2010年3月26日星期五

Octatrack from Elektron / OP-1 from Teenageengineering

This time Elektron had unviled its new octatrack in Musikmesse. It's been already around 6-7 years after they release monomachine. So everyone had been waiting for their new toy for a l---o---n---g time.

In short, Octatrack is an 8-track loop sampler with an Elektron twist (the thing that makes people love this company). This machine fits exactly in a part of the current trend of the development of electronic music - live looping - think something like the performance of Tim Exile. Octatrack has 4 analog inputs and an Elektron design (which almost means it will be great for live use) so it should start a new wave of "people beatboxing/playing instrument/singing, layering and tweaking them up" kind of thing. Which should be quite fun to watch and listen.

I still prefer OP-1 to Octatrack because it fits my workflow better. The design that have these things all included, is just simply amazing:
1) tactical control (not touch screen);
2) synthesis;
3) sampling;
4) built-in mic;
5) sequencing;
6) refined design;
7) nice building quality;
8) built-in rechargeable battery;

This thing seems very useful and lovely. For me this could mean the shortest distance between musical ideas to musical result ever - no booting up time, no wire connections and audio/midi routing. Just tweak sound when I need synthesis, sing when I want vocal, play when I need instrument, all can be recorded witin a few button presses - it is very simple. We are normally overwhelmed with zillions of functions and possibilities, but forget that a simple function can be used in many ways.

In the old days, people use limited functions wisely to slove problems and create things, these days people just google a solution online, and there can never be enough "solutions" if we go into details on each matter in our life.

These Swedes are really taking there own place in electric music gear world. I want to go there someday.

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