All user reviews for the Elektron Analog Four
mrjason's review"Love Elektron"
This synth only took me about 25 minutes to figure and get swing of, after I got the flow of the interface down the rest was simple because it seems to be pretty standard to most other synths that are the “table top” style.
The synth engine is really good and it surprised me, I am able to get some unique and different from other synth sounds quickly on this unit because of how easy it is to change the presets to how you want them to sound. There are also 6 arps that can all be edited down to the sing, slide and transpose styles.
If you are thinking of purchasing this and have a little more money to spend take a look at the higher end table top synths from Elektron like the MonoMachine MKII and the SPS-1. Elektron has been coming out with great units like these for years now and I have used just about everyone of them. They also have some of the best customer service I have ever experienced and the warranty plans to back it up. I love all gear I get from Elektron and I love talking to them on the phone, they are very helpful especially if you purchase directly from them.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
dakitanmonkey's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good analogue machine"
In addition to providing four lanes 3 effects are available: chorus, delay and reverb. The effects are shared between the channels, but you can of course adjust the volume for each channel.
The sequencer is excellent, and function parameter lock is great (ability to change the settings or even the sound for a particular step).
The small built-in keyboard is extremely convenient.
Since the last update, you can play chords on the slopes, but be careful, it is limited to 4 global channels (so kind if you make an agreement of 4 ratings on the step 1 of track 1, there is more opportunity to play a sound on the other step 1 of the other tracks).
Quick grip. Personally, I'm somewhat in the menus, there is enough surface controller. If you are a regular Elektron machine, it does not pose any problems.
Excellent I think. I wanted to make good bass, and beautiful tablecloths. It is possible, mission accomplished. Go take a look at videos made by users to report to you.
Before buying it I watched a lot of video on youtube to be sure of his abilities.
This is the machine that I always expected (multichannel synth, built-in effects, built-in sequencer, integrated mini keyboard). I used Ableton live, I do not use anymore.
What I like most is the parameter lock, as I have described above.
Since my purchase prices rose a bit apparently. I do not regret this purchase instead, since I bought an Octatrack.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
legato 84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Snthé hallucinating!"
You must know that there is a little time to adapt with Elektron machine ... because there is a lot of function and sub menu, but when you mastered this, you will really take your foot because the sounds of these machines are just AMAZING!
Preferably for Zik Elektro ... or sound design ...
It's been over a year since I used the and I can not do without ... ds we find all my songs ... I used with the Live 9 ... this is insane! Price sobering indeed ... but next to happiness provided ....
C'mon dark if your finances allow!
4 of 10 people found this review helpful
Orageon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Midi in out thrue
- CV gate (which I do not use)
- 2 outputs
- 3 effects
- Built-in sequencer
The machine is equipped with all what we used with Subtractive synth. I had some VA, I was surprised to not see more routing option between filters (it has two filters in series: a LP filter and a multi function), but all this works fine. Many editable parameters and automated. Enormous possibilities.
There is a built-in sequencer, making it a machine quite independently, it's great.
I'm not a fan arpeggiator but it is super well done, with the possibility of programming a lot there and mutate Rating: excellent.
I rather regret is the fact that there are only 2 outputs and 3 effects for all tracks (it's OK), it is mainly because the animal needs only a small little help in the bass, but in the end there other ways that it sounds.
At the sub menus, I find very disturbing ca not because everything is very well thought out. This is normal given the number of things that we should go to edit in some menus, but the machine is not lack of controls. More than three quarters of the things I need is accessible to me directly. In addition you can make "shortcuts" to change the settings you want via a single page (perf).
Level memory management and sound, it is almost like a computer.
Last longer, it opens the possibility of sequencing / modular control / old analog which opens great perspectives that I had not thought because it seemed to me very complicated.
No manual in french, if the basic options are easy, advanced features are more hassle to capture. I am not a pro synthesis, I needed to ask some explanations on forums.
At first I was a little confused on the "stained" too. Non-experts work to tame the machine. So it is not easy at first, when one is accustomed and we understand, everything seems to flow naturally. (I say that but I made a pretty basic use, ie just pattern mode, I do not chain, and do not use the song mode, which a priori is another world.)
I will not repeat what has been said about the sequencer. It is very well done, it really is a huge plus for the machine. Length of track and a different scale for different parts would have been a plus.
It really is a very complete synth with lots of possibilities and ergonomics of its own. Personally, I'm in and ca annuity works very well despite the complexity and possibilities (I'm not gone as far as possible).
