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FIRST LOOK: Elektron unveils Model:Cycles, a 6-track FM synth groovebox

Following a brief teaser period, Elektron has dropped Model:Cycles, a new six-track FM-based groovebox and a sibling for the Model:Samples.

The FM engine inside here contains six ‘Machines’ that cover both percussive and melodic synths, enabling you to produce complete tracks on the device. These are known as Kick, Snare, Metal, Perc, Tone and Chord.

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Sound-sculpting starts with four core Synth Controls, and each Machine also has dedicated knobs for more “wild and unexpected” tone-shaping. The Control All feature, meanwhile, lets you adjust a single parameter across all tracks simultaneously.

Naturally, there are sequencing features in here, too: you can record everything in real-time or one step at a time.

Designed for both live and studio use, the Model:Cycles offers MIDI and audio connectivity and can run on mains power or batteries. It’s set to cost $299, and you can find out more on the Elektron website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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