Syntakt Review

Music producers love their gear, and there always seem to be new and innovative ways to get your kicks, claps, hats, and stabs recorded into Ableton. And while I have reviewed my fair share of hardware on this site, I’ve never got my hands on any of Elektron’s samplers or drum machines. 

And while I’ve always known that Elektron has had a bit of a cult following for all their studio gear, I never understood why. But after having the Syntakt in my studio for the last month or so, it didn’t take long for me to “get it.” Between the sound engines, sequencers, community, and more, this thing quickly won my heart and a coveted place in my studio (for a specific purpose, that is).

But this is far from perfect, despite its price point. So let’s dive into everything I discovered after using this device extensively for a month in hopes that you can decide for yourself whether it deserves a place in your music production workflow and studio.

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What Is The Elektron Syntakt? 

Syntakt has been out for a while now, but there is a reason why this 12-track drum computer is still being hailed as one of the best studio devices out there. For those familiar with the Elektron production ecosystem in every Elektron device, the Syntakt is a blend of some of the more popular features of their other drum computers like Digitone, Analog Rytm, and Model Cycles. For those who are not so familiar with the Elektron ecosystem, let’s start simply by saying these portable groove boxes make producing tracks on the go easy and inspiring. 

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