Elektron Rytm VS Machinedrum - modular synth, or groovebox?

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  • Published on:  Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Since before the Elektron Analog Rytm MK1 was announced, I was thinking to get a Machinedrum UW+, I had borrowed one for a while and it spurred me to get an Octatrack, which has been very useful and inspiring, but I always missed what the Machinedrum UW had to offer. As I watched the used prices of the Analog Rytm MK1 plummet with the release of the new MKII, it re-kindled my desire for an inspiring drum machine - but as I thought more deeply about it I kept circling back to the conclusion the Machinedrum UW was what I really wanted, despite all the fun I had with the new AR mk2 at a local music store (rock and roll vintage, aka synth city).

    The Elektron Machinedrum, particularly the MkII UW version, is an extraordinarily flexible instrument, representing something like a modular synthesizer that has been architected primarily as a drum machine. In comparison the Elektron Analog Rytm Mk2, although an extremely playable and much more performance-friendly groovebox, doesn't have quite the same level of overall depth and flexibility, both internally, and when interacting with other gear. Even after I had already bought an MDUW+ I kept discovering more reasons to be happy with my decision, although I'd certainly like to merge what I consider the best features of both designs.

    I hope this comparative review of functionality provides an informative look on why the Machinedrum, even in 2018, is far more than it appears, and can still compete quite well with its modern counterpart, the Analog Rytm Mk2

    2:52 more voices, arbitrary choke groups
    3:19 huge variety of machines that can be placed on any track
    4:01 MIDI sequencing
    4:50 song mode BPM
    5:15 recorder trigs
    5:47 12-bit sampling with character
    6:49 rich and extensive voice architecture
    7:17 classic/extended switch
    8:49 input machines
    9:13 audio inputs can also be trigger inputs
    10:06 instant pattern switch via external MIDI notes
    10:35 control-all
    11:26 flexible LFO routing
    12:00 master EQ
    12:24 flexible audio bussing
    12:48 conclusion

    oldschool machinedrum resource compiled by tarekith (https://www.youtube.com/user/tarekith), which mentions abusing input+MIDI machine combination - http://tarekith.com/assets/machinedrum_tipsandtricks.htm

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