With the Model:Samples, Elektron has unveiled a budget-friendly sample workstation at NAMM 2019 that comes with a very simple but new design. 6 tracks in total that can be either filled with samples or used as MIDI sequencer. The latter can do everything you love on Elektron instruments: parameter lock but also a brand new chance parameter. The Model: Samples makes one thing significantly better than any previous Elektron device: it has a one knob per knob function architecture for a fast workflow during performances.
Model: Samples is nothing groundbreaking new, that’s clear. An almost similar feature list can currently be found in the Digitakt (NAMM 2017), which has more features for a bit more money. So Elektron packs the Digitakt engine in a new compact housing, leaves some functions (no live sampling, less MIDI sequences…), add more controls for quicker sound manipulations, makes it mobile (battery pack coming soon) and cheaper. It’s clear that Elektron wants to reach a new target group with the Model:Samples, which is looking for cheaper instruments. Whether it will be successful, you will see in the next few months!
News From January 22, 2019
For the NAMM 2019 Elektron has announced the Model: Samples, a new sampling music production workstation. It’s a six track sampled-based groovebox that features a one knob per function architecture with sample import support, sequencer with parameter automation and more. Cool is you can also use it as external sequencer for sequencing other hardware instruments.
The name of the new Elektron does not sound very cool, but the concept is very reminiscent of a Digitakt Lite in my opinion. It has less features (no live sampling…) but it’s more portable. We will see at NAMM 2019 how powerful this device is.
Meet the six track groovebox that offers massive sound in a compact size. You get pretty much all of the Elektron superpowers in a sleek, lightweight, and accessible package. Loads of useful presets and loads of space for your own sounds. The controls are right there at your fingertips. A truly plug-and-play bundle of joy!
Six track sample based groovebox packed with great sounds
The sound engine uses high-quality digital samples. There are 300 preset sounds supplied by Splice, ranging from the familiar kicks, snares, and hi-hats to exotic, never-before-heard ones. With a few tweaks, you can easily personalize any sample until it sounds just the way you want it. Transfer your own samples into it, or use any of the expertly crafted custom sound packs.
As an Elektron first, this machine offers a complete set of tactile controls, with one function per knob. They’re all right there on the front panel; just grab a knob and twist it. Unleash your music spontaneously using the six tough, velocity-sensitive pads. Record your every move live, or punch in your creation one step at a time using the superb Elektron sequencer.
Ready to go
At under one kilogram, you’re getting the benefits of a light and convenient machine that will surprise you with its snarling sonic power.
- Control All lets you twist your sounds to oblivion. Then use Reload to take you back to where you started
- Use Parameter locks to automate parameters. Each step can have a totally different sound
- Load six samples at once – just like a kit. Great when you have made a Pattern with Parameter locks, LFOs etc… Load six new samples to instantly experiment and come up with unique and unexpected results
- Write basslines and melodies using Chromatic mode
- New Chance parameter. Chance determines the possibility whether the sequencer steps on a track are triggered or not. Combining Chance with the Control All functionality can lead to many interesting results and happy accidents
- Record sequences with or without quantization. Steps can be micro-timed with individual Swing control per track
- Individual Step Length per track
- Individual Tempo Multiplier per track
- Class compliant USB audio 2.0
- 6 Audio tracks (all of which may be used as MIDI tracks as well)
- 6 x Velocity sensitive pads
- 96 Projects
- 96 Patterns per Project
- 1 x Sample playback engine per track
- 1 x Resonant multimode filter per track
- 1 x Assignable LFO per track
- Delay and reverb send FX
- Elektron sequencer up to 64 steps with unique length and scale settings per track
- Real-time or grid recording of notes and parameters
- 64 MB sample memory
- 1 GB storage
- Class compliant USB audio 2.0
- 1 x 1/4″ Headphones output
- 2 x 1/4″ Balanced main outputs
- 1 x High speed (micro) USB 2.0 port
- 1 x 3.5 mm standard audio minijack (TRS) for MIDI In
- 1 x 3.5 mm standard audio minijack (TRS) for MIDI Out/Thru
- 2 x slots for attaching Powerhandle BP-1 (battery pack to be released at a later date)
Elektron Model:Samples will be available in February for a price of $399 USD.
More information here: Elektron