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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 14 reviews )
 5 reviews36 %
 5 reviews36 %
 1 user review7 %
Value For Money : Excellent
RecKsSounds02/14/2013

RecKsSounds's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"At that price? This little lady is a gift!"

Elektron Analog Four
Analog monophonic synth 4 votes separated on 4 tracks.
More track for the management effects on a external audio sources and mite management for an external module via the CV.
Each voice has 2 analog oscillators, each oscillator is completed by a sub oscillator. Plus a noise generator.

3 effects are proposed and Assayable (via a "send") to the slopes.
Chorus, delay and reverb.

Two filters (high pass, low pass ...) are offered by analog voice. They sound really good.

The VCO can modulate almost any parameter of the machine.

The machine is completely autonomous sequencer via a very powerful and easily configurable.

The controls are easily accessible via the 10 knobs.
A small screen, very small but very readable, allows the visualization of parameters assigned to the potentiometer which infinite stroke.
Management hit potentiometers is very ingenious. It can be so fine (it runs normally) or abrupt (by turning the knob while pressing it).

No MIDI outputs.
At the moment, it is not possible to control an external module via MIDI OUT. It only allows sync via MIDI CLOCK.
But it is apparently being studied in Elektron.

No separate audio outputs for 4 voices, but only one stereo output mix. Personally, I'm not bothered by it, the management of the 4 tracks being completely autonomous. The mix on the machine is quite easy.

UTILIZATION

This is my first Elektron. And this is my first real analog.
Control the machine outline is very simple.
All pages of parameters are easily accessible (This is written on the machine).
The sequencer is very easy to use. It is in the spirit of TR and other sequencers.
I watched some videos on the net to understand the philosophy of the beast. And when I received it, it took me a few minutes to get a first component, without looking at the doc.

The machine operates on several layers: the sounds (for the sound of a track), the kits (for a set of sounds), a pattern (for a sequence), a chain / song (for a set of pattern / sequence) .
So we start from the smallest element to a set.

But once you want to start the synthesis and deepen editions of certain parameters, it gets complicated.
The parameters are so many that get lost very quickly. But hey, I like fiddling with stuff to see what it does!
;)

Performance mode lets you edit a dozen of configurable parameters according to the kit loaded. This mode allows you to play live on the sounds of the machine. Each parameter (or rather, series of parameters) can be assigned to a knob for grind live. We define the terminal min, max terminal and go!

Many options are available. This can make things at first a little confused. But the machine has a true logic, workflow and allows very natural once well controlled.

For the moment the documentation is in English, available on the Elektron. Personally, in the box I had a doc in Japan / Chinese ...

One of the other great advantages of this machine is that it is very small and easily transportable. Given its autonomous nature, I often spell "home studio" to mumuse with in the lounge. One can spend hours searching for a sound, a compo ... Without realizing it.

Another very very small more significant is the inclusion of a mini keyboard 1 octave directly on the machine. It avoids lug with a midi keyboard. When I say it enough in itself!

SOUNDS

The sounds are great!
We have a complete machine real and very powerful.

Oscillators are excellent!
They can really sounded very much!
Coupled with excellent filter and distortion, you really feel the difference between analog and virtual analog (I'm not talking about VST, I do know some).

I cracked on with the demo compo.
These are the sounds that really convinced me to purchase the Four Analog.

Effects provide an excellent overall sound character rendering. Especially the chorus.
In short, it sounds, overall, very well.

Small flat, if you go down a lot in the bass notes, we hear too much oscillation. But hey, it seems normal.
This being said, there is ample opportunity to make it sound good in low operator, wisely, sub oscillators.

I had a little trouble at first for integrated into a component. The sounds are so powerful, they "ate" the final mix too.

In the end, I assure you, you quickly learn to control his power.

I think that A4 can be any type of music. Simply make the small bank of sounds. There is no real limitation.
I do not think that draws no use for techno / dubstep ... Even if that is his vocation.

OVERALL OPINION

I used since a little over a month. And I fell in love!
She has everything it takes to be the heart of a composition.
An excellent sound, extra design, intuitive workflow ...
In short, it has everything you need, where you need it!

As I said, this is my first real analog, and I understand that some people say the differences between real and virtual analog analog. There are not the same grain, not the same heat to a VA.

