Elektron Analog Four
The Elektron Analog Four is a four voice analog synthesizer. 4 Analog Synth Voice Tracks, 1 CV Track, and 1 FX Track. Add in Elektron’s signature Sequencer and Parameter lock features make it one of the most organic synthesizers on the planet.
Legacy analog gear can be controlled in great detail with CV/Gate and DIN sync outputs! Imagine the power of sequencer parameter locks, powerful LFOs, and arpeggiators on old equipment!
It’s worth noting the new update for the Elektron Analog Four. Boasting new polyphony control features, new Sounds, new plus drive. Installing OS 1.1 and above is like unlocking a new synthesizer! Amazing.
Elektron Analog Four Resources, Tips & Tricks
Getting Started Elektron Analog FourFirst always make sure your OS is up to date. Visit Elektron’s site to download the latest Analog Four OS.
If you are new to the Elektron Analog Four make sure you are saving often. At any point if you like a Sound you’ve come up with Save it as a new Sound. Same with Kits.
A4 Quick Ref
Neil Ritchie put together an amazing supplementary Analog Four Reference Guide PDF. It compliments the Elektron User Manual very well.
This guide is designed as a reference, based more on workflow. Full details are given in the official A4 manual and hence this guide a quick reference rather than in depth detail on each parameter. It should be used in conjunction with the official A4 manual. It is ideally suited for new users but hopefully there is also something for the more experienced user too.
Elektron Analog Four Cheat Sheet
This cheat sheet created and prepared by Elektron-Users forum member VST. Contains a quick reference of useful performance shortcuts and key combinations on the Elektron Analog Four.
Download the PDF form here, the PDF prints out to be the same height as the Elektron units:
Transpose enable = [TRANSPOSE] + [TRACK] to enable/disable
Transpose = [TRANSPOSE] + keyboard
Transopse lock = [FUNCTION] + [TRANSPOSE] Transopse permanent = [TRACK] + [UP]/[DOWN] per semitone
Save pattern = [YES/SAVE] + [KEYBOARD F1] Save kit = [YES/SAVE] + [KEYBOARD C1] Save sound = [YES/SAVE] + [KEYBOARD D1] Save track = [YES/SAVE] + [KEYBOARD E1]
Reload pattern to saved state = [NO/RELOAD] + [KEYBOARD F1] Reload kit to saved state = [NO/RELOAD] + [KEYBOARD C1] Reload sound to saved state = [NO/RELOAD] + [KEYBOARD D1] Reload track to saved state = [NO/RELOAD] + [KEYBOARD E1]
Copy pattern= PLAY MODE, [FUNCTION] + [REC] Copy track = GRID REC, [FUNCTION] + [REC] Copy track Page = GRID REC, [PAGE] + [REC] Copy trig = GRID REC, Trig/s + [REC]
Paste pattern = PLAY MODE, [FUNCTION] + [STOP] (repeat to undo)
Paste track = GRID REC, [FUNCTION] + [STOP] (repeat to undo)
Paste track Page = GRID REC, [PAGE] + [STOP] (repeat to undo)
Paste trig = GRID REC, Trig + [STOP]
Clear pattern = PLAY MODE, [FUNCTION] + [PLAY] (repeat to undo)
Clear track = GRID REC, [FUNCTION] + [PLAY] (repeat to undo)
Clear track Page = GRID REC, [PAGE] + [PLAY] (repeat to undo)
Erase track trigs = hold [TRACK/s] + [NO/RELOAD]
Erase single paramater lock = GRID REC, [TRIG] + DATA ENTRY knob
Erase all paramater locks = LIVE REC, [FUNCTION] + [NO/RELOAD]
Mute trigs = hold trigs and press [BANK A/E] Accent trigs = hold trigs and press [BANK B/F] Shift trigs = GRID REC, hold [FUNCTION] + [LEFT]/[RIGHT] Slide trigs = hold trigs and press [BANK C/G] Slide parameters = hold trigs and press [BANK D/H]
Tempo shift = +/-10% by pressing the [LEFT]/[RIGHT]
Swing = [FUNCTION] + [KEYBOARD B1]
Pattern master lenght = [FUNCTION] + [UP]/[DOWN]
Micro time adjust = GRID REC, hold trig/s, [LEFT]/[RIGHT], enter
Metronome toggle = [FUNCTION] + double clicking [CLICK]
Elektron Analog Four A4 Sound Sorting ToolA little app for OS X 10.7+
It’s for renaming / sorting sound patches.
It reads & writes .syx files or talks with your Analog Four via USB.
