A couple of months after the announcement at NAMM, the Elektron Digitakt is available for preorder from the company’s website (and it showed up in some of the main online retailers as well).
You can also try an interactive demo version of the instrument on the Elektron’s website (not nearly as fun as having it on your desk, but better than nothing I guess). There’s also a new promotional video, but honestly that one is a bit too hipstery for my personal taste.
Price And Overbridge Basic vs Premium
The price is a bit higher than what we heard at NAMM (€769 vs. $650), but still lower than any other Elektron machine. Speaking of money dirty money, Elektron also announced that Overbridge for Digitakt comes in two variants: Basic (free) and Premium ($69/€79).
The Premium version allows full integration of Digitakt with DAW environments (total recall, etc.) and the use of the instrument as 2/in 2/out audio interface plus the streaming of the eight internal tracks to separate DAW tracks.
Thankfully, Overbridge for Analog Heat, Analog Rytm, and Analog Keys/Four is (and remains) free of charge.
Overbridge Premium Highlights
Fully integrate Digitakt with DAW environments
Control Digitakt with a dedicated VST/AU plugin interface
Use Digitakt as a 2 in/2 out sound card (CoreAudio/ASIO/WDM)
Stream the eight internal tracks to separate DAW tracks (24 bit/48 kHz)
Recall all Digitakt settings when loading a DAW project
Plus all features of Overbridge Basic
Overbridge Basic Highlights
Sample manager/librarian functionality
MIDI over USB
Digitakt sequencer/DAW sync
Computer screen visualization of Digitakt parameters
Audio streaming of Main outs over USB (time limited sessions)
The higher price and the Premium version of Overbridge won’t be exactly what prospective Digitakt buyers expected to hear – I can already see some heated debates on social networks as I type – but I’m still looking forward to adding the Digitakt to my setup. How about you?
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