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Octatrack, Sampling Sequencer from Elektron.

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Elektron Octatrack tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Elektron
  • Model:Octatrack
  • Category:Sampling Sequencers
  • Added in our database on: 03/24/2010

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Elektron Octatrack user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 11 reviews )
 9 reviews82 %
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astrolab's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" If Darth Vader had an infernal machine, this would be it"

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I will give a simple notice because technically everything is listed below.

It's a sampler, an audio mixer, a looper, a drum machine, a machine sound / sound design create an audio and MIDI sequencer ....

For me, it lacks (at connection level) as separate outputs.


How to say ... Read on forums, if Octatrack had to go out to the "full frame", ie without shortcuts, with all functions on a single panel, it would easily be the size of a huge coffee table.

Requires a LONG investment in time and energy.

Because it has its own logic. Forget everything you knew before, it will do you virtually nothing. It is you who have to bend you to his way of doing that is all. It's frustrating at first, even repulsive.
Simply, it is like a beautiful lady in the black dress that you would like to woo. Class, beautiful, classy, ​​which can take you to the stars, but it will comply with its unusual methods.

And when, little by little, we realize that the beautiful lady in the black dress offers increasingly there is an imminent departure for the Star Gate. Yes, I should stop any illegal substance, but I swear I've often thought of that metaphor.

In short, to tell you that there is a threshold of use. I know many who are discouraged BEFORE the threshold and have given up. Too bad, because I'm sure they were not far from satisfaction was coming crescendo.

Personally, I'm hooked and, oh how well I did!

This is actually a machine that will go down in legend. There was a before and after there will be a Octatrack.

So I can not say that the use is simple or difficult. It depends if you join or not its logic.
When mastery (I think after one year half of use, I mastery to 85%), we find that it's very logical. But it mostly means that one is completely folded SA thank you!

Next, we take a MachineDrum or MONOMACHINE, or A4, and say "mouah ah ah ah! That's dough, too simple to use!"

So I do not score that. It depends on the user, its understanding of the craft and the time he can spend.


It's a sampler, if they do not give him anything to eat, she will have nothing to say.
on the other hand: it has a fabulous potato and internal effects are of very high quality.


I use it for 1 year 1/2.

Whenever I use it, I'm like "who's the guy who had the idea to invent this stuff ????????." Either the guy behind is a great autism or autistic is awesome. In truth, what was the original idea ???? For this black box is just about everything. Can sampler, mixer, remixer, distort, destroy, improve is a looper, a synthesizer, a sequencer ...

I find it hard to imagine when its inventor said in the meeting: "So sit back guys, I have an idea, we'll do that."

And then he did in 1000 diagrams on a whiteboard.

The chief engineer was sweating at full throttle. Then the CFO said something like "But ... people will never 1 million to deform music !?" And the creator of answer "no no, but we will sell about 1000 €." That day several parties on sick leave in Elektron.

The Octatrack is the Pandora's Box. This is the Monolith 2001 the Space Odyssey. Once contacted, or we will burn your hands and separates or is allowed to be attracted to the darkness of the cosmos and there you can discover a whole new universe, governed by rules that are beyond our wildest imagination : Hyper-Space 2.0 Musical

zite909's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

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Difficult to summarize! The OT can serve as "live" sampler, sequencer noon, effect processor, see monophonic synthesizer ... But it is above all the possibility to combine it all together makes it indispensable.

It there's still limitations that it is good to know before buying:

1) The sequence Midi is very complete, has a good arpeggiator and LFO 3 noon on track which is great. 6 encoders EO can be used to send CC afternoon practice when we
synths with little buttons ...
However, the sequencer is not as intuitive as a sequence analog: a missing
row of 16 buttons, can not skipper / mutate not read his sequences ways
random or upside down ... We can not (it seems to me) transpose sequences from a
midi keyboard, but you can do it from the fix. We do not find either option 'force
to scale. "
In short the OT has a very good sequence noon, complete but still one notch below a Cirklon for example.

2) The characteristic of the sampler is the recording of sample is controllable via the sequencer. One can sample more 8 samples simultaneously from any source (Audio In, internal audio track ...). This is the perfect sampler for live (see 'transition trick' on youtube)!
on the other hand as "traditional" sampler is not great:
-The Samples are monos
-No Sample multisampled => goodbye pianos and other mellotrons
-No Polyphony => damn it for pads
-It can play samples on three octaves (???)
-For Sequence a melody, you can record only pitches (+1, +5) and not notes (do, re, mi) ..
-The Audio tracks can not be applied since the fix (!)
-The Audio tracks do not have arpeggiator unlike MIDI tracks.

3) For sound synthesis we have the right to opportunities rather extensive: 3 LFO, 2 envelopes, 2 effects per audio track including filter, reverb, phaser, lo-fi ... All classic manipulation samples can be performed live (reverse, slice, loop, ...). All these
parameters can be controlled via the sequence (the famous plock) which is great! One can even assign a different sample at each step.

However, there's frustration:
-on Can not modulate the start point of a sample: the effect farewell granular-type
(Though possible with Analog Rhythm!)
-It can slice the samples, and play a different slice for each note. But you can not scan the slices on the same note, which prevents use of the OT as a synth table
-It Is not possible to make the FM, there is no RingMod ...


