In late August AskAudio broke the news on Oversynth's new overlays for the Korg MS-20 Mini. Not only did these front panel overlays make the synths look more interesting and aesthetically pleasing, they also were designed to help unlock some of the more complex synthesis possibilities available in the MS-20 Mini.
Now they are back with overlays for the Elektron Model:Samples. Initially we dodn't think this machine needed much improvement. We didn't, that is, until we saw two of the gorgeous designs from Oversynth. Here's more info about the new overlays from the Oversynth press release:
Oversynth.com has released a collection of new overlays for the Elektron Model:Samples groovebox. There are a variety of colors schemes and designs to choose from, and they all feature high contrast graphics and large fonts for easy viewing in low light. The overlays make good use of color and/or patterns to group related controls together. For example, most designs use the color blue to identify controls relating to sample playback, LFO controls tend to be colored yellow, etc. Shift functions for each control are clearly indicated using either white or black text over a contrasting background.
The waterproof overlays are printed on durable and recyclable polyester sheets (not vinyl, fiber, or plant-based paper). The overlays are semi-rigid so they will stay flat and won't easily curl, but they are also thin enough so they won't interfere with the function of knobs or controls.
The overlays are held in place by the front panel knobs and by two small adhesive tabs, and installation takes about 5-minutes. Simply remove the front panel knobs from your Model:Samples (you may need to use a small knife or letter opener to help pry off the knobs), peel off the removable-adhesive backing from the corners on the reverse side of the overlay, place the overlay over the front panel, then slide the knobs back on. The adhesive provided is low-tack so the overlay can easily be removed if desired.
Here is a link to a video that demonstrates the overlay installation:
The new overlays for the Elektron Model:Samples, as well as overlays for the Korg MS-20 Mini, Behringer Neutron, and Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) Evolver desktop synthesizer can be found on the Oversynth website.
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