Superbooth 19: Elektron Released Digitone Keys, 8-Voice Poly FM Synthesizer

Elektron has today released Digitone Keys, a new 8-voice polyphonic digital FM Synthesizer. Initially chopped off as photoshop mockup, it becomes in the evening reality. The Digitone Keys is not just a Digitone with a keyboard but offers many new functions. It offers a 37-key velocity and pressure sensitive keyboard that gives you a new level of expression of this excellent FM engine.

Elektron Digitone Keys

On top of the new keyboard, the developer added 8 new full-customizable controls. You can assign them easily with the features you want. It’s also possible to map different sounds to different regions of the keyboard. New are also portamento support, separate outputs for synth voices, food pedal, and CV inputs. It’s pretty sure a powerful new FM Synthesizer but one can discuss the design and price, both positive and negative.

Elektron Digitone Keys

Features

  • Synth voice features
    • 8 voice polyphony (4-part multitimbral).
    • Multiple FM algorithms.
    • Multiple operator harmonics.
    • 1 × multimode filter per voice.
    • 1 × base-width filter per voice.
    • 1 × overdrive per voice.
    • 2 × assignable LFO per voice.
    • Unison.
    • Portamento.
    • 2048 patch storage capacity on the +Drive.

  • Sequencer
    • 4 × synth tracks.
    • 4 × MIDI tracks.
    • Arpeggiator per synth track.
    • Polyphonic sequencing.
    • Individual track lengths.
    • Parameter locks.
    • Micro timing.
    • Trig conditions.
    • Sound per step change.
    • 128 × projects on the +Drive.
    • 8 × Banks 16 × patterns per project.
  • Send & master effects
    • Panoramic Chorus send effect.
    • Saturator Delay send effect.
    • Supervoid Reverb send effect.
    • Overdrive master effect.

  • Hardware
    • 37-key semi-weighted, velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch.
    • Assignable pitch and modulation wheels.
    • 8 × user assignable rotary encoders.
    • 2 × 1/4” impedance balanced main out jacks.
    • 8 × 1/4” impedance balanced track out jacks.
    • 1 × 1/4” stereo headphone jack.
    • 2 × 1/4” audio in jacks.
    • 2 × 1/4” CV/Expression/Sustain jacks.
    • 128 × 64 pixel OLED screen.
    • 48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters.
    • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port.
    • MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync out.
  • Physical specifications
    • Sturdy steel casing.
    • Dimensions: W868 × D185 × H90 mm (including knobs, feet, and jacks).
    • Weight: approximately 6 kg.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Dedicated MIDI controller mode.
    • Overbridge enabled.
    • 3 year Elektron warranty.
  • Included in the box
    • Power Supply PSU-3b.
    • Elektron USB cable.

Elektron Digitone Keys is available now for $1299 USD/1320€/1180 GBP in limited number directly from Elektron. The next units are available to pre-order through retailers carrying the Elektron range of products.

More information here: Elektron

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