MIDI LFOs and customizable MIDI arpeggiators, allowing for both in-depth and experimental control of all relevant MIDI parameters.
The Flex and Static machines have seen improvements as well. The added parameters and the enhanced slice functionality make it easier than ever to shape audio material in new and rewarding ways.
Apart from these two major features a lot of other things have been refined. The user interface has been tweaked for easier interaction with the machine, more flexible methods of sampling have been implemented and the new personalize menu lets a user fine tune several aspects of the Octatrack workflow.
The Octatrack manual has been heavily updated as well. All info about the new features can be found there. Also, be sure to read the release notes bundled with the OS download for a list of all changes. Download OS 1.0 and the new manual in the Octatrack Downloads section.
The official intro video for the Elektron Octatrack was epic, but short on details about how the performance sampler actually works.
Unofficial videos are filling in the details, though.
This pair of videos, via Catabolicdj, takes a look at working with the Slice function:
Here’s a turbo-start to using one of the most powerful (and fun) aspects of the Octatrack, the slice function. This video is for those who are looking to get started on the Octatrack as opposed to established users. The Octatrack is quick to work with once you get a few basic ideas nailed down. After watching you should be slicing within minutes. HD video available so you can get a detailed look at the screen.
This video is an epic dystopian future teaser for Elektron’s new Octatrack performance sampler:
The Octatrack DPS-1 is an 8 track dynamic performance sampler. The Octatrack is ideal for radical audio processing and performance oriented sampling. Every track features real-time pitch scaling & time stretch and the next generation Elektron step sequencer has been designed with maximum usability and efficiency in mind.