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Elektron Roll Out New Firmware for Digitone & Digitakt, Adding Requested Features + Fixes

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Some big new features were announced for Elektron’s Digitone and Digitakt overnight, adding some awesome new functions and workflow improvements including a dedicated trigger probability parameter, step-preview function and class-compliant USB audio (meaning iOS/Android compatibility!)

Some other improvements include a couple of step record modes, so now Digitone users can input chords manually rather than playing them live,  the ability to purge unused samples from the project sound pool to free up RAM, higher resolution in the modulation matrix for more subtle and precise modulation, randomise function on the Digitakt now also randomises the sample used, Digitone’s LFO can now be set to mono (handy for FX like tremelo that require all voice’s LFOs to be in sync) and plenty more minor tweaks.

I’m a big fan of the Digitone, of the Elektron boxes I’ve used, it’s by far my favourite. My mind’s boggling at some of the possibilities here, particularly at the prospect of simply plugging the Digitone directly into my iPad and using any one of the squillions of FX apps out there to mangle it. Super cool.

YouTuber Dave Mech has been extremely quick in getting a video out on both units that gives you the rundown:

Here’s the full lists copied from the Elektron site:

Digitone Improvements:

  • The Digitone/Digitone Keys now supports class compliant audio over USB.
  • Added a new step recording mode for the sequencer. Press [RECORD] + [STOP] to enter STEP RECORDING mode.
  • Added play modes: POLY, POLY (MONO LFO), MONO, MONO LEGATO. MONO and MONO LEGATO modes also have note priority options.
  • Added the possibility to select all unused Sounds in the project’s Sound pool.
  • Added the functionality to preview a single step (including its parameter locks) on the sequencer for both audio and MIDI tracks by pressing [TRIG] + [YES]
  • Added a new TRIG PROBABILITY parameter.
  • Added a new trig condition (100%) to the X% range.
  • Added the functionality to control Voice Reuse per track. It sets if the same note played twice should reuse the same voice, or cycle to use another free voice (default setting).
  • [Digitone Keys] Added the possibility to select if the Pitch Bend and Mod wheel should affect only the currently selected track or all tracks simultaneously.
  • Separated TRANSPORT from CLOCK send and receive settings in the SYNC menu.
  • [Digitone Keys] Added the possibility to select track in the Control In modulation setup.
  • Added snap values for the LEN parameter on the TRIG page.
  • Added snap values for the LENGTH parameter when pressing [FUNC] + [UP]/[DOWN] in the SCALE menu.
  • Restructured the SETTINGS menu.
  • Moved the Audio Routing options for USB Audio to the SETTINGS > AUDIO ROUTING menu.
  • Active notes originating from the [TRIG] keys are no longer automatically note off:ed when entering GRID RECORDING mode.
  • [Digitone Keys] Changed so that the screen reflects the assigned control knob CC when pressing [USER MODE].
  • Improved resolution of modulation depth from Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheel, Aftertouch, Velocity, Breath Control, Control Input A/B.
  • Improved graphics for the algorithm on SYN1 and SYN2 pages. It now indicates the operators affected by parameter changes.
  • Prevented MIDI feedback problems that could occur when pressing [STOP] twice.
  • The user is now prompted to select SysEx transfer interface when sending project backups, and USB+MIDI is selected.
  • Added support for OS upgrades using Elektron Transfers Drop page.
  • Improved the visual feedback from the [REC] key in LIVE RECORDING mode. The [REC] key now blinks per beat independent of the sequencer position.
  • Changed the MIDI port name to read “Elektron Digitone” over USB.
  • It is now possible to live record Sound pool Sounds from the Sound Manager or Sound Browser.

Digitakt Improvements

  • The Digitakt now supports class compliant audio over USB.
  • Added a new step recording mode for the sequencer. Press [RECORD] + [STOP] to enter STEP RECORDING mode.
  • Added the possibility to select and/or purge unused Sounds and samples from a project.
  • Added the functionality to preview a single step (including its parameter locks) on the sequencer for both audio and MIDI tracks by pressing [TRIG] + [YES].
  • Added a new TRIG PROBABILITY parameter.
  • Added a new trig condition (100%) to the X% range.
  • Randomizing the SRC parameter page now also affects the SMP (sample slot) parameter.
  • Separated TRANSPORT from CLOCK send and receive settings in the SYNC menu.
  • Added snap values for the LEN parameter on the TRIG page.
  • Added snap values for the LENGTH parameter when pressing [FUNC] + [UP]/[DOWN] in the SCALE menu.
  • The active sequencer step is now indicated in CHROMATIC mode.
  • Prevented MIDI feedback problems that could occur when pressing [STOP] twice.
  • Added support for OS upgrades using Elektron Transfers Drop page.
  • Moved the Audio Routing options for USB Audio to the SETTINGS > AUDIO ROUTING menu.
  • Changed the default tempo mode to PATTERN TEMPO mode.
  • Improved the visual feedback from the [REC] key in LIVE RECORDING mode.
  • The user is now prompted to select SysEx transfer interface when sending project backups and USB+MIDI is selected.
  • Changed the MIDI port name to read “Elektron Digitakt” over USB.

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