Elektron announces the Analog Four–a four-voice hardware analog synthesizer and sequencer with a design approach similar to their coveted Machinedrum, Monomachine and Octatrack devices. The Analog Four hits streets on December 3 with an estimated price of $1099.
If you follow music technology blogs, you’re bound to have seen The Demon Who Wears Me, a mini-movie that has been floating around for a month or so now that works as a bizarre (yet intriguing) teaser advertisement for a new product from Swedish boutique hardware designers Elektron. The company has built a steadily growing reputation for quality and innovation with their popular Monomachine, Machinedrum, and Octatrack devices featuring tight sequencing, unique routing options and clever user interface design. Their user community has been abuzz with rumors about “a new Elektron box” and the company has recently revealed that the Analog Four, “a four voice analog synthesizer with state of the art digital controls,” will be released to the public on December 3, 2012.
Why the excitement about another analog synth for 2012? For starters, Elektron don’t make just average hardware. This boutique design and development firm creates high quality instruments that stretch our assumptions about what these machines are supposed to do. With the Analog Four, Elektron have combined four analog oscillators and filters with effects and a comprehensive digital sequencer that offers features like parameter locks, variable length per track, and arpeggiators, all in a portable box that can be used for studio or live performance use. With the addition of MIDI, CV/Gate, and DIN sync outputs, the Analog Four integrates nicely with new and old hardware alike.
“The Analog Four is the best of two worlds. The power of analog synthesis is enhanced with precise Elektron sequencing for a machine par excellence. This is an analog synthesizer for the modern age. Analog oscillators and filters ensure the most organic sounds imaginable and the Elektron step sequencer caters for the innovative sound control.” - Elektron
For more information on the Elektron Analog Four, Monomachine, Machinedrum, and Octatrack, head to Elektron’s website and YouTube channel for a plethora of strange and wonderful media. For a comprehensive look at the Elektron Analog Four’s capabilities, check out our friend Peter Kirn’s nice writeup at Create Digital Music. You can check out what the Analog Four sounds like from the Soundcloud links below.