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Elektron Model:Cycles


6 Track FM groove box

  • 6 Machines: Kick, Snare, Metal, Perc, Tone and Chord
  • 4 Controllers for direct sound processing depending on the selected machine: colour, shape, sweep and contour
  • 6 Audio tracks - can also be used as MIDI tracks
  • 6 Velocity sensitive pads
  • 96 Projects
  • 96 Patterns per project
  • Delay and reverb
  • Real-time and step input of notes and parameters
  • Headphone output: 1x 6.3 mm jack
  • Output: 2x 6.3 mm TRS jack
  • MIDI In: 1x 3.5 mm standard audio mini jack (TRS)
  • MIDI Out / Thru: 1x 3.5 mm standard audio mini jack (TRS)
  • Dimensions including buttons and rubber feet (W x D x H): 270 x 180 x 40 mm
  • Weight: approx.0.814 kg
  • Includes PSU-4 power supply, USB cable and MIDI adapter (5-pin to 3.5 mm TRS mini-socket)
  • Suitable case: Art.492899 (not included)
Sound Synthesis Digital
Pads 6
Effects Yes
Bass Yes
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Number of analog outputs 2
Headphone Connector Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
available since February 2020
Item number 486110
Fader(s) 0
Storage Medium Internal
Footswitch connection 0
Headphone Output 1
Shape Desktop
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An awesome FM groovebox if you know what to expect
Archion 25.09.2021
As a guitar player I needed a drum machine to add some beats to my ambient/minimalist pieces. At first I considered something different but a friend of mine who is quite a synth nerd recommended me this by saying it's more versatile than many others. When checking some Youtube demos I arrived at the same conclusion and ordered it.
To put it shortly, it fully met my expectations. Although some people have said it is quite limited, mainly when it comes to sound synthesis, in my opinion, if used as a drum machine with quite a lot of extra features, it is still quite a versatile instrument! But I'm a guitarist, so what do I know, haha.
The main magic lies in the sequencer, which has quite an extensive array of features. Parameter locking, conditional locking to name just a few. So you can build quite complex arrangements with it.
The unit is made of plastic, but it is quite sturdy. The only things I am a bit worried about are the pads and rubbery buttons, but we'll see.
To end my review I'd like to give my two cents from the blindness perspective. I know we are a tiny minority, but I'm not the only blind person who buys from Thomann, so maybe this part will be useful for some people.
As most of the things are done with knobs and buttons, it can be used quite easily if you remember what each of them does. A nifty trick for that is to make a recording of some sighted person giving you the overview of the layout, so you can reference it later.
The manual is well written and easy to understand.
There is some menu diving, that can get quite confusing for the blind, but unless you go very deep it can be done very easily by referencing the manual.
SO, to conclude this review in one sentence, I'm really happy with my first full fledged drum machine!


Holy s***!!!
DonSchlup 06.02.2021
It took me a couple of hours to be confortable with the basics of the workflow, but it should be noted that my experience with any of this digital world was nonexistent until I got the Cycles. Started out just trying to make simple 16-step sequences, and went from there. At the end of my first session I found myself making a couple of Nine Inch Nails covers and having a blast!

It's got it's own sound, and I feel like you either like it or not. It's certainly not as aggresive-sounding as some of my favourite electronic pieces, like Aphex Twin and Autechre, but when playing that kind of stuff, it fills it with it's own vibe, and I definitely love it. Coupled with some pedals makes it pop out even more, and I can honestly say that maybe Elektron is charging too little for this box.

Build quality is great, and all that, but... Come on. The sounds matter most, especially in this price range. And there isn't really anything that I wish was different. It has a powerful sequencer, great FM sounds, easy controls, and a fluid workflow.

Basically, if you're on the fence, just get it!


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The Untouchables 13.11.2020
We use this to make BASS driven music . We want them LONG BOOM ... this is the one ...

Bass cuts thru like Crazy and the cord are really cool a warm . the FX are better than the Model Cycle . I only with there were 4 instead of 2 ....
Presets are OK enough to Make at least 10 tunes if not more . though I still wish there were More ; but then you would never learn how to use the machine if you are only using presets.
I recommend this specially for the Hole Elektron eko-system and way of thinking . the control ALLLL function Really set both the Cycle and sample apart . VEAR VEAR COOL TOYS .


I love this groove box
the GGG 20.04.2021
I really love a lot of things about this groove box. The FM sounds it creates are insanely good, the kicks sound incredible. It really excells at creating ambient stuff as well as hard hitting techno.
I am releasing my first single in a few weeks and all of the music was created on the cycles, I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
The functionality is great, it is so intuiutve and inspires creativity in so many ways. Just playing around with different delay times can create cool grooves and the chance parameters can make almost generative sequences effortlessly.
A few limitations, as to be expected with something so well priced. Only one LFO can be applied to each track, which has left me wanting more from time to time. Also, you can't send the tracks to record separately through the USB, it records all tracks as one signal. I went around this by recording one track at a time which was time consuming but at least allowed for a good mix.
Over all, I think this an excellent machine and so much fun to get stuck into.


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