Elektron Monomachine SFX60 MKII
Elektron Monomachine SFX60 MKII

Monomachine SFX60 MKII, Groove Machine from Elektron in the Monomachine series.

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ob-1 01/06/2010

Elektron Monomachine SFX60 MKII : ob-1's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
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9 / 10, because for me its only real flaw is the low number of location for the pattern, the usages of soft C6 is essential if you do not want to remove its track and the liveset As


A quick overview of the manual identifies the different functions, the machine is very well designed, use is extremely intuitive
First the overview:

here, no hidden sub-menu, no endless bank of sounds, it focuses on the essential: to make her smile and with the bonus

each track is available on 7 pages each offering 8 parameter editable:
1-SYNTH, this page will vary depending on the selected machine via "kit / edit"

2-AMP, we find here the classic A, D, S, R, then a distortion, a volume, pan and trimming of portamento
the distortion is very useful because, set upside down, it allows increasing the headroom of the runway to prevent the distortion in case of extreme trimming in other pages

3-FILTER, the filter is a kind of hybrid lp / bp / hp 4-pole, let me explain: the first 2 pots respectively regulate the cutoff frequency of the HP and LP, the following 2 Q, followed the attack and decay and the last 2 values ​​for the 2 envelope filters, we can obtain a wide range of filtering more or less destructive in two, three movements with a serious character

4-EFFECTS, several things here, the first 2 knobs control the frequency and gain of an EQ band, and then a trimming bit-reducer, the last 5 are used to set a tape-echo the most beautiful effect, time , send (mono or pingpong as it is given a positive or négatice), feedback (from the value 64 you start a autofeed the most beautiful effect) then the filter with a feedback control HP and BP modeled on the filter section

1,2,3 5,6,7-LFO, the first 2 knob denote which parameter you want to adjust, then comes the trigger mode, the waveform, the modulation rate via 2 serègle knob and frequency multiplier base (which allows fast changes) then the function Interlace and finally Depth

secondly, the sequencer:

is a pleasure to use, it works on the fly and you parry spend hours recorded different pattern and kit without ever pressing STOP

there are three modes:

GRID, classic TR, we set the sounds it is desired to about 16 steps, is pushed 2 sec and a small box appears on the screen to select the note you want to play (the latter is chosen in memory)

REALTIME, with keys or step with a MIDI keyboard is played in real time the melody

STEP (right where it should stop reading ...) we advance step by step to call, the manual states that it is a very experimental work
But two features make all the difference with competitors:

1 - the "parameters locks" or p-locks, it helps to lock one or more parameters accurately on a given pitch or in REALTIME, turn the knobs and turn from the movements are reproduced as if by magic, or in GRID, is pushed on the pitch that you want and you turn the volume pot to the value that is desired, to correct a practice automation made REALTIME example

2 - it is possible to sequence triggering of Independent the amp, filter and LFO, you can even put notes "pitchless" to create a p-lock upstream or downstream of a note

I let you imagine the possibilties in terms of both sounds of groove can be obtained with the combination of this
Finally, the MIDI tracks, they offer 8 knobs quite "p-lockable" to sequence your external devices, the 4 first order values ​​LENGTH, VEL, pitch bend and Program Change (!) the following 4 are used to control the Control exchange (these values ​​are defined in the global menu and will be the same on all your patterns regardless of the kit selected)

it is also noted that if the machine is operating in mono for the inner tracks, the sequencer is it polyphonic on all tracks
Edit: a small detail that I did not speak, destuctif the side of the sequencer, ie we did not need sauvergader to take into account changes in practice, except that if you record a sequence of p- locks in game or you simply change a note by mistake or not, well it is now final and fortunately it only affects the sequence and not the kits that are saved Irrespective
although this shows that this machine is really a creative tool, not a reader sequence, was quick to screw up these tracks if you do not pay attention (especially those from the electribe)
Again a backup via regular C6 is not a luxury
10/10, it&#39;s happiness in bar
edit: 8 / 10, for details on the sequencer that I just mentioned


The other big pieces!
because it is fine to propose a revolutionary interface, it is still necessary that the sound is up to it, and now we&#39;re not really disappointed, but difficult to describe because the beast on this side also a very strong personality.
At first, the sound is very digital with a tendency to exaggerate the medium, we also detected a slight impression of distortion ... but assure you once you start tweaking all this was cleared quickly access a very (very) wide range of sounds.

otherwise the dynamics is monstrous

GND, this is a generic machine that can crack the oscillator core to the SYNC / RING or to generate sounds simple, it comes in three modes BLANK, SIN (sine wave generator), NOISE (noise generator white or pink )

