Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

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Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby TrondC on Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:53 am

So I've had this baby for a few weeks, exams and liveset making preventing me from really getting down with the thing. But I'm having tons of fun just using it as a transitional tool, sampling whatever source, crossfading so you only hear the samples, then load a new source (usually patterns on my machinedrum etc) and crossfade back. this video explains a little better. Mind you this is just one of a million applications for the Octatrack, and it only takes up ONE of the EIGHT tracks, I think my head will explode this summer when I dig further :)

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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby Klenderfender on Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Do you have other boxes as well as these?

I ask because, I can technically sell some gear (about 12 pieces) to pay for both a Octatrack and Machinedrum (the newest version).

I love my gear, but space is becoming an issue and it appears these two units can save a LOT of space and do what I want - musically.
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby TrondC on Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:20 pm

I have the Machinedrum UW and Monomachine yes. I did the same thing you describe: I sold a lot of lesser gear to fund the monomachine and machinedrum. The Machinedrum UW alone is a better solution than a bunch of cheap gear, so I'd say go for it! The octatrack takes longer to learn, but the Machinedrum is a dream to use :)
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby TrondC on Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:21 pm

Oh, I see now what you mean.. No the elektrons are everything I need :)
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby Klenderfender on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:07 pm

Thanks! I keep thinking of selling my gear only to get sentimental. But these two: MD and Octatrack are appealing especially since the prices on used gear and the tanking economy has brought down the prices a bit on eBay. Not only that, I don't have to use a smartmedia card ever again!

So, is it the interface of the Octatrack that takes time to learn? Does the interface differ from the MD?
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby dubathonic on Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:45 am

They're not incredibly different -- their sequencers possess a lot of the same features and the layouts are somewhat similar. That said, they're very different animals and even longtime users of the MD find that the OT takes a lot of time to wrap their head around.

If you know the MD (or even more so the Monomachine, from what I've heard), the OT won't feel too strange. Many of the OT features were inspired by what MD UW owners did with the UW's sampling capabilities. But the OT is a dedicated sampler and does many things that neither of Elektron's previous machines can. And what differences there are between the interfaces reflect this.

Personally, if you're considering selling gear, I'd recommend grabbing an MD UW, digging deep into it for several months and seeing if you like it before getting an OT. Based on a lot of threads I've read on the Elektron Users forum, the people who get the most out of the OT (and feel the least frustrated by it) *seem* to be the ones who have learned previous Elektron gear fairly well beforehand. The MD UW is an incredibly powerful beast and you won't have any trouble keeping busy with it while the ace dudes at Elektron sort out the bugs in the OT's still very new OS ;)
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby Klenderfender on Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:16 pm

Thanks for the insight. MD+UW seems to be a fine option!
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby Klenderfender on Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:01 pm

Update: just got the MD SP-1 UW MKII (without + drive) for relatively cheap about a week ago.

It's a lot of fun, for those of you who are curious (especially with the 16 tweakable parts + efx + ROM to RAM copy feature). Nice.

If I upgrade to the + drive, it would make run for 6,000 ROM samples (and knob twister's delight!).
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Re: Octatrack DPS-1 Dynamic Performance Sampler

Postby AikiGhost on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:31 pm

I have the octa but to be honest I still use my esx & es1 more. The octatrack is just overly complex for not much gain IMHO. Im serioulsly thinking of selling it and geting more FX units, I have my eye on the biscuit distortion & bit reducer or maybe the schippmann music ebbe und flut.
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