Earlier this year, Elektron introduced mechanically and cosmetically upgraded “MK2” versions of the Octatrack performance sampler and Analog Four synthesizer. In a move that will surely delight owners of the original Octatrack, the Swedish company announced an upcoming software update for the machine, which will bring its operating system in line with the MK2 version.
Since the original Octatrack was deemed “feature-complete” at the time of the MK2’s release, its operating system doesn’t include major new functionality. Since there’s no change-log available for this versions, we can’t know for sure what differences there are in the operating system. However, it is highly likely Elektron managed to squish some bugs or muster some small interface and functionality improvements. More importantly, the software parity will make it possible for Octatrack MK2 owners to use their older machines as a backup with a simple storage card swap.
Elektron isn’t saying how long it will take before the software update is ready. The Swedish company said the new firmware “will be available soon.”
It’s certainly nice to see Elektron still cares for the original Octatrack, which is among its signature devices and enjoys very good popularity among music-making hardware enthusiasts. The MK2’s release resulted in a nice discount for the MK1 and has re-invigorated demand for it, both new and used. Clearly, the original Octo, which surfaced back in 2011, still has plenty of life left in it!
- Elektron Octatrack MK2 product page
- Detailed comparison of the Elektron Octatrack MK1 and MK2 differences