Free Octatrack Tutorials list + Live setups & Performances examples

Hi! Elektronaughts.

Forum really helped me to learn Octatrack!
While studying, I’ve collected a lot of info from the forum and a lot of videos from youtube that I want to share:

Posts on this tread:

Tried to systemise the info, but still it’s a mess :slight_smile: Sorry for that!
But still hope it still will be helpful for somebody :v:

And If you like, you can check out my Octatrack musical performances:

And you can also check out my band:

Thank you :love_you_gesture:

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Thanks for compiling and sharing this :+1:

Cool. Thanks. :slight_smile:

Is it possible to use OT’s Arp with external midi keyboard while in Audio Track mode ? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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:joy: I guess, Octatrack is a never ending learning process :nerd_face:

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Good stuff! I am still learning mine and it is the most fun I’ve had in a long time with new music gear after the initial frustrations.

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Hmmm… I like the thought and concern, but taking away the author’s/creator’s distribution and traffick is not really fair.

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I agree with @CarlMikaelBjork - maybe it would be better to collect links to the videos instead. You could include a screenshot and a description!

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My apologies, don’t want to be unfair :relaxed:
This videos helped me a lot & I’ve used only freely accesable info.
How can we solve it?
I can put links in files names, or as tengig said collect links to the videos instead, or I can open the folder to everybody for adding & editing.

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A collection of links or a play list. Solved.

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Ok, just give me time :blush:

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I reluctantly sold my MK1 a few years back, but I just got an MK2 and my god it is like I’ve never played before. Thanks for the list I will definitely be using them over the next few weeks.

Thanks homie!

LIST OF FREE OT TUTORIALS

Best source of info about OT:

Elektronauts Forum

sezare56 - elektronaughter with huge experience with OT

Cuckoomusic - video tutorials
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOojfmX4Wq3Ww-XP_IkvviQ

Kenny Zhao - video tutorials
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5AwpKcfeiiMljrITsBhDng

Manuals:

Official OT Manual

Unofficial Merlin’s OT guide

PC/MAC/IOS TOOLS

For faster use of OT:

OctaEdit - Editor for Octatrack (OSX/Windows)
http://octaedit.com/features/

OctaChainer - tool for creating sample chains and slice data (OSX/Windows)

OctaZip intelligent archiving tool for use with Sets and Projects (OSX/Windows)
https://octaedit.com/octazip/



MIDI controller apps:

Manifold - For The Octatrack (iOS App)

OT Touch OSC Template
https://nightmachines.tv/post/163212222594/i-making-a-touchosc-template-for-my-ipad-to-act-as



PERFORMING LIVE

Live setups with Octatrack:

Octatracks in AV AV AV’s Live Setup

Plugged In - Stimming

Hutenberger - How I Play Live

Dux TOURS with this OCTATRACK and NO LAPTOP! [DAWLESS RIG]

Octo Octa Boiler Room BUDx Seoul Production Masterclass

How to CYLVESTER (Making of CYLVESTERmaschine)

Surgeon’s techno live setup

Live DAWLESS Setup - How to perform WITHOUT a Laptop!

Moog Mother-32, Elektron Octatrack & Analog Rytm User Interview
유저인터뷰[Daniel Monaco편]

Octatrack mk2 Tutorial - My Live Performance Setup

Octatrack MK 2 - Preparing a Set for a Jam Session

Octatrack Workflow #6 Playing Live

Dan Curtin opens up about his creative process

Octatrack Recap - Remixing Stems with Pre-Planned Patterns

My Live Dawless Workflow Performance Octatrack, MPC Live

Octatrack Deconstructed | Drums + Chopped Samples (Boombap)

Throwing Snow

How Barker built a plate reverb for percussive experiments

Rhythm Roulette: Medslaus | Mass Appeal

How I play live: DARK SKY

Preparing For First Live Show w/ Octatrack

Octatrack Livesets

One To Watch: Fadi Mohem (Electronic Beats TV)

Going Dawless with the Octatrack | Electronic Music Without A Laptop

Octatrack Tutorial Video: Mixer, FX Box, External Remixer!

DJ_ing:

ELEKTRON OCTATRACK DPS-1для DJ (русский/rus)

How to DJ with the Elektron Octatrack Tutorial

DJ like playing method (ELEKTRON OCTATRACK DPS-1 USE EXAMPLES)

OT for DJing - playback more like a vinyl?

