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A surprising device (Monomachine SFX60+ MKII)

By Hox3D, 25/08/2018
A good device. Honestly, it’s great! You could just pass it by if you were to just try it too quickly, but it has an incredible potential.

I use it to make small loops, to write things I think of on the spur of the moment. It’s the very first “composing” machine that I’ve owned, and it suits me perfectly (I’d already tried with a computer before, but making music using a mouse and keyboard just isn’t my thing). I intend to use it for a live set soon, but nothing precisely planned yet so far. One thing is for sure: it will perfectly find its place in a live setup.

Design is flawless: it’s sturdy, you could pogo on it and it barely would feel it (it’s just a figure of speech – but you can try if you feel like it). Seriously, the aluminium front seems reliable, the control buttons seem unbreakable and the machine itself is a very sturdy metal block. The sole problem comes from the knobs which may end up moving in an undesirable manner, but nothing too bad.

Soundwise, the device unveils itself as a first-class synth. It has a sound of its own, which may seem quite repetitive in the beginning (I must admit that I first started to wonder why I’d bought it), but once you get familiar with it its capacities appear endless, from beautiful, long pads to tech-like aggressiveness. The principle behind the Elektron “machines” – with one machine corresponding to one given type of synthesis – is very simple to understand once you got it. As stated earlier, some machines sound very much alike, but they reveal their interest once you’ve started to tweak the sound: yes, there are a lot of possibilities for modifying the sounds and they’re really interesting, including Sample Rate Reducer, single-band EQ, delay, VCA, filter and envelopp, disto, 3 LFOs – and this goes for each track! Needless to say there’s room for experimentation: I’ll leave you calculate how many possible combinations this offers, considering that the device allows to layer up to 6 tracks simultaneously.

It’s also particularly interesting for external synth sequencing (it’s basically one of the things it was designed for btw): it can control up to 6 synths at once, which is quite practical (and really, really great). While I have explored this aspect very little so far, I have tried a bit external sequencing and it’s incredibly easy.

Just a word on the onboard sequencer: it’s somehow the core of the machine, as it has a major role in the sound design process. The “parameters-locks” allow to modify the patch thoroughly for one precise given step, all while featuring easy copy/paste features to copy songs, patches or full tracks and paste them for other uses.

In the end of the day, the balance sheet is easy: if you have the opportunity to use one for long enough, go ahead and do it! Now yeah, granted, the learning curve can be relatively long, and one of the reasons for that is the interface which at first may seem terribly complex. However, once you get used to it, it appears logical and user-friendly (yes, I swear it does!), yet it clearly seems intimidating at first. Something I regret is the fact you can “only” use 64 steps: sometimes it’s well enough, but sometimes it’s not. Now, you can’t always get what you want, and you still can chain two patterns to turn them into a longer pattern.

Anyway, at first, you’re bound to have a hard time, finding a precise feature will take you hours (reading the manual is vividly recommended, especially considering how comprehensive and pleasant to read it is), you’ll feel like the sounds resemble each other too much and that you always end up doing the same thing, and you’ll get fed up with it; then, slowly, its capacities will appear clearly and you’ll feel that you can’t live without it. Because it allows crazy sounds (just have a look online, there are so many examples), because it’s very user-friendly once the learning curve absorbed, because it’s an exceptional device, and because it has no direct competitor, being in a league of its own.

Of course, you’ll have to like the sounds it creates. But if you like the demos you’ll come across, then it’s very likely that you’ll like the machine too!
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Even to have only that it will be there (Analog Rytm)

By patmar, 13/11/2014
Usual Trio + USB supports twelve o'clock noon.
4 effects on the master:
- A reverb and digital delay (the same as the A4).
- A distortion and an analog compressor (compression // possible)

There are 12 analog tracks lined simple. It is standard.
The analog path is monstrous possibilities while remaining simple (hat) and the ability to add or replace the sample / COD by this sample is a good source of sound design.

Update the OS and loading samples via USB C6 utility.

New OS are interesting:
- The Retrig which, as the name suggests allows increased TRIGS on the same step. This is configurable. A sort of roll. This is well thought fast to implement.

The scenes that capture for each pattern 12 (1 per pad) variation of parameters. A kind of Meta Plock.
Same, well thought out and (slightly less) Quick to implement.

The velocity of the pad is not editable but found our 12 instruments on 12 1st step sequencer mode full velocity.

Polyphony is not complete but nothing insurmountable. On the contrary.
The HHC cut HHO, the bell cut the wrinkle etc ... Me it does not shock me.

I put 8 because it lacks only 2 outputs. As the idea of ​​spliter 2 instruments on each channel of a stereo output is very good. As the sharing of two pairs of output slowed recording instruments.

Small regret: unlike MDUW no direct sampling with the machine. I do not know if it is feasible via an OS Update, but it really would make this almost perfect machine.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is not simple Hyper but it is not insurmountable.
The manual is clear but in English.

There is no bcp sailing in sub pages to wait for the right menu. But there are many parameters.

As mentioned previously, the synthesis parameters are simplified and consistent with the expected behavior of luck instrument. There, bravo. It's really simple. It sounds created very quickly without asking too many questions if one has already handle an editable BAR.

From a global viewpoint the machine pleasant to use. It looks solid, screen is readable, encoders and pads resist until it takes. The rest of the sequencer buttons: like that, they are fake. It moves it click, it's not very nice. However, I have the A4 for over a year and no failure at this level (or elsewhere).

The ergonomics invite to the game. It happens live! For me it is a machine that is clearly thought to live and which proves quite feasible in the studio. On this point, the Elektron is just marketing: they make instruments! Not tools.

SOUNDS

So yes it sends, but not that!
If I compare my old BAR, a Jomox Xbase 999 is less wild. But this is not a defect. The AR fit easily into the mix. the sound is deep. somehow, precision leads to a form of savagery.

I can not find all the stiff side (which for me is not a fault) of the A4. That said we do not expect the same of a synth and a BAR.

The royal path is, it has many easy to use tools to draw sound: the source, through the filters, vac and overdrive. It has plenty to do. The sample section provides two things: it complements the available sounds. I think there especially to HH that analog, are quite limited (tsss tsss). And it extends the possibilities by the layering.

Personally I love the sound it produces: it is accurate, deep and soft. All I expect from a BAR.

OVERALL OPINION

I do not recommend it to a beginner who may be frustrated with the "core" Elektron to know before you would have fun with. on the other hand, if you should have a BAR in your set, take the time to try it.
It goes a long way, it's not very complicated to handle and it sounds !!
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Elektron releases Overbridge 1.0 with a promo

Published on 08/17/15
Elektron announced that the Overbridge plug-in is now available in v1.0 for Ableton Live and launched a special sale on their Analog Machines.

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