Overbridge 2.0.30 Public Beta

Overbridge 2.0.30 Public Beta

We are happy to finally be able to release an update that supports macOS Catalina. There have been a lot of other improvements and fixes as well with better performance and, hopefully a better experience for all.

Improvements since last version (2.0.24)

Driver:

  • Added macOS Catalina support
  • Fixed an issue with naming of MIDI devices in Windows
  • Fixed a freeze when two units were unplugged at the same time
  • Performance improvements

Plugins:

  • Fixed and issue with the Chorus, Delay and Reverb send parameters in the Digitone plugin.
  • Some of the Pitch Bend, Vel Mod, Mod Wheel, Breath and Aftertouch Digitone plugin were mapped to the wrong parameter.
  • Pitch Bend, Vel Mod, Mod Wheel, Breath and Aftertouch amount in the Digitone plugin were only editable from the unit
  • Destination depths of the same parameters resetted the depth if edited from the plugin
  • Toggle buttons toggled on a right-click that should only have opened the modulation menu
  • No modulation menu for the Pan parameter in the Analog Four plugin
  • Amp Level is now correctly labeled Amp Volume in the Analog Four plugin
  • Track Volume is now correctly labeled Track Level in the Analog Four plugin
  • Typed in values for high res parameters were sometimes read wrong by the plugin
  • LFO shapes were not updated correctly in the Analog Four plugin after a clear
  • Plugin now shows “paired device is disconnected” error message when a device is disconnected on Mac
  • Bend depth now found under SLIDE in the Analog Four/Keys editor
  • Performance macro values now uses the correct range in the Analog Four/Keys editor
  • Editing Filter frequency 1/2 now caps at 127.99 in the Analog Four/Keys editor
  • Active button reflects the correct state in the Analog Heat editor
  • Double click to reset LFO depth resets to 0 in the Digitone editor
  • Error messages now have priority in the footer notifications.
  • Fixed bug where illegal characters could be used in filename for audio recording in the standalone.

Control Panel:

  • Fixed USB bandwidth bubble color in Control Panel
  • Fixed bug where wrong buffer size could be used
  • Changed default log level to log errors

General:

  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and improvements.

This is a public beta, as opposed to a stable release. As a result, we encourage you to submit any queries or issues to our support channels. The public beta will continue until we are in a position to release a stable version. Make sure you read the manual, the topic How to report issues and the section below with Known Issues.

Functionality
Each Elektron Overbridge device typically exposes all individual track/voice channels as separate USB Audio channels, for multi-track recording into DAWs. Some Elektron Overbridge devices such as the Analog Rytm and Analog Four also allow you to route audio from a computer host into individual track audio paths for intricate processing. The Analog Heat acts entirely as a sound processing unit. The plugin routes audio from your computer host, through the effects chain and back into the host. All Elektron Overbridge devices allow you to play audio from the computer host directly to the device’s main output, making the device act as a sound card for playing back music etc. The Overbridge Control Panel application is bundled together with the drivers, providing a simple channel monitor for your devices.

The suite includes

  • Audio over USB functionality for all Overbridge-enabled devices
  • Overbridge Control Panel
  • Overbridge Engine
  • Standalone Editor for Analog Four, Analog Heat, Analog Keys, Analog Rytm, Digitakt and Digitone
  • VST Plugin macOS and Windows for Analog Four, Analog Heat, Analog Keys, Analog Rytm, Digitakt and Digitone
  • AU Plugin for Analog Four, Analog Heat, Analog Keys, Analog Rytm, Digitakt and Digitone

USB Audio drivers for Windows and macOS
The USB Audio Drivers will expose Audio and MIDI-interfaces for Elektron Overbridge devices.
On Windows, WDM and ASIO audio interfaces are provided.
On macOS, HAL and CoreAudio audio interfaces are provided.

Standalone Editor for Windows and macOS
The Standalone Editor allows for controlling the Overbridge enabled devices parameters via a GUI desktop application and also managing sounds and samples on the device.
The Overbridge Engine handles all USB communication between your connected Elektron device and the standalone editor.

VST Plugin for Windows and VST/AU for macOS
The Plugin allows for controlling the Overbridge enabled devices and stream audio via a VST Plugin. This makes it possible to sequence, sync and automate the device with your DAW. Audio will be streamed to the plugin making it possible to use your audio interface of choice in your DAW while still receiving audio from your unit.
The Overbridge Engine handles all USB communication between your connected Elektron device and the VST/AU Plugin.

Total Recall
This feature lets you save projects from Overbridge enabled devices into your DAW’s project.

Total Recall can be enabled by pressing its icon in the plugin. The unit will then sync the project files with the DAW. When opening a DAW project that has Total Recall enabled and a synced project the unit will ask you to confirm that you want to transfer the project from the DAW to the unit’s active project. Any unsaved projects will be lost.

Firmware
This beta release requires you to have the listed firmware installed on respective units. These are beta OSs and are not guaranteed to work in any other setup.

  • Analog Four mkI/mkII running OS 1.40A
  • Analog Keys running OS 1.40A
  • Analog Rytm mkI/mkII running OS 1.50A
  • Analog Heat mkI/mkII running OS 1.20
  • Digitakt running OS 1.11
  • Digitone and Digitone Keys running OS 1.21

Minimum Computer Requirements
Overbridge 2.0 requires a high-performance computer optimized for audio production. Elektron recommends the below specs as minimum specs.

  • At least 8GB of RAM.
  • At least Intel Core i5 CPU.
  • OpenGL 3.2 capable GPU.
  • Dedicated USB host port for each Overbridge hardware device. USB Hubs are generally not supported and may cause problems with both connectivity and performance.
  • Windows 10/macOS 10.12

The specs are not the only thing necessary to have a smooth experience. Real-time performance of the system is equally important. This is affected by other running processes and by different manufacturers of computer hardware. There are tools available to analyze systems.