Стрим. Диджеинг на Elektron Octatrack. Стас Королёв - покажет.

SO WHAT IS IT?

Overviews:
Review: Octatrack at year 8 - Is it still worth it?

Full overview by Cuckoo

Octatrack. Создание ремиксов и демо обзор (русский/rus)

Octatrack Performance Features Casual Walkthrough

My Introduction to the Octatrack

4 things to know about the Octatrack

Elektron - Octatrack MKII

Octatrack MKII - sampling, sequencing and live looping

Octatrack MK2 field report after 1 year of use

Thoughts on the Octatrack (after 1 year)

My OctaTrack ideas, after 2 years

Elektron Octatrack DPS-1 — первые впечатления (русский/rus)

Elektron Octatrack – подробности (русский/rus)

Workflows:

Demystifying the Elektron Octatrack (Livestream Highlights)

Elektron Octatrack - создание паттерна «с нуля» (русский/rus)

Workflow: Octatrack

How not to get lost in Octatrack

Octatrack mk2 Tutorial: Octatrack + Ableton Workflow Tips

Octatrack MKII Cuckoo Heavily Edited Performance

Mmag ELEKTRON OCTATRACK DPS-1 USE EXAMPLES

Octatrack for backing tracks

Octatrack MKII - SUPER TUTORIAL de Backing Tracks En español

TRACK MACHINES + AUDIO

Track machines:

Octatrack Know-How — Lesson #2: Selecting A Machine & Assigning Samples

Elektron 103: Octatrack Dynamic Sampling - 3. Track Machines

External Audio in (Thru Machine):

Thru Machine Basics

Octatrack THRU MACHINE Education

Setup Midi and Thru track

Octatrack: flex machines as audio pass-throughs

Gain Staging:

Gains, Volumes, and Levels

Internal Gain staging discussion on Elektronaughts:

FX & SCENES

FX & Scenes:

Octatrack Workflow #14: Top 4 Effects (Late Night Tips)

Octatrack Workflow #2: Echo Freeze (Late Night Tips)

Parameter Mapping on Octatrack - Concept 1

Using track 8 as a master FX channel

The OTHER way to make a send bus

OCTATRACK and PITCH SCENE. Октатрек питч на сцену

Octatrack Tutorial Video_ Sidechain pumping effect!

Octatrack Tutorial Video: Freeze Delay + Looper Delay!

Octatrack Tutorial Video: Tape Stop Effect!

External FX (Guitar pedals):

Octatrack FX Send Tutorial

Using fader to insert guitar pedals in a track

Octatrack Tutorial Video: Hardware FX Send!

Roland SP-404A as a send FX on the Elektron Octatrack (tutorial)

PARTS

Parts:

Octatrack Tutorial: Parts and Patterns

Best videos explaining Parts

SAMPLE ORGANIZATION

Sample chains:

Ableton Live - Sample Chain Making (for Octatrack)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP-KFpfSebM



SAMPLER-LOOPER

Sampling & Resampling:

Sampling Made Easy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1vOfuUwUzc

Record Trigs and Resampling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqedqmaa9vY

OCTATRACK Tutorial #2 - sampling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJT_JoWO2tU

Octatrack Tutorial Video: Looper!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4RYHJUYR-8

Pickup machine (Looper):

Octatrack Pickup machine (Looper)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnbQ8ichm54

Octatrack MK2 Tutorial: A Guide to Pickup Machines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cQu9x4ndY8

How To: Live Loop with the Octatrack Using Pickup Machines (in 7 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIlPrwkHp4s



MIDI

Midi:

MIDI Learn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hwj4NYrz3AA

MIDI Import (record from DAW)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7hgX65_ZRI

External Midi controllers:

Novation Launch Control XL controlling Octatrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjRl2D8c5fI

External Controller with Octatrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ara6jUNB38

External Foot controller with Octatrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8iEe8lAPSE

Launchpad Pro MK3 - Total Control for Elektron Octatrack Novation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRQNEInti9c

Mapping Elektron Octatrack to Novation Launchpad Pro Mk3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2bUx-P-OLg



SEQUENCER

Trig Conditions:

