Elektron Analog Rytm MKII Now Available

Elektron today announced that the Analog Rytm MKII is now shipping.

The Analog Rytm MKII is an 8-voice analog drum machine and sampler that combines analog drum synthesis with a digital sample engine and a sequencer.

Here’s what’s new in the Analog Rytm MKII vs the MKI version:

  • Sampling capability
  • Crisp, large OLED screen providing optimal feedback in dimly lit environments
  • Ultra durable back-lit buttons rated for 50 million presses
  • Precise, hi-res encoders
  • Quick performance controls
  • Large pads for maximum playability
  • Increased amount of dedicated buttons enabling quicker workflow
  • Expression/CV inputs for external control of Analog Rytm MKII parameters
  • Balanced sampling inputs
  • Overbridge with higher bandwidth
  • Premium cast aluminium enclosure

Here’s the official intro video:

Elektron also has announced that early next year, the Overbridge software suite will become available for Analog Rytm MKII. It offers powerful tools and features when using Analog Rytm MKII with computers, for example, a dedicated VST/AU plugin interface for hardware control and USB audio streaming of the eight internal analog audio tracks.

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

TheΒ Analog Rytm MKII is available now for US $1,599. Elektron says because of high demand, it will only be available through dealers initially. See the Elektron site for more info.

18 thoughts on “Elektron Analog Rytm MKII Now Available

  1. Cool. I look forward to trying the pads, they look different. The pads on the ‘old’ AR are the worst, they feel terrible and have about 3 levels of sensitivity (IME).

    1. I didn’t find them to be THAT bad, they just take a more careful or nuanced touch than many. I think rytm 1 gets pooped on a lot but I think it’s still very workable and work-with-able with some patience. This update will probs have a lot of people ditching it but I think it still stands as a great sound module.

      1. I mean the sound engine is exactly the same in both versions, so if you just care about that aspect the MKI would definitely be the most cost effective way to go. The pads aren’t nearly as bad as I thought they would be on the MKI after hearing about it so much, but the velocity sensitivity is pretty poor.

          1. From what he just said that dual osc bass synth machine is getting added to the MK1 too plus where did you read that the engine has been upgraded?

      2. The pads are the hardest pads ever. I have had 3 analog rytms, my first one had the faulty pad problem (well known issue) but I dealt with it, sold that and about a year later bought a used one, same faulty pad issue, same pads. Returned it to perfect circuit and got a used one on ebay about a month later, same faulty pad issue, same pads. Not sure if it was because they were so hard, but they do mention that its something internal but who knows. So I have never owned an analog rytm that didnt need some really hard pressing to do things like mute and performance. Regular playing worked fine most of the time but it was strange to hear the wrong sound since 1 pad would trigger another.
        Long version of screw those hard ass pads.

    1. yeah it’s not that bad, I still have mine, just always hated the pads. I just checked the dimensions and the new one is significantly larger than the MK1. This is probably a good thing. I have a feeling that from a technical standpoint it’s actually a cost-reduced version of the original. Doesn’t matter though, it can be cost-reduced and more robust and better all at the same time. Going to try it asap.

    1. No sampling on v1. The internals are different. The inputs on v1 are shit – just like you can’t adjust the input-gain before hitting the compressor with external signals.

  2. This looks amazing, I might save for it on the side. I wonder if it can compress and distort things coming inti it’s audio inputs.. that would add a function I could really use right now

    1. I’d assume so. I believe that the analog rytm MK1 does this. I’m not really certain since I rarely use the mono input cause the volume is so low but I am sure you can do that with the analog four. Run an input and process it with the delay and reverb. Wouldn’t see why not.

  3. I am happy with mk 1. I find the new one unnecessarily large. Who needs the interface to be on an angle and why should the pads be any bigger? And even the lcd display is actually ok on mk1, it just needs a bit time to get used to. Sampling is the only part which seems like a neat feature, can’t say about more channels of audio over usb, because overbridge never really worked well. If they will add a feature to drop samples directly, then that would be cool!

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