Elektroid Elektroid 3.0 and Overwitch 1.1 released

David García Goñi released a brand new version of Elektroid, a sample and MIDI device manager for devices by Elektron, Arturia, Eventide, Moog, and Novation.

New features in this version:

  • Audio recording
  • Initial editing of samples
  • Auto sampler
  • Search on selected filesystems
  • Possibility to only display a local file system (the ‘Show Remote’ toggle in the hamburger menu)
  • CLI audio format converters

Elektroid 3.0

The project started out as a FOSS alternative to Electron Transfer, then effectively cannibalized two earlier projects by the same developer: MicroDude (Arturia MicroBrute librarian) and phatty (Moog Little Phatty librarian).

Here is the full list of supported devices:

  • Elektron Model:Samples
  • Elektron Model:Cycles
  • Elektron Digitakt
  • Elektron Digitone and Digitone Keys
  • Elektron Syntakt
  • Elektron Analog Rytm MKI and MKII
  • Elektron Analog Four MKI, MKII and Keys
  • All samplers implementing MIDI SDS
  • Casio CZ-101
  • Arturia MicroBrute
  • Eventide ModFactor, PitchFactor, TimeFactor, Space and H9
  • Moog Little Phatty and Slim Phatty
  • Novation Summit and Peak

I’ve been eyeballing both MicroBrute and Peak lately (completely different beasts price- and feature-wise!), so it’s great to know that I wouldn’t need to switch to Windows to make at least some desktop use of either or them.

The program also does some fun extras. If you dig non-12TET big time, it can convert Scala files to MTS for use with Moog Phatty.

Elektroid is available as source code and a flatpak build, although the latter hasn’t been updated yet.

This is not the only useful project by David García for musicians. Overwitch provides a JACK client for Overbridge 2 devices like Analog Four MKII, Digitakt, Digitone, or Syntakt.

Overwitch 1.1 was released along with Elektroid 3.0 with the following changes:

  • Support for Analog Heat +FX
  • Improved support for PipeWire
  • Latency reporting to JACK

Together, Elektroid and Overwitch cover a lot of ground for Elektron users. Probably not a drop-in replacement for their proprietary counterparts, but getting there at an impressive pace.

The developer also worked on a Linux kernel module for the E-Mu EIII and EIV sampler file systems and a CLI application to manage E-Mu EIII sampler bank files. I’d expect that to make its way to Elektroid at some point.

Featured photo by Alexey Demidov.

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