Say that it sounds not direct, it requires a little work.
One regret is that even when the backup is less instinctive, one must navigate a bit.
We can do many things with this synth.
Sounds still good analog at first, but a lot of very fine adjustments are possible. You can really get a lot.
The effects of adding to its thickness. He deserved to have independent effects for each track.
It lacks bass, but with a good set we come to something good and down very low.
I have 2 months.
I'm not a musician at the base, I agree not too computer music. I am a true fan of hardware, I like machines that avoid having to program dozens of things in the machine A to B for the machine so something. The is a treat.
In synth, I've had a virus, evolver. Otherwise, I've had and tons of groovebox / bar / samplers.
It complements well the other Elektron machines, I have a OT and MD.
The machine is excellent, very complete, very independent, many possibilities.
Anyway, I was looking for Forsythe with a real sequencer, it is quite unique in its class.
- Lack of separate outputs
- Lack of ease in the low
Maybe I dream to complete a specialist bass mono.
I bought OCCAZ (per usual), I remake choice. Given the options, it was worth every penny.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
suzanna knowledge's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Free Elektron"
4 voice synths used in mono or poly
analog subtractive synthesis: Tilt 2 + sub, noise, LPF + HPF series, about 3, 4 LFO
Digital effects: chorus, reverb, delay
Sequencer: Step 6 lines, 64 steps with automation (p-locks)
1 stereo output, 2 inputs, 2 outputs CV-Gate
The configuration is not simple at-first. The whole is to assimilate the logic Elektron.
It is rather well done, not as sub-menus that, we control the machine quickly.
Good: copy / paste at all levels: notes, patterns, patch, etc ... You can set up something quickly. P-locks that allow to vary any parameter can be the thing that makes the machines elektron pretty cool.
Less: false manipulations irreversible: removal of bad pattern. I wonder also if there is an "undo" function as computer?
I also find it lacks some tricks like: select all notes at once per 16 steps, or to apply a transposition and not the entire length of the pattern.
After I also love messages Pitch Bend / Modulation entered by external keyboard are recorded in the sequencer, well ...
So how does it sound?
To make "bold, broad, deep, cosmic, funcky" genre Moog, Oberheim, etc. ...: NO.
It sounds pretty chiseled, precise, sometimes I can find a skinny, it lacks serious in low (must compensate the amount of resonance with HPF) I speak in comparison to the Pro One to kick it has. So for the big American sound that will not self.
Finally must stop trying to compare to any of vintage moog, the Analog Four precisely allows colder tones in any case less connoted. I therefore suggest more amateur electro minimal, experimental, techno delusions as to those who are looking for sounds analos conventional and stereotyped (that A4 can also in theory).
For my part I like to use it as a rhythm box synth or FX, the possibilities offered by the sequencer and P-locks make a different machine.
What bothers me most filters can generate significant noise (sort of breath) when the resonance is pushed (res boost enabled on the first filter) and self oscillation is quite hard to manage I think we pass too quickly from nothing to a very high level. After I also find that the filter is a little too "driven" I often drop the level of oscilloscope because of it.
Finally I regret the absence of wave tables, thus increasing the possibilities.
This machine I agree to the possibilities offered by the sequencer, the ability to control the old CV / Gate and the 4 voice synthesis. A similar price was something different than the usual offering.
That being said I think the A4 needs to be worked thoroughly and perfectly controlled. We can do things very well but you have to look with, spend time experimenting.
Recommended for those who enjoy home Korg electribe especially to complement the Octatrack, we go much further, but it requires more work and this is normal.
Others may prefer something more familiar in analog as a Prophet 08 or a Moog Voyager where it is easier to find the classic sounds.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
crazymilk57's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"the future of analog"
no control noon, otherwise it would be a ten.
So first it is necessary to recall the elektron philosophy is to equip these machines a super powerful sequencer to change sounds and sound settings at each step that can give totally organic electronic sequences or very but so very busy at this level limitation to four tracks is not really a problem I think.
You really have to try it before judging it as sequencer and how this machine is designed gives you total freedom in creation and all these options can be used. for example you have trig sound (not containing a locked audio), the trig without sound (containing just change the settings for a sound that would have been played previously, the trig mute (which allow you to mutate not previously activated but retaining those settings it to recall at any time. settings as well as swing and even a general transposition that can be applied to any (or any set) tracks.
more there is a performance mode or you can assign a dozen knob to the features you want and the Four-tracks, which can permetre if you have other machines handle live have fewer manipulations do some basic functions (mute tracks, change the parameters'' macro ")
And finally for the enthusiast exploration and improvised live you can use the save that will allow you to save a pattern as well love you and be able to live with the crazy pattern function, change all the parameters before returning to two seconds on your initial pattern, really strong.