She still has little problems, but I trust in the evolution of this bike (knowing that the polyphonic mode is being studied in Elektron).
Elektron has a very good reputation for the development and monitoring of their machines.

The price / quality ratio is unbeatable!
For the same price as a monophonic "standard", you have 4 mono and a sequencer. All in a very portable little box! So what more?!

With all this ... How not to love this machine? I could not resist anyway!
Maxidingue01/19/2013

Maxidingue's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love"

Elektron Analog Four
4 channel analog synth polyphony
Ergonomics type Elektron, for those who know the Monomachine or MachinesDrum is easy and for a beginner the manip using much the Function key is not so easy to assimilate
2 audio outputs; damage we would have liked more 4 separate outputs (one per channel) MIDI In, Out, Thru
CV Gate: personally I do not use but if you have an old synth with this type of connection ie it becomes a must
USB for now only used for transfers or MIDI control
Top sequencer, realtime recording or step
3 correst effect (chorus, delay, reverb) personally I put "ass" a TC electronic Firework and the fact that "serious"
I use Ableton Live and an APC 40. Synchro nickel

UTILIZATION

The general use is quite simple once mastered the concepts (Kit, Song, Chain etc.)
Some knowledge of analog synthesis are essential for the creation of sound "from scatch" nothing but the classic VCO, VCA, VCF
And like other model Elektron is little change the settings of each note one by one
Nice little keyboard that allows to generate melodies and manage recording transposed into play mode
No paper manual supplied but downloadable pdf. Given the rapid evolution of OS in Elektron is not stupid (but a bit shabby for Bécanne over € 1000 ......

SOUNDS

Machine VERY oriented techno, tranceCela said given the versability the 4 synth there is no obstacle to electro, trans, ChillOut may be even the musette (but then I'm sorry incompetent)
The sounds of bass, lead, FX sound great thanks to an analog filter section that I find remarkable.
Nice little arpeggiator since version 1.2B parameterizable as desired

OVERALL OPINION

I did last week
Grip fast enough (I already had a Monomachine)
Innovative concept, full sound synthesis, effects section nice although as I said I do not use sparingly
Good value for money compared eg Spectralis a much more ergonomic much less
Therefore outside the spectralis I do not see many competitor at this level (except perhaps the Quasimidi Polymorph of home fire) or you "fall" in the Korg EMX series or EA (but for the latter I had not hang)

In conclusion: I love this machine. Elektron guys are serious, innovative reagents. They evolve in a positive way their machine (it does not necessarily mean they leave the haste of bécannes with any OS just bugged but they certainly listening to the concerns of their users and implement good ideas)

I use it with Ableton Live MIDI Sync for drums (and APC 40). I stuck him in the ass a good multi effect (Fireworx TC) and it is nothing but happiness

Last bit of advice. I ordered directly from Elektron. Same price in VPC. UPS port with free tracking. 3 years warranty
Ordered on Monday (from Sweeden) arrived on Friday morning. Already registered in my name on their website
It is pro no?
coopongle01/19/2013

coopongle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" top notch"

Elektron Analog Four
The squenceur

4 synth tracks (mono although perhaps bientt polyphonic ??)
1 FX track
1 CV / Gate track
128 patterns
Up to 64 step patterns
128 Sons
128 Kits
16 Songs
6 arpeggiators
Individual track lengths
Features Swing, slide and accent
Track transposes
Micro timing
Parameter locks
Friendly Live Performances
Sound-per-step changes
Instant Pattern, Kit and Sound reload
Full real-time control
Full MIDI support

Track Effects

Wideshift Chorus
Saturator Delay
Supervoid Reverb

Parameters of synthesizers

Fully analog signal path
2 analog oscillators
Drives waveforms on each oscillator
Oscillator Sync modes AM
April 1-pole analog lowpass ladder filter
January 2-pole analog multi-mode filter
1 analog overdrive circuitry
2 Ssub oscillator
1 noise oscillator
2 assignable LFOs
LFO 1 vibrato ddibr /> 2 LFOs waveshape ddis
1 amp envelope
2 assignable envelopes
2 LFO envelopes fade ddis
1 bland noise envelope ddibr /> 1 vibrato envelope ddibr /> 1 AUTOBEND envelope ddibr />
Hardware

