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Elektron Digitone keys

8 voices digital FM keys synthesizer (2018)



Overview The digitone is a 37 keys synth able to generatore 8 voices polyphony based on Fm synthesis. Also 4 tracks sequencer with Midi facilities with famous "parameter lock" from Elektron.  Metallic case, OLED display with pitchbender and modulation wheel, 8 big encoders for parameter tweaks and 16 trigger buttons. The digitone Internal memory (the drive) features 128 projects (songs) and 2048 slots for FM patches. 
Arpeggiator  Can be used only for internal synthesis (not external midi devices). It is possible to set step lenght, dividers, number of steps and real time transpose.
Sequencer 4 tracks as we said, variable swing mode, step mode or real time recording notes. Up to 64 steps are allowed with fine micro offset note; each step can have different parameters of notes (up to 3 notes chords).  Each track have a number of reserved voice, for voice stealing mode and priority. Of course sequences can be chained to make a SONG.

Also a desktop version is available it lacks also the CV connection, read HERE


Synthesis, filter, LFO and FX

FM the main core is based on simple 4 OP FM (not six like traditional DX7) which is edited by two main functions: SYN1 and SYN2 which allow to set algorithms, feedbacks, detune between osc.All is very "user friendly" if you hated the DX7 method, all here is pretty like real time.
Filter is digital and multimode (LPF 12 dB/Oct, LPF 24 dB/Oct, HPF 12 dB/Oct) with tradition subtractive resonance and cutoff.
LFO modulator with 7 shapes (tri, sqr, sin, saw, exp, ramp, rnd) and various time divides which can be slaved to midi clock.
Effects 3 with chorus, delay and reverb, all can be edited or synched like delay.
Fm synthesis

DIGITONE Technical Data

Digitone Keys 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
  • 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
  • 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
Physical specifications
  • Sturdy steel casing
  • Dimensions: W868 × D185 × H90 mm (including knobs, feet, and jacks)
  • Weight: approximately 6 kg

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