In addition you have a well furnished and very flexible effects section, delay and reverb are really far away and the last update brings polyphony, a treat, with a setting for the assignment of the vote, plus two mono type poly track has two voices, or 3 + 1 or 4 voice poly.extraordinaire!!
in short it is a machine that will charm hundred percent. single (that is what I like with this machine) and very ergonomic, and do not be fooled by those who write the logic elektron is hot to take in hand etc.. This arch is wrong, and I repeat this machine can be tamed within hours of grip, manual and clear and precise and everything is organized with logic such as faith mastered it is almost longer necessary to read the manual. there is no button combination'' fanciful'' because everything has a meaning, and it's really very simple.
The only complaint I could make just the outer part sequencer'''' which offers only one track and cv / gate. which does not allow to control a lot of external synths and flange not evil beast at this level. (But this is relative depending on the price)
Electronic sounds are very early, but when we triffouille well, you learn the differences between the two filters has made available and we ventured into the jungle proposed parameters, we understand that we will never around.
Sure the sound is not exactly that of a very big slobbery analog but with the last update and boost possible resonance is approached wild nature of certain analog ancestors.
in fact it is a bit like your girlfriend, if you guide it well it will be elegant and wild according to the desires, you really spend time with and exploring the boundaries (and even the word is poorly chosen, the beast) which is more simple with integrated sequencer, you create a sequence, the rejoinder on two or three tracks, mute it by turns each of the tracks and sought the sound you want.
more for novices synthesis, this machine is a godsend, you load a sound you like, on a track, you start with a basic sound on the track two trying to get closer to the original sound, then you will check or you are planted herself watching the parameters of the original track.
if you are passionate about synthesis and sound creation is the machine you need, besides the number of parameters available far exceeds anything I've tried.
In a word it sounds like you want it to sound when you are stubborn and motivated. and it does not try to copy any such existing trademark.
I use it for almost a year, almost every day and I am far from having done the trick.
I use it with a Octatrack for resampling and add some effects as well as for drum maschine mostly part.
I love being able to do anything with, analog bar, synth madness, integrated sequencer and making it a tool built for live effects. I love the new update with 4000 sounds available at any time. I love the look, monolithic kubrikien, I love the modern sound and unlimited.
in fact one of the questions I ask myself is why buy something else, because in the new analog, (unless purely a keyboard player in mono), they have no advantage I think (and j 've tried a bunch.) in general they can internal effects (MiniBrute, microwave, latest innovation, the sub phatt etc.), they do not have that great sequencer, they do not have the 4000 available at any time, you can not also easily compare two or three phases of creating sounds. they have fewer parameters syntheses. and they do not compete price level.
Because for a few thousand euros, four tracks (and yet it is closer to six parameters with locks), effects, memory, unique modes of performance, size, etc., we get a sentence of two neo analog which do not offer half of them has two functions. if one wants a pedal effect is added, then a sequencer, etc., and the budget of the A4 you explode.
I know that all tastes are in nature but honestly if you hesitate on this machine, go for it, there are guarantees 30 days on websites etc, in case you change your mind, but you can not have Reviews on this machine without having to spend a good week at least above.
I hope this review has helped in at least one and I wish you all good music.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Jeffdigit's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent potential / price ratio!"
The groovebox part consists of a step sequencer in which all parameters of the machine can be recorded for each step. There are dozens of settings at all levels: oscillators, filters, amp, LFO, effects, ... Making it a formidable groovebox! To complete the groovebox part there is a performance mode that can act on 5 different parameters from a single knob and no less than 10 pots can be configured for it. Making it one of the most powerful to live interargir machines (my little demo:
The synth part is extremely rich (see the listing on the Elektron site). Each parameter (among the dozens) can interact with any other parameter. Making it one of the richest synthesizer sound design.
In fact it is four independent mono synths that Every one has its own synth part, its own arpeggiator, its own effects.
It is not (yet possible 1.06) past noon to control an external device.
That's what interests me, others will be interested in taking the CV / Gate ...
