In this video, Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT) discusses his take on the ultimate Elektron performance setup.
“I’ll be discussing what I believe is the ultimate Elektron performance setup,” explains Piecora, “providing a detailed explanation of my thought process.”
While the Elektron ‘Dark Trinity’ combo of the Analog Four, Octatrack and Analog RYTM has long been recognized by fans as a classic setup, Piecora’s rig is weighted towards more recent introductions.
Piecora pairs the Octatrack with the Digitakt, Digitone & Syntakt:
- The Octatrack is Elektron’s 8-track dynamic performance sampler. It’s insanely powerful, but comes with what many consider to be a high learning curve.
- The Digitakt is an 8-track dynamic performance sampler. While it loses some of the power and flexibility of the Octatrack, it’s arguably more immediate and easy to use. It offers 35 sound-generating machines, covering a wide range of drum and melodic sounds.
- The Digitone is an 8-voice polyphonic digital synthesizer that features a combination of FM sound generation and subtractive synthesis across four synth tracks.
- The Syntakt is a 12-track drum computer & synthesizer. It features 35 sound-generating machines, covering a wide range of drum and melodic sounds.
- Digitakt – Inputs A/B on the Octatrack
- Digitone – Inputs L/R on Syntakt
- Syntakt – Inputs C/D on the Octatrack
- Roland TB-03 – L/R on the Digitakt
Is this the ‘ultimate Elektron performance setup’? That’s hard to answer, because it’s ultimately a subjective perspective.
What’s interesting about Piecora’s video, though, is that he makes a good argument for the performance power of this setup, and he goes into enough depth so that viewers can understand both how this rig works, and why it specifically works so well for his needs.
Check it out and share your thoughts on the ‘ultimate Elektron performance setup’ in the comments!
0:19 Sound Examples
01:10 Digitakt Duties
02:06 Why I MIDI Sequence with the Digitakt
04:25 Digitone Duties
05:54 Syntakt Duties
08:53 Playing over a side-chained synth line
09:53 Octatrack MK2 Duties
00:11:53 Where is the Analog Rytm and Analog Four?
00:13:15 Don’t write in 4 bars!
00:14:14 Who is the master here? MIDI routing explained