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Elektron Digitone - FM synthesis and how to generate complex sounds

Elektron Digitone - FM synthesis and how to generate complex sounds

FM synthesis is revitalized last years with the advent of a large number of new instruments, starting with cheap KORG volca FM and ending with the top Yamaha Montage. At the NAMM 2018, Elektron introduced its new synthesizer - Digitone, which offers its own version of multi-engine synthesis. Read further about the features of the Swedish company's new tool.

Digitone is an 8-voice digital synthesizer which combines FM-synthesis with digital subtractive synthesis, making it a powerful source of highly unique tones and timbres. The FM sound generators have been optimized for a clean and efficient sound design process. Its creators wrote a couple of phrases telling essential about it: "From jagged chaos to mellow soundscapes in less than a second. Choose from multiple FM algorithms featuring carefully selected parameters. Shape the tones with powerful filters. Arrange them with the intuitive Elektron sequencer. Round off with the stellar effects. Now enjoy the most spectacular sounds, seemingly emanating from some parallel universe."

The sequencer is an integral part of Digitone. Four tracks are available for the internal sounds and four dedicated MIDI tracks stand ready for controlling external gear. Use the sequencer to quickly add chords or create melodies adhering to a specific scale. Add probability settings to individual notes. Create tracks with different lengths. Digitone makes it easy to create intricate and musical patterns.

Digitone is available now for $759 USD, but all synths are sold.

Listen to the sounds of Digitone yourself and make your own opinion (scroll down to the Soundcloud block).

Technical specifications

Synth voice features

  • 8 voice polyphony (multitimbral)
  • Multiple FM algorithms
  • One multimode filter per voice
  • One base-width filter per voice
  • One overdrive per voice
  • Two assignable LFO per voice


  • 4 synth tracks
  • 4 MIDI tracks
  • 1 arpeggiator per track
  • Polyphonic sequencing
  • Individual track lengths
  • Parameter locks
  • Micro timing
  • Trig conditions
  • Sound per step change

Send&master effects

  • Panoramic Chorus send effect
  • Saturator Delay send effect
  • Supervoid 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 over USB
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync out
  • Overbridge support


  • 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.

Tags: digital synthesizer, Elektron, NAMM 2018, FM-synthesis, Digitone

Published: 10:32 26.01.2018
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