DAW Support
This version will work best with Ableton Live and Bitwig. But other DAWs will be supported as the beta progresses.

Downloads

Mac:
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/se-elektron-devops/release/bc82763c-da39-50ab-a3b9-a8dce0e95a7b/Elektron_Overbridge_2.0.30.3_Beta.dmg

Win:
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/se-elektron-devops/release/78861e76-ebd5-5cc4-9892-6470d1225e9f/Elektron_Overbridge_2.0.30.3_Beta.zip

Analog Four/Keys MKI:
Analog-Four_Analog-Keys_OS1.40A.zip (824.0 KB)

Analog Four MKII:
Analog-Four_MKII_OS1.40A.zip (845.0 KB)

Analog Heat MKI:
Analog-Heat_OS1.20.zip (452.8 KB)

Analog Heat MKII:
Analog-Heat_MKII_OS1.20.zip (463.6 KB)

Analog Rytm MKI:
Analog-Rytm_OS1.50A.zip (1.1 MB)

Analog Rytm MKII:
Analog-Rytm_MKII_OS1.50A.zip (1.1 MB)

Digitakt:
Digitakt_OS1.11.zip (745.3 KB)

Digitone and Digitone Keys:
Digitone_and_Digitone_Keys_OS1.21.zip (1.0 MB)

Manual:
Overbridge User Manual_2.0_Beta.pdf (1.0 MB)

Update Notifications

Run the Overbridge Control Panel application regularly to ensure you get automatic notifications about the availability of software updates directly from Elektron.

Upgrading from previous Overbridge versions

If upgrading from Overbridge 1.15 or earlier, note that a complete uninstall of the previous version will be performed first. This means you will lose any previously installed Overbridge plugins and Overbridge drivers if you install the Overbridge 2.0 Public Beta.

Known issues

  • Issue with paramters under certain cicumstances not syncronizing propperly for the AR mk1.
  • Automation using external MIDI CC or using Overbridge may slowdown the units GUI.
  • Higher loads on the CPU may cause dropouts when using the units as Audio Interfaces.
  • Unit selection list in the plugin stays visible when hiding the plugin if it has been left open.
  • Issue with latency for MIDI when sending MIDI from the device to another external device.
  • Stability issues.
  • VST plugin does not utilize retina resolution (Windows).

To think about when using an Overbridge unit as a sound card:

Most Overbridge enabled devices can be used as 2 in 2 out interfaces in addition to the audio over USB for each individual voice. This means that if you are not careful with your routing and where/what you are monitoring, you might get feedback or voice doubling. Especially when software monitoring in your DAW.

In the Digitakt, doubling of audio can be prevented by turning off all internal audio sent to the mains out on the Digitakt. This is done by changing Settings > System > USB config > “Int to Main” to “Off”. Auto has no effect when using the Standalone Editor.

The Heat is a 4 in 4 out interface and will not be affected by the issue described above. If you still experience issues, check in the Heat manual that you have set up the routing correctly.

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Congratulations to the dev team. It must be a great feeling to have this out of the door in time for the holidays and I wish y’all some relaxing time off and a great start of 2020. My faith in Elektron to deliver has been restored over these past few months and I hope we’ll see the last 20% done in 2020.

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THOSE DAMN AAX :rage::face_with_symbols_over_mouth:

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sorry for the question,
how do i upload my firmware to my synths in Catalina?
transfer doesnt recognize my rytm mk2 and a4 mk2, c6 doesnt work, sysex liberian I don;t understand

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After installation, unable to see Devices (DN, A4). in Engine, etc. Uninstalled, replaced with .24, devices seen again. MacOS 10.14.6.

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me the same, seem like Transfer still doesnt working in OS Catalina :frowning:

Correct. Transfer with catalina support should be ready soon.

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And what about C6? do you have any idea about the up coming?

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C6 has stopped being developed with Transfer taking its place and functionality. Transfer with Catalina support is as @astricii said, just around the corner. Any SysEx software should be able to update your device before then.

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Check that the new driver is not blocked by macOS in Security & Privacy.

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Thank you so much :slight_smile:

Amen

Hey @Airyck !
You’re right, Tuesday!
:joy:

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whats about Overhub ?

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That’s meant for OB MKI.

Many people have stated that they use hubs but make sure the hub has multi-channel, or whatever it is called.

I personally wouldn’t trust hubs (unless it’s a Thunderbolt 3 dongle, that should definitely handle multiple USB audio streams) because you’re streaming a hell of a lot more data with the 8 tracks at .wav quality than just MIDI information.

@fierywater

"Has anyone had any luck using Overbridge with the Digitakt in Reaper? I find that it works okay until I try to start the transport in Reaper. On playback, it will go silent, followed by a weird noise, followed by the actual pattern playing back (sometimes).

This happens both when playing a pattern on the Digitakt (slaved to Reaper - if Reaper’s transport isn’t running it works fine) and when feeding notes to it from Reaper’s piano roll."

FYI, I’m still having this issue in this new beta

Overbridge Engine cannot see DN (1.21) or A4 (1.40A). Running Mac OS 10.12.5. Checked to see if security wasn’t letting drivers through. No issues there. Just can’t see either machine.

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I tried it too, no change. Newest version of OB and newest version of Reaper. I guess it’s likely to be messed up until Elektron expands DAW compatibility. My post on the Reaper forums went unanswered.

I wonder if it behaves the same way on macOS. It’s unfortunately not very convenient for me to check.

would be helpful to know which OS you are on