Thursday, November 15, 2012

Full Elektron Analog Four Announcement, Features are here!

Finally, the full details of the Analog Four are officially out.  I've copied and pasted the tech specs, but you can get a full rundown of the new beast here,.  There's also a variety of sound demos on Elektron's official Soundcloud (heard above).  In case you're wondering, the price is $1149.  They will start shipping on December 3rd.

Early impressions: The control voltage and sequencer are the real winners here.  As I mentioned in the previous post, Elektron have become experts with sequencing through hardware with their other devices, so there are some really exciting possibilities with 4 analog voice tracks and an effects track.  Above, the sequences sound pretty awesome.  Lots of squelchiness and warmth.  The control voltage will please the modular lovers, and those of you who've recently picked up the MiniBrute will be able to interface it with the A4 quite easily.  The effects will be a nice touch and make this stand out to live performers.

Time will tell how this stands up against the other products on the market-- the closest in functionality to it is the Tetra, but the Analog Four seems to have it beat on sequencing.  The additional $300 dollars might put it at a disadvantage, but I'm guessing the Analog Four won't appeal to your standard synth fan-- it seems like a tool for those of you who are really into mastering one piece of gear.

Tech Specs:

The Sequencer
4 synth tracks
1 FX track
1 CV/Gate track
128 patterns
Up to 64 step patterns
128 Sounds
128 Kits
16 Songs
6× arpeggiators
Individual track lengths
Swing, slide and accent functions
Track transpose
Micro timing
Parameter locks
Live friendly Performance mode
Sound-per-step change
Instant Pattern, Kit and Sound reload
Full real-time control
Full MIDI support

Track Effects
Wideshift Chorus
Saturator Delay
Supervoid Reverb

Synth voice features (×4)
Fully analog signal path
2× analog oscillators
Variable waveshape on all oscillators
Oscillator AM and Sync modes
1× 4-pole analog lowpass ladder filter
1× 2-pole analog multi-mode filter
1× analog overdrive circuit
2× sub-oscillators
1× noise oscillator
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× dedicated autobend envelope

122×32 pixel backlit LCD
MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync Out
2 × 1/4″ impedance balanced audio out jacks
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 and A/D converters
Flash-EEPROM upgradable OS
USB 2.0 port

Balanced Audio Outputs
Headphones out level: +19dBu (55 Ω )
Main outputs level: +19dBu
Output impedance: 440 Ω unbalanced

Unbalanced Audio Inputs
Input level: +19dBu maximum
Audio input impedance: 9 k Ω
Digital S/N Ratio: 102dBFS (20-20.000Hz)

Electrical Specifications
Unit power consumption: 14 W typical, 24 W maximum.
Recommended power supply: 12 V DC, >2 A

Physical Specifications
Sturdy steel chassis
Dimensions: W340×D176×H63mm (13.4×6.9×2.4″) (including, audio outputs, knobs and rubber feet)
Weight: approximately 2.35 kgs (5.18 lbs)"

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