Introducing Model:Samples

I’d like to hear more regarding the sound quality. I can’t tell if it’s just the samples that come with it, but the Model:Sample seems to have a rougher sound than the Digitakt (which I like).

Is this just my imagination, or do people who’ve owned it a bit, and loaded some samples into it feel the same way?

Model:Samples sounds really good to my ears. Mind you, I’ve not done much of anything with the factory content, but I’ve been playing with my own samples with it all morning and am very pleased with the sound quality. I haven’t A/B’ed it with the Digitakt, though (maybe I should?).

I found the DT to be too nasal for my liking. I used my brother’s for a while, with my own material that I knew well. I think the DT has a more mid-rangey and digital sheen to it, which I didn’t like.
It was nice having the filter env to dig stuff out and make it pop but I got very bored very quick with the DT.

The Model although very limited in terms of parameters and quite quirky in some respects sounds better to me. It may be that single knob filter or the distortion I don’t know but I defo spend more time finding interesting patterns and sounds than trying to get samples to sit just right with each other.

But hey that’s just my pov and I’m sure many will disagree and that’s fine.


Yeah it was noticeable in the first teaser video before we knew what it was (I commented at the time that I thought it sounded like an Amiga tracker) and the more preview vids came out the more obvious it was. It sounds as though they have chosen not to interpolate/antialias the sample when it’s pitched, so you get quite a gritty, old school sound. I like it!


Now this may be hard for me to discern, as I’ve only imported samples from my old 8-bit, super-gritty-lo-fi PPG gear. Gimme some of that good ol’ aliasing magic!

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No, it’s the same engine as in Digitakt with the same high quality sinc interpolation.
The factory content that we have got from Splice is very processed, so any grit or similar comes from their inherit sound.


Aha, thanks very much for clarifying. I was about to say someone would have to test the same samples back to back on DT and M:S to be sure, but if it’s in the factory samples that explains it I guess. Either that, or people doing more dramatic pitching with it than we’re to used to hearing on the DT. I would have put money on it being a different algorithm… glad I didn’t…

Mixing around, twisting knobs, abusing the ctrl all function…
The more i play with this box the more i like it. I’m very happy i got it even though i wasn’t sure before. Feels like a real instrument to me.


After having the MS a week I find it real annoying to navigate compared to the rest of the elektron units. probably cause I’m so used to them, mind.

the file system having that single encoder rather than navigation buttons is real fiddly. DT ui is way better imo.

maybe it’ll be great for beginners but DT seems to me to be just as easy to grasp if not easier in some respects.

A step backwards imho.

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Really enjoyed the track, thanks!

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So even with all theses knobs you still have to navigate a lot ?

just the file system. browsing samples, changing settings and whatnot. I think it’s fiddly :violin:

the knob per function is fine, doesn’t do it for me tho personally. I had no problem changing page on their other devices. was already fast and efficient.


I don’t feel like it’s too much. There are a few things that due to the limited interface (screen and selection encoder mainly) that you do have to bounce around a little bit. However, once you load in a kit, get the base sounds tweaked, it all just takes off from there, and you can just twiddle away and play along live, fill things in by hand, etc. It’s a very hands on machine in that even when you’ve got some tracks laid down, you’re going to want to tap in some on-the-fly hits, tweak loops, etc. It’s a slightly different approach to even the Digi-pair. You can use it similarly to them, but it will be a bit more limited that way. I think the M:S kinda pushes you to play more and program less, which is cool. That’s why I think it’s more complementary than an alternative to a Digitakt for example. They can fill different roles, and possibly push you in different directions. The UI takes a few minutes to get used to I’ll grant, but it becomes very easy very quickly. At least in my case it’s mostly transparent now. Just look how Dr. K uses it above. A good amount of hands on, with some solid base tracks.


Not only is the Model the runt of the litter, it is also the first step in the ‘Elektron Volca’ range.

Scientists theorise that domestic dogs may actually be the descendants of ‘runts’ that were unable to fend for themselves amongst wolves, so relied on human interaction.

And dogs are pretty damn good, so :man_shrugging:t4:

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I’ve seen these theories, and they must be correct, however…

How do we get to the Pug from all that? :smiley: (pug and shih tzu owner here)

Or as I call the pugs… Land Manatees!


I’m not at all interested in another hands on drum machine as I think my TR8S does the job very nicely. But I’ll be glad if they release a six voice/six tracks synth with the same interface/knobs/sequencer as the M:S.

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Makes sense. I also have a TR-8S, (and Digitakt) and I think the M:S still fits into that flow. However, I mostly got it to bring in and out of the studio at will for laid back tomfoolery. I figured, I’d rather drag it all around rather than the Digitakt. So far it really hasn’t disappointed me in any of these areas.

STOP IT!!! How dare you.


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