November 13, 2007

Doesn't that just figure?

by Chris Randall

Elektron announced the MonoMachine and MachineDrum MKII editions today. This is all well and good. Lower noise floor, thinner case, 64-step patterns on the SPS-1 and SPS-1UW, sampling on the SFX60.

Good news all around. The bad news? Not 16 hours ago we ordered two of the original SFX60. Got some phone calls to make, I think. The interesting bit is that I was plainly warned, and decided to ignore the warning. That'll teach me to be patient.



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Nov.13.2007 @ 12:29 PM
you must've ordered from a vendor, right? elektron hasn't had any of these units in stock for a month or so.

i've owned all these machines before and love 'em. i just don't need the sounds right now. when i do, tho, i'll be excited for these upgrades. shame there's no sfx6 anymore; that's by far my favorite one.


Nov.13.2007 @ 12:45 PM
Chris Randall
We ordered from Analogue Haven, of course. The One And Only Source of all synths and most pro audio gear in our studios.

Shawn actually told me to wait, but I didn't listen. Right now, we're trying to decide if we care enough to cancel the order and get the new ones. The wave feature, meh. Noise floor isn't terribly bad, so it's really just the smaller case, and since I'll rack it anyways, that doesn't affect me. I think we might just stick with the original ones.



Nov.13.2007 @ 1:05 PM
i believe they have internal power supplies (instead of line lumps) too. again, doesn't affect you since you're racking.

my main concern, if i was buying new right now, is that if i ever decided to re-sell it the value would likely be higher on the mkII units. and since they're the same price new it would only make sense to get the new one.

thats just me tho :)


Nov.13.2007 @ 1:14 PM
Chris Randall
It isn't internal. It has gone to a switching power supply, a "floor wart" like with a laptop. Adam says that the smaller case is a result of not having to put a regulator and switching caps inside the unit itself.

"the same price" is most definitely not so. They were already $100 cheaper from AH to begin with, and AH, it turns out, was completely sprung upon with this news. They had an inkling that something new would come out for NAMM, but they were completely unaware of today's occurrence.

For what it's worth, We decided we're sticking to our original order. The $100 premium and wait time aren't worth the extra features for us.



Nov.13.2007 @ 1:20 PM
funny how the "lower noise floor" is a feature. I could have sworn they were emphatic about the fact that the noise was an intentional feature of the Crystal DACs noise shaping and a non-issue.

I've had my Machinedrum less than a year. This hurts just a little bit.


Nov.13.2007 @ 1:35 PM
why are the US dollar prices significantly lower on their website compared to the euro/sek prices if you convert them? I'm talking like 500 bucks less.

Nov.13.2007 @ 1:40 PM
Chris Randall
We don't have to pay EU VAT.



Nov.13.2007 @ 1:49 PM
ahh I see.. Canadian companies don't normally include our taxes in price listings.

Nov.13.2007 @ 2:36 PM
the userwaves in the monomachine are not in the OS yet:

"* We are at the moment fine-tuning this feature and will include it in an upcoming OS upgrade."

personally, i think it's worth getting the MKII but it would be frustrating to pay for this feature and then have to wait to use it.. or for it to even exist.

elektron products are great though. i love the MD and MM.


Nov.13.2007 @ 3:43 PM
ahhh...i see the power supply situation now.

regarding the's a $50 difference from elektron direct. sounds like AH was caught off-guard and don't know what theirs will go for yet. you could always get the friend discount (10% off) if you order right now.

i understand you not really needing it, tho. just thought i'd throw that in.


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