MATRIXSYNTH: Has Elektron Lost Its Way? Sidstation, Mono & Machinedrum (Part1)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Has Elektron Lost Its Way? Sidstation, Mono & Machinedrum (Part1)


Published on Jan 30, 2019 Synth & Sundry

"Elektron started with the Sidstation in 1998 built around the sound chip from the Commodore 64. It wouldn’t look out of place on a spy’s desk, somewhere in Cold War Sweden.

3 years later, they upped the ante with the Machinedrum, a digital drum machine with four percussive sound engines, a super-involved sequencer and multiple outs.

The Monomachine came in 2003 and applied the same form factor and sequencer magic but, this time, around five synth engines.

Elektron uploaded their first video to YouTube in 2009. It starred Hector (played by Kola Krauze) as a stern instructor.

The setting was a positively dystopian anechoic chamber. In my opinion, Elektron, at this point, saw itself not as a maker of consumer-friendly products but rather, as designers of unique machines.
They appealed to those crazy enough to try."

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