Creative Sequencing Techniques: Using Push & Ableton Live to Control Elektron Analog Rytm

Ableton Live, Ableton Push, Analog Elektron Rytm. All three are capable and great by themselves. But, what happens when you sync them all together? Timo Preece gets inspired in this tutorial.  

The Elektron Analog Rytm 8 voice drum computer has been making colossal waves since its release. Its powerful sequencer, parameters locks, multicolored velocity/pressure sensitive pads, and massive low end, in my opinion, make it one of the leading hardware drum machines on the planet. 

There is no shortage of features packed into this incredible unit. Sounds can be programmed directly through the hardware itself by punching in steps or playing the pads in live record mode. Sequencing is more fun than a barrel of monkeys and I've been able to develop combinations of patterns unique to this machine. 

To bridge worlds and further expand my options, I combined the Rytm with two powerful allies'

Timo Preece (Certified Ableton Trainer, ProTools Expert) is an accomplished audio technologist, multi-media consultant, sound designer and electronic musician. He graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a Masters in Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh, UK. From conceptualizing and building cutting-edge setu... Read More


I've been looking at Rytm and Octatrack for both studio sound creation and live performance. I use Ableton Suite, but not with Push. I see from above how to activate via Ableton to the Rytm. I'm trying to determine if I can send sounds I'm creating on the fly w/ Ableton to be played out through the Elektron? Also, can I use the Elektron to control a software synth? How about applying live filters/effects from Ableton to sounds playing from the Elektron?

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