Elektron's description of the Elektron Digitone polyphonic digital synthesizer
8-voice polyphonic digital synthesizer.
The elusive song of the desert, caused by grains of sand rubbing against each other, is nature’s own FM synthesizer. Sometimes roaring, sometimes wailing, always enchanting. Enter the alluring dunes of Digitone: a compact synthesizer that fits snugly at home, in the studio, and on stage.
The digital method unlocked.
Digitone is a new and accessible take on FM and a prime source of new sounds and timbres. Create rich and musical sounds with ease, be it crystalline, electric, or metallic ones. Make your synth sing like the enchanted desert.
Digitone is FM synthesis simplified and revitalized. A combination of FM sound generation and subtractive synthesis across four synth tracks. Dive from jagged chaos to mellow soundscapes. Choose your algorithm. Set the FM parameters. Shape the tones with powerful filters. Round off with stellar effects. Enjoy the most spectacular sounds, seemingly from a parallel universe.
Add some subtraction.
FM synthesis occurs when you modulate the pitch of one oscillator with another, to achieve rich and unexpected timbres. The ratio and rate of modulation impact the resulting sound. Digitone uses four oscillators, or operators, per voice. A particular configuration of operators is called an algorithm. For classical FM synthesis, it ends here.
With the Digitone, you get to shape, enrich and modulate the sound even further, using the powers of subtractive synthesis. Use the multimode filter with its custom envelope to soften or pronounce the wild overtones. Cut off the low, mid, or high frequencies. Sculpt with style and precision. Define the sound decisively using the full-featured amp envelope. Carve the contour of the sound.
Pushing the envelope.
You can add more movement to the sound using an LFO or two. Set any sound-shaping parameter in automated, repeated motion. At a very slow or a very fast speed, using a variety of different waveshapes, including a random one. Make your sound sway gently like the ocean, or flutter like a butterfly.
As if the richness and harmonics of the FM and sub synth isn't enough, you also get a neat set of effects that will send your sound on a journey through time and space. Add liberal amounts of chorus, delay, and reverb if you want your sound huge and teeming with echoes, or go lightly on the effects for a more subtle sonic enhancement. There is also an overdrive if you want even more wayward frequencies.
Ride the arpeggios.
Whether you want a simple ratchet or a melodic roller-coaster of an arpeggio, it's right there at your fingertips. Set your notes in motion, control the order, speed, length, offset, and octave range, and propel your melodies to new dizzying heights.
The power of Song.
With Song Mode you can create, edit, and play compositions made up of dozens of your patterns. This makes it a hugely useful feature for all kinds of scenarios and for all kinds of artists.
Put together a deeply customizable backing track, leaving your hands free for other sweet gear. Extend beyond the limits of the 64-step sequencer. Create entire set-lists in a single song. And that’s only scratching the surface of Song Mode’s possibilities.
Simply holding any step and tweaking any parameter onto it is an ultra-fast and detailed way of sequencing. We call it parameter locking.
Real-time record every twist and turn you make if you like, or build your composition one tonal nuance at a time. Why not do a bit of both, for subtle progress, or magnificent musical madness?
A galaxy of presets.
Digitone comes packed with grade-A content, designed to be the perfect starting block for your explorations of the FM universe. You get a whopping 512 sounds, ranging from the FM staples to wild and extraordinary out-of-this-world sounds created by Mark Fell, DivKid, Hizmi, Zabutom, and many more.
Synth voice features
- 8 voice polyphony (multitimbral)
- Multiple FM algorithms
- 1 × multimode filter per voice
- 1 × base-width filter per voice
- 1 × overdrive per voice
- 2 × assignable LFOs per voice
- 4 synth tracks
- 4 MIDI tracks
- Arpeggiator per synth track
- Polyphonic sequencing
- Individual track lengths
- Parameter locks
- Micro timing
- Trig conditions
- Sound per step change
Send & master effects
- Chorus send effect
- Delay send effect
- Reverb send effect
- Overdrive master effect
128 × 64 pixel OLED screen
2 × 1/4” impedance balanced audio out jacks
2 × 1/4” audio in jacks
1 × 1/4” stereo headphone jack
48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN sync out
Sturdy steel casing
Dimensions: W215 × D176 × H63 mm (8.5” × 6.9” × 2.5”) (including knobs and feet)
Weight: approximately 1.49 kg (3.3 lbs)
100 × 100 mm VESA mounting holes. Use M4 screws with a max length of 7 mm
3 year Elektron warranty
Included in the box
power supply PSU-3c
Elektron USB cable