Elektron Digitone Keys Eight-Voice Digital FM Synthesizer and Sequencer

Elektron Digitone Keys Eight-Voice Digital FM Synthesizer and Sequencer
Key Features
  • 37-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard
  • Pitch & Mod Wheels + 8 Rotary Encoders
  • 4 Synth Tracks
  • 4 MIDI Tracks
The Elektron Digitone Keys is a ready-to-go performance machine with intuitive controls for sound crafting including a 37-note keyboard, mod and pitch wheels, dedicated outputs per track, and eight customizable encoder controls.
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Elektron Digitone Keys Eight-Voice Digital FM Synthesizer and Sequencer

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Elektron Digitone Keys Overview

The Elektron Digitone Keys is a ready-to-go performance machine with intuitive controls for sound crafting including a 37-note keyboard, mod and pitch wheels, dedicated outputs per track, and eight customizable encoder controls.

The instrument features an FM synthesizer with an integrated 8-voice sound engine, a live-performance-friendly sequencer, the means to control outboard MIDI equipment, and full Overbridge support, which allows for full integration with DAW environments, including a dedicated VST/AU plug-in interface. The unit is designed for heavy use and features high-resolution encoders, durable backlit buttons (rated for 50 million presses), and a crisp OLED screen for a clear and streamlined user interface.

The Digitone leverages the powerful sound design capabilities of FM synthesis and combines it with traditional subtractive methods to create a powerful and easy-to-use FM synthesizer with modulation options such as pitch bend, breath control, velocity, and aftertouch. Each synth track offers four operators per track with eight different algorithms, followed by an overdrive effect, a base-width filter, multimode filter, and amp, along with two assignable LFOs

The velocity sensitive keyboard features aftertouch and offers five new performance buttons for accessing a multitude of features including hold/portamento, arpeggiator, multimap, external setup, and track note/chord. The hold button allows you to latch the note for continuous operation, while using the function key with hold accesses the portamento menu, which offers a ton of useful settings for shaping how the instrument glides between notes. The arpeggiator features standard and customizable patterns and works in conjunction with the hold function. There are four arpeggiators, one for each part. External setup disconnects the keyboard and pitch/mod wheels from local control, allowing you to quickly control outboard MIDI equipment, while the track note/chord function allows you to quickly and easily transpose notes, set a note scale, and engage a very useful single note chord generator. And finally, multimap allows you to map each of the four voices to different sections of the keyboard, allowing access to the four engines simultaneously.

There are eight encoders that are factory assigned to the most used parameters in sound control including filter cutoff, resonance, harmonics, ratios, and more. Additionally, the eight encoders can be freely assigned to any number of parameters, allowing for customized performance controls.

The sequencer provides advanced features, such as polyphonic sequencing, individual track lengths, micro-timing, trig conditions, and sound-per-step changes. Additionally, there are dedicated Panoramic Chorus, Saturator Delay, and Supervoid Reverb send effects, as well as an overdrive master effect.

The Digitone features a pair of 1/4" main outputs, as well as stereo pairs of outputs for each sound engine, allowing you to use an outboard mixer and effects for further fine tuning your sound. There is also a pair of 1/4" inputs, which allow you to route external sounds through the machine and apply send effects. Like all other performance machines by Elektron, the Digitone offers parameter locks, which allow any sound-shaping function to be sequenced to any point on the sequencer; this results in powerful effects that are accurately timed. What's more, any parameters that have been adjusted can be undone at the press of a button.

Overbridge is a software extension that allows for the use of Elektron's analog hardware as a plug-in within a DAW. You can design sounds onscreen using an intuitive and dedicated plug-in. Use the knobs and keys on the Digitone instrument, or do both at the same time. Overbridge lets you enjoy precise synchronization and automation while using the strengths of the Elektron sequencer and your software sequencer to get the best of both worlds.

Key Features

  •  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
  • Sequencer
    • 4 synth tracks
    • 4 MIDI tracks
    • 1 arpeggiator per synth track
    • Polyphonic sequencing
    • Individual track lengths
    • Parameter locks
    • Micro timing
    • Trig conditions
    • Sound per step change
    • 128 x projects on the +Drive
    • 8 x banks, 16 x patterns per project
  • Send & master effects
    • Panoramic chorus send effect
    • Saturator delay send effect
    • Supervoid reverb send effect
    • Overdrive master effect
  • Hardware
    • 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
  • Overbridge enabled
  • Dedicated MIDI controller mode
  • Includes
    • Power supply
    • USB cable

Overbridge and Digitone

  • Preset manager/librarian functionality
  • MIDI over USB
  • Digitone sequencer/DAW sync
  • Computer screen visualization of Digitone parameters
  • Audio streaming of all internal tracks, external inputs, and main bus to separate DAW tracks
  • Fully integrate Digitone with DAW environments
  • Control Digitone with a dedicated VST/AU plugin interface
  • Use Digitone as a 2-in/2-out sound card (CoreAudio/ASIO/WDM)
  • Recall all Digitone settings when loading a DAW project

Elektron Digitone Keys Specs

Polyphony8 Voice Polyphony (4-Part Multitimbral)
Voice AlgorithmsMultiple FM Algorithms
Voice Control1 x Multimode Filter per Voice
1 x Base-Width Filter per Voice
1 x Overdrive per Voice
2 x Assignable LFO per Voice
Tracks4 x Synth Tracks
4 x MIDI Tracks
Arpeggiator1 x Arpeggiator per Track
FeaturesPolyphonic Sequencing
Individual Track Lengths
Parameter Locks
Micro Timing
Trig Conditions
Sound-Per-Step Change
EffectsPanoramic Chorus Send Effect
Saturator Delay Send Effect
Supervoid Reverb Send Effect
Overdrive Master Effect
Display128 × 64-Pixel OLED Screen
Audio Connectors2 × 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
MIDI ConnectorsMIDI IN: 5-pin DIN
MIDI Out / DIN Sync A: 5-pin DIN
MIDI Thru / DIN Sync B: 5-pin DIN
AD/DA Conversion48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D Converters
USBHigh-Speed USB 2.0: Type-B Port
PowerPower Adapter: 12 VDC, 2 A, 24 W
General Specifications
EnclosureSturdy Steel Casing
Dimensions (W x D x H)34.2 x 7.3 x 3.5" / 868.0 x 185.0 x 90.0 mm (Including Knobs, Feet, and Jacks)
Weight13.2 lb / 6.0 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight17.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.38 x 0.5 x 0.1"
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