Octatrack Trig Conditions (Late Night Tips)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33zUV14zC-o

Octatrack: Conditional Pattern Variations (Late Night Tips)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0we66czkws

Trig Types:

How do the different Trig Types work?
https://www.elektronauts.com/t/how-do-the-different-trig-types-work/5898

Polyrhythms:

Creating Polyrhythms with the Elektron Octatrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVJmC28OgAI

Patterns:

Octatrack MK2 Tip: Chaining Multiple Patterns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzAQSPYbKqo

Play free + Starting Stopping tracks:

August 2016 Octatrack tutorial … Plays Free mode … free sample set
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcDafwidF8s

Elektron Octatrack - New method to transition between songs! (Like in Ableton Live)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMhA8a6SiMU

Octatips Episode 3 - Plays Free Drumming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2_LVi4B4nM

OT Sequenced Fx Plays Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t2Nx-aNJ38

Octatrack Pro Tip #9 - Track Trigging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ5iYOInPQw

Octatrack MK2 Tip: Pausing and Resuming Tracks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXZMbmbIaOs



BUTTONS & COMBOS

Trig keys (buttons) modes + Shortcuts:

Octatrack Know-How — Lesson #7: Trig Modes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQZTo1aieeQ

Octatrack Basics: My Two Most Important Button Combos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EKMXrzIAT8

OT Buttons combinations - Audiofanzine
https://medias.audiofanzine.com/files/ot-buttons-478140.pdf



ARRANGER

Arranger:

Octatrack Mk2 Tutorial: A Crash Course in Arrangements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orMXjqVXdrg

Octatrack Arranger Tutorial - how to structure a song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnE4rUa46SE



DAW INTEGRATION

Using OT with DAW:

Octatrack DAW Integration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rspBoF7noXs

Octatrack Mk2 Tutorial: Octatrack as a Send (to Ableton)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw2kRxvNz2w

How I edit and mix Octatrack recordings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMR3WsDZGWo

Ableton and Octatrack Sync
https://www.elektronauts.com/t/ableton-and-octatrack-sync/48963



ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Transition trick:

Octatrack Xfader Transition Trick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAD1MzZgsMM

Octatrack Xfader Transition Trick Variations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1D_UurOook

Octatrack - 64 breakbeat x 16 slices megabreak of doom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ6Dcykjq0E

Jamming with Slices (Octatrack Tutorial) = Ned Rush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxXO8qghmTA

Karplus Strong (Octatrack Tutorial) = Ned Rush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGU-eoDSdiU

Granular Crossfades (Octatrack Tutorial) = Ned Rush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3bgvzQkzgo

Conditional Amen Break Glitching Octatrack = Ned Rush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXUn8D9TR4g

Button Bash Breaks on the Octatrack = Ned Rush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4ny85IXBFA

Octatrack Mk2 Tutorial - Turning Samples into Synths 101
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2_-tyogg4Y

Octatrack: Microtonality, Crossfader/Scene Modulation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ9mnBqbpqg

Octatrack 64 breakbeat x 16 slices megabreak of doom:
https://www.elektronauts.com/t/octatrack-64-breakbeat-x-16-slices-megabreak-of-doom/337



TIPS & TRICKS

Tips & Tricks:

Octatrack Tips & Tricks (OT Tips)
https://www.elektronauts.com/t/octatrack-tips-tricks-ot-tips/3741/136



COMPARATION

Octatrack MK 2 vs MK:

Elektron Octatrack Mkii VS Mki Comparison
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUQJbH99jso

ElektronOctatrackMK2 vsMK1 - сравнение от Даниила Смирнова
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itv6GVq5g_Y

OT vs Digitakt:

Digitakt vs Octatrack MK1 // So Same… But So Different
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM7b3RNO_-c

Digitakt vs Octatrack Mega Workflow Comparison
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmA2vSoYL94

OT vs Ableton:

Ableton vs Octatrack
https://daemonelectricity.com/2017/07/03/sampler-wars-continues-ableton-vs-octatrack/



HARDWARE REPAIR

Hardware repair:

Octatrack Encoder Repair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdtynIQGHfo

Elektron Octatrack surgery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxOIp8LnSSE

