A funny thing happened on the way to the resurgence of analog gear…

The digital bits are still mighty cool to have.

Yes, the next time someone asks you about whether the return to analog is some sort of regression to the past, you might point out that what we’re seeing is a fusion of the best features of both. And so it is that owners of Elektron’s Analog gear (the Analog Four and new Analog Keys) get a “1.1” upgrade via firmware that’s almost a generational improvement on their devices, for free.

For a “point one,” this is a massive update. And unlike certain hardware vendors, you get all of this without having to swap your gear:

  • Polyphonic operation
  • Resonance boost (this is the new resonant filter mode)
  • MIDI multi map
  • +Drive for additional storage
  • 512 factory presets

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Now, is a firmware update normally worth writing about? No.

But I can’t remember the last time someone shipped “polyphony” as a firmware update, so this seems newsworthy. Enjoy, Elektron fans.

  • 63A3

    “But I can’t remember the last time someone shipped “polyphony” as a firmware update”… Actually, Novation released a firmware update expanding the polyphony of the Nova Laptop sound module from 12 voices to 16.

    • brianmoore

      I was just going to mention the Nova update – although it was already polyphonic – just more so after the update :)

  • Dan Findlay

    A firmware update to enable MIDI note output from the sequencer would be extremely welcome. There doesn’t seem to be any way to use the A4 as the brain for a live rig –– instead you need to pair it up with a MnM or OT if you have additional hardware. Which is a bit annoying.

    Installing 1.1 now all the same.

    • Nagasaki Nightrider

      Totally agree. I like the fact that there are CV outputs, even though they aren’t of much use to me, but not allowing a hardware step sequencer with a MIDI out port to actually sequence other MIDI devices is a perverse design decision. Every other Elektron machine can do this. I’m not holding my breathe for them to add it. Love the sound, though.

    • Dan Findlay

      Totally. I don’t believe for one hot minute that this is a technical limitation … which means it’s a motivated by sales, the decision to prevent MIDI sequencing out of the A4.

      As much as I love Elektron in almost every other way this is the the kind of sh*t Apple, Canon, Sony pulls all the time and I am actually distraught to see a small indie company doing the same thing.

      At the very *least* allow the user to decide if that single solitary CV Sequencer Track outputs CV instead of MIDI or vice versa. At least give me that much to work with.