Elektron Jam: Yaybahar Plus Elektrons

The latest in Elektron’s performance video series features the company’s Analog Rytm, Analog Keys, and Octatrack instruments, jamming with the acoustic Yaybahar instrument.

The Yayabhar is made from natural materials – wood, membrane, strings and coiled spring. The materials aren’t that unusual, but the shape and the way long springs are used to connect resonating bodies results in a wide variety of sound possibilities.

Elektron explains the setup for this video:

“The acoustic instrument Yaybahar was recorded using two separate mics. During the session, the Elektron setup was monitored with headphones for best possible audio recording of the Yaybahar. The Octatrack sends MIDI clock and program change messages to Analog Rytm and Analog Keys. It is also used as a mixer as Rytm and Keys outputs are fed into the Octatrack stereo inputs.”

The other Elektron “jam sessions” are on YouTube.

How To Use MIDI In An All Hardware Setup


Many people are going to look at the recently introduced Novation Launch Control XL as a cool MIDI controller for Ableton Live.

But the fact that you can edit what each knob, slider and button does means that it can be repurposed to do almost anything.

In the video below, Novation’s Chris Calcutt demonstrates using the Launch Control XL as a control center for an all-hardware setup. Calcutt flies through his discussion, but it highlights the importance of the 30 year old MIDI standard and how it lets you assemble complex rigs that combine new and old hardware and software: Continue reading

OKTAKONTROL, A Dedicated MIDI Controller For The Elektron OktaTrack


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

Here’s the official intro video, featuring Prof. Okto von P: Continue reading

New 808 + 909 Sound Library For Octatrack

goldbaby-808-303Elektron 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.

Here are the official audio demos: Continue reading

Octatrack Meets Eurorack Modular

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.

Technical details below.  Continue reading