Octatrack MK1 users might be getting conditional locks!

    Elektron recently launched updated versions of their boxes, including an Octatrack MKII.  Octatrack MKI owners might still benefit from this release as Elektron has now officially anounced via their website (see image below) that the MKII OS will be compatible with the MKI box and will "include the functionality of the MKII".  As you may have heard, the MKII will support conditional locks, which is a great way to add probabilities to your sequenced steps--opening up a whole lot of good fun.

    (source: https://www.elektron.se/support/?connection=octatrack#resources)

    Now, to further legitimize my suspicion that MKI will now be able to do conditional locks (aka trig conditions), have a look at the manual and you will notice that everything is almost identical between the MKI and MKII manuals except for the highlighted sections below: CONDITIONAL LOCKS and FILL MODE. (MK1 manual on left, MK2 on right)


    So, congrats to all MKI owners as it looks like you will have at least one more OS update to come (but perhaps more!) with additional features here and there.  Personally, I'm still waiting for program change parameter locks, which are present in the digitakt and monomachine.

    What features would you like to see implemented in the MKII OS?



Grid-30 is the final piece in the series. The piece combines three-dimensional elements and positioning of objects to suggest motion and create a scenario with a marked trajectory behind it.  The connected fence-like shapes along the border of the grid mark the boundary of the piece.  However, there are two squares along the crossing sections of the fence-like structure that gravitate towards the middle.



Grid-29 was inspired by genetics--more specifically cloning.  While genetics covers a wide spectrum of practices, cloning is one of the more popular and controversial ones.  Whether it is for its highly marketable concept and its suitability for Hollywood sci-fi flicks, or its controversial history and media coverage dating back to Dolly the sheep (the first reported mammal to be cloned), cloning was the first thing that came to mind when thinking about genetics.



Grid-28 was inspired by the Aztec number system and time.  The composition is generally divided into four quadrants and the dividing strips meet towards the middle in a swirl-like arrangement that suggest cock-wise rotation--all of these details are similar to those of a clock. The 2nd and 4th quadrants are filled with horizontal strips that gradually become shorter as they approach the corners, suggesting a gradual progression such as that of a timer.  The rest of the quadrants contain rectangles and squares arranged in a similar fashion to the Aztec number system.  The 1st quadrant has the lesser value, while the 3rd quadrant has a greater value--suggesting incremental growth.



Grid-27 was aimed at combining perception and reality in a similar way as Grid-15 but in a more direct and stripped-down fashion.  The tunnel-like borders encapsulate the main subject (an eye symbolizing perception) in layers similar to those found in video feedback loop effects (also known as Optical feedback).  The three triangles pointing towards the eye symbolize stimuli being taken in by the senses.



Grid-26 deals with balance: evenly spaced spike tips, but not at the base of the triangles; triangles pointing up and down, but only one pointing up; one square in each rectangular half, but both loosely positioned--yet somehow still managing to balance out the composition.

User creates Elektron Octatrack software editor


User "Rusty" from the Elektronauts forum has spent numerous hours developing a very extensive Octatrack software editor.  This morning he released a video teaser showing the editor at work.  The editor has the ability to save presets of most settings, making it extremely useful for managing sample banks, effects, etc...


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