In this Facebook post from Elektron Music Machines, they write: "Aphex Twin recently got interviewed by Rolling Stone. 'Q: Do you have instruments with you at the hotel right now? A: Yeah, I've got this brand spanking new Swedish digital-analog hybrid drum machine-sampler-synthesizer. It's fucking good.'"more
Photo taken during an XLR8R interview with the artist in his studio. "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." "I used to have everything quite tied to songs, but now that’s what I'm trying to get away from…the way something starts, or the drum sounds. So now the drum sounds aren’t tied to any of the pieces, so it's quite loose. And like I said, sometimes I’ll bring the Roland and not the Elektron Rytm, so it'll be totally different drums."more
The Analog Rytm is another well conceived instrument from Elektron. I have only had it a short time but so far I am finding that it really does pack a punch. With 8 analogue voices that are optimised for drum sounds and the ability to upload samples of any type along with a range of effects and processing the possibilities are only as small as your imagination. Depressing when the lowest common denominator is your own ability!
Some really cool performance controls using aftertouch on the pads and scene mode helps you easily create variations.
One of my favourite features of the black series of Elektron machines is their sequencer. I love how it allows you to get into micro timing of patterns which on the Rytm can get some wonky beats flowing. This intricacy is something you miss on the machine drum when you go back to it.
This is yet another deep instrument that is hard to review concisely! Worth trying one out if you can.
An outstanding sounding drum machine. The kick and low tom are so powerful (the low tom can rival the 808 kick IMO) but its also so easy to create lots of sound fx and rhythmical elements just by messing around.
The Analog Rytm is tons of fun! Combines analog oscilators (called machines) and user samples, runs them through an analog synth engine and has deep integration with it's step sequencer. This thing starts spitting out some excellent sound and rythms. Add in some real-time control through the scenes/performances etc...
Obviously there are some cons: e.g. not all analog machines sound as good as they could, dumping samples into the AR could have been easier, pads are not as playable as MPC pads. And I truly hope that they (or a 3rd party) will fix it one day. But nevertheless these are just minor issues.
The bottom line is: This is the best sounding drum box ever and tons of fun! Expensive but worth every penny...
This was the drum-synth I was not sure if I should buy it and in the end I was using it the most! Awesome synth, big up and respect to the Elektron-Team, for me it's the 808/909 of the future... From Synths to Drums to chromatic sample playing. You name it it has it!
At first blush, this is a solid drum machine, but dig a bit deeper, and you'll be treated to a machine that gives great live performance potential and with it's hybrid use of analog sounds and samples, more than interesting production possibilities.