Elektron Octatrack Review

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Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by Tarekith » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:16 pm

Finally got some time to write my review on the Elektron Octatrack:

http://tarekith.com/elektron-octatrack-review/
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by aikighost » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:19 am

I agree with most of what you say about the octatrack. But there are a few things I find really annoying.

1. The limitation to 8 tracks means that if I want to do complex beats I end up either suing a lot of loops (not my thing) or I have to put multiple samples on the same track which is both awkward and counter intuitive IMHO. If Id been on the design team I would have insisted we got 16 tracks like the machinedrum.

2. 4 parts per bank instead of 16? WFT? Worst deign decision ever. This means I cant have a different sample setup per pattern I have to share 1 sample bank amongst 4 patterns. Yet again counter intuitive and goes against what machinedrum users are used to.

3 Last but not least. Over complicated sampling. I've had the octatrack fro 6 months now and I still cant reliably remember how to do sampling and have to grab the manual. In fact its gotten to the point that I now tend t sample in my PC and just transfer via USB. How can a sampler make sampling so awkward? I never had this kind of trouble with my Korg ESX1
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by dna598 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:36 am

Good review, however it has only confirmed that I won't be getting one of these. Overpriced and limited IMO.
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by tigali » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:04 pm

I must say I'm mystified that no company seems to have cracked what so many people want. Basically, Ableton in a box. If the MPC 500 or the Octatrack had managed it either one of them could have become HUGE. Instead they both have their problems/limitations. I think the Octatrack have come closer but 8 tracks? Double that, at least. And simplify the processes. I'm looking to make my own mutant: The front of the BCR2000, The pads of the Korg PadKontrol and the mind of Ableton Live in one box...with batteries. I'm gonna make billions.

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by LeifonMars » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:48 pm

Tarekith wrote:Finally got some time to write my review on the Elektron Octatrack:

http://tarekith.com/elektron-octatrack-review/
Had one of those. Loved it. Sold it. Ableton still reigns. Too pricey for the gimmicks imo.
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:18 pm

great review, kind of been waiting for you to do one, thanks

@tigali, actually it's been done already, it was called the yamaha su700 and if they did a 2012
version of it it would be just that 'ableton in a box' it was a great and groundbreaking piece at
it's time.

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by tigali » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:32 am

Also meant to say thanks for the great review. Really comprehensive.

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by Rogue Scrunt » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:05 am

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by rydn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:39 pm

Very helpful review, thanks.

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by littlepig » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:50 am

Thank you. Intersting review and Ienjoyed your down tempo set

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by runningoutofspace » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:21 pm

Nice review.

I've had the Octatrack since November and a few months ago I spent two straight weeks just trying to get my head around all that it can do and what I wanted to do with it. I found that I'm a bit more reserved (or grounded) in the way I that go about using it because the endless capabilities can sometimes lead to nowhere or a point of no return. The Octatrack shines when you give it a specific purpose amongst other gear and don't try to make it a "jack-of-all-trades". I control it through Live and have begun offloading duties from Live to other hardware which I can give specific purposes, provide stabilty in Live and function in and outside of the box.

The bottomline is that you have to find a way to best use it. A lot of people have sold theirs for whatever reasons, be it the financial state of the world, disappointment in expectation that it would have 16 "Easy" buttons, or a lack of dedication. I, personally, don't think that it is bad to try to make it a jack-of-all-trades but IMHO, the Octatrack shines best when it has a specific purpose amongst a complete system and you aren't trying to make it do everything while getting to complex with every capability.

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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by djadonis206 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:34 pm

Curious. I was so impressed by the MD UW I put an Octatrack on order, arrives tomorrow. I just like that Elektron sound, plus I got the time to learn new stuff. I'm kind of blown away daily, but the new shit I come up with on the MD. I'm excited for the Octatrack
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by Tarekith » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:47 pm

It is AWESOME!
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by biologik » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:24 pm

djadonis206 wrote:Curious. I was so impressed by the MD UW I put an Octatrack on order, arrives tomorrow. I just like that Elektron sound, plus I got the time to learn new stuff. I'm kind of blown away daily, but the new shit I come up with on the MD. I'm excited for the Octatrack
I think you're my doppelganger. I too was so blown away by the MDUW that I bought an OT... today in fact.
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Re: Elektron Octatrack Review

Post by JuanSOLO » Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:56 am

I cant wait to get one of these.
I'm doing the Tempest first, then Octatrack though.

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