Compact 37-key analog synthesizer with four voices.
Analog Keys is Elektron's flagship analog synthesizer with digital controls, and unprecedented playability making it the ultimate instrument for the expressive musician. The Analog Keys is a fou...
Com Truise posts a photo of his Elektron Analog Keys synth to Instagram, and captions the photo, "#LPequipment @weareelektron #analogkeys" (posted Nov 2014). In the comments, when someone asks Com Truise "How do you like it?" he replies, "I'm in love already, little beast sounds super thick!"more
"I spent the day at Elektron's headquarter in Gothenburg. Went hands on with the new Analog Keys, and met a bunch of very nice people. I'm gonna give this synth my best! Now the A-Keys and me are on our way back home to Oslo " In this Facebook photo, CUCKOO is seen the the Elektron Analog Keys on the desk.more
"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
"My favourite piece of equipment right now is the Elektron Analog keys. [Calude Von Stroke](https://equipboard.com/pros/claude-vonstroke) recommended this to me last time I was in Chicago, I went and played one and was instantly hooked! The sounds are dope, sounds like a cross between a [Juno 60](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-60-synthesizer) and TI Virus." (this photo of Sonny Fodera's studio taken from [this article](http://news.traxsource.com/articles/1352/in-the-studio-with-sonny-fodera))more
A nightly synth Ambient session recorded to one stereo track without overdubs and editing. All sounds (in order of appearance): Access Virus TI, U-HE Repro-1 (played via MIDI on Analog Keys), Ensoniq ESQ1, Dave Smith Instruments Pro2 (with Moogerfooger LP Filter), Elektron Analog Rytm, Elektron Analog Keys.more
Compact 37-key analog synthesizer with four voices.
Analog Keys is Elektron's flagship analog synthesizer with digital controls, and unprecedented playability making it the ultimate instrument for the expressive musician. The Analog Keys is a four voice polyphonic analog synthesizer, capable of generating some of the finest basslines, chords, leads, and sounds imaginable. The warm and deep tone represents the pinnacle of analog synthesis and the acclaimed Elektron sequencer stands ready to arrange and warp the analog sounds in real-time. Complete the experience by treating the four voices with incredibly well-crafted master effects. A new world of sounds awaits.
New functionality with Overbridge
Overbridge is a new function that has been added to several Elektron analog instruments, including Analog Keys. It unites your hardware and your software via a USB connection with unprecedented seamlessness and organizes your workflow into a simple, easy-to-use graphical interface that displays all of your Analog Keys's parameters. Overbridge allows you to sync your Analog Keys to your VST/AU-compatible DAW, enables bi-directional multi-track audio streaming, provides editing and automation mapping via the Overbridge plug-ins, and offers an organizational scheme for sounds and samples.
Design sounds using Overbridge' dedicated plug-in, or control parameters via the knobs on your Analog Keys. Exploit the attributes of your Elektron sequencer within your DAW sequencer, tweak sounds on your Analog Keys via the Overbridge GUI and transport them to live performances in the instrument. It's a whole new world of sound design, sequencing and production functionality that sets Elektron apart.
The Analog Keys is tailor-made for the stage. The 37 semi-weighted keys of the keyboard give instant fingertip control of the analog tones. The special performance mode offers direct access to user-defined parameters, and the joystick, capable of controlling up to fifteen parameters, allows for extreme morphing of sounds. Improvising when playing live has never been this easy.
Heart of the rig
Compatibility with other instruments is well catered for. Simply press a button to transform the Analog Keys into a MIDI keyboard, ready to control external MIDI gear. Thanks to the dedicated CV sequencer and the CV/Gate and DIN sync outputs, analog instruments of both today and yesteryear can be played, sequenced, and controlled with precision. Use the multitude of control options to breathe new life in vintage and modern rigs alike.
Great synth, each and every parameter can be automated or even multiple parameters can be automated / put to performance mode / laid onto the joystick... multimapping ... you name it... elektron put it into it. Also elektron provides a whole lot of presets to get into sound shaping. If you already own elektron gear it's a charm to use. Sounds great.. AND! it has a diffrent analog filter than the analog four! Specially trimmed to low frequency use.
I absolutely love this synthesizer. I used to own a Monomachine, and this is basically like the analog version of the Monomachine. Not only do you get four monophonic tracks of synthesis (or four voice polyphony if you so desire) but you also get some great effects which can be sequenced and can be applied to external gear. Then you add the Elektron Overbridge, and it's a good workhorse synth.