Digitakt & MachineDrum (Was: Novation Peak)

foRUMS 4 punkdISCO forums at punkdisco.co.uk
Fri Apr 21 17:36:50 CEST 2017

Okay, the DigiTakt is looking a bit better to me now:




Quite sexy..






From: music-bar [mailto:music-bar-bounces at lists.music-bar.org] On Behalf Of Andrew Tarpinian
Sent: 21 April 2017 13:14
To: Music-bar <music-bar at lists.music-bar.org>
Subject: Re: Digitakt & MachineDrum (Was: Novation Peak)


The Rytm isn't a sampler though, it's really just an added feature, but I think it's nice for adding punch to a sound or using it for single cycle waveforms. But yea it's not a huge on the fly inspirational thing, more a plan it out or get lucky thing. The digitakt seems to me what I always kinda wanted the octatrack to be, a funky weird simple sampler. 

On Apr 21, 2017, at 7:28 AM, foRUMS 4 punkdISCO <forums at punkdisco.co.uk <mailto:forums at punkdisco.co.uk> > wrote:

Andrew T wrote:


> I might get this and the mono station and the Digitakt instead of the OB-6 desktop I was thinking of getting


I’m not too sure about the Digitakt.  I had and loved the Rytm but, hated how the Rytm handled samples.  I came to the conclusion that if they made a Rytm without the sampling part, it would be a killer machine.  Hopefully they have learnt some lessons from how not to handle samples in the Rytm and carried that knowledge into the Digitakt..


So sold the Rytm and replaced with a MachineDrum MkII UW which I feckin love!!  I’ve been pretty critical about the MD in the past, not liking how digital it sounds; this is now the very reason why I like it so much  :)


And, the MD’s sampling is pure old-school joy!  It’s quite hard to explain how the MD samples using RAM and ROM machines but it’s very simple and quick to use, taking happy accidents to a whole new level. When inspiration is needed, I feed into the MD, say, a Depeche Mode track and program a drum part using a 200ms short sample.  You set this to keep auto-sampling every pattern loop until it captures a gem (typically every 4 or 5 attempts).  Repeat this a few times with other parts.  You now have a track that sounds Depeche Mode-esque without being in anyway recognisable to the original.  Genius!!





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