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Elektron Analog Rhythm

Drum machine (2014)

elektron analog rhythm

" Analogue drum synthesis with sample playback , updated in 2019 with MK2 "


OVERVIEW  high quality compact metal cabinet, 12 rubber pads with velocity (missing the classic 16 from MPC?)  and aftertouch.
Pretty small 122 x 32 pixel display in 8 bits style and classica array of elektron encoders which sends MIDI messagges for automation.
System works with 48 kHz, 24-bit DAC / ADC.

MIDI In/Out/Thru (can be set to Sync mode with 24 or 48 PPQN )
2 × 1/4″ impedance balanced main out jacks 
4 × 1/4″ dual mono separate voice out jacks §
1 × 1/4″ audio in stereo jack 
1 × 1/4″ stereo headphone jack 
USB 2.0 port

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SOUNDS  There are 12 available drums arranged into tracks: with these  abbreviations family BD, SD, RS, CP, BT, LT, MT, HT, CH, OH, CY and CBF.
Analog Rytm generates eight independent voices that can be used to give sound to as many percussive timbres generated with 3 different synthesis modes: Noise Generator, Percussion Sound Generator and Sample Playback Engine (load your wav stuff). The sound then is passed thru a dedicated envelope generator for amplitude, finally to analog overdrive circuit, compression and distortion with adjustable amount.

SOUND GENERATOR features various models according the the sound:
-Classic beat drum is a sinewave modulated thru the pitch EG with variable tuning, sweep and waveform (symmetry).
-Bass drum hard same as above with SNAP factor 
-Bass drum FM based on basically the classic beat drum with linear modulation frequency with variable modulator and carrier 
-Snare is created with 2 detuned oscillator mixed to white noise and snap factor; hard and FM factor are variation similar to previous explained Bass Drum models.
-Rimshot two oscillators mixed with an impulse generator and a noise generator
-Hand clap, similar to 808, it is composed by two parts a repeating EG (flam) with a noise generator
-Bass TOM similar to Beat drum with sinewave generator 
-Closed Hat Classic – Open Hat Classic based with 6 square wave oscs thru complex filtering.
-Cymbal Classic: similar to Hihat process
-Cowbell: more cowbell! its due square similar to tr808 (gosh, we still get back to the roots).

Sequencer filter and fx

SEQUENCER pattern based system with recordable sound parameters, variable quantisation, swing, user lenght and time-signature (also odd).
 A maximum of  4×16 steps is allowed with classic accent, slide and a lot of advanced functions.Patterns can be recorded to either Grid Recording or Live Recording; first one is based o n.... guess what ,TR roland machines then it is possible to spice the pattern with MicroTiming (up to 384 precision) . Live mode, as the name says, is more a drummer approach with metronome function, with some performance function like drum rolls 
Finally patterns can be chained to classic song.

FILTER multi mod 12 dB/Oct 

FX reverb and delay 

MEMORY 1GB internal SSDD called +Drive with a max amount of 4096 drum sounds + 128 projects, each with 128 kits and 128 pattern

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analog rhythm Technical Data

Drum voice features (×8)

  • Fully analog signal path
  • 1 × specialized analog percussion sound generator
  • 1 × sample playback engine
  • 1 × analog overdrive circuit
  • 1 × 2-pole analog multi-mode filter
  • 1 × panning VCA pair
  • 1 × filter envelope
  • 1 × amp envelope
  • 2 × individual effect sends
  • 1 × assignable LFO
  • 1 × dedicated LFO fade envelope


  • 128 Projects (+Drive)
  • 128 Kits per Project
  • 128 Patterns per Project
  • 16 Songs per Project
  • 4096 Sounds (+Drive Sound Library)
  • 128 Sounds per Project
  • 127 samples per Project
  • 1 GB +Drive sample storage
  • 127 factory samples

Send effects

  • Delay
  • Reverb
Master effects
  • Analog stereo distortion
  • Analog stereo compressor
  • 12 drum tracks
  • 1 FX track
  • Up to 64 steps per pattern
  • Individual track lengths
  • Trig mute, accent, swing, slide functions
  • Micro timing
  • Parameter locks
  • Chromatic mode
  • Scene mode
  • Performance mode
  • Sound-per-step change
  • Assignable Retrig
  • Instant Pattern, Kit and Sound reload
  • Full real-time control


  • 12 velocity, pressure sensitive, and backlit pads
  • 122×32 pixel backlit LCD
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync Out
  • 2 × 1/4″ impedance balanced main out jacks
  • 4 × 1/4″ dual mono separate voice out jacks
  • 1 × 1/4″ audio in stereo jack
  • 1 × 1/4″ stereo headphone jack
  • 48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
  • Flash-EEPROM upgradable OS
  • USB 2.0 port
Balanced audio outputs
  • Headphones out level: +15 dBu (55 Ω)
  • Main outputs level: +15 dBu
  • Output impedance: 440 Ω unbalanced
Unbalanced audio inputs
  • Input level: +15 dBu maximum
  • Audio input impedance: 9 kΩ
Electrical specifications
  • Unit power consumption: 14 W typical, 20 W maximum.
  • Recommended power supply: 12 V DC, >2 A
Physical specifications
  • Sturdy steel chassis
  • Dimensions: W340×D176×H63 mm (13.4×6.9×2.4″) (including power switch, knobs and rubber feet)
  • Weight: approximately 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs)

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