- Made this incredible machine
- Are interested in this perplexing machine
- Are already rocking this beast of a machine
I was truly worried about buying an expensive electronic musical instrument that was running an 8-year-old engine. I mean, best practice suggests you don’t do something like that. Obsolete out of the box, etc.
Well… I guess when you get it right like this those rules don’t apply. I would seriously consider buying a second as a backup and I just might unless something else comes along that moves things to the next level.
I am a long-tooth, passionate musician and I have a wealth of education and experience in the field of music and tech to draw from. I’ve been doing this long enough to know what I want, and people… this is it. I haven’t wanted to write a “review” like this on a piece of gear in a long time, but this one deserves it.
I got mine open-box / clearance with old firmware, a memory card that was missing the factory content, and some kinda weird test projects on the memory card. Thanks to a near immediate response to my post for help from this great community, I was downloading the factory content in no time. A simple firmware update procedure, erase and load the memory card, and voila… back to new!
Yeah… I was excited! And I stayed at that state for awhile… days… excited… and pretty much totally unsure how to use the thing. It is well established that this is not an open-the-box-and-start-playing kind of device. In fact, the store manager where I bought it said people return them all the time because they can’t figure out how to use them. Well… I suppose there’s somewhat of a threshold to entry that not all will meet. But thanks to one of those nice folks I got a good deal
Gratification was far from immediate. I spent several days reading the manual, watching demonstration vids, and whiteboarding how I would use it before I actually got going with it. And my first few projects had various errors having to do with me not yet completely grasping how the Octatrack works. But with determination and through repetition a workflow began to arise and before I knew it…
I can setup a base 8-track project in under 60 seconds and because it is a robust hardware solution the performance is immediate and reliable.
OK… for just a little context… I have used Ableton Live since version 4 and I love it.
But I wanted to be able to make music without needing my computer and now I am. This long-tooth musician truly appreciates that. It is difficult to express just how valuable an immediate and reliable solution like this really is. I think other long-tooth musicians know what I mean. At a minimum it does not impede a creative workflow. Applied thoughtfully it enhances your creative workflow.
That’s the extent of this “review”. If it reads all over the place then it flows like my music Other good folks have well covered all the features and how to use them. I really just wanted to put out there that I felt angst over buying an Octatrack in 2020 but now that I’ve had it for a little while… I’d buy another one
Thank you, Team Elektron and the Elektronaut community. You have my gratitude.