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Elektron has launched Digitakt II

Elektron has launched Digitakt II

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Introducing Digitakt II

Swedish musical instrument company Elektron has launched Digitakt II, a 16 track digital drum computer and stereo sampler.

Endless drum collage

Take your sampling to another dimension, weaving splinters of sound in stereo, ripped from the moment and brought to your fingertips for marvelous audio manipulation and beat arraying. Utilize super-powered versions of classic features and a whole bunch of new ones via an updated modular workflow, an expanded sequencer, and tons more goodies. Preserve or distort reality as you so desire with 16 tracks of samples in stereo, mono, or MIDI. And with enough memory for a lifetime of samples and the capacity to take them on audio adventures, your sonic-montage sculpting potential will know no beat-making bounds.

The Digitakt experience, multiplied

Digitakt II offers many times the power – and sonic possibilities – of its predecessor. It may be a familiar shape, and offer the same recognizable playfulness, but there is so much more power under the hood. And that brawn is at your disposal whatever the sound. Drums aren’t all it’s capable of. There are all kinds of melodic and harmonic possibilities to play with, not least straight out of the box via the revamped sample library. Of course you can capture your own splinters of sound too. Sample, either externally or internally, freely or quantized to the tempo. With a radically enhanced memory capacity, and up to 30 minutes of stereo samples per project, you can take your ideas anywhere. Whatever the thunderclap, whatever the whisper, they’re all waiting to be triggered from over a thousand sample slots available in each project.

Elektron Digitakt II

Machines, modularity, modulation

Digitakt II offers a more modular approach to sound creation. Mix and match the layers of your sonic landscape using any of the five distinct sample-manipulating Machines. Slice samples into precise fragments with Grid, or venture into new sonic territories with Werp. Use Repitch or Stretch or to fit your sample to the beat, and of course there’s One Shot for those crisp drum hits and tones. Choose from several swappable filters for each track. One filter is fixed as a base/width filter, but the other lets you swap between Multi-mode, Low pass 4, Comb, EQ, or Legacy LP/HP. You also have a filter envelope and a separate amp envelope of ADSR – for more definition and control – and AHD – ideal for those short barks of percussion. Three LFOs per track give you the chance to go wild in modulation land. Try different waveforms and destinations on for size. Go subtle or go weird, both can be wonderful.

Cause & FX

Transform your sounds with the built-in effects palette. Dip your brush into vibrant delay and reverb, widen your spectrum with chorus, and get destructive with bit reduction and sample rate reduction, or Overdrive. Apply as liberally as you like. Navigate to the mixer page to apply compression and master overdrive, sculpting unique sound textures at will. And with parameter locks, the application of your effects is supercharged.

Sequencer × II

For the first time in years, the Elektron sequencer has had a significant growth spurt. There are 128 steps on Digitakt II for your digits to traverse – double the previous amount. That’s a whole lot of P-Locking. And that’s just the start. Mix math and music, with the Euclidean sequence generator, courtesy of ancient algorithms, leading to the discovery of surprising rhythms; let the pattern roll the dice with conditional trigs. And use trig modes for a variety of fun functions – 16 levels of velocity, retrig mode, or bring the Preset Pool to the surface of the 16 triggers to record multiple sounds into one track.

Watch the launch video

Video by Elektron

Product Specifications

  • 5 × selectable SRC (audio) machines:
  • 5 × selectable FLTR machines:
    Lowpass 4
    Legacy LP/HP
  • 16 × stereo or mono audio tracks, or MIDI tracks
  • 1 × digital base-width filter per track
  • 1 × digital overdrive per track
  • 1 × digital bit reduction
  • 1 × digital sample rate reduction
  • 1 × overdrive master effect
  • 1 × stereo compressor master effect
  • 3 × assignable LFOs per track
  • 400 MB sample memory
  • 20 GB +Drive storage
  • Diverse sample library

MIDI track features

  • 4 note polyphony per step
  • 16 × assignable CC controls
  • 2 × assignable LFOs per track

Performance features

  • 4 × Trig modes
    Retrigs (only works on audio tracks)
    Preset pool (only works on audio tracks)
  • Keyboard mode with 36 different scales
  • Song Mode

Sequencer features

  • 128 steps per pattern and track
  • Individual pattern length per track
  • Individual time scale multiplier per track
  • Parameter locks
  • Trig conditions & trig chance
  • Retrig (audio tracks only)
  • Micro timing
  • 1 × Euclidean sequence generator per track

Send effects

  • Saturator Delay
  • Supervoid Reverb
  • Panoramic Chorus


  • 128 × 64 pixel OLED screen
  • 2 × ¼” impedance balanced audio out jacks
  • 2 × ¼” impedance balanced audio in jacks
  • 1 × ¼” stereo headphone jack
  • 48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync out

Physical specifications

  • Sturdy steel casing
  • Dimensions: W 215 × D 176 × H 63 mm (8.5″ × 6.9″ × 2.5″) (including knobs and feet)
  • Weight: approximately 1.48 kg (3.25 lbs)
  • 100 × 100 mm VESA mounting holes. Use M4 screws with a max length of 7 mm.


  • Overbridge enabled (Coming soon)
  • Class Compliant USB audio
  • External Input mixer
  • 3 year Elektron warranty

Included in the box

  • Power Supply PSU-3c
  • Elektron USB cable
  • Exclusive artwork

Watch At A Glance video

Video by Elektron

Pricing and availability

Digitakt II is available to purchase from the Elektron website or from retailers carrying the Elektron range of products. Pricing on elektron.se is 999 USD/1049 EUR.

More info at elektron.se

About Elektron

Elektron creates innovative and magnificent electronic musical instruments and devices, widely acclaimed for their stellar sound and immense creativity-unlocking potential. Formed in 1998, the company has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, with a subsidiary in Los Angeles, USA.

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