You can open multiple .syx files (CMD+O), the app will parse all A4 sounds and add them to the table. There you can rename the sounds and change the save position for the A4. Sort the list alphabetically or by save position.
Delete selected sounds from the list with CMD+Backspace.
Select one or more sounds and hit save (CMD+S), it will write them to a .syx file.
Alternatively, connect your A4 via USB. Hit Receive, and send sounds from your A4’s SysEx dump menu. After you made your changes, select the sounds you want to send back to the A4 and hit Send.
Elektron Analog Four Max For Live Randomizer!Contributed by Hyakken
This patch can handle parameters which are assigned for midi cc.
Amp level and Osc level parameters were excluded from randomizer.
Download A4 Randomizer
Sine Kick Using CV TrackANSELMI from the Elektron-Users forum discovered this little trick using the Elektron Analog 4. A great use of the CV track if you aren’t using it on any external devices.
“This kick is generated by using the LFOs of the CV track as well as one CV output
You know, LFOs can go fast and since they got sine wave and you can make it reset at each trigger you can get a solid boomy kick out of them.
Just go to LFO1, set it at a speed that you can hear, then choose CV value as destination and then use the second LFO to modulate LFO1´s speed (pitch) with an expo decaying wave in “one” mode
then you can use ENV2 to shape the amplitude of your kick…or just the fade out parameter of LFO1 (much less accurate though) or a combination
of course it´s not for kicks only, you can make a lot of stuff with the LFO1´s waves…metallic FM tones, lo-fi noise stuff, sine bass, you name it
although LFO1 is fast enough to actually be heard it doesn´t have the quality of the proper oscillators, and it´s digital, not analog
anyway with some tweaking and p-locks you can get another track of sound just sacrificing one CV channel
and if you don´t want to mix it externally just plug it again into one of the audio inputs!”
Elektron Analog Four Sounds and Kits Saving & Loading Tips
When you Sysex Send a kit to the A4 from the computer, are the sounds there as well?
4 synth track sounds, the FX Track, and CV Track are all contained in a saved Kit. If you use sound locks, they are not saved in kits.
If I Sysex my Kits, and Sounds separately, will the Kits link to the Sounds, or do I need to manually assign these after the Sysex files were loaded into the A4?
Kits don’t link to Sounds, (specific Sound slots) ever. They have 4 Sounds saved in them.
CV Output Tips
Excellent Elektron Analog Four CV Tips from glitched
So, for instance, you could sequence:
— two pre-MIDI keyboards (using two CV/Gate pairs)
— four VCO modules (all outputs assigned as “Pitch V/Oct”)
— two modular sequencers, one drum machine, and an SH-101 arpeggiator (all clocked from “Trigger” outputs)
— just about anything else with a “CV” or “Gate/Trig” input`
But, one may ask, how do you control more than one external analog device? There’s only one dedicated CV track!?! This can be accomplished by using the “FX” track or sacrificing any of the internal A4 synthesizer tracks. We’ll get into that in a moment.
At the time of this writing, the Analog Four manual (version 1.0) is rather sparse when it comes to examples of how to setup the Control Voltage (or CV) outputs, so that’s the purpose of this mini-guide.
Before we begin setting up the Analog Four, make sure you have the right cables.
Some recommend so-called “insert cables,” which are nothing more than stereo-to-dual-mono audio cables. Get a couple of those. If you are interfacing with a Eurorack or other modular format that uses 3.5mm (1/8″) jacks, you’ll have to get a couple of 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapters (or a 1/4″ stereo/TRS to dual mono 1/8″ adapter and patch cables from http://shar.es/hVLly). Standard instrument cables will work, but only the “tip” will transmit control voltage signals.
Some adapters look like they might work (and may even have descriptions like, “6.35mm (1/4 Inch) Stereo Plug to 2 x 3.5mm Mono Jack Splitter Adaptor”, like this one: http://amzn.com/B005E2Y06O), but they may actually be dual 3.5mm STEREO or even something else. The point is that the adapter listed above does not split the LEFT and RIGHT channels to two 3.5mm outputs.
Use the dedicated CV track to sequence an external analog synthesizer, for example, a Doepfer Dark Energy.
1) Connect your cable from the A4’s “CV AB” output to the “VCO F” (CV A) and “GATE” (CV B) inputs on the Dark Energy.
2) Select the “CV” track and go into the CV setup for CV A, by hitting [FUNCTION]+[Osc 1 / CV A] 3) Change the CV A type to “Pitch V/Oct”. This output will control the Dark Energy’s pitch (VCO frequency).
