Elektron today released a series of videos showcasing each of the products in their current lineup. This video offers an overview of the Elektron OctaTrack performance sequencer and sampler. Continue reading
Atomic Shadow has announced the Panoramic Wave Generator – a new Kontakt instrument, inspired by the early days of sampling.
Here’s what he has to say about the Panoramic Wave Generator:
I still have an old Akai S-612 and it is one of those things that I never get tired of. You can take a sound and stretch it across the entire keyboard. Depending on your sound it can sound like a howling demon in the low registers or a shrieking bird of prey on the high notes. Of course it has something like 2 seconds of sampling time.
Free Music Friday: Reader Jono Wise sent word about a free EP created primarily with the Korg MicroSampler.
Here’s what Wise has to say about the release, inVALID INvalidE.P.:
I recorded various sounds into the Microsampler, often making use of the 6k lofi mode, after this the tracks were played live into Ableton live, some tracks make use of post processing and overdubs, other tracks were pretty much just printed to audio, compression added and thats it.
The Tracks all come from one Bank on the microsampler that I recorded and are based on one central theme and variations on that. It was an interesting experiment in using the same music ideas and sounds for more than one track.
This audio recording features Vince Clarke, in 1984, discussing the Fairlight CMI and how he was using it at the time.
This is an audio recording that was done for Electronic Soundmaker and Computer Music magazine.
Roland today introduced the SPD-SX Sampling Pad, a multi-pad percussion instrument with 2 GB of onboard sampling memory and three powerful effects engines.
- Unique sampling-pad concept ? the only instrument of its kind in the world
- 2 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without requiring external memory
- Nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two external dual-trigger inputs
- Easy capturing and assignment of audio data through Multi-Pad Sampling
- Three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons
- Individual Pad Dynamics indicators show pad status and audio-level activity during performance
- Expanded USB functionality (USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory)
- Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing samples
- Large backlit LCD
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.
See the Elektron downloads area for the updated OS and documentation.
If you’re an Octatrack user – let us know what you think of the v1.0 release!