Is this the world's best new drum machine?

Words by: Ben Raven
Posted: 6/7/17 17:56

Swedish synth company Elektron have just announced an update of their much loved Analog Rytm. The drum machine was proclaimed as the "ultimate beatbox" on its arrival in 2014 and has been re-upped with a futuristic new design. While the old device's modern approach to analogue beat making made it arguably the best new drum machine out there, its design looked well, let's be blunt, a bit basic. 

The Rytm MKII boasts far fresher garms with a state of the art cast aluminium enclosure, a sloped interface, quick performance pads and a crisp OLED screen immediately catching the eye. An eight voice analogue drum machine, it has all new sampling capability, extra outputs for CV and expression connectivity and more buttons to help improve workflow.  

The device follows the announcement of MK II versions of the company's Octatrack sampler and Analog Four synthesizer. Elektron fans you have been royally spoilt. 


What’s new?

  • Sampling capability
  • Crisp, large OLED screen providing optimal feedback in dimly lit environments
  • Ultra durable back-lit buttons. Rated for 50 million presses
  • Precise, hi-res encoders
  • Quick performance controls
  • Large pads for maximum playability
  • Increased amount of dedicated buttons enabling quicker workflow
  • Expression/CV inputs for external control of Analog Rytm MKII parameters
  • Balanced sampling inputs
  • Overbridge with higher bandwidth
  • Premium cast aluminium enclosure



  • 8 drum voices, each with:
    1 × selectable analog percussion sound generator
    1 × sample playback engine
    1 × analog multi-mode filter
    1 × analog overdrive circuit
    1 × filter envelope
    1 × amp envelope
    1 × assignable LFO
  • Analog Distortion and Compressor master FX
  • Delay and Reverb send FX
  • Sampling capability
  • 1 GB internal sample storage on +Drive
  • Quick Performance controls
  • Live friendly Elektron sequencer
  • 1 × ¼″ headphones output
  • 2 × ¼″ impedance balanced main output
  • 8 × ¼″ impedance balanced mono voice output
  • 2 × ¼″ balanced sampling input
  • 2 × ¼″ external input
  • 2 × ¼″ expression/CV input
  • 1 × USB 2.0 High Speed port
  • MIDI IN/OUT/THRU ports with DIN Sync Out
  • Ultra crisp 128 × 64 OLED screen
  • Precise hi-res encoders
  • Durable back-lit buttons
  • W385 × D225 × H82 mm (15.2 × 8.85 × 3.3″) including knobs, power switch and rubber feet
  • Weight approx. 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)
  • Fully compatible with Analog Rytm MKI projects/data


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