4) On the CV A “instrument” page (the page with the picture of an audio jack), make sure the source (“SRC”) track is set to “CV”
5) Go into the CV setup for CV B, by hitting [FUNCTION]+[Osc 2 / CV B] 6) Change the CV B type to “Gate” or “Trig” (experiment for best results with your synthesizer)
7) Again, make sure the source is “CV”
Use the dedicated CV track and the FX track to sequence two external analog synthesizers, for example, a Doepfer Dark Energy and a Roland SH-101
1) Repeat the steps, as above, to connect the first synthesizer (Dark Energy)
2) For the second synthesizer (SH-101, in our example), go into the CV setup for CV C/D and change CV C to “Pitch V/Oct” and CV D to “Gate” or “Trig”
3) On the CV C and CV D “instrument” pages, change the source (“SRC”) tracks to “FX”
4) Connect CV C to the “CV” input on the SH-101 and CV D to the “Gate” input
5) Select the “FX” track and input some trigs. (Press play to make sure the gate is triggered; if not, you may need to change the Gate/Trig settings on the A4.)
6) Change notes by pressing the “Note” button and locking the desired note value on each trig
Sequence an external analog synthesizer (the Dark Energy, again), clock the SH-101 arpeggiator, and trigger an external drum module (a TipTop BD808 kick drum, for example)
1) Repeat the steps, as above, to connect the first synthesizer (Dark Energy)
2) Go into the CV setup for CV C ([FUNCTION]+[Filters/CV C], while the CV track is highlighted, or get there by going into the “Global” options) and change it to a “Trigger” type
3) On the CV C “instrument” page, change the source (“SRC”) track to “FX”
4) Insert some trigs on the “FX” track
5) Connect the CV C cable to the “EXT IN” input of the SH-101
6) Hold some notes on the SH-101 and hit play on the A4 to make sure the arp is playing; if not, adjust the trigger length or try change the output to a “Gate” type
7) Go into the CV setup for CV D and change this output’s type to “Gate” or “Trig”
8) Since we have used the A4’s dedicated “CV” and “FX” tracks, we must sacrifice an internal synthesizer track, in order to trigger our analog drum module. Set the “SRC” to an unused track, for example, track 4 (“TR4”).
9) Place some trigs on track 4
10) Attach the cable from CV D to the “Gate In” of the BD808 drum module
11) Before hitting play, turn the volume of track 4 all the way down, for any trigs you put on this track will trigger the internal synthesizer channel
The “Value LIN” CV type was not discussed, but it can be used for general control voltage modulation duties. For instance, on one trig, the A4 can send 3.5V to a modular quantizer to shift the key, then, the next trig, send 2.0V to shift the quantizer to another key.
“Value LIN” is a very flexible and configurable mode, being able to output -10 to +10V!
In addition to being able to send arbitrary voltages, the A4 has two dedicated CV envelopes** and LFOs for further modulation madness. If one wanted, he could setup the A4 with four “Value LIN” CV tracks and use them with a modular synthesizer, in effect, eliminating the need for several dedicated hardware modules (sequencers, envelopes, and LFOs).
There is an outstanding bug that affects CV ENV2 that makes it unusable. Apparently, only the attack portion of the envelope activates and the rest of the curve is ignored. As of A4 OS 1.05, this bug has not yet been fixed, but has been acknowledged by Elektron. This guide will be updated when the bug is fixed.
From the above examples, one can extrapolate how to setup just about any combination of analog machines. Have fun experimenting!
Elektron Analog Four Links
|A4 Cheat Sheet||A cheat sheet for the Elektron Analog Four. Enjoy.||VST||526|
|90s technoid drum kit||90s technoid drum kit here's the sysex (1 pattern, 1 kit) the sounds are note-sensitive, and may sound better or worse depending on which MIDI note is assigned.||void||356|
|Sub Drum Kit||I took voids clap and some other sounds and tweaked them in this kit. I was able to get an 808ish pitched kick from self oscillating filter 2. It includes clap, hat, kick and pitched percussion. It loads to kit 46.||dustin632||325|
|A4 Claps||A couple Clap Sounds for the Elektron Analog Four its sound depends on note pitch, some range works better than others..||void||309|
|3 Percussion Sounds||3 sounds i have created in the a4 , a kick , an snare and a clap||sixto||295|
|A few Snare Percussion Patches||A few Snare percussion patches for the Elektron Analog Four||Snivitz||283|
|Very Basic Lemur Template||Just a simple starting point for editing the Analog Four with lemur. It uses only the CC parameters. No NRPN used in this template. I have no intentions to continue working on this template, so feel free to do whatever you like with it.||Ronald||211|
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