The OT has a small enough opportunities for very extended surface. The interface
nevertheless well thought out and logical. A reading of the manual will be necessary, however.

EO can be used in many ways, and it took me several weeks
to find a way to use that suits me !! Since I made a template that contains all my settings which makes use of the OT intuitive. But before we get to that I confess I'm a little rowed.

The OT would have been easier to use if it y'avait a tidy 16 encoders, rather than two
rows of 6 This would have greatly facilitated the use of sequencing. It's too bad we can not use the USB port to plug in a standard controller launchpad.


I note here the effects. They vary in quality:

-The Fitre LP / HP with integrated distortion sounds great and allows both filtering of smooth
than getting aggressive stamps
-The Comb filter is not a conventional comb filter, but can boost harmonics
corresponding to certain notes. We can play melodies using the comb-filter.
-The Delay can serve as a repeater. Too bad it is not stereo ...
'I found that the effect of decimation (in lo-fi) does not go far enough.
-The Reverbs sound particularly evil and are of little use.
'I only got little use of other effects.


The OT has become the center of my studio! It allows me to work without a computer. With the OT elektron invented a new type of instrument. It is the perfect tool for composing songs and explore sound texutres. I never had so much fun making music since I was the OT. Despite the limitations I do not regret my purchase!

Personally, I use it to sequence my virus B. The audio B virus is then processed in the OT (these treatments are also checked by sequencing). Thus the OT became an extension of my virus and allows you to go in new directions. At any time I can sample the output of the virus. These to / from noon sample used to make great stuff!

arcangeli's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A sampler that suits me!"

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I will not dwell on this point. Not worth it ;-)


The use is very "Elektron". Not easy at first. We must understand the concepts (common machines of the brand).
With practice, it becomes logical and perfectly designed.
It must be seen as a kind of concentrate. It is small but a lot. Each button / potentiometer several function.
The screen is great for the hardware but it is not a 24 ".

Be patient to master (especially for those who have no experience Elektron). But as a real instrument, right? And as with any instrument, the time you spend learning will be rewarded if you really give you trouble.
If you want to dial the last tube fashion 2h, go your way. But if you want to compose music that moves you without headaches, it is for you!


Like any sampler, sound depends mainly on what you feed it.
This is quite far from the "E-Mu" but really good. More neutral.


So how say. I have long sought the ideal machine without really finding before OT.
I had several machine and soft. Softwares, I really do not like.
Machines, yes. More ...
Before, I had an analog synth, a bar, an analog sequencer (Doepfer Schaltwerk then GenoQs Octopus). And time, lots of time.
With OT (and A4) I compose naturally enough (for me) without trying noon to fourteen hours how I'll do.
The big highlight of Swedish machinery comes from their particular sequencer. As the P-Lock for example. This is not common and can not fit all. But for those who love, they are machines of war ;-)

I installed in a rack tilt with the A4, a Rane SM82S console and tc eletronic M.One. Easy to store and transport.

I regret not having made that choice sooner!

MODGEIST's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Dream machine?"

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You will find it very well elsewhere.


I've had it for only two days, but everything goes very quickly (who knows a minimum machine though).
The manual is complete, but a little dry. I had "fun" to read before receiving the beast, I must admit that reading is not the most exciting ... on the other hand, with the OT under the eyes is very clear.
You just need to be thinking "Elektron", but then everything falls under the fingers. This is simply the ergonomics of magic trick.
A mix between an MPC (with limits that said, including editing tempos by banks or patterns impossible for the moment), the looper Live, a specialized multi effect (IDM or Glitch Effectrix kind) and a Kaoss Pad.
And here I am a fan ...
Example of the use of the crossfader and scenes: I'll spend my loop pitch -12 with a High pass above and within the note gradually (ie with a beautiful transition) in the same loop with a 12 pitch Low Pass radical and within a few ms ...

I think it is almost the machine hardware I dreamed since I electro (fifteen years).
"Almost", for some small defects: management patterns and banks is not simple enough, some gaps editing into a sequencer worthy of the name (limited polyphony, etc ...), tempo (yet once, sorry, but this is what I miss the most ...) ...
But you lose the one hand we win another thousand times.


It sounds, there's no denying it. Effects are super efficient, very modern, there is a good momentum, and 24 bit pleasure on a machine like that. I have not yet experienced enough all effects to really talk, but I have a very good first impression (including what they can do with their time).
And most importantly, coupled with scenes, machines neighboring the master track, it simply becomes a gas plant.


I for almost 48 hours, which passed on a good third.
I had (and I still have) in the hands of many sequencers and samplers.
Well the OT, it is a world apart I think. A real instrument.
The machine has hardware very well integrated the evolution of all software oriented "electro" all these years (Live, some plugins like Effectrix ...) .. I even found a small taste of FL Studio (which I love) in the sequencer (P-Lock on the grid).
The +:
Instrument in its own right
Originality / Sounds
Very well thought out ergonomics (especially the scenes)
Immense possibilities
The - (to date):
Management of banks / patterns somewhat laborious
No ability to set tempo by bank / pattern to date (unless you go by the way arranger, blah ..)
Rather than twice I would do this choice yes!

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