Octatrack

Headphones out

Can mirror the main outputs, the cue outputs or a mix between these.

Main outputs

All tracks are by default routed to the main outputs.

Cue outputs

Tracks are routed the cue outputs by pressing Cue + Track.

Input AB

Sample and affect external signals by using the inputs. One stereo signal or two mono signals can be recorded.

Input CD

Sample and affect external signals by using the inputs. One stereo signal or two mono signals can be recorded.

MIDI IN/OUT/THRU ports

Used for making the Octatrack talk to other devices.

Compact Flash card reader

Reads the data on the Compact Flash card.

USB port

Used for connecting the Octatrack to a computer. The Compact Flash card will then appear in the computer as a removable drive.

DC in

Connect the Octatrack power supply to the DC in to start making music.

Power switch

Use this switch to turn the Octatrack on or off.

Headphones volume control

Used to set the volume of the stereo headphones jack.

Audio record buttons

Used when real-time sampling. There is one audio record button per audio input pair.

Audio record LEDs

The LEDs indicate the strength of the signal sent to the external inputs.

Track LEDs

Indicate which track is active and which tracks are muted and cued.

Track buttons

Select the active track by pressing the corresponding Track button. Press Function + Track to mute a track.

The LCD graphical interface

This is the window to the Octatrack universe.

Track buttons

Select the active track by pressing the corresponding Track button. Press Function + Track to mute a track.

Track LEDs

Indicate which track is active and which tracks are muted and cued.

Card status LED

Indicates the status of the Compact Flash card.

Level encoder

Sets the overall volume level of the active track.

Data entry knobs

The endless rotary encoders are used for adjusting parameters.

Tempo button

Brings up the tempo menu. The Tempo LED is flashes in time with the beat. Tapping in the BPM manually is done by holding Function and repeatedly pressing the Tempo button. The Octatrack can both send out and listen to MIDI clock.

The Mixer button

Opens a menu where both internal and MIDI tracks can be muted and solo'ed. Settings for the levels of the in- and outputs can also be made here. The secondary function of the Mixer button opens the Projects menu.

MIDI button

Pressing this key activates the MIDI sequencer mode of the Octatrack. The MIDI LED is lit if the MIDI sequencer is active. Function + MIDI opens the Parts menu where parts can be assigned to patterns.

Function key

Use it in combination with other keys to access secondary functions.

Cue

Pressing the Cue button plus a Track button will route the track to the cue outputs. The secondary function of the button reloads the parameter settings of the active part.

Pattern

Pressing Pattern + a Trig key selects the active pattern within a bank. The secondary function of the button opens the Arranger menu. If the arranger is active the arranger LED is lit.

Bank

Pressing Bank + a Trig key selects the active bank within a project. The secondary function of the button opens up the Edit menu where various project related operations can be carried out.

Enter/Yes button

Used for entering sub-menus and for confirming choices.

Exit/No button

Used for exiting menus and for deselecting options.

Arrow buttons

Used for menu navigation, tempo nudging and note trig adjustments.

Track parameter buttons

Switches between the Track parameter pages of the active track. The secondary function of the Track parameter buttons opens the SETUP menu of the selected Track parameter page. In MIDI mode the Track parameter pages reflect MIDI related parameters.

Transport buttons

Used for record, stop and play/pause commands. The secondary functions are copy, clear and paste.

Scene A button

Pressing Scene A + a Trig button assigns a Scene to the Scene A slot. Pressing Scene A and turning the Data entry knobs assigns parameter settings to the Scene. Function + Scene A mutes the assigned Scene.

The optical crossfader

Interpolates between the parameter settings of Scene A and B.

Scene B button

Pressing Scene B + a Trig button assigns a Scene to the Scene B slot. Pressing Scene B and turning the Data entry knobs assigns parameter settings to the Scene. Function + Scene B mutes the assigned Scene.

Trig buttons

The 16 Trig buttons are mainly used for sequencing and for triggering samples or tracks.

Scale setup button

Used for setting the length and time signature of a pattern or the tracks of a pattern.

Move your mouse over this Octatrack to find out what all the knobs and buttons do

Machines

The Octatrack offers a variety of machines, each designed to fill a specific function. The machines can be assigned to the eight available tracks in any combination. Here some of them and their functionality are presented.

Flex machines offer the most extensive sound manipulation possibilities. A sample used within a Flex machine is loaded to the RAM memory of the Octatrack. From there it can be twisted, stretched, warbled and reassembled in multiple ways. Flex machines are unbeatable sound processors. Thru machines do not sample or play back sounds. Instead they let the Octatrack affect incoming audio with the dual FX blocks. They are very handy in live setups.
Static machines are the perfect tool for handling extremely large samples. Samples assigned to Static machines are streamed from the Compact Flash card, thus their size can be in the order of gigabytes. Of course you can time stretch and pitch scale them as needed. Neighbour machines listen to the output of the preceding track. Multiple tracks with Neighbour machines can form extremely powerful effects chains. They can turn the Octatrack into a deluxe effects device.

The Sequencer

  • 8 internal tracks
  • 16 banks per project
  • 256 patterns per project
  • 8 arrangements per project
  • 4 parts per bank
  • 16 scenes per part
  • Supports swing and slide
  • Micro timing
  • Parameter locks
  • Sample locks
  • Full real-time control
  • 8 track external MIDI sequencer

Track Effects

  • 12/24dB Multi Mode Filter
  • 2-band Parametric EQ
  • DJ-style Kill EQ
  • 2-10 Stage Phaser
  • Flanger
  • 2-5 tap Chorus
  • Echo Freeze Delay
  • Gatebox Plate Reverb
  • Compressor
  • Lo-Fi (SRR, BRR, Dist and A.M.)

Hardware

  • 128x64 pixel backlit LCD
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • 4 × 1/4″ impedance balanced audio out jacks
  • 4 × 1/4″ audio in jacks
  • 1 × 1/4″ stereo headphone jack
  • Advanced triple DSP system
  • 44.1kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters
  • Flash-EEPROM upgradable OS
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Compact Flash card reader
  • Infinium optical crossfader
  • 80 MB Flex RAM per project
  • Static sample streaming from CF card
  • Sample engine reads 24 bit samples

Balanced Audio Outputs

  • Headphones out level: +15dBu
  • Main/cue outputs level: +10dBu
  • Output impedance: 550 Ω unbalanced
  • S/N ratio: 102dBFS (20-20.000Hz)

Unbalanced Audio Inputs

  • Input level: +8dBu maximum
  • Audio input impedance: 9 k Ω
  • S/N Ratio: 99dBFS (20-20.000Hz)

Electrical Specifications

  • Unit power consumption: 8W typical, 18W maximum.
  • Recommended power supply: 6V DC, 3A

Physical Specifications

  • Sturdy steel chassis
  • Dimensions: W340×D181×H63mm (13.4×7×2.4″) (including, audio outputs, knobs and rubber feet)
  • Weight: approximately 2.4 kg (5.2 lbs)

Miscellaneous

  • 16 GB high speed compact flash card included
  • 2 GB of Loopmasters samples on the CF card
  • USB cable included
  • Printed User's manual included