Very good overview and demo of the Octatrack in action. The Octatrack is an 8 track performance sampler. Recording of sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. All audio content can be heavily processed and radically transformed. Loops do not have to be restricted by tempo or tone and can always stay in sync no matter if they are pitch shifted or if the tempo of the sequencer is changed. The inflexible nature of samples is finally a thing of the past.
Flex machines offer the most extensive sound manipulation possibilities. A sample used within a Flex machine is loaded to the RAM memory of the Octatrack. From there it can be twisted, stretched, warbled and reassembled in multiple ways. Flex machines are unbeatable sound processors. Thru machines do not sample or play back sounds. Instead they let the Octatrack affect incoming audio with the dual FX blocks. They are very handy in live setups. Static machines are the perfect tool for handling extremely large samples. Samples assigned to Static machines are streamed from the Compact Flash card, thus their size can be in the order of gigabytes. Of course you can time stretch and pitch scale them as needed. Neighbour machines listen to the output of the preceding track. Multiple tracks with Neighbour machines can form extremely powerful effects chains. They can turn the Octatrack into a deluxe effects device.
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In this video Peter demonstrates some basic features of the Elektron Octatrack utilizing sounds from the Demo mode. More to come!
- 8 track internal sequencer
- 8 track MIDI sequencer
- 64 step variable length Tracks
- Unlimited Projects & Sets
- 8 instantly available Arrangements
- 16 instantly available Banks
- 16 instantly available Patterns & fader scenes per bank
- 4 parameter sets per Bank
- 2 effect blocks per track
- 8 Recorders
- 3 LFOs per track
- 1 LFO designer per track
- two 24 bit stereo Inputs
- 24 bit stereo main, cue & headphones Outputs
- >100 db signal to noise ratio
- turbocharged miDI In, Out & THRU
- Assignable infiniumR optical crossfader
- Compact Flash card reader
- 480 mbps USB 2.0 connectivity
- sturdy steel chassis
- rubbery no-slip knobs
- 3 year Elektron warranty
- 2 gB of high quality loops courtesy of Loopmasters come pre-installed on the bundled 4 gb Compact Flash card
Dataline and Koshi Mazaki – Jamming it out!
Octatrack – Monomachine – Machinedrum only!
MD and MNM are fed into Octatrack.
No presets or anything, straight action!
This is a real quick introduction to using microtiming on the Octatrack and an application of it. Sometimes a loop may be largely in mono and you might want to make the stereo width seem broader. Here we have a high-hat slice on two tracks. On the first track it is panned all the way to the left and on the second track it is panned all the way to the right. You can then move the second hat around with microtiming to get a broader width.
On CDM a couple of people mentioned that there were not enough videos just showing simply how the Octatrack works and breaking things down a bit. Heres a quick run through of the basics, and the scenes functions.
The Octatrack is an 8 track performance sampler. Recording of sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. All audio content can be heavily processed and radically transformed. Loops do not have to be restricted by tempo or tone and can always stay in sync no matter if they are pitch shifted or if the tempo of the sequencer is changed. The inflexible nature of samples is finally a thing of the past.
The Compact Flash card compability allows for huge amounts of samples to be constantly accessible. The USB port is ideal when transfering sample libraries between your computer and the Octatrack. The optical fader can be assigned to any of the parameters, adding a wealth of live control possibilities.
The producer will be able to treat samples in radical ways. The extensive audio mangling capabilities paired with the user friendly interface make the Octatrack an outstanding studio tool.
The DJ can sample in real-time, add effects and blend in pre-recorded loops to really add a twist to a set. The Octatrack can be regarded as an extremely flexible turntable.
The performer needing gigabyte large backing tracks during a live gig will appreciate the sample streaming functionality of the Octatrack. Streamed samples can still be subject to time stretch and effects processing.