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Elektron Digitone Keys 37-key 8-voice Digital Synthesizer w/ Sequencer

 

With its powerful FM synthesis and intuitive subtractive synthesis signal flow, the Elektron Digitone module created quite a splash at Leaseville. Now Digitone Keys ups the ante by adding a high-quality Fatar semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch. With Elektron’s acclaimed sequencing onboard, your creative potential is practically unlimited. Digitone Keys is ready to rock with four independent synth tracks, each with a 4-operator FM synth engine featuring eight different FM algorithms and separate rear-panel stereo outputs. Those algorithms — along with pretty much everything else — can be locked to different values for each sequence step. Factor in four MIDI tracks, an arpeggiator for each track, two LFOs per synth voice, multimode filtering, and built-in effects, and the Elektron Digitone Keys may well be the FM synth you’ve always wanted.

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The complex timbres and sonic animation you can create with FM (frequency modulation) synthesis make it a unique method of sound creation, but the first digital synthesizers that came out in the 1980s were not known for their ease of use. Digitone Keys presents FM in a welcoming fashion. Each of the four synth tracks features its own 4-operator FM synth engine with eight algorithms. Elektron gave Digitone Keys a familiar subtractive synthesis-style workflow that makes tweaking these voices fun and intuitive. And with the potential to lock a different synth sound into every sequence step, Digitone Keys offers far more sonic potential than most 8-voice synthesizers — or most FM synths in general, for that matter.

We were thrilled when we found out that Elektron was putting out a keyboard version of the Digitone. But we were overjoyed when we got out hands on it! Elektron didn’t skimp — they went right to the Italian keybed masters. Digitone Keys features a premium Fatar keyboard with silky-smooth semi-weighted action, plus something else serious synthesists covet: aftertouch. With Digitone Keys, you can use assignable aftertouch to add a bit of tasty vibrato or other modulation to a note without taking your hands off the keys. Plug an expression pedal into the Control In B jack, and you’ve got even more modulation possibilities to make your sounds shimmer and shake — with your hands still on the keys! With Digitone Keys, Elektron has taken their innovative FM synth and made it insanely great.

If you’ve used any of Elektron’s instruments, you’ll be familiar with Digitone Keys’s polyphonic sequencer. Trig Conditions and Parameter Locks open up vast creative potential, allowing for each sequence step to have completely different sample and parameter values. The sequencer also features adjustable micro timing, allowing you to add subtle timing variations to humanize rigid-sounding patterns.

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