MATRIXSYNTH: Review: Octatrack at year 8 - Is it still worth it?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Octatrack at year 8 - Is it still worth it?

Published on Jan 14, 2019 loopop

"With plenty of upgrades and 8 years after it was released, is the Octatrack still worth it? This review attempts to find out, in light of a few other instruments that have come out recently.

The review is split up into two parts, first, the top 10 features I think still make it stand out, and then a deeper look at what the user experience “cost” is in terms of complexity.

There are a few sampling and LFO tricks used in this video, all of which can be found in my In-Complete Book of Electronic Music Ideas, Tips and Tricks (hint: it's in-complete because it's always being updated…):

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0:00 Intro
0:50 #1: Live sampling
3:10 #2: Audio I/O x 4
5:10 #3: Crossfader
7:00 #4: Time/Pitch
10:15 #5: Power slicing
11:30 #6: “Plays free”
13:00 #7: Audio streaming
13:20 #8: LFO designer
15:10 #9: Built in FX
16:25 #10: A lot more...
17:55 Is it easy to use?
18:45 Track machines
21:20 Static & flex slots
23:20 Recorders & buffers
25:00 Banks & parts
26:45 Trig key modes
28:25 Summary "

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