Here I would really like to break a lance for electron. The Analog Four is my first device from the Swedish blacksmith, I have never had one in my fingers. Nevertheless, I came right with it, a look into the manual was very rarely necessary. Everything is there where it should be and not more interlaced than absolutely necessary. The display is small, but the available space is used excellently.
Why Elektron, however, the YES button placed in the middle left is just as little as the placement of the SHIFT or FUNCTION button on the left casing. Even with my gigantic limbs it is almost impossible to load a new sound with one hand. For a star print (actually 2, but otherwise the operation is so conclusive that I can definitely not be less than 4 stars).
Features The four voices available are top in every way. Whether oscillators, filters, envelopes, LFOs, modulation possibilities - I can not think of anything I could miss. The midification is exemplary. Only one stereo out or 2 mono outs - 1 star trigger. According to various voices from different forums, the A4 is not suitable for studying. I use the (by the way excellent) internal sequencer hardly, sequence everything from Cubase. The only restriction are the outs, there must be recorded one after the other - a restriction which I take in the face of the extreme Featurereichtums of the A4 gladly in the purchase.
@Electron: When does the polyphony come? This must be retrofitable on the softwares side.
Sound You Youtube, Soundcloud, etc. - The A4 can also be gentle to giddy - that comes partly in the demos not so right over. The filters sound great just in the area of ??the self-resonance. Not as fat as my Slim Phatty or as clear as the Dark Energy II, rather ... different. Must try. I like it. The sound is incredible. Not least thanks to the high-quality digital FX.
processing Top. Can not say otherwise. I'd rather have had less slippery caps on the encoders, but this is a matter of taste. My A4 has - probably because of a small transport damage - seem to get a proper hit on the upper, left corner. A small bit of anodizing has peeled off the screw, the housing has apparently easily twisted in itself. In view of the massive steel plates, it must have been fierce. Conclusion: the box tilts slightly, hovering in the upper left nearly one millimeter in the air. Unfortunately, I was after the first test so flashed from the crate that I did not claim the damage.
Anyway - stands now on a stand and since the a little gives way to the same.
Conclusion Price-performance: wonderful. I would like ne rack or desktop version without sequencer and with 4 stereo outs.
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