Elektron has introduced its new version of renowned Octatrack sampler. As a happy owner of original Octatrack I have not seen many of the features that I would expect in a new version like CV in/outs, Overbridge support, new effects/more effect options per track… From the specifications point of view it looks like same Octatrack with slightly different knobs and better screen. Which might be good news for MK I owners as those features would barely convince anyone to upgrade for a high price of $1349. 

Here’s the description from Elektron website:

Octatrack MKII is improved, enhanced and modified. A better version of itself, built to mangle samples in demanding environments. Ensured by: high quality buttons and hi-res encoders, a crisp OLED screen with fantastic viewing angles, a professional contactless crossfader and an increased count of dedicated buttons. 

What’s new?

  • Crisp OLED screen providing optimal feedback in dimly lit environments
  • Ultra durable back-lit buttons. Rated for 50 million presses
  • Contactless silky smooth performance crossfader
  • Precise, hi-res encoders
  • Increased amount of dedicated buttons enabling quicker workflow
  • Balanced audio inputs with plenty of headroom

Highlights

  • 8 stereo audio tracks
  • 8 dedicated MIDI tracks
  • Instant stereo sampling
  • Real time sample time-stretch & pitch-shift
  • 2 × insert FX per audio track
  • 3 × LFO per track
  • Live friendly Elektron sequencer
  • Contactless performance Crossfader
  • Crisp 128 × 64 OLED screen
  • Hi-res encoders
  • Durable back-lit buttons
  • 1 × ¼” headphones output
  • 2 × ¼” impedance balanced main output
  • 2 × ¼” impedance balanced cue output
  • 4 × ¼” balanced external input
  • 1 × USB 2.0 High Speed port
  • MIDI IN/OUT/THRU ports
  • W340 × D185 × H63 mm (8.5 × 7.2 × 2.5″) including knobs and rubber feet
  • Weight approx. 2.3 kg (5 lbs)
  • Fully compatible with Octatrack MKI projects/data

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