The Elektron Digitone Keys is an exceptional digital soundcraft device that now comes with responsive keys. This 8-voice polyphonic digital synthesizer allows you to create sounds you’ve always dreamed up but never had the means to create. With 16 steps of sequencing power and multiple FM algorithms, the Digitone Keys is the ultimate synth centerpiece for both studio and stage use.
Design and Features
The Digitone boasts multitimbral performance with 8-voice polyphony and a multimode filter per voice. Each voice also includes a base-width filter, overdrive, and two assignable LFOs. Its innovative design modernizes FM synthesis by combining FM sound generation with classic sub-synth signal flow. The device features multiple FM algorithms for you to choose from, complete with versatile parameters that allow you to shape the tone of your sound. It also includes a range of built-in effects for further sculpting your tone, and an OLED screen that provides all the information you need on your settings and parameters.
The addition of a keyboard allows you to perform the way you want, taking your Digitone performances to the next level. The semi-weighted keyboard is ideal for playing those bass riffs and pad chords. With aftertouch as a standard feature, this keyboard adds a performative edge to the Digitone’s powerful FM synthesis.
The powerful onboard 16-step sequencer features four synth tracks and three MIDI tracks, as well as an arpeggiator per track. The intuitive design allows you to set individual track lengths, as well as lock parameters into place. You can also set the sequencer to change the sound per step, ideal for live performances where you want to switch up the style and tone.
Control and Effects
The Digitone’s ergonomic layout features a comprehensive control section including a wide range of buttons. Accompanying the buttons are a range of rotary encoders, designed for changing levels and parameters with optimal precision. There are dedicated transport buttons for Copy, Clear, Paste, Tap Tempo, Unison and more. A handy Save project button is also included so you can instantly save your progress with ease. Also onboard is a built-in metronome, as well as a mute mode with 4 mute buttons.
For in-depth sound design, the Digitone also includes a wide variety of integrated effects. The Send and Master effects can be used to further sculpt your sound. The effects are comprised of a Panoramic Chorus, Saturator Delay, Supervoid Reverb, and Overdrive.
The Digitone Keys includes 37 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8-voice polyphony (multitimbral), 4 synth tracks, 4 MIDI tracks, 1 arpeggiator per track, polyphonic sequencing, individual track lengths, parameter locks, micro-timing, trig conditions, sound per step change, Send & Master Effects, Panoramic Chorus send effect, Saturator Delay send effect, Supervoid Reverb send effect, Overdrive master effect, Hardware 128×64 pixel OLED screen, MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync out, 2x 1/4” impedance balanced main out jacks, 8x 1/4” impedance balanced track out jacks, 1x 1/4” stereo headphone jack, 2x 1/4” audio in jacks, 2x 1/4” CV/Expression/Sustain jacks, 48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, Power inlet