There’s new groove machine hardware out this week, but Elektron has an update for the gear you might already own. Both MKI and MKII editions of Analog Rytm now get the 1.70 OS update with a Euclidean sequencer, scales, improved tuning, and more.

Of course, it’s always lovely to see new gear – but knowing how much investment we put into our drum machines as instruments, even better to see updates. Let’s just copy-paste the whole list, but highlights for me:

  • New machines (CHIP and RAW synths, ACOUSTIC bass drum and snare, and LAB metallic high hat)
  • Save right from a sequencer trig – so all your sound and p-locks instantly turn into a new Sound
  • Lots of new parameters for tweaking
  • LFO random now has slew
  • Page Loop so you can stay on a particular sequencer page, also good live
  • Pads in chromatic mode now have scales and fold
  • New tuning calibration routine

And yes, a Euclidean mode for the sequencer. Look, everything will get Euclidean sequencers. Nothing will not have a Euclidean sequencer in it now. My clave has proclaimed that this is so.

OS Upgrade: Analog Rytm 1.70

It’s just great to see this on the older hardware, too, like this one:

Full update details – plus playlist of features:


Added five new machines: SY CHIP, SY RAW, BD ACOUSTIC, SD ACOUSTIC, and HH LAB.

Added an Euclidean mode for the sequencer.

You can now save a Sound from a specific trig on the sequencer, complete with its sound- and parameter locks applied.

Added the possibility to set a specific number of sequencer steps as record length in the sampler, resulting in loops with the exact length.

Added pad scales and fold functionality for when playing the PADS in CHROMATIC mode.

Implemented functionality that makes it possible to loop selected pattern pages.

Added the square waveform as a parameter value for the WAV parameter in the BD SHARP machine.

The BT CLASSIC machine now has a new PITCH ENVELOPE parameter.

Added two new PULSE WIDTH parameters for the CB CLASSIC and CB METALLIC machines.

Added slew functionality to the RND waveform for the LFOs. When RND is selected for the WAV parameter, the SPH parameter now sets the amount of slew.

[MKII] Added an LED brightness setting parameter in GLOBAL SETTINGS > SYSTEM.

It is now possible to see which PARAMETER PAGES contain parameters with parameter locks.

When pressing and holding specific trig in STEP RECORDING mode, the [PARAMETER] keys that contain parameters with locks light up.

Improved oscillator tuning by adding new calibration functionality.

Implemented the possibility of generating a random name from the naming screen when naming a Sound or a pattern.

The NOTE parameter on the TRIG page now shows the note value and the number of semitones in the screen UI.

Improved the naming of the DUAL VCO, IMPULSE, and NOISE GEN machines by adding machine type group naming.

The new names are SY DUAL VCO, UT IMPULSE, and UT NOISE.

The sample STA and END parameters are now high resolution. It is also now possible to snap to integers for the STA and END parameters. This, together with now showing true integrers in the display, makes it easier to find the exact start and end points in samples, especially in longer samples such as sample chains.

Added the functionality that when selecting an empty sample slot and then pressing [YES], now opens the +DRIVE sample list.

Improved the screen UI and navigation for the machine selection list and the Sound Manager.

Several analog machines are now scaled in semitones and with high resolution.

It is now possible to also click DATA ENTRY KNOB D to assign a sample from the sample list that is opened when accessing the SMP parameter on the SAMPLE page.

[MKII] Implemented a new LED boot sequence.

Implemented minor improvements of the LED color scheme to better harmonize between different devices of the product line.

Bug fixes

Ringing notes generated unexpected tones when browsing machines.

Kit sysex dump caused the samples to lose their assignment. Reloading the kit from the sysex dump, resulted in the kits failing to locate and assign the samples correctly.

Under some circumstances, earlier made monitoring settings were not cleared and reset when creating a new project.

There were sometimes unexpected clicks at the start of notes due to the filter envelope behavior.

[MKII] Sounds not compatible with the active track were not indicated correctly when browsing the Sound pool list.

Sample assignments were not kept when copying kits from one project to another.

Undoing a page paste operation could cause all parameters to be set to the minimum value.

Occasionally, after saving a project in the PROJECT menu to a specific slot, the used slot was not visible in the list of projects.

Pigeons aren’t real:

Swedish winter is dark, but that means more time for grooves. And into the darkness, sometimes a great OS update breaks through like a beam of light. Let us all celebrate the coming solstice with new percussion sounds, arranged into Euclidean rhythms. Praise Rytm.

Here’s a nice reference to packs for Analog Rytm – maybe other folks know others!

[ Definitive list ] Analog RYTM kits, sounds & samples