Elektron’s Syntakt is a drum computer with a heart of both analogue and digital

Gritty and warmth analogue meets clean-cut and complex digital FM synthesis.

Elektron Syntakt

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Elektron is back with a new drum sequencing instrument, which has a heart of both analogue and digital, with the Syntakt.

Placing musical creativity at the forefront of its experience, Syntakt is said to be much more than your average drum machine; it’s a sound-crafting tool, sequencer and performance box rolled into one machine with eight analogue tracks and four digital ones.

Syntakt is home to 35 machines – or sound generators – that cover ground from drum sounds to tonal synths to noise generators and more. These include “reimagined” sounds from the Analog Rytm and Model:Cycles, with even deeper controls for the latter.

The other machines are entirely new and come with “tailor-made” parameters to give you the sound you want. Effectively, Elektron wants you to explore the marriage between gritty analogue and clean-cut digital FM synthesis, promising myriad sonic possibilities.

Elektron Syntakt UI
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Effects include analogue distortion and filters, along with two LFOs to give your sounds movement. Meanwhile, delay and reverb send effects let you up the ambience and add space to your work. You’re also able to route your synth tracks, along with external audio sources through the FX block.

The heartbeat of Syntakt is its powerful 64-step sequencer, which lets you dive into the parameters of each sound in great detail, whether you choose to work in real-time or step-by-step.

The button keyboard is also accommodating to melodic content, with a slew of different scales to perform and a fold mode to lay several octaves out to work with. And for a quick start, there are over 1,000 presets to get you started.

Syntakt rounds off its experience with some endearing graphics too, which really puts more fun into the whole music-making experience.

And for connectivity, there are two 1/4” balanced outputs, a 1/4” stereo headphone out, two 1/4” audio inputs, as well as USB 2.0 connectivity and MIDI In/Out/Thru ports with DIN sync out. The Syntakt runs on a dedicated power supply unit.

Elektron’s Syntakt is available now at $999/£849.

Learn more at elektron.se