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Elektron Digitone Keys 8-voice Digital Desktop Synthesizer with 37-note Keybed

Elektron's most popular desktop synth has evolved into a fully-fledged compact workstation!

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Sam Beattie

The Digitone is among Elektron’s most popular bits of kit, and is arguably one of the most sought-after mid-price desktop synths on the market. Now they’ve supercharged it with a fresh tactile interface (while keeping it familiar and compact) and heaps of new features – oh, and did we mentioned there’s a 37-note keybed? Go forth and unleash digital chaos.   

Key features

  • Powerful digital FM synth engine with 8-voice polyphony
  • 37-note velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
  • Onboard sequencer and arpeggiator with numerous polyphonic functions
  • 4 synth tracks and 4 MIDI tracks with dedicated outputs per track
  • Additional assignable controls including pitch bend, modulation, cutoff and more
  • Can be used as a MIDI controller
  • 256 presets out the box, plus a free soundpack to start with

The Digitone, evolved

Elektron’s Digitone is an accessible 4-track FM desktop synth that made waves in the industry. It went against the grain to make digital synthesis cool again; the result was a mind-bending palette of throbbing basslines, jagged waveforms and crystalline ambience. With the Digitone Keys, Elektron have made it more accessible than ever.

The headline feature is the 37-note semi-weighted keyboard. The Digitone Keys is entirely self-contained, with the capacity to produce a track end-to-end in one unit. Elektron fans will be pleased to know that they’ve largely kept the main interface the same; the keybed appears to have been bolted on, but with a few extra bells and whistles. You’ve got pitch & mod wheels, plus 8 extra control knobs, all of which are assignable.

Digital polyphony for the masses

With 8 voices at your disposal, you’ve got just the right amount of sonic flexibility. Not only that, but you’ve got dedicated outputs per track, great for mixing and incorporating the Digitone Keys into your existing setup.

The Multimap feature lets you configure and assign individual sounds per region, so you can easily attain complex textures. It doesn’t end there though; the onboard sequencer comes equipped with polyphonic sequencing, arpeggiator per track, trigger conditions and much more.

Finally (and crucially), the Digitone formula is also known for its powerful FM engine. Combined with the new keyboard and assignable functions, and you can potentially unlock all manner of otherworldly sounds. This goes well beyond sawtooth basslines and sinewave arpeggios – the Digitone Keys is out to change the game.

Specifications

Synth voice features

  • 8 voice polyphony (4-part multitimbral)
  • Multiple FM algorithms
  • Multiple operator harmonics
  • 1 × multimode filter per voice
  • 1 × base-width filter per voice
  • 1 × overdrive per voice
  • 2 × assignable LFO per voice
  • Unison
  • Portamento
  • 2048 patch storage capacity on the +Drive

Sequencer

  • 4 × synth tracks
  • 4 × MIDI tracks
  • Arpeggiator per synth track
  • Polyphonic sequencing
  • Individual track lengths
  • Parameter locks
  • Micro timing
  • Trig conditions
  • Sound per step change
  • 128 × projects on the +Drive
  • 8 × Banks 16 × patterns per project

Send & master effects

  • Panoramic Chorus send effect
  • Saturator Delay send effect
  • Supervoid Reverb send effect
  • Overdrive master effect

Hardware

  • 37-key semi-weighted, velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch
  • Assignable pitch and modulation wheels
  • 8 × user assignable rotary encoders
  • 2 × 1/4” impedance balanced main out jacks
  • 8 × 1/4” impedance balanced track out jacks
  • 1 × 1/4” stereo headphone jack
  • 2 × 1/4” audio in jacks
  • 2 × 1/4” CV/Expression/Sustain jacks
  • 128 × 64 pixel OLED screen
  • 48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync out

Other specifications

  • Sturdy steel casing
  • Dimensions: W868 × D185 × H90 mm (including knobs, feet, and jacks)
  • Weight: approximately 6 kg
  • Dedicated MIDI controller mode
  • Overbridge enabled

Included in the box

  • Power Supply PSU-3b
  • Elektron USB cable
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£1,100.00
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