Call it acid Elektron. Elektron USA CEO Daniel Troberg is active as a live player much as he is in the tech business. He shares his most recent live set with us.

Finnish native Troberg may run Elektron in America, but he’s also regularly seen around LA’s legendary Dublab, as well as promoter and DJ. (One thing you can say about the musical instruments business – people are often nicely overqualified and wearing multiple hats.)

This time, we catch him back in the land of Elektron, Sweden. That’ll be Machinedrum birthplace Gothenburg – specifically, the Fee Fi Fo Fum party that just took place August 25th.

I asked Daniel to dish on how he plays:

I used an Octatrack MKI, a Monomachine MKII and a Roland TB303. The 303 has the Quicksilver mod so that I can do some nice realtime sequencer changes on it. The Quicksilver mod also makes it get midi sync in so I dont have to worry about any additional converter boxes. The Octatrack acts as the main clock as well as the main mixer and Im using approximately 64 patterns in the OT that ate lined up with the Monomachine. I arrange everything realtime as I feel like it and can go in any direction. I also use a a couple of scenes for the fader in the Octatrack to modulate certain parameters. The 303 and the Monomachine both goes into the Octatrack where I have it set up with additional effects processing and modulation from the fader mainly. So no additional gear is used, no mixer or external effects.

Check his SoundCloud for more:

How do you play? Also into the famous Elektron trinity?

  • Matt Jackson

    great music.

  • Will

    > So no additional gear is used, no mixer or external effects.

    Love this sort of thing. When playing with my Korg ER-1, I use it as simple two channel mixer. Very handy! Would be lovely if more of the gear out there these days with an audio input were able include a simple pass through, with or without a level control.

    What if the next round of Volcas pulled a TE PO style ‘Sync + Audio in one stereo cable’? I appreciate them being discreet ports when needed but the Sync port could have a stereo jack that put out both.

    • ashimoke

      I agree. Except for the volca sample, which can do stereo. Then it’d has to be trrs jacks.
      I had the ES1 before and it was great that I didn’t have to use mixer for small jams.

    • DrüMünkey

      I’ve been having some fun lately with Elektribe2… pan left 8 voices to left, and vice versa for right. Run each side into a channel of DJ mixer with fx. I suck, but it’s fun to pretend.

  • Polite Society

    so good

  • I do it with Korg Electribes like this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcvrNOeiB_c

  • Raffivegas

    wish they’d revisit the MnM and MD. I mean the CEO himself is still using a MnM.