Quick review of the updated Elektron Octatrack MKII sampler/sequencer

Elektron Octatrack MKII was announced in the last days of June and has already appeared on sale. This product is a modernized version of the popular 8-track sampler / sequencer Octatrack DPS-1, launched in 2011.

Elektron Octatrack MKII

Octatrack MKII is not very different from its predecessor, and almost all changes made by the manufacturer are aimed at improving the reliability and ease of use of the device, rather than improving functionality. So, the updated product received better buttons (they are designed for fifty million taps) with a backlight, a new contactless crossfader and a bright OLED display with “fantastic viewing angles”. Thanks to the new display (as well as the illuminated buttons), the MKII version is much better suited for working in darkened scenes.

I will note among other differences Elektron Octatrack MKII slightly modified design of the device and an increased number of function buttons to speed up the workflow.

You can buy the updated Octatrack MKII only on the company’s website Electron today. However, in the coming days it will appear at official dealers. As I wrote earlier the cost of the novelty is $ 1399.

Key features of Elektron Octatrack MKII:

  • bright OLED high-definition screen
  • illuminated buttons withstand up to 50 million keystrokes
  • contactless crossfader
  • Precision encoders
  • a large number of assignable buttons
  • Balanced audio inputs with a large power margin
  • full compatibility with Octatrack MKI

Elektron Octatrack MKII technical specifications:

  • 8 stereo tracks
  • 8 assignable MIDI tracks
  • Instant Sampling
  • time-stretch & pitch-shift in real time
  • 2 × insert FX per track
  • 3 × LFO per track
  • Elektron’s friendly sequencer
  • contactless crossfader
  • 128 × 64 OLED screen
  • Precision encoders
  • Backlit buttons
  • 1 × ¼ “headphone output
  • 2 × ¼ “balanced main output
  • 2 × ¼ “balanced cue output
  • 4 × ¼ “balanced external input
  • 1 × USB 2.0

Elektron Octatrack MKII dimensions:

  • dimensions: W340 × D185 × H63 mm, including knobs and legs
  • Weight: 2.3 kg

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