Elektron's curiously titled model:samples is a compact six-track sample-based groovebox with six velocity-sensitive performance pads, 300 pre-loaded Splice samples (and 1GB of storage for your own), 64MB of sample memory, and the usual onboard sequencer, with 64 steps and adjustable Swing. There are onboard effects, a resonant filter and assignable LFO, and a knob-heavy control interface designed for as much real-time sound-shaping tweakery as you can get your hands on at once. Of course, all parameter changes can be recorded onboard for later replay. The intriguing Chance parameter also encourages the generation of sonic 'accidents' by unpredictably omitting steps from any currently playing sequence. Also, model:samples is USB class-compliant, meaning that it can be used as the audio interface to your DAW.
The following video from Elektron shows us something of what we can expect from model:samples.
Weighing less than a kilo, model:samples looks accessible and fun. Priced attractively at $449£410, the latest Elektron instrument is due for release during February. SOS's Sam Inglis called by the Elektron stand at Winter NAMM 2019 to discuss model:samples with demonstrator Mario. You can see their conversation in the video below.
Elektron also launched another surprise just before NAMM — the much-anticipated public beta of their hardware instrument/DAW interconnection protocol Overbridge. Sam also got an on-camera rundown on what Overbridge v2.0 can do — see below!