12232 Display LCD pixel
MIDI In / Out / Thru with DIN Sync Out
2 1/4? audio out jacks symtriques
2 1/4? audio in jacks
1 1/4? stereo headphone jack
2 1/4? dual CV / Gate outputs
48 kHz, 24-bit D / A converters and A / D
Flash EEPROM upgradeable OS
USB 2.0
Symtriques audio outputs
Headphone Output Level: + 19dBu (55?)
Main Output Level: + 19dBu
Output Impedance: 440? asymmetric

Among asymtriques audio

Level of: + 19dBu maximum
Audio Input Impedance: 9 k?
Digital S / N Ratio: 102dBFS (20-20.000Hz)

Electrical Specifications

Unit power consumption: 14 W typical, 24 W maximum
Food recommends: 12 V DC,> 2 A

Other

Sturdy steel frame
Dimensions: L 340 P 176 H 63 mm
Weight: about 2.35 kgs

USE

No manual but easy to understand if you know the basics.

(PDF on the site)

Screen a bit tight but very intuitive !!

SONORITS

Unlimited Possiblit !!

The analog filters (2 per voice) are wonderful !!

No spares alas outputs but luckily the effects are effective (nice reverb)

NOTICE GLOBAL

I sold my Tetra for the A4.
Well it's not the same price but the sound is different (much better my taste) and OS better finished ...

Strongly polyphony !! (That is apparently PRVU ... pray that has be done !!)
coopongle01/19/2013

coopongle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" top notch"

Elektron Analog Four
THE SEQUENCER:

4 synth tracks
1 FX track
1 CV / Gate track
128 patterns
Up to 64 steps per pattern
128 Sounds
128 Kits
16 Songs
6 arpeggiators
Individual track lengths
Swing, slide and focus functions
Track transposes
Micro timing
Parameter locks
Friendly Live Performances
Sound-per-step changes
Instant kit, pattern, track and Sound reload
Full real-time control
Full MIDI support

SEND EFFECTS:

Wideshift Chorus
Saturator Delay
Supervoid Reverb

VOICE SYNTH (x4):

Fully analog signal path
2 analog oscillators
Variable waveshape is all waveforms
Oscillator AM and Sync modes
2 sub-oscillators
1 noise generator
April 1-pole analog lowpass ladder filter
January 2-pole analog multi-mode filter
1 analog overdrive circuitry
Filter feedback
2 assignable LFOs
1 dedicated vibrato LFO
2 dedicated waveshape LFOs
1 amp envelope
2 assignable envelopes
2 dedicated LFO fade envelopes
1 dedicated noise fade envelope
1 dedicated vibrato envelope
1 envelope dedicated AUTOBEND
3x individual effect Sends

ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Impedance balanced audio outputs:
Headphones out level: +19 dBu (55)
Main outputs level: +19 dBu
Output impedance: 440 unbalanced
Unbalanced audio inputs:
Input level: +19 dBu maximum
Audio input impedance: 9 k
Digital S / N ratio: 102 dBFS (20-20,000 Hz)
Unit power consumption: 8 W typical, 18 W maximum.
Recommended power supply: 6 V DC, 3 A

HARDWARE:

122x32 pixel backlit LCD
MIDI In / Out / Thru with DIN Sync Out
2 x 1/4 impedance balanced audio out jacks
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 D / A and A / D converters
Flash EEPROM upgradeable OS
Electrically isolated USB 2.0 port

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Steel casing
Dimensions: W340xD176xH63mm
(Including knobs, jacks and rubber feet)
Weight: approximately 2.4 kg

POWER SUPPLY (PSU-3) ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Input voltage range: 100-240V (43-60Hz)
Input connector: IEC320-C8 (2 prong)
In-rush current: 40-60 A maximum
Output voltage: 12 V DC
Output current: 2.5 A max
Output connector: 5.5x2.5mm DC plug, power at center

USE

No manual but easy to understand if you know the basics

(PDF on the site)

Screen a bit tight but very intuitive !!

SONORITS

Unlimited Possiblit !!

The analog filters (2 per voice) are wonderful !!

No spares alas outputs but luckily the effects are effective (nice reverb)

NOTICE GLOBAL

No competition this price !!

I sold my Tetra for the A4.
Well it's not the same price but the sound is different (much better my taste) and OS better finished ...

Strongly polyphony !! (That is apparently PRVU ... pray that has be done !!)