NAMM 2017: Elektron's Digitakt is a digital "beatmaking powerhouse"

We can't wait to hear how this thing sounds.
We can't wait to hear how this thing sounds.

NAMM 2017: Elektron knows a thing or two about drum machines, so we've got high hopes for Digitakt, the compact new beatmaking hardware that it's just announced.

Powered by a digital sound engine, this promises an "astounding" feature set that will enable you to create everything from "four-on-the floor workouts to polyrhythmic excursions". There's also sampling, a sequencer that's tailored to live use, and MIDI I/O. The buttons are backlit and the screen is OLED.

There's not much more information at this stage, but we want to get hands-on ASAP. Expect the Digitakt to land in spring - price to be confirmed.

Elektron Digitakt features

  • 8 internal audio tracks
  • 8 dedicated MIDI tracks
  • 1 × Multi-mode filter per audio track
  • 1 × Assignable LFO per track
  • Delay and Reverb send FX
  • Sampling capability
  • 64 MB sample memory
  • 1 GB +Drive storage
  • 2 × ¼" input & 2 × ¼" balanced output
  • 1 × High Speed USB 2.0 port
  • MIDI IN, OUT and THRU ports
  • Overbridge support
Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.