Superwave, analog synth emulation, very warm and clear you can make lead, nice bass or all sorts of things, to create three variations of Saw, Pulse of either a 3 * osc

FM + FM synth emulation is here that you realize the sounds most bizard with a very metallic grain, again three alternatives, 2 or 3 osc with different settings depending on the chosen envelope

DIGIPRO, digital synthesis based on a series of waveform is in my machine which has the largest sound, lots of character and huge bass, the machine is pretty basic bizard with different waveforms " Synthetic ", the second machine is a drumkit with 24 samples, and finally the last two offer a series of waveforms with different organs, strings, voices, or two either way 3 * osc modeled on the machine Superwave , one can also read waveforms staff

SID emulation of a single oscillator type SidStation, very big sound here too, the spirit is there but it is far from the original anyway

VO, voice synthesis, very fat and noisy slobbering, it is "weird-thing" of the craft, but always with the unstoppable momentum can be here thanks to p-locks the machine to talk with a grain more rotten Sayit the famous, hard to make him say something really comprhénsible without tearing their hair but also very strange synth to make digi-humanbeatbox, or effects of talkbox ...

FX here can be replaced by a synth effects or to treat various internal signals (an insert, as in) or external effects are reverb, chorus, ringmod, Dynamix (compressor) and since the OS 1.22 A flanger and a phaser. Sounds classic but largely Hon.
It should be noted that effects behaves like any other synth and should be sequenced to get the sound, so it&#39;s a step-effect "knowing that with this you have biensur other pages ( and therefore distortion, delay, etc.) and with p-locks you can imagine the kind of (mis-) treatment that can be applied.

Here as 10/10, not because it&#39;s the best sound that exists (it is far from its hyper-fat but ultimately impersonal groovebox, and next to real hardware synthesizer, it fades quickly)
but because at this price have so many possibilities with such a strong personality and does so very simple, it is unbeatable


I use it for a year, essentiellemnt live, first in parallel ableton that sequence my hardware, I use it with today as my main sequencer and Drumstation mb-33

I would go out of big bass with GND-sin, the DigiPro, and Superwave
Arpeggi the lead with FM +
the beat with the SID, the OT, and BBOX, and a big foot of death with GND-sin
Brief is the heart of my compositions with Drumstation and MB-33 to the rhythmic

the finding is: but how we did before?

It sounds so simple to use and

are totally allergic to sound bank and preferring to synthetic samples, I found in there just waiting for a machine, a sequencer creative and original synth and a bunch of little extra incentive to discover the trick

I found the feeling one has with an RE-1 or AR-1: function and use simple fun. Moreover, in his days of leaving the EMX I&#39;ve always wondered why Korg did not changed its concept to an ER near the Monomachine rather than the sort of all-in-a pretentious, the only positive I just find him (excluding the price) is that it is simple to use, but otherwise it sounds like a synth at the crossroads and too small defect of Use mean that I am completely disgusted, or where the ER-1 is a true craft creative, EMX is a toy for beginners or for someone who likes to make shit for cheap.

I&#39;ve also had a rm1x (my first machine sold quickly), and even if with the experience I see that it is a very good midi sequencer for the beginner that I was using was a bit obscure, and then the maximum bank with lots of sounds rotten, it&#39;s a little crazy hatred, and finally no work on the fly when we got hold of Fruity is frustrating.

Brief depresses me that by far all groove-machines I have used

I would do without hesitation that choice and I think even take a second to be dedicated step-effect "but it&#39;s still good money, and I&#39;m rather reduce my live-set and a studio there is nothing to able to record the instrumentals then get kits "special-effects" for a second pass-dub style ...

the quality / price is good I think, given all that gear offers in terms of functionality and sound quality (at the risk of repeating myself, one as the other are amazing)

I also think that this machine is aimed at both beginners (because it&#39;s simple and complete) as confirmed user (because it is an instrument very rich)

a fault (well rather a lack thereof): I would have seen an additional page in order to bring some configurable parameter on a single page because sometimes live is a bit hot to juggle between the pages when necessary for example to vary the envelope, then the filter and lfo, knowing that agait on a track at a time .. short for a comfortable live a midi controller is not superfluous ... well I tried but it is not find pages with noon we can ...
in brief
+ Sound (huge)
+ Concept
+ Interface
+ Encoders running at double speed (depending on whether or not the Rams)
+ Finish quality
+ Support elektron very responsive and friendly (that deserves to be noted)
+ Size (yes, because in addition it is very small)
- Memory is a bit light
- The interface that live in certain situations, requires a speed of execution
- They would still have been able to track internal 8 plus 8 MIDI tracks
- Sequencer "destructive"

9 / 10