A polished version of Merlin's OT guide here

As you should all be aware, a few years back @Merlin wrote an excellent guide on how to approach the complexity of the Octatrack. It certainly helped me get to grips with the relationship between patterns and parts, which I think trip up a lot of new users. Consider it essential reading alongside the user manual.

After reading it again recently, I thought it could be tidied up to enhance readability. I’ve left the meat of the content alone and simply corrected typos and altered the style somewhat. I’ve run it past Merlin, who gave me the go ahead. Props also to @enryo, who gave me the idea by making a version of the guide that was optimised for Kindle.
Here’s the PDF, and a word version too in case you want to tweak it yourself.

Some Thoughts on Elektron’s Octatrack by Merlin (edited by Thermo).pdf (1.1 MB)
Some Thoughts on Elektron’s Octatrack by Merlin (edited by Thermo).docx (1.5 MB)

How hard is it to use an Octatrack?
Looping live instruments
Did I get a bum unit?
Care to help me with advice to meet a preferred workflow?
Resampling-problems on octatrack mk2
Sampling Alternatives to Octatrack?
Just got an octatrack
Hello World Octatrack
Abusing a Track for Live Input (From Merlins Guide)
New Patterns destroying previous in Project
Moving on to an Octatrack MKII from a Digitakt
Adding effects to audio in
Free Octatrack Tutorials list + Live setups & Performances examples
Noob questions
How to safely save patterns on OT Mk1
Convince me that an OT was not a mistake
Where should I begin...?
Just ordered OT, whats next..?
OT different samples for each pattern
OT : First Steps
Octatrack difficult beast
Brand new OT, no idea how to start!
I think OT Mk2 will not be my definitive "WorkStation"... but,
Learning Schedule for the Octatrack MKII
What gear would you like to see elektron do next?
Elektron university?
Octatrack parts noob
New to Elektron - Some Thoughts
Octatrack Techno/House? thread
Struggling to begin with OT
Mastering the Octatrack ass backwards
Biggest common workflow mistakes?
Help me fall in love with my OT before I part with it
Yup, the frustration is real
OT MKii - Part Per Track Possible?
Best solo Elektron machine for techno ambient deep bass
What's your latest purchase & what are your intentions with it? [pics ftw] (Part 2)
Octatrack mk1 Sample locks
Is this a proper use case for Parts?
How can I transpose a pattern and save it to another pattern?

Great work, thanks.

Nice one, thank you

This is amazing! Can’t believe I haven’t picked this up sooner - thanks to both for the effort. As a new Octa user this is blowing a lot of the smoke away, really well written.


Thank you :thumbsup:

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Thanks though, this look great!

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Hahaha :joy: For all the time I spent fixing Merlin’s typos, I didn’t notice my own! Thanks.


Nice work…
I’ve noticed in the original and still here in section 4.2 it reads:
“Another flex machine lives on track five and was assigned to sliced2”
But the graphic shows flex5 to be assigned to sliced1…
I believe the graphic is correct in context to the example but the initial line should read:
“Another flex machine lives on track five and was assigned to sliced1” :thinking:


Thx for this.

Thanks for the feedback. I’ve updated both the PDF and Word files so that line now reads “Another flex machine lives on track five and was assigned to sliced1”
I’ve also hyperlinked the headings in the TOC.



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Bump because I wanted to say thank you for this… Now jumping into it after finishing up the MKII manual to see what else I can learn! :nerd_face:


Thank you all for this really helpful guide :blush:


Thanks for reminding me - I’m gonna read it again too :slight_smile:


More stuff to read while I’m having breakfast in the morning. Thank you.

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It’s a great guide, but I wish there was a part 2 to it (maybe a Mk II!) exploring more of the options. Maybe I should think about really getting into the guts of the machine and writing something over the next few months!


Would be rad to see an update regarding the use of the other machines a bit more.

Would this slowly turn into a sort of peer reviewed open source User guide?

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I agree that it’d be awesome to see an update to the guide. As Merlin is the original author, I think it’d be best to open discussion with him about any substantial changes/updates to his document.
However, if anyone else has ideas on how it can be improved and what more can be added, then I’m happy to collaborate and cast a technical writer’s eye over it.


Even a wiki or github documentation could be useful.


Thank you very much Thermo and also Merlin for publishing this guide, a great help…much appreciated

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