Elektron’s Analog Rytm may have made its name based on its original, internal analog sound sources, but you can now add some additional sounds in the form of 808 samples. That gives you those 808 sounds with the Elektron workflow.
The world may not need another set of dry 808 sounds. But fortunately, here the pre-assembled sound samples come from our friend Goldbaby. Instead of another set of vanilla 808 noises (yawn), you get thick, tape-saturated sounds with some added character. I’m finishing a review of the Analog Rytm now, so I’m keen to hear what they sound like inside the Analog Rytm’s architecture — this could be a winner.
You get the full set of what you’d need – 16 snares, 9 toms, 7 congas, 9 hats, 4 cymbals, and then a clap, a clave, a rimshot, a shaker, and a cowbell.
Some sound samples are already available. The kit costs 15€ – Elektron doesn’t really need that cash if you’ve already bought their machine, but I’m assuming Goldbaby does.
Find the sample set on Elektron’s site:
And I’m guessing we’ll get other kits, too. It is definitely a nice feature of the Elektron, being able to combine analog sounds with samples, especially for those of you who want to ditch the laptop for your drum machine sounds. It’s not really competition for the Roland AIRA TR-8 – totally different workflow on the two units, modeled 808/909 on the TR-8, and so on. But it does satisfy your need for 808 sounds.
One annoyance on the Analog Rytm is that installing samples does require a specialized process – a result of the architecture of sample storage on the device. Elektron has a video out this week that shows you how, in case you haven’t tried this yet: