Elektron Digitone

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Digital Synthesizer

  • 8 Voices polyphonic (multitimbral)
  • Multiple FM algorithms
  • Each voice includes: 1 Multi-mode Filter, 1 Base / Width Filter, 1 Overdrive and 2 assignable LFOs
  • Sequencer with 4 synth tracks and 4 MIDI tracks
  • 1 Arpeggiator per track
  • Polyphonic sequencing
  • Individual track length
  • Parameter Locks
  • Micro timing
  • Trig conditions
  • Sound per step change
  • Send and master effects
  • Panoramic Chorus Send effect
  • Saturator Delay Send effect
  • Supervoid Reverb Send Effect
  • Overdrive master effect
  • Very sharp OLED display (for optimal visibility in dark surroundings)
  • Sturdy, durable and precise-looking rubber knobs and backlit buttons
  • Dimensions including controls and rubber feet (W x D x H): 215 x 176 x 63 mm
  • Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Suitable optional case: Art.489608 (not included)

Inputs and outputs:

  • 2 Audio inputs 6.3 mm
  • 2 Balanced audio outputs 6.3 mm
  • Headphone output
  • Hi-Speed ??USB 2.0
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru with DIN Sync output
available since February 2018
Item number 431568
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Design Desktop
Polyphony 8
Sound Generation Digital
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium None
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes
Optional Expansions No
Special Features None
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Handy and powerful FM synthesizer

Elektron is proud to introduce the Digitone, a polyphonic digital expander that is equipped with multiple FM algorithms and works with subtractive synthesis. It offers a variety of filters and effects so that new sounds can be created. In addition, it features a polyphonic sequencer that can be programmed extensively. Great importance was attached to user-friendliness during the Digitone's development, since FM synthesis is generally considered to be very complex to programme. The presets are already programmed and offer an excellent starting for experimentation. With this expander, every musician will have a handy device for FM sounds at their disposal that will prove its worth in both live performances and studio situations.

FM synthesis simplified

With its user-friendly interface, the Digitone provides a an easy starting point in the field of synthesis by means of frequency modulation. It features eight-voice polyphony and is equipped with four synth and four MIDI tracks. Each synth track is made up of four interconnected operators, which in turn can be selected as algorithms in eight different configurations in the menu. In addition, there are various filters, two LFOs, distortion and, as extra send effects, chorus, delay, and reverb which can be added with the internal signal routing option. The Digitone's step sequencer can be programmed extensively: Different parameters such as FM algorithms, presets, and filter settings can be set for each step, and the style of playing can also be adjusted with the microtiming function.

For endless creativity

The Digitone will provide an extensive laboratory for those who want to experiment and get creative with their sounds. The 512 presets offer a multitude of starting points for programming. From drum kits to spherical pads, you can create your desired sound with ease, and hours of fascinating exploration are guaranteed. And as if that were not enough, you can purchase additional sound packs from the manufacturer's website.

About Elektron

The Swedish firm Elektron was founded in Gothenburg in 1998. The company develops tools for producers, artists, and DJs to perfect their respective crafts. The company's award-winning Overbridge software is designed to seamlessly integrate electronic musical instruments into computer-based DAWs as controllers and as external sound cards. Elektron is continuously bringing new innovations to the market in order to seamlessly integrate music into our day-to-day lives.

Flexible for live and studio use

Thanks to its small size, the Digitone can be taken anywhere and is thus well suited to spontaneous jam sessions. The internal effects can be assigned to two external audio tracks using the two audio input jacks. Of course, the Digitone also has two audio output jacks. With the manufacturer's proprietary Overbridge software, the Digitone's hardware can be seamlessly integrated into DAWs such as Ableton Live, Cubase, and Studio One. The Digitone can thus be used as an external sound card as well as allowing presets and settings to be uploaded and saved directly to the DAW.

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Beautiful in every way
raindeer 04.08.2020
For something so capable, people will of course come up with wishlists for it. (Personally I'd like to be able to apply the filter on line in or have the ability to record all the tracks live together with a default note like on the Digitakt).

But basically this is just a stunning piece of kit. Once you've got the settings right to work with external gear it is just the right combination of powerful and playable. The factory sounds are already wonderfully dystopian and\or beautiful and you can either download additional ones or make your own from scratch by messing with algorithms, harmonics and so on... the main control interface of just switching between function pages for the 8 encoders works well although assigning LFOs on the fly from an immense list can be tricky.

