A few weeks back Elektron’s Analog Rytm got a super dope update. While I should’ve been posting about it I was busy reveling in it. The new synthesis models are nothing short of amazing. This update really feels like more than an update. It’s more like having a new drum machine.
For those that have been on the fence about the Analog Rytm or perhaps stuck between the choices of Tempest and the Rytm, I’d say ponder no more. Rytm is the way. The sound set and the array of sound has been vastly expanded. Not to mention, the Tempest has had it’s share of less than favorable talk lately with no updates to come and no bug fixes in ages. At least that what I understand. Still this is the update (Rytm OS 1.30 that is) that will likely push a gang of fence riders over the edge.
One point I want to make here is that the Rytm needs no help sounding great. However, with a dozen new synth models included with this update, it really solidifies, in mind at least, that the Rytm is one of the all time greats in terms of Drum Machines. It will be a classic indeed.
For those with loads of external gear that just so happen to have CV I/O, the Rytm 1.30 update comes with an Impulse Generator. Elektron describes it as “Generates a short pulse with controllable attack, decay and polarity. This model is useful for triggering external devices.” Great stuff! Although there are many ways to trigger my modular and many ways to generate a clock, I really dig the impulse generator. It’s an easy way to shoot a pulse to my modular rig, the Tempi in particular. It locks everything in to tempo with no additional fuss.
In the IG video below, I am using the Analog Rytm, Analog Four and my eurorack. Rytm is sending the impulse generator to lock the eurorack synth to the tempo of the Rytm via the Tempi. The Analog four serves as a mixer and effects processor for the eurorack. The Qu-Bit Octone handles the sequencing for the eurorack. None the less, a few of the new synthesis models are in full effect on the drums in this quick sequence.
Analog Rytm OS 1.30
Analog Rytm OS 1.30 adds no less than 12 new analog percussion synthesis models, nearly doubling the range of available models. This immense increase of sound generating potential radically improves an already stellar analog drum machine. Enjoy new synthesis models specifically tailored for kick drums, snare drums, hi-hats, cymbals, and more.
A video overview of the new synthesis models is available on YouTube but I’ve taken the liberty to post it below as well. Check ti out!
When using Analog Rytm together with Overbridge, please note Overbridge 1.10 is needed to take full advantage of Analog Rytm OS 1.30.
New synthesis models
Hi-hat model with a tinny electronic sound.
Metallic Open hi-hat
Open hi-hat model with a snappy metallic sound.
Metallic Closed hi-hat
Closed hi-hat model with a snappy metallic sound.
A multi-personality cymbal model that featuring a selectable cymbal oscillator type and also individual levels for the cymbal components. Well-suited for ride-cymbal type of sounds, but can also achieve other types of cymbal sounds.
Cymbal model with a snappy metallic sound.
Cowbell model with a snappy metallic sound.
Sharp Bass drum
A modern, hard-hitting bass drum model based on a single VCO featuring user-selectable waveforms. The VCO can be run freely for slight differences between the hits.
Silky Bass drum
A silky smooth bass drum with a large sweet spot and a gentle VCO click for shaping the transient. Also comes with a dust parameter, allowing the drum to be buried in tape-like environmental noise.
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Plastic Bass drum
A bass drum model that utilizes both ring modulation and frequency
modulation between two VCOs to achieve distinct and almost plastic-sounding harmonics.
Natural Snare drum
A natural-sounding snare based on a single-VCO configuration. User-configurable noise color makes this snare very usable for both acoustic-type snares and subtle, electronic mini-snares.
A white noise generator with a resonant low pass filter and a high pass filter. There is also an amplitude envelope to control the volume over time, and controls for automatically sweeping the low pass frequency.
Generates a short pulse with controllable attack, decay and polarity. This model is useful for triggering external devices.
Analog Rytm OS 1.30 is available as a free download from the Elektron website.