"The Elektron Machinedrum, Elektron Octatrack and the [Roland] Jupiter-6 are my favourite hardware machines." "...right now, also, one of my favorites. Because it's basically any kind of sampler where you put in all your sounds, or you put in loops, or even longer pieces of music. And you can real-time chop them up in here. It's very intuitive. There's a lot of randomness I like about it. This also - similar to the Monomachine - you have 8 tracks where on each track you can program one sequence... it has different FX sections as well, the first which is the most important is the pitching, but also you can choose the start point of the sample. So you can basically choose where the signal should start from the whole audio file. And you can move around, most of the time a lot of cool things happen."more
Richard Devine has the Elektron Octatrack on the floor of his Euro rack modular synth corner of his North Carolina-based studio. An image of it can be seen in the video (8:55). The Octatrack is an 8 track performance sampler and features the following: Instant Sampling & Remixing Radical Audio Manipulation Possibilities Real-time Pitch Scaling and Time Stretch Next Generation Elektron Step Sequencer Dual Assignable FX Per Track Assignable Multi-Parameter Crossfadermore
I bought the Octatrack about five months ago and I’m not in full control of it yet because it’s quite complex. You can do a lot of things but what I find really interesting are the parameter locks on the sequencer. I’m mainly starting to use it as a MIDI sequencer because you can control every parameter of hardware synths with it. In one minute you can build a pattern and control notes, filter settings, decay, attack, MIDI continuous controllers on every step of the bar. It’s really coolmore
«The second track on the album, ‘Level’, started off with the Octatrack. There are all these breaks which push up and up – I did it with the crossfader. It’s a retriggered sound with different start and end points, controlled by the crossfader. I jammed around then cut out the best parts. ‘Pony’ I also did on the Octatrack»more
"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’ve had different iterations over the years, but what I do now is use the Octatrack as my Ableton-esqe workstation. So starting here in the studio, I send sync to everything and use my Elektron toys to get paint-splatter writing going. It's not thinking too much, just jamming. The Octatrack is quite good at capturing things, so I don’t use my computer at all. So I capture things into the record buffers, and I assign them to tracks—just things that work together. I’ll do that for eight channels and will set it up so not everything plays at once at first—because on the Octatrack, it's not like the typical Roland, 16 patterns with banks. What you have is 16 banks and, within each of those banks, you have 16 patterns—so, each bank is essentially a song. So within a bank I can have 16 variations, and the great thing about the Elektron gear is that they do these things called parameter locks. So per line, you can copy in parameters and info, and it makes it quite easy to change parameters just for that one step."more
"The Elektron stuff is always on and always getting some action, particulary the Octatrack wich is (...) probably one of the most revolutionary instruments of the last 20 years. (...) I've never been a sampling guy, and the Octatrack changed the way I approach sampling. Even the simplest sound bite can be transformed into a song."more
“I do love the Octatrack. I’m not a big fan of using a laptop on stage myself. I’m not opposed to it, I just never felt like I could figure out a way of doing it where I felt like I was still performing or that there was a flexibility to it. I know Daniel from Oneohtrix and, talking to him, he’s found a way to achieve that, but I haven’t really sorted it yet. So, the Octatracks are essentially my way of having Ableton in a box if you deal with it a specific way. I’m basically taking stems of the studio recording over seven of the tracks, using the eighth as a master channel. Typically I’ll take drums, bass, weird percussion stuff, weird sound stuff and maybe a main melodic component so I know everything’s set up with that template. There are two Octatracks, both of which contain the exact same information on the card and I kind of mix from one song to the next. Some nights I do it better than others but it’s essentially DJing the stems of the record," says Panda Bear, in [this article](http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/in-pictures-panda-bears-lisbon-studio-615651/2).more
Great Sampler. the possibilities are sheer endless, I got basslines out of snare samples which make your nosewalls flatter. Very creative tool, but in my opinion it took the most time of all elektron instruments to get used to, as it is so diffrent. 4 inputs which I myself use in livesets (Analog Rytm takes 2 ins, + 2 mono synths). When you have a few synths this can really multiply your possibilities in a logarythmic way... chorus,delay,flanger,bitcrusher,distortion ... all those effects can be used with the octatrack... on the inputs or on the internal tracks. The delay is very nice.
The Octatrack took me several months to get my head around. As my first step sequencer, first sampler and first piece of Elektron gear it was probably not the easiest one to start with but once I cracked the work flow it quickly became the backbone of what is now my hardware only live electronic set up. The sampler element of the machine has a deep set of features that allow you to take recorded sounds to very interesting places you might not go with other machines or even with software. On top of the crazy sample mangling ability of this machine it also has an 8 track midi sequencer that allows you to programme any other hardware that you may own.
As I use the OT along with quite a few other pieces of equipment, including other Elektron boxes, I have developed a workflow that doesn't require me to dig too deep when performing. All of my needs are met and more with the current feature set of the OT however I understand those more advanced users have features that they would love for Elektron to implement. Knowing the company though I am sure that over time they will continue to develop this classy machine.
It's great for making crazy techno loops and gave my synths a new lease of life when I started sequencing them with it. And it capable of so so much, it's the centre of my setup.
wow... i've had this thing for several years and didn't really like it too much. But now really opening it up and getting into it. Massive capabilities.
When you take the time to really delve into this magical box you'll see it holds layers upon layers of crazyness. Only thing I'd say I would've liked to see added is the extension of more midi parts per bank. With only 8 (audio) tracks it would be nice to have 16 parts to accompany the 16 patterns per bank. It's the hart of my 'Analog Kitchen' live setup and also the hub for my Minitaur basslines. It also serves as a Mono to Stereo in/out for the Minitaur by adding some fx and routing it to the cue outs.
This thing sat on my desk, testing my patience for a year and a half. I just could not wrap my head around even the basics of this thing. So I gave it one more try before throwing it in the ocean. 6 weeks later I had about 40 song ideas. I still have almost no idea how some aspects of it work and honestly I see no reason why anyone would make something so unnecessarily counter-intuitive. I'm really big on simplicity and in that department this is a total disaster. However: it is very powerful and allows you to do things that I've never seen anywhere else except Ableton, so... I love it I hate it. *If you buy one search reddit for the "Merlin guide to Octatrack".
I use this mostly for live shows, but it is damned deep and powerful. I can't honestly add much to any technical specs and descriptions that exist already. Bit of a learning curve, but worth it.
I have mine rigged so I can play 8 audio tracks and 8 midi tracks. I use channels 1-4 to control my Elektron Analog 4, Channel 5 for my Korg Minilogue and Channel 6 for my Sub37. It has changed the way I make music.