The Octatrack is an 8-track performance sampler. Recording of sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. All audio co... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Octatrack is an 8-track performance sampler. Recording of sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. All audio content can be heavily processed and radically transformed. Loops do not have to be restricted by tempo or tone and can always stay in sync no matter if they are pitch shifted or if the tempo of the sequencer is changed. The inflexible nature of samples is finally a thing of the past.
For the Producer
With the Octatrack you will be able to treat samples in radical ways. You will appreciate functions like changing the melody of certain sections of a vocal sample without the sample going out of sync. The extensive audio mangling capabilities paired with the user friendly interface make the Octatrack an outstanding studio tool.
For the DJ
Thanks to the immediate real time sampling function of the Octatrack you can sample your turntable and instantly play back the recorded loops. Add effects to the captured audio and use the sequencer and the assignable optical crossfader to really add a twist to your set. The Octatrack can be regarded as an extremely flexible second turntable.
For the Performer
Each of the eight stereo tracks can stream gigabyte-large samples which is great if you need backing tracks during a live gig. All samples can still be subject to time stretch and can of course also be processed by the effects or rearranged by the sequencer. The Octatrack is the most capable performance instruments available.
Instant sampling and remixing
Radical audio manipulation possibilities
Real-time pitch scaling and time stretch
Next generation Elektron step sequencer
Dual assignable FX per track
8 internal tracks
16 banks per project
256 patterns per project
8 arrangements per project
4 parts per bank
16 scenes per part
Supports swing and slide
Full real-time control
8 track external MIDI sequencer
12/24dB Multi Mode Filter
2-band Parametric EQ
DJ-style Kill EQ
2-10 Stage Phaser
2-5 tap Chorus
Echo Freeze Delay
Gatebox Plate Reverb
Lo-Fi (SRR, BRR, Dist and A.M.)
128x64 pixel backlit LCD
4 — 1/4³ impedance balanced audio out jacks
4 — 1/4³ audio in jacks
1 — 1/4³ stereo headphone jack
Advanced triple DSP system
44.1kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
Flash-EEPROM upgradable OS
USB 2.0 port
Compact Flash card reader
Infinium optical crossfader
80 MB Flex RAM per project
Static sample streaming from CF card
Sample engine reads 24 bit samples
Balanced Audio Outputs
Headphones out level: +15dBu
Main/cue outputs level: +10dBu
Output impedance: 550 Î unbalanced
S/N ratio: 102dBFS (20-20.000Hz)
Unbalanced Audio Inputs
Input level: +8dBu maximum
Audio input impedance: 9 k Î
S/N Ratio: 99dBFS (20-20.000Hz)
Unit power consumption: 8W typical, 18W maximum.
Recommended power supply: 6V DC, 3A
Sturdy steel chassis
Dimensions: W340—D181—H63mm (13.4—7—2.4³) (including, audio outputs, knobs and rubber feet)
Weight: approximately 2.4 kg (5.2 lbs)
16 GB high speed compact flash card included
2 GB of Loopmasters samples on the CF card
USB cable included
Printed User's manual included
Reviewed by 2 customers
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Comments about Elektron Octatrack DPS1 Sampler:
We all know and love the Machinedrum, I wish that's what I'd got.
So it does a lot. I think we all could guess that. The hardware and UI are my main issues, a sampler with 4 inputs and 2 outputs has me a little baffled. Every other production machine in its price range has at least 2 stereo outputs which I have come to understand as a standard. Outboard mixing and effects are absent from the octatrack.
I've been trying to reason this one out and the answer is pretty clear, you need all 3 of the machines in their current line. Without the RYTM and Analog4 I'm feeling like I bought a brain for machines I don't plan on owning.
I use an Akai s5000, MC-909 and Korg ESX-1 alongside Maschine. I use that setup for live and production setups. The Octatrack has no place in the workflow. It has its own thing going on, very little control over it with external midi and controls other devices poorly. Tracks meant to pass midi lose notes. It's clock seems to jump a bit. Jitter is very high across the whole machine.
The hardware is cheap and tiny. Out of the box 3 of the 7 knobs are loose and jump values. The XoX buttons are loud and the leds aren't as responsive as I hoped. About a 7ms delay for the lights. Which I wouldn't complain about if it wasn't the only way to monitor what's happening.
With so many options around it feels like a compromise. It will bend your sounds in ways you can't control and in that sense it will lead to a variety of sounds. Just no meat on the bones. It's a very dry machine. Effects heavy people who want "glitchy" sounds might be pleased. Anyone wanting to model a sound will be disappointed.
I relegate it to a curiously worthless category inhabited by machines like the Teenage Engeering OP-1. It sure looked like it should do something, but when it's time to work the machine feels like its a distraction.
I'll be buying an older machine or the Pioneer SP-16. Which has "issues" that all lead to inspiration.
Comments about Elektron Octatrack DPS1 Sampler:
I'm posting this only because there is just one other comment/review and it appears to be from someone who didn't dig very deeply into the Octatrack. It's a deep machine to master. It takes time... it's a ninja's weapon... an instrument, not just a sampler.
I'd directly refute the other review on build quality. It's excellent. I pack mine up and travel 2-3 times a week to use it, been doing this for over two years and it's one of the most solid pieces of gear I've ever owned (no exaggeration). The case is metal and the buttons/encoders are built to take abuse.
What an Octatrack does for me -
- record other grooveboxes or soundsources, in sync if MIDI capable, live
- easily import all of your existing DAW samples
- turn almost any piece of audio into a playable instrument, taking you into unexpectedly great sonic territory
- function as a samplebank for one-offs like drums, utilizing slice mode in just one channel
- serve as mixer for other devices with cue and fader functionality, there are FOUR OUTPUTS, not 2
- timestretch recorded audio, not just to get creative but to remix and produce without a computer
- MIDI control over up to 8 other machines, very easy to use with a keyboard controller
- extremely powerful, programmable effects unit you can stack across its audio channels
- hugely programmable sequencer that allows you to lock any parameter in the machine to a grid step
- parameters lockable to scenes, assigned to either side of crossfader for customized live action
- can act as a wavetable synthesizer when using single-cycle or custom waveforms
- arranger for creating full songs or even album length pieces, easy to create shorter chains for jams
- nearly all of the above can be done and even set up without stopping the music
It has limitations, and a learning curve. It's not for everyone. If you're willing to dig in and master it, it could be for you... if not, buy something easier that won't upheave your paradigm so much.