Well, I went and did it. Just pulled the trigger on an Elektron Digitone

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cognitive
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Post 11 Jun 2019

I already have an MPC Live, a Circuit and a Circuit Mono Station (plus an Arturia Keystep and a Novation Launchkey 49 as controllers).

I thought I was done for a while and hadn't even considered the Digitone at all. When I got the MPC, I had originally been looking at a Digitakt.

But recently, I have really been enjoying the way the Circuit Mono sounds generating synthesized drums and mixed-in melodic content using patch-flipping. For some reason, I'm really just connecting with the lively sound of synthesis as the generative source for grooves.

And then I saw this:



and this:



and this:



The more I learn about the Elektron workflow, the more musically inspiring it seems ... ideally, this might play as a good middle ground between the Circuit/Circuit Mono and the MPC Live, minus the sampling but plus some other amazing stuff. But the FM drums on this sound so GOOOOOOOD! :shock:

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Post 11 Jun 2019

NIce work! There's lots to like about the Digitone (I actually love it most for its ambient qualities, and for its small footprint while travelling). But honestly, I don't have a lot of love for the Elektron sequencer or for trying to lay drums down on a single Digitone track; editing parameters and volumes can be a pain, as you have to go through every step individually if you want a global change on a sound (e.g. to make the snare a little louder). Let me know how you make out with it, though!

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Post 11 Jun 2019

And now we have overbridge :cool:

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Post 11 Jun 2019

congrats on the purchase!
Im looking at buying one too 👍🏼

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Post 11 Jun 2019

Congrats! And, thanks for the Reminder. Excellent Sound. Nice all in one.

imo.... Elek's Heat MK2 is a Proper Heater for all Your Sound Mods. imo.

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Post 12 Jun 2019

Oh crap, this thing is brilliant. Just took delivery earlier today and ... wow. I haven't started designing my own sounds yet, but just going through the presets and making some tracks and patterns ... again, wow.

The overall sound is so rich. Setting aside the amazing melodic sounds, there's something so alive and sonicaly pleasing about the drum sounds coming directly from the synth that I can tell I'm going to be very, very spoiled.

The variations you can get on just ONE pattern ... I can tell this is going to be a live monster!

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Post 27 Jun 2019

Did a live show last week as the "house DJ" (not a DJ, but there you go) for a regular event. I managed get enough material together to do the entire night (or at least my 2+ hours of it) with just the Digitone and my Circuit Mono Station. It turned out better than I could have hoped, and I ended up overhearing a LOT of positive things.

Even trying to be my most objective, I still think that the "live synthesizer" sound came across as richer than the other sample-based performers' material that night. One of the performers wondered how I got my "samples" to sound so fat. He didn't believe that I wasn't using samples until I gave him a little tour of the Digitone and some of the sounds it can produce. That versatile FM synth coupled with the live stuff coming the the all-analog Mono Station was a punchy combo.

Now I'm trying some new fun things like using Reason REs to generate procedural MIDI sequences and record the sequence data in patterns on the Digitone. So far, it works quite well and works as wonder shortcut to getting new surprising ideas into the Digitone for later tweaking. It's especially interesting for ambient stuff. Also, Digitone now supports time scaling per track, so one can more easily overlay these incredibly long ambient progressions over other more rhythmic material, all in one pattern.

Some of the REs I'm using include 'Lectric Panda players including, of course, the PSQ-1684. I have it set up where I can simply press the record button on the DIgitone with the right track active, then hit play in Reason to generate properly synced generative parts right into the Digitone sequencer.

Being able to "export" Reason generative stuff to a HW sequencer/synth is extremely cool.

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Post 10 Jul 2019

cognitive wrote:
27 Jun 2019
Did a live show last week as the "house DJ" (not a DJ, but there you go) for a regular event. I managed get enough material together to do the entire night (or at least my 2+ hours of it) with just the Digitone and my Circuit Mono Station. It turned out better than I could have hoped, and I ended up overhearing a LOT of positive things.

Even trying to be my most objective, I still think that the "live synthesizer" sound came across as richer than the other sample-based performers' material that night. One of the performers wondered how I got my "samples" to sound so fat. He didn't believe that I wasn't using samples until I gave him a little tour of the Digitone and some of the sounds it can produce. That versatile FM synth coupled with the live stuff coming the the all-analog Mono Station was a punchy combo.

