Elektron Octatrak DPS1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Written by

Ollie Mason

The Octatrack is a powerful sampling instrument that features an ingenious audio engine combined with the acclaimed Elektron Sequencer. Record and process  audio in real time. Then add effects, restructure, experiment and use the included cross-fader to create the perfect track in the studio or working in real time live on stage.

Work quickly and let your creative mind run with the extensive audio mangling capabilities, transforming your samples far beyond what you thought possible.


Crossfader deluxe

The optical crossfader adds a wealth of live control possibilities. Add sudden bursts of effects to a sound, make smooth transitions between tracks, or completely and utterly change the sound of a whole pattern. The choice is yours.

Next generation sequencer

All the tracks of a pattern can have individual length settings. Not to mention different time signatures. Or the possibility to assign different parameters to each note. This amount of control makes it easy to create intricate and evolving poly rhythms.

Sample slice

Slicing a sample divides it in different regions. Once the sample is sliced the sequencer can play back the various slices in any order. Slice points make it easy to break down and restructure audio from the ground up. An indispensable remix tool.

Loose and rigid

The micro timing feature equals high resolution note trig editing. Every note can be nudged back and forth with a resolution of 1/384th steps. Thanks to micro timing, fast flams and off-kilter stutters can be realized with no effort.

MIDI control

Eight dedicated MIDI tracks are at hand. Every MIDI track comes with an arpeggiator, three assignable LFOs and two pages of CC parameters. Micro timing, individual track length and time signature settings further enhance the MIDI experience.

Design an LFO

No less than three LFOs are available per track. But there is more. The LFO designer tool, in which customized LFO waveforms can be drawn, literally illustrates how astonishing samples affected in a precise manner can sound.

Easy editing

The audio editor is where editing of samples takes place. Here trimming, loop point handling, normalization, splicing, and a range of other options are carried out. The clear graphical interface makes editing tasks quick and efficient.

Card storage

Compact Flash cards are the storage medium of the Octatrack. Cards up to 64 GB can be used, providing the means to store an immense amount of samples. As a 16 GB card is bundled with the Octatrack, start producing right away.

Audio track features (x8)

  • 1x Specialized machine
  • 1x Track recorder
  • 1x Amplitude envelope
  • 3x LFOs
  • 2x User selectable track effects
  • MIDI track features (x8)
  • 1x Arpeggiator
  • 3x LFOs
  • 10x configurable CCs


  • 8x Audio tracks
  • 8x MIDI tracks
  • Up to 64 steps per pattern
  • Individual track lengths
  • Individual track time signatures
  • Chromatic, slice, slot, and delay freeze modes
  • Parameter locks
  • Sample-per-step change
  • Micro timing
  • Retrig functionality
  • Swing and slide
  • Full real-time control


  • Compact Flash card storage
  • Amount of Projects dependent on CF card size
  • 80 MB Flex RAM per project
  • Static sample streaming from CF card
  • 256 patterns per Project
  • 256 sample slots per Project
  • 8 Arrangements per Project

Track effects

  • 12/24dB multi mode filter
  • 2-band parametric EQ
  • DJ-style kill EQ
  • 2-10 stage phaser
  • Flanger
  • 2-5 tap chorus
  • Spatializer
  • Comb filter
  • Compressor
  • Lo-Fi (SRR, BRR, Dist and A.M.)
  • Echo freeze delay
  • Gatebox plate reverb
  • Spring reverb
  • Dark reverb


  • 128x64 pixel backlit LCD
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • 4 × 1/4 impedance balanced audio out jacks
  • 4 × 1/4 audio in jacks
  • 1 × 1/4 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
  • Sample engine reads 24 bit samples

Balanced audio outputs

  • Headphones out level: +15dBu
  • Main/cue outputs level: +10dBu
  • Output impedance: 550 unbalanced
  • S/N ratio: 102dBFS (20-20.000Hz)

Unbalanced audio inputs

  • Input level: +8dBu maximum
  • Audio input impedance: 9 k
  • S/N Ratio: 99dBFS (20-20.000Hz)

Electrical specifications

  • Unit power consumption: 8W typical, 18W maximum
  • Recommended power supply: 6V DC, 3A

Physical specifications

  • Sturdy steel chassis
  • Dimensions: W340×D181×H63mm (13.4×7×2.4) (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
  • 3 year Elektron warranty
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