(series of) Surgeries on Elektron Octatrack Record A/B
https://thepatrickrichardson.blog/2017/05/18/octatrack-surgeries/

Broken button
https://www.elektronauts.com/t/broken-button-help/5047

HARDWARE MODIFICATION

I Made a Battery Powered Music Production Studio in a Box
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp-IZxvErRg

Battery powered Octatrack Mk2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtcArqp2lNA

Digitakt with an internal battery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMMIl_QuUEE



ARTISTS USING OT

AV AV AV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nI2xwU0QwI

Yegor Cergei
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Q8KeIFVVY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ylozl1PhH0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjHxmkKWw7s

Dark Sky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPaIzOK66rY

MC Xander
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXZstAYMtQA

WAJATTA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6wW8zvA6_U

JOHN TEJADA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6rrSXXddV0

MrDataline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPCm7JUwoEk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9SYHCHo5SY&t=450s

HighWav - Christopher Kah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO6wH71bcVY

Panda Bear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIpCU8lF7EU

Nicola Cruz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_qqeKC-uak

SATOSHI TOMIIE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRumTm_NTCo

TRAINTRACS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3L9fk6tWq0

Surgeon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxuGukuDRgk

Audion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1HM-vFz0Ok

Animistic Beliefs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTILoxzzHlI

Cuckoo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvayTCMXK2U

CYLVESTER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBMYTKBf-bk

Hiro Kone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEhvkW6gs0o

SAMPHA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuQm-EK9K5M

An On Bast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGR2y7doQrc

999999999
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5Lb5vBIa9Y

Ansome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhLj24b9yGs

FJAAK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2y_WhS3hE

J.D. Eliot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNi1ZZR05Vs

АИГЕЛ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwYOJP_78QQ

hadesofspades
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdvTKoGNdIw

Dapayk Solo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm0DhaTjx1A

Dominique Grys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-nFiNkj00w

ON OFF ON
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dss0zZqsELk

Dungeon Acid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpe4l_N0f6Y

Ben Willis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YItRBx4koK8

A Box In The Sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1zvrkLgCXQ

The Music Lodge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGSNNuqlM9M

HERR ALT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpmcwMZGIqg

Timo Kaukolampi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuTBENuszUI

Tom Lemajič
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHqO3JEyh6M

Battles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykreaqn3Zmo

Mika Forsling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNSzH0aqiWY

Sierra Sam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqBEn7gMsdY

Octo Octa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0u3KBJxBZ4

Martin Stimming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Au20qrJLB0

Gr4nd Official
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vAZTEBw3wE

Pijus Džiugas Meižis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKAvUfZpbSs

TMD - Long Way to XX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPktJIO0sy0

ANSR live Seul
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGC7HP6QI70

Optimistic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoGnUnRjJ_k

Jacques Greene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_C7nE4hI2M

Andy Stott
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As0xyxSXR20

E Ruscha V
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RV1IDBswUs

Mirek Coutigny
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNLS5mxkxfI

Headless Horseman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjFftdRaRDI

JakoJako
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd4Vss4qfGs

JoeFarr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrufy5GPDq4

Jacob Korn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCVCuzXiNO0

Adam Jay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMY-o6DcVRE

Delmer Darion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jl7DbrCVa4

DAN TiVA - Поезд 22
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hofgIrfBY

Datachoir presents - Marcus Fischer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Iq8aAGsK_Y

Isabella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y3y4HP-f0o

Nicholas LEM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h27sRhOVaw0

Baseck
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfcaTZebx9Q

Nortec Bostich+Fussible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2foqEIOnVVU

Leandro Pazos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHcRa0fdLtE


Fun :grin: :

What I hear vs. what my dogs hear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyRlLzh-9rE



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My gosh, what an incredibly generous thing to organize all of this into one location! So kind…thanks!

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Wow :ok_hand::ok_hand: thanks for this!

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Yeah, perfect! :+1: :+1: :+1:

RTFM was yesterday. Now it’s RTFT(hread).

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Man, that was like the beginning of Space Balls where the ship passing overhead never seems to have an end… Nice! :smile:

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5 months later…

@Max.A returns from the wilderness with #TheOctaLoad :rofl:

He done gone collected it all!

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Yeah it took a while :joy:
I will delete the link from my first post, I think there’s no need for it now :relieved:

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