Operation is extremely simple and all was well pensé.Il just takes a little time at the beginning to understand the phylosophy of the machine.
The manual may not be necessary, especially given the richness of the machine. Anyway it would take several hundred pages for completeness of the description of all its functions.
This is an extremely rich machine. I had quite a machine, but none that offered so many possibilities. The only limit is the creativity of the user, and the time he wants to spend ...
The sounds are quite special. Sounds analog with a digital touch. The advantage is that you get a broad range of sounds. The downside is that crazy pure analog will be a little disappointed.
I like that it is possible to get with this machine. I had a virus and I have a KingKorg and none of these 2 machines can not escape the sounds of the Analog Four.
I have a big disappointment to the sounds provided and banks provided. This is not a machine made variment to play quickly even if these features may suggest otherwise. If you want to make your own sound, its own sequence ... it takes time!
I've had almost two months. It is a machine that leaves me perplexed. One day she made me crack and one day, saw the work it requires to make his own movies, I'm two fingers to spare.
I use to accompany keyboards (Jupiter 80 KingKorg). The problem is that it quickly becomes repetitive if you do not take the time to program multiple patterns to accompany.
I also use it in fashion synth controlled from a keyboard. Same structure is monaural, the sound is huge! (Another little demo:
I do not know if I would keep a long time in my set, but it is a machine that has a very strong potential for those who want to spend a little time.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
revega's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A new 'UFO' signed Elektron"
4 synth tracks
1 FX track
1 CV / Gate track
Up to 64 step patterns
6 × arpeggiators
Individual track lengths
Features Swing, slide and accent
Friendly Live Performance mode
Instant Pattern, Kit and Sound reload
Full real-time control
Full MIDI Support
Fully analog signal path
2 × analog oscillators
Variable waveforms for each oscillator
Oscillator and Sync modes AM
1 × 4-pole analog lowpass ladder filter
1 × 2-pole multi-mode analog filter
1 × analog overdrive circuitry
2 × ssub oscillator
× 1 noise oscillator
2 × assignable LFOs
1 × vibrato LFO dedicated
2 x LFO waveshape dedicated
1 × amp envelope
2 × assignable envelopes
2 x LFO fade envelopes dedicated
1 × noise fade envelope dedicated
1 × vibrato dedicated envelope
1 × AUTOBEND envelope dedicated
Display 122 x 32 pixel LCD
MIDI In / Out / Thru with DIN Sync Out
2 x 1/4 "audio out jacks symmetrical
2 x 1/4 "audio in jacks
1 x 1/4 "stereo headphone jack
2 x 1/4 "dual CV / Gate outputs
48 kHz, 24-bit converters, D / A and A / D
Flash EEPROM upgradable OS
USB 2.0 port
Balanced audio outputs
Headphone output level: +19 dBu (55 Ω)
Main output level: +19 dBu
Output Impedance: 440 Ω unbalanced
Unbalanced audio inputs
Input level: +19 dBu maximum
Audio input impedance: 9 k Ω
Digital S / N Ratio: 102dBFS (20-20.000Hz)
Unit power consumption: 14 W typical, 24 W maximum
Recommended Power: 12 V DC,> 2 A
Sturdy steel frame (very strong)
Dimensions: W 340 x D 176 x H 63 mm
Weight: approx 2.35 kg (nomadic what!)
The use requires a period of adaptation, it is very logical and ultimately habits are consistently. For a first-hand take it goes fast if the basics of synthesis are there if ... It will take longer.
The manual is very well done but only available in PDF format on their website.
The sequencer is extremely simple to handle and promises of beautiful moments.
The interface is clearly to make interactivity 'live' studio or live.
In short this is a machine that allows 100% independent, with the exception of deep bass, to do everything without worries.
Editing is done with ease via the button 'Function'. Everything depends on the memory kits and sequencer with two different memory allocation. Logic but a little unsettling when you are not used to.
The sound is very particular, very typical 'Elektron' shall we say. This is not trivial and it gives a special dimension to the machine. Here we are in one dimension 'hybrid', but nothing to do with the Evolver no, we're in a register more 'end' more 'digital'. I do not know in detail what it's related but I had the feeling of COD. In this video we see one of two bosses Elektron to demo the A4:
And what exactly is 'sound' of this machine! There was a demo that speaks well of the A4.
For me it is the new scene electro experimental ',' minimal ',' dubstep '' ambient 'etc ... To those who grew up with the warp or Kompakt label.
