The Rumours Were True: Introducing Digitakt II

Elektron's new Digitakt II is finally here! Take your sampling to another dimension, weaving splinters of sound in stereo, ripped from the moment and brought to your fingertips for marvellous audio manipulation and beat arraying. Utilize super-powered versions of classic features and a whole bunch of new ones via an updated modular workflow, an expanded sequencer, and tons more goodies. digitakt-II-elektronauts-01Features:

  • 16-track stereo architecture includes variable assignment modes that let each track operate in mono, stereo, or MIDI capacities
  • Versatile onboard FX include chorus, reverb, delay, overdrive, bit-reduction, and sample-reduction for evocative per-track texturizing
  • Filters comprising lowpass, highpass, comb, EQ, multimode, base-width, and legacy styles allow for multitudes of sonic-shaping for every track
  • Up to 3 LFOs can be assigned for each track to enable complex modulation both within and beyond the walls of the device
  • Supercharged composition includes a 128-step sequencer with 4 Trig modes, alongside iconic Elektron Parameter Locks for unmatched control at each step
  • Augmented processing power and onboard memory mean galvanizing sampling, sequencing, and storage for expanded compositional opportunities
  • Euclidean sequence generator augments songwriting and performance possibilities with nuanced layering and polymetric support

Digital drum computer & stereo sampler

Preserve or distort reality as you so desire with 16 tracks of samples in stereo, mono, or MIDI. And with enough memory for a lifetime of samples and the capacity to take them on audio adventures, your sonic-montage sculpting potential will know no beat-making bounds.

Endless Drum Collage

Digitakt II offers many times the power - and sonic possibilities - of its predecessor. It may be a familiar shape, and offer the same recognizable playfulness, but there is so much more power under the hood. And that brawn is at your disposal whatever the sound. Drums aren’t all it’s capable of. There are all kinds of melodic and harmonic possibilities to play with, not least straight out of the box via the revamped sample library.

Of course you can capture your own splinters of sound too. Sample, either externally or internally, freely or quantized to the tempo. With a radically enhanced memory capacity, and up to 30 minutes of stereo samples per project, you can take your ideas anywhere. Whatever the thunderclap, whatever the whisper, they’re all waiting to be triggered from over a thousand sample slots available in each project.

Machines & modularity

The Digitakt experience has evolved, offering an even more modular approach to sound creation. Mix and match the layers of your sonic landscape using any of the five distinct sample-manipulating Machines. Slice samples into precise fragments with Grid, or venture into new sonic territories with Werp. Use Repitch or Stretch or to fit your sample to the beat, and of course there’s One Shot for those crisp drum hits and tones.

Head to modulation station

Choose from several swappable filters for each track. One filter is fixed as a base/width filter, but the other lets you swap between Multi-mode, Low pass 4, Comb, EQ, or Legacy LP/HP. You also have a filter envelope and a separate amp envelope of ADSR - for more definition and control - and AHD - ideal for those short barks of percussion. Three LFOs per track give you the chance to go wild in modulation land. Try different waveforms and destinations on for size. Go subtle or go weird, both can be wonderful.

And to emphasize the flexibility available here, any of these settings can be individually selected for each track. There really is a multitude of options at your disposal to pull the audio in the direction you want.

Cause & FX

Transform your sounds with the built-in effects palette. Dip your brush into vibrant delay and reverb, widen your spectrum with chorus, and get destructive with bit reduction and sample rate reduction, or Overdrive. Apply as liberally as you like. Navigate to the mixer page to apply compression and master overdrive, sculpting unique sound textures at will. And with parameter locks, the application of your effects is supercharged.

Sequencer × II

For the first time in years, the Elektron sequencer has had a significant growth spurt. There are 128 steps on Digitakt II for your digits to traverse - double the previous amount. That’s a whole lot of P-Locking. And that’s just the start. Mix math and music, with the Euclidean sequence generator, courtesy of ancient algorithms, leading to the discovery of surprising rhythms; let the pattern roll the dice with conditional trigs. And use trig modes for a variety of fun functions - 16 levels of velocity, retrig mode, or bring the Preset Pool to the surface of the 16 triggers to record multiple sounds into one track.

And loads more

Digitakt II is a playground of sonic possibilities, packed with features designed for creative fun. Gather your favorite sounds into Kits for quick access. Perform Kit mode, inspired by a dash of hidden Machinedrum magic, gives you the freedom to experiment with your kit without overwriting its save state. A deeper control all allows instant parameter command across all or specified tracks. Trig modes offer super-fun ways to activate 16 levels of velocity, retrig, or bring the Preset Pool to the surface to record multiple sounds/different Preset Locks into one track. Activate keyboard mode, and play chromatically across 10 octaves, with over 30 different scales to try on for size. Song Mode, and the ability to connect to your other gear with balanced stereo ins and outs. The 16 tracks can be used for MIDI in, out, and thru, so you can sequence, play, and control full flocks of external instruments. MIDI is now able to quickly learn from your devices, sending them renamable CCs, triggers, sequences, and LFOs that can be saved to your kit for quick recall.

Transfer & Overbridge

Digitakt II has full Transfer compatibility, and it has been updated following this launch.

Digitakt II’s journey with Overbridge is very much underway, if not quite at the finish line. Digitakt II is built on a new platform, and the channel count far exceeds earlier products. Quality standards have been and remain the priority, and with Digitakt II’s launch we are happy to invite interested participants to join a private beta (to be communicated in the very near future) with the expectation that this will speed up the move to public release. We look forward to sharing more news when we have it.Explore & shop Digitakt II HERE.

Digitakt II support & downloads HERE.