"Is your current live set-up still all Elektron pieces? Yeah, it is. When I travel, they just have this great bag where you can fit three of them in it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m doing something wrong, but I usually have to squeeze into really tight spaces at gigs." "The Elektron machines are really special. They take old ideas from the heritage pieces, but they are more forward-thinking. One of my favorite pieces, and it’s actually not in the studio at the moment, is still my Machinedrum. The Elektron pieces are really unique because they are multi-purpose pieces. Like the Analog Four, or Keys—they can do a lot of CV and audio processing, which is quite awesome, but I think the Machindrum still has a huge bit of magic, especially with the live re-sampling."more
"I have the Juno-60 that I mentioned, an Alesis Andromeda, which is very popular these days. Everybody's putting out analogue synths again and the Andromeda is a late 90s synth but all analogue. It's probably somewhat anachronistic today because there's so much around like it now, but I love how it sounds. I have a Waldorf Microwave XTC that I worship and control with a software editor called Monstrum XT that allows me to randomise its parameters, as I'm not very good at programming synths. I've also got an Elektron Analog Four, but the rest of the stuff's been decommissioned. If I'm not using something, I tend to sell it and move on, so I'm not too sentimental about hardware synths."more
How could that be, you ask? Because the Analog Four is the apex of features, and the peak of routing capabilities for digital and analog synths across the globe. But the secret behind the wonder of this synth is that everything you ever desired to do on a synth, is not only possible, but analog and stable. For those who like the perfection of digital control, but crave that analog swag, you get it all, including polyphony, sequencing, external cv control, and probably just a hair shy of a trillion routing possibilities. Let's not neglect the inputs that allow for external signal processing for use of the gigantic filters that will turn anything into gold. To truly understand the perfection of the Analog Four, you have to just dive in for hours.
Along with the OT and Rytm, the A4 forms the core of my set up. It has deep programming that is accessed via a menu system on the LCD screen. While some people have issues with menu diving and prefer to have more controls laid out on the synth I like it because it packs in a lot of power to a small footprint and makes it portable for live performance. You soon become familiar where to find each parameter and realise that they are logically planned out.
All of the Elektron machines are the same size and have screw holes on the side which allows you to stack them using side panel stands.
For those with modular/semi modular gear, the A4 has CV sequencer which I believe is pretty diverse and can be set to V/Oct or Hz/V. This is something that I haven't used yet.
Love the incredible variety of sounds I can get out of it. Has a very old school sound to it, but you can also coax very modern sounds out of it as well. So many features it takes awhile to get the hang of it. There is a decent amount of menu diving which is a bit annoying, but the sound quality at this price is insane.
Great sequencing and playability features for live use. Lots of interesting timbres can be achieved that are not found in many traditional East Coast style synths. I just wish it had individual out for each track, overbridge works fairly well, but I like to track things through my mixer.
Setting aside the fact that this thing just sounds amazing, the performance mode alone is perfect for creating more expressive songs, and allows you to improv new takes on your existing tracks on the fly
The Elektron Analog Four is the summation of what I sought in the engine behind my live setup. I needed drums; bass; in-depth sequencing of notes, parameters, and external gear; a sound that lived and breathed in its own atmosphere; and I needed it to fit in my backpack. The Analog Four does all of this, and to be honest, I don't need anything other than this to play a live show. The only reason I bring other equipment along is to keep myself entertained. The Analog Four is perfect for live, no-laptop electronic music performance. That said, the Analog Four doesn't have much in the way of character, and programming the thing isn't what I would call "fun". It's a utility instrument: a tool, not a toy. I think I like toys more than tools, but if you need a job doing, this'll do the job with an able body and a stable mind (though it may not have much spirit).
Elektron are known for there unique workflow and the analog four is no exception. With parameter locks, great effects and a very capable sequencer, don't expect to know all the surprises this machine has for years to come. An amazing tool.