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?

BIG 12.9" iPad Pro

If you, like me, run a bunch of music and art apps on your iPad then you might want to hold off on upgrading to the recently-released iPad Air.



Despite its apparent complexity, Grid-13 is made up of only 3 basic shapes (square, right triangle, and trapezoid) and a complex polygon.



Grid-12 is made up of 4 shapes reflecting over the y axis.

The parallelograms are all slanted so that they are pointing towards the middle along with all 4 triangles.  In addition to this central cohesiveness, there is a general feeling of upward movement when looking at the piece as a whole. This is due to the upside-down triangular or v-shape: the top row of six parallelograms is greater than the following row of 4, the top triangle is larger than the bottom one, and the polygons on the higher row spread wider than those at the bottom row.



Grid-11 uses various poligons and simple shapes to form an ellaborate cross.

Crosses are some of the most ancient human symbols.  They have been used by religions (mostly known for Christianity) and can be interpreted in several ways.  One of these interpretations is the symbolic union of divinity (the vertical line connecting the celestial or divine), and the world (the horizontal line connecting everything that surrounds us).

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Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) promiscuity is a very common thing in this day and age... I'm talking about hopping from DAW to DAW as if it was no big deal.  Having gone through Sony ACID, FruityLoops, Cakewalk (now Sonar), Reason, Cubase, and now Ableton, with a lot of overlapping and back-and-forth, definitely makes you wonder if you've ended up with the "right one".



Grid-10 is made up of two shapes: a square and an irregular polygon with mostly acute angles and long spikes.


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