Even more speculation: Deeper into the tea leaves and rat entrails. What could be in a AK MKII?
I noticed this a couple months ago, shortly after the announcement of the A4 and RYTM MKII. At the time i was imagining a potential Digitakt redesign. Never made that post.
Was thinking about the engineering motivations Elektron has to Mark II their synth line-up. Couldn’t look inside those promised products then but if one wants an idea of what’s inside look at the outside.
Notice the similarity here between the RYTM and the A4 MKIIs.
Are they killing two birds with one stone? Both the RYTM and A4 have shared the same processor. So my conclusion (guess until someone does a teardown on one of these) is, these are likely three board systems. Inside on the left through the midi connectors, is identical digital CPU board running their different softwares, cabled to a system defining analog audio board on the right (it also has the DACs and ADCs) and the system specific UI board on top. There are advantages in having shared boards, in manufacturing costs, stock reduction, and shared engineering and maintenance costs, even software component sharing. Also there is a big plus in signal isolation.
Now i go from speculation to imagination. Now that Elektron (presumably) has separated the analog synth boards and has software to drive them they have the ability to use them in other designs. Either (or both) of these could be mated with a revised AK design. Another wild imagining could be including the RYTM pads from it’s UI board on the AK MKII UI board – like on some of the AKAI keyboards.
So perhaps a RYTM Keys with sampling? Or an A8 Keys? Or … all we got for now is our imagination.
By the Way
The Octatrack, is different from the other three (include the Digitakt) internally, it has a different processor, with a DSP co-processor and the compact flash memory card which they chose to keep, etc. Hence the different form, size and configuration of the box for the OT MKII.