MATRIXSYNTH: Bad Gear - Elektron Digitone

Friday, October 21, 2022

Bad Gear - Elektron Digitone

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Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. Today we are going to talk about the Elektron Digitone. Does this digital synth sibling of the Digitakt and Syntakt finally make FM synthesis accessible to synth noobs? Does the awesome Elektron sequencer of this FM groovebox / drum machine make a difference and why is it technically less powerful than classic 80s synths like the Yamaha DX7?

00:00 Intro tune
01:15 Overview Elektron Digitone
01:36 Audio Engine, FX
01:52 Arpeggiator
01:59 Resonant Filters
02:11 FM Engine (and Elektrons modern twist on it)
03:20 Envelopes
03:33 Initial Onset
03:42 LFOs
03:49 Rant
04:18 Trademark Elektron Features ™ (Microtiming, Conditions, Parameter Locks)
04:55 Limitations (Polyphony, Pattern Length,...)
05:19 FW Update Issues (might only be the Digitone I have here)
05:29 More Limitations (Velocity, Data Management, missing Digitakt Features)
05:53 External In, Midi Tracks, Preset System
06:06 DX7 Compatibility (or lack thereof), Sound Quality
06:24 What else???, Thanks
06:42 Hate
07:06 Jam 1 (Techno)
08:00 Jam 2 (Downtempo, LoFi)
08:55 Finale (Drum and Bass)
09:28 Verdict"

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