Yeah I think Im done with Elektron- my 1st the OT: been a week.
But, in a GOOD way?
So I went hard on the manual flipping/learn UI/ and knock out some fairly interesting beginnings to two compositions- but, I don’t forsee it handling all duties.
Really like the filter and LFOs, needed that, as well as the sound, really an FM type character, with all the weirdness that can be had, and I started on FM. Lots of technical stuff and really the one piece I can just drop stuff in and see what happens, definitely different than I am used to.
I am almost seeing it as a type of synth/seq, because I just don’t write percussion in loop mindset, and percussion being the foundation…I was mainly interested in the sound of the thing and so far, just the final piece I needed.
But I do feel, as a whole, it’s a fairly distinct sound, and as someone who has relied a lot on external OB processing, really refreshing to hear how good it can sound direct from the box.
But Elektrons are very techno-ish, and I’m actually not a techno guy, if that makes sense.
I was beginning to think, especially in terms of a centerpiece, how much it would change my whole approach/sound, especially after the workflow starts and you get that “hooked-in” feeling. Fun, yes- but from an artistic perspective, as soon as things take on a “solid” form, everything seems to drive to a certain point, like hypnosis. It’s almost a TOO-easy-instant gratification, once you learn the menus.
I am not sure I am even comfortable with that, from an artists’ standpoint. The creative process is weird for me, because it was always precarious where this is, once going, very precise and methodical. It definitely has a spirit, it demands investment for it’s rewards. Some gear doesn’t reward at all in the workflow, but it adds something you’d rather have than not. Some samplers you can put crap in and get something useful, this one not sure. Definitely need quality samples. The card was even loaded with OT sample packs and even those didn’t really tickle.
So I can see how others get spellbound and get more fix with- more Elektrons: or, losing patience, toss them.
OT World is certainly no place to be lost in, and when that moment comes when you are blank and you are expecting the box to tell you where to go, time to take a break.