UPDATE: model:cycles is out now and available for pre-order at Elektron dealers, such as Thomann (affiliate link).
It looks like we get to meet a new Elektron machine a little earlier than anticipated. First, a YouTuber with their hands on a demo unit mispublished a 30-second video that quickly went down. But not before those handsy elektronauts landed a screengrab showing the new Swedish contraption in full. Meet model:cycles – an FM groovebox, or in other words, a Digitone for the aspiring electronic artist.
In addition to that YouTube leak, an online dealer listed the new machine with its complete spec sheet. Here’s what in store for this gizmo:
- 6-track FM groovebox
- 6 machines: Kick, Snare, Metal, Perc, Tone, Chord
- 4 controllers: Color, Shape, Sweep, Contour – available for each machine
- 6 audio/MIDI tracks
- 6 velocity-sensitive pads
- Memory: 96 projects, 96 patterns per project
- Effects: delay and reverb
- Real-time input and step sequencer with parameter locks
- 6.3mm headphone output
- 2x 6.3mm main outputs
- MIDI on 3.5mm mini jacks (In, Out, Thru)
- PSU-4 power supply unit
- Includes power supply, USB cable, MIDI adapter
- Weighs around 0.814kg
- Listed price: EUR 329
So Elektron is moving forward with its ‘model’ concept, which is not about deep flagship devices, but more approachable and less intimidating (but not less musical) boxes. I like how the Swedish company is filling a niche in its line-up and is being more inviting towards producers without the budget or time to get on with complex machines like the original trinity (Octatrack, Rytm, A4) or newer ones like the Digitakt and Digitone. I can easily see the model: cycles being no less capable or charming than the model:samples. Let’s see if Elektron has other surprises left for Feb. 26!