Now I'm trying some new fun things like using Reason REs to generate procedural MIDI sequences and record the sequence data in patterns on the Digitone. So far, it works quite well and works as wonder shortcut to getting new surprising ideas into the Digitone for later tweaking. It's especially interesting for ambient stuff. Also, Digitone now supports time scaling per track, so one can more easily overlay these incredibly long ambient progressions over other more rhythmic material, all in one pattern.

Some of the REs I'm using include 'Lectric Panda players including, of course, the PSQ-1684. I have it set up where I can simply press the record button on the DIgitone with the right track active, then hit play in Reason to generate properly synced generative parts right into the Digitone sequencer.

Being able to "export" Reason generative stuff to a HW sequencer/synth is extremely cool.
Man alive, this sounds fantastic. Be sure to get some live recordings soon! I'd love to hear it.

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Post 11 Jul 2019

cognitive wrote:
11 Jun 2019
I already have an MPC Live, a Circuit and a Circuit Mono Station (plus an Arturia Keystep and a Novation Launchkey 49 as controllers).

I thought I was done for a while and hadn't even considered the Digitone at all. When I got the MPC, I had originally been looking at a Digitakt.

But recently, I have really been enjoying the way the Circuit Mono sounds generating synthesized drums and mixed-in melodic content using patch-flipping. For some reason, I'm really just connecting with the lively sound of synthesis as the generative source for grooves.
As a fellow MPC Live owner, I appreciate this thread. It's definitely given me something to think about. I recently added a Roland TR-8 and a System 8 to my setup, and with the System 8's traditional CV-gate outs, I've been mulling back and forth adding some more fun stuff. That said, I'll have to give the Elektron Digitone a good hard listen.
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Post 20 Jul 2019

EnochLight wrote:
11 Jul 2019
cognitive wrote:
11 Jun 2019
I already have an MPC Live, a Circuit and a Circuit Mono Station (plus an Arturia Keystep and a Novation Launchkey 49 as controllers).

I thought I was done for a while and hadn't even considered the Digitone at all. When I got the MPC, I had originally been looking at a Digitakt.

But recently, I have really been enjoying the way the Circuit Mono sounds generating synthesized drums and mixed-in melodic content using patch-flipping. For some reason, I'm really just connecting with the lively sound of synthesis as the generative source for grooves.
As a fellow MPC Live owner, I appreciate this thread. It's definitely given me something to think about. I recently added a Roland TR-8 and a System 8 to my setup, and with the System 8's traditional CV-gate outs, I've been mulling back and forth adding some more fun stuff. That said, I'll have to give the Elektron Digitone a good hard listen.
I just sold and shipped off the MPC Live to its new owner today. As powerful a box as it is, it didn't jive as much with my personal style as the Elektron boxes.

To round out things, I just picked up a Digitakt yesterday to pair with the Digitone (and Circuit Mono Station) and wow am I having fun! Almost zero learning curve because I already know the Digitone, and the Digitakt differences make sense.

None of this "replaces" the MPC, but between the Digitakt, Digitone and Circuit Mono, I have so many voices and sound options to play with, plus EXCELLENT sequencing for live performance. Samples, FM and analog, oh my!

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Post 21 Jul 2019

"Some of the REs I'm using include 'Lectric Panda players including, of course, the PSQ-1684. I have it set up where I can simply press the record button on the DIgitone with the right track active, then hit play in Reason to generate properly synced generative parts right into the Digitone sequencer.

Being able to "export" Reason generative stuff to a HW sequencer/synth is extremely cool."

^^^ this sounds so interesting , Digitone seems a lot of fun from videos i've seen!
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Post 29 Jul 2019

sot wrote:
21 Jul 2019
"Some of the REs I'm using include 'Lectric Panda players including, of course, the PSQ-1684. I have it set up where I can simply press the record button on the DIgitone with the right track active, then hit play in Reason to generate properly synced generative parts right into the Digitone sequencer.

Being able to "export" Reason generative stuff to a HW sequencer/synth is extremely cool."

^^^ this sounds so interesting , Digitone seems a lot of fun from videos i've seen!
There’s nothing quite like it on the market. The Digitone and Digitakt are the most fun I’ve have with physical gear in years.

And now that I have Reason generative devices feeding the Digitakt and Digitone some MIDI drum and melodic patterns, I can crank out the foundations for entirely new sets of live electronic music in almost no time.

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