Audio / Hands-on Review

The Elektron Analog Four

The Analog Four is the latest entry in Elektron’s series of uniquely “electronic” flavored instruments. This time they’ve delivered a four voice desktop analog synthesizer with precise digital control, a six-track sequencer, macro performance knobs, effects and six arpeggiators. In this review, we check out its features, program a four-track loop on the sequencer, and explore the macro knobs in detail. Equally suited to both studio use and live performance, the Analog Four is a powerful tool for electronic music makers.

Sequencer 4 synth tracks
1 FX track
1 CV/Gate track
128 patterns
Up to 64 steps per pattern
128 Sounds
128 Kits
16 Songs
6× arpeggiators
Individual track lengths
Swing, slide and accent functions
Track transpose
Micro timing
Parameter locks
Live friendly Performance mode
Sound-per-step change
Instant Pattern, Kit and Sound reload
Full real-time control
Full MIDI support
Effect Types Wideshift Chorus
Saturator Delay
Supervoid Reverb
Synthesizer Fully analog signal path
2× analog oscillators
Variable waveshape on all waveforms
Oscillator AM and Sync modes
2× sub-oscillators
1× noise generator
1× 4-pole analog low pass ladder filter
1× 2-pole analog multi-mode filter
1× analog overdrive circuit
Filter feedback
2× assignable LFOs
1× dedicated vibrato LFO
2× dedicated waveshape LFOs
1× amp envelope
2× assignable envelopes
2× dedicated LFO fade envelopes
1× dedicated noise fade envelope
1× dedicated vibrato envelope
1× dedicated autobend envelope
Hardware 122 × 32 pixel backlit LCD
MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync Out
2 × 1/4" impedance balanced audio out jacks
2 × 1/4" audio in jacks
1 × 1/4" stereo headphone jack
2 × 1/4" dual CV/Gate outputs
48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
Flash-EEPROM upgradeable OS
USB 2.0 port
Balanced Output Headphones out level: +19 dBu (55 Ω )
Main outputs level: +19 dBu
Output impedance: 440 Ω
Unbalanced Input Input level: +19 dBu maximum
Audio input impedance: 9 k Ω
Digital S/N Ratio: 102 dBFS (20-20.000Hz)
Electrical Specifications Unit power consumption: 14W typical, 24W maximum
Recommended power supply: 12 V DC, >2 A
Physical Specifications Steel chassis 
Dimensions 13.4 × 6.9 × 2.4" (340 × 176× 63mm) - including, audio outputs,
knobs and rubber feet
Weight Approximately 5.18 lb (2.35 kg)