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Analog Four MKII £1,279

Elektron has updated its flagship analogue synth the A4 to MKII. Alex Holmes plugs in and prepares for four times the fun…

ELEKTRON

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Swedish company Elektron found itself a place in the hardware hall of fame with the so-called ‘Dark Trinity’ boxes; the Analog RYTM, Analog Four and Octatrack. With these three machines, you could sequence and perform complex beats, synths and samples, and they quickly became the go-to boxes for electronic musicians looking to perform live. Several years on, and Elektron has given its creations a makeover, with greycoloured aluminium enclosures and a handful of refined features to improve the overall experience. We got our hands on the Analog Four MKII to put it through its paces.

HEARING VOICES

For those that haven’t come across it before, the A4 is a four-voice analogue tabletop synth with a comprehensive built-in sequencer, CV input and output, and reverb, chorus and delay effects. Each voice features its own sequencer lane and arpeggiator, and a flexible system allows you to choose whether you want a note per voice, or one voice playing four notes (or four-layer unison) and everything in-between. It can also be set up so that any track can steal voices from another track when needed, which we found a little confusing at first, but it’s a well thought out feature to get the most out of the voices. There are two oscillators per voice, each with a handful of waveforms, plus its own sub oscillator, meaning you can get four-note chords just by carefully tuning a single voice. There’s also variable waveshape and PWM on all waveforms, a flexible noise oscillator, three OSC Sync modes, and the ability to do AM, FM and add vibrato.

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In our cover feature this month, Alex Holmes guides you through the science and logic behind why it’s necessary to calibrate your studio and equipment, and the steps you’ll need to take to guarantee perfect, balanced sound at all times. Also this issue, Erin Barra simplifies some vital music production concepts that may have long eluded your understanding – to hopefully increase your sonic vocabulary. We speak to Kanye West’s former controllerist and cutting-edge musician Laura Escudé, UNO synth designer Erik Norlander and Emmy-winning Guus Hoevenaars. Additionally, we present our in-depth reviews of Roland Cloud, PreSonus Studio One 4, Loopcloud 2.0, Elektron Analog Four MkII and more, as well as 5 brand new tutorials to broaden your production chops.