NAMM 2017: Elektron Unveils Brand New Digitakt Drum Sampler And Computer

Hardware synth specialists Elektron are aiming to make their latest creation as affordable as possible. Cenk from Elektron takes us through the reasons you should be excited.  

Synth specialists Elektron make some weird and wonderful hardware and at NAMM 2017 the company took the covers off Digitakt, its new compact drum sampler and sequencer. According to Elektron, "It contains all the necessary tools to make people move to the beat. A digital and highly flexible sound engine, sampling capability, a live-friendly sequencer and the means to control external MIDI gear. Rounded off with a super crisp OLED screen and wonderfully tactile back-lit buttons"


With eight voices, eight audio and eight MIDI tracks internally as well as Elektron's Overbridge technology that allows the company's instruments to also work as software plugins, it certainly looks like a serious piece of gear, but one that also maintains an element of fun, blending hard electronic with warm analog processing.  

Digitakt highlights

  • 8 internal audio tracks
  • 8 dedicated MIDI tracks
  • 1 × Multi-mode filter per audio track
  • 1 × Assignable LFO per track
  • Delay and Reverb send FX
  • Sampling capability
  • 64 MB sample memory
  • 1 GB +Drive storage
  • 2 × ¼” input & 2 × ¼” balanced output
  • 1 × High Speed USB 2.0 port
  • MIDI IN, OUT and THRU ports
  • Overbridge support

Digitakt will be available spring 2017 at an expected price of $650. 

Read more about it here.


Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


Always with the scoop on the new gear! Thanks Rounik!
But what about outputs!!!!!!!???

How can you miss to ask about this, Rounik, when he's talking about Analog Heat? Will Overbridge alllow separate outs and/or does it have separate outputs in the hardware or both? AAAAHHHHH!!!! (Screaming in frustration)

I have to know this. I must. I will.
Sorry Mik... I blame the jet lag. It was literally the 1st interview I did not long after getting off the plane. Plus, I was calculating a way to get inside the glass case without Cenk realising... ;-)
What is the major difference, improvement or does it overlap with octatrack? Is it a compact and streamlined version of the octatrack?

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