For lovers of the 'Moog', 'vintage 70's' and 100% analog should be tried before you and make your own opinion. It can be pleasing to the opposite effect.
I used a good week and I had plenty of time to set the camera in all directions. Nothing to say, this is extremely well done, thought, designed and manufactured. The synthetic possibilities are enormous and we feel a strength worthy of a Soviet tank. But because there is a but, the sound is focused, clearly assumed by the designers. Somewhere, the A4 is a machine 'UFO' away from endless neo-proto-vintage 'and, therefore, requires careful listening and testing to decide.
For my part, is adhering to its DSI and Moog I did not have the flash that I expected. But this is a personal observation (based on years of testing all kinds of equipment and very sharp taste) which shall in any way reduce the interest in the Analog 4 because it is a remarkable machine.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
dacover's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Elektron, the advent."
4 monophonic synths in the bike, very convincing effects, everything is editable on the fly.
We find all the parameters dedicated to the synthesis, connectors a little light (no separate outputs) but very good bills.
Connection via USB to the computer world.
For those who worked on Elektron, the grip is obvious, for others it will become familiar with the methodology Swedish firm, which once gained is very well thought out.
No paper supplied manual, it's a shame at this price ...
Easy editing and pushed all the synthesis parameters, effects and sequencer.
I quickly get the desired sound, the quality, richness and diversity fits perfectly with what I want
to produce short, I enjoy, no machine to date I had given much satisfaction.
The sound must sculpt is not a machine to "Preset".
I've had a few months in a studio at the moment (www.radio-maxfm.com LiveAct on Tuesday, October 1)
I made the last fifteen years, this is the best machine all the time (quiet breathing, takes you ...) But I had a multitude of synths, drum machine, sampler, sequencer .. .
To this day my studio comes down to a good listener, the ANALOG 4 SPS-1, Juno 106, APC40, Macbook, Ableton Live and Motu.
There are plenty of other synths that tears, which are beautiful, but fat at some point when no life that music must make choices and I think there is so far no better value / price, it is a very good investment and more a machine that offers maximum possibilities and sounds.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
patmar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Modern and comprehensive"
General configuration simple: yes and no. It is quite clear, but extended.
As a synthesis must know not to waste time. I would not recommend this machine for a beginner.
In any case, the facade is well thought out.
Manual clear: yes, but only electronic.
Simple editing but not for a beginner.
"The sounds they suit your style of music? Are they realistic? Effects are they effective and responsive?"
Yes, but it is so subjective ...
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? ...
Favorites: modern and right side. Extended too.
Hated (it's a bit much ...): the smooth side.
See general review.
"Are they realistic?"
"The expression is good? (Reaction velocity, aftertouch)?"
It comes easily to interface.
For now I hardly open the manual (just to find the white noise).
The sound is a bit smoother compared to my or my MS10 Pulse but against what is "right" and "tense". Pretty accurate, actually.
The shaping is super extended on the oscillators with the PW on all waveforms.
The filters are not "music" as a Moog. In fact I find them almost in the digital footprint.
For me it is not a fault. They are accurate and not bad breaks between the LPF to cut down (and yes ...) and multi-mode to finish his drawing (either re-filtering or emphasizing frequencies).
Resonance is sifflancte when pushed. Should not be seen as an "overdrive" as the filter on the MS but as a way boost EQ.
There is a saturation rate LPF1 filter which serves to clearly add harmonics (or can completely screwed up the sound). This is very consistent with the side "clinical" core of this filter.
Shell side is fast, or soft, or what you want ...
The profiles are top envelopes. After they are ADSR everything more conventional but re-trigables (not super original but complete).
Sequencer side, I discovered. It does not look very complex. I was able to enter the lines fairly quickly without much to my head.
After I still have to learn Bcp on this point (the famous Plocks).
FX side is good, but for now I do not find it amazing.
As against the reverb is clean, which is already great for embedded all we're talking about a machine "only" 1,000 euros.
In summary, I prense it's going really well complete my set up because I had no module with this modern, this versatile footprint and autonomy.
Great ergonomics too. I feel it will weigh (positively) in my workflow. Especially since it will allow me to control my MS and I'm going to go inside of an auxiliary table to enjoy my FX for everyone (I think especially the reverb). Which will be ultra convenient for "wet my sound during dialing, without too take the lead on this point (I réglerais when mixing).
Moreover, this is not a machine without identity.
Frankly I'm happy with my purchase.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful