The Digitone Keys is an incredible expansion of the Digitone—featuring a 37-note keybed and added user controls, the Digitone Keys takes a synthesizer that was already the next step in FM synthesis even farther. Breaking past the historical baggage that FM carries, the Digitone Keys provides keyboardists and other electronic musicians an easy way to explore completely new sonic realms with ease, opening up this notoriously complex synthesis method for exploratory play. Never before has an FM keyboard synth felt so immediate.
Offering eight voices with the option for full multitimbral behavior, the Digitone keys is a perfect marriage of both keyboard and sequencer-based workflows, offering full capability in both territories. With the addition of the keyboard, the Digitone Keys expands its accessibility and welcomes users who might not be familiar with the sequencer-based model of melody making. Luckily for those users who are, the Digitone Keys also includes Elektron's acclaimed sequencer, as well as a robust effects section to polish up your sounds!
Digitone Keys Features
8 voice polyphony (multitimbral)
Multiple FM algorithms
1 x Multimode filter per voice
1 x base-width filter per voice
2 x assignable LFOs per voice
4 synth tracks
4 MIDI track
1 arpeggiator per track
Individual track lengths
Sound per step change
8 User-assignable encoders
User performance buttons for added quicker workflow
Elektron has a new version of the Digitone that has a built in keyboard as well as a few other extras including individual stereo outs for all four channels and extra modulation controls. There are 8 knobs above the keyboard that control a preset set of voice controls as well as a set of 8 user programmable controls. The mod wheel and pitch bend as well as aftertouch and velocity from the keyboard can be routed as modulation sources to multiple destinations at once.
The synthesis of the Keys version is the same easy to use but great sounding FM engine from the original Digitone that also features the filters of subtractive synthesis.