For range I find it best to play with an external midi keyboard. Yes, the sequencer is great as others have said but its also nice to play as a standalone synth using as many of those 8 voices as possible and shaping the sound as you go. Start a drone with infinite release time going on one track and play along to it.

Something I wish I'd known: although by default Tracks 1-4 correspond to Midi channels 1-4, recording on these channels will not work well with the sequencer or with e.g. a sustain pedal. Instead make sure to use the Auto Midi Channel (default is 10 I think) and select the track on the Digitone instead.

Overbridge works quite well in Ableton I think but I've not had much luck with it in Logic. I can get a stereo mix but not individual tracks.
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An FM synth/groove box for music creation (not only for FM synth lovers)
omino 23.04.2020
This synth/groove multitimbral FM box is perfect for my electronic music requirements: fun, control and fluid workflow.

This machine is not for all: if you are able to understand/love which sensations FM synthesis can make you feel, this is THE little box of wonders.

Respect to older FM synths, here you spend more time creating music and less creating sounds, but if you want you can go deeply into the 90% of FM's secrets: the sound development process is simpler (respect to the older synths like DX7) and you don't have some alghoritms, but trust me, it is not a bad lack, you will be able to create all sounds you need in less time and you will have a lot more time for sequencing and creating music.

Having only 4 FM tracks and 4 midi tracks is not so bad considering that you can trig any sound you saved in the sound pool within any step of a project.

If you use an external keyboard you can map multiple sounds to multiple splits along the keyboard.
I found only one bad lack: untill now seems it is not possible to record external pitch/mod controls inside tracks (they work only playing live)....Elektron is reactive in updating firmware of it's machines with new features, so I expect that this must-to-have improvement will be implemented one day.

The Elektron sequencer inside this machine is magnificent. The workflow process is close to perfection.

Live is a great machine, but using buttons combinations will requires some (not so much) time.
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a fantastic machine
derkatsh 09.05.2022
I love everything about this little machine: it's sturdy, feels good, looks super pretty, the sound engine is massive, and the effects work great on external signals too (I used its chorus, distortion and delay for guitar and analog synths).

the UI is quite hands-on and very intuitive: in 3 yrs of using it I don't think I have checked the manual... it's just some menu diving on less frequently used options like re-mapping midi channels. Most things just work the way you expect them to, e.g. hold ,,copy'' and push whatever you want to copy (trigger/note, track, synth setting)... The only (slight) pain is switching between views while playing (to alter amount of reverb or attack on the envelope) because they require holding ,,shift'', so either wild fingers streching or taking hand of the keyboard for a short while... Still it's super playable ,,as an instrument'' (i.e. a proper synth, not ,,just a groovebox'').

Then the sequencer, it's fantastic! At first I didn't like the fact there's no step interface (entering notes one-by-one), BUT turned out with copy and transpose it's like impulsetracker.

The FM engine is ace, so clean! It's not entirely true it's 4op because you can stack voices with Unison settings (so effectively it's more like 16op with towers of at most 4 ops?). It's not that easy to make glitchy noises (like on, say, DX27) but it is doable: altering the waveshape, some feedback, offsets et voila, sounds as ugly as you please.
And it seems to be always normalized? I mean there's no ,,too quiet'' problem of less harmonically-riched sounds like when programming the DX.

The only thing which I found disappointing was the arpeggiator can't be set to send notes over MIDI. Even if you play it, there's just the chord being sent...

Oh I forgot: the display is really well contrasted. Even on a very sunny day and looking from an angle, it's still easy to read.

All in all, digitone is a modern classic.
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Amazing build quality, brilliant workflow, quality sound with great daw integration!
Genitive 19.04.2020
I had this synth for around 2 weeks now and it really is a brilliant bit of equipment! An amazing array of presets built in that show the incredible range this synth has and these are brilliant for guiding you into experimentation to create original unique sounds.

The overbridge support software for daw intergration of the synth has just been released for digitone and is a great logical experience for turning loops into actual tracks. The total recall function is very useful for loading the correct settings for that project to the digitone as soon as you activate the function.

For anyone who hasn't used Elektron products before, it does have a bit of a learning curve but after a day of playing with it and going through tutorials, you quickly become able to create and modulate all kinds of lovely sounds and turn them into nice 4 track tunes!

All round would highly recommend this great piece of equipment!

Also great service from thomann as always! Thanks
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