Elektron Digitone Keys
The Elektron Digitone Keys is an eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer keyboard that can usher in soundscapes of distant dreams and worlds previously out of reach. The 37-key velocity and pressure sensitive keyboard with aftertouch gives you a whole new level of expression and control of the Digitone’s intuitive sound engine.
The vast sonic potential of FM synthesis
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 sequenced step, Digitone Keys offers far more sonic potential than most 8-voice synthesizers — or most FM synths in general, for that matter.
Premium aftertouch-enabled Fatar keybed
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 its innovative FM synth and made it insanely great.
Familiar Elektron sequencing
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.
Take control of your DAW via Elektron Overbridge
Overbridge lets you integrate your Digitone Keys synth and sequencer right into your DAW, routing audio to and from your hardware via a single USB cable. Better yet, you get a whole graphic user interface to control every major aspect of Digitone Keys, essentially turning it into a plug-in.
Note: Overbridge support will be available at a future date.
- 8-voice FM synthesizer with sequencer and keyboard
- 37-note semi-weighted Fatar keybed with aftertouch
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 4 synth tracks, each with a 4-operator synth engine with 8 algorithms
- 4 MIDI tracks for sequencing external gear
- Powerful Elektron sequencing with parameter locking
- 2 LFOs per voice
- 1 arpeggiator per track
- Built-in send effects include Panoramic Chorus, Saturator Delay, and Supervoid Reverb
- Built-in Overdrive master effect
- Sequencer supports micro timing adjustments for humanizing sequences
- Overbridge enabled
- Separate rear-panel stereo outputs for each synth track, plus main L/R outs
- Stereo input jacks for processing external audio
- Sustain and expression pedal inputs
- 3-year Elektron warranty
Type: Synthesizer Keyboard with Sequencer
Sound Engine Type(s): Multiple FM Algorithms
Number of Keys: 37
Type of Keys: Semi-weighted Fatar Keybed, Velocity-sensitive
Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod wheel
Polyphony: 8 voice, 4-part multitimbral
LFO: 2 x LFO per voice
Filter: Multimode Filter, Base-width Filter
Effects Types: Panoramic Chorus, Saturator Delay, Supervoid Reverb, Overdrive
Sequencer: Polyphonic Sequencing, 4 x Synth tracks, 4 x MIDI tracks, 8 x banks, 16 x patterns
Storage: 2048 x patch storage capacity, 128 x sequencer projects
Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4″
Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (main out), 8 x 1/4″ (4 stereo tracks)
Headphones: 1 x 1/4″
USB: 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O: In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ (sustain), 1 x 1/4″ (CV/expression)
Power Supply: 12V DC power supply (included)
Dimensions: 868 x 185 x 90 mm
Weight: 6.0 kg