If we’re being pedantic, it’s actually version number2.0.37 which appeared on the Elektron website today. If you’ve been active on the Elektronauts forum during these past months, you know that many users participated in the public beta testing of Overbridge. For some, it was smooth sailing, while others suffered a variety of problems. It’s too early to say whether the official version now works flawlessly, as the testing revealed that different setups caused different problems – which seems to have been one of the main issues.
When working as intended, Overbridge allows you to control all features and parameters of compatible Elektron hardware units from a DAW plug-in or stand-alone software, which also offers library management. Most importantly, the software provides multi-channel audio streaming over USB in both directions, eliminating the need to run audio cables between your Elektron instruments and audio interface. While that’s without doubt very convenient, it can take a toll on your system resources, potentially causing latency, drop-outs and high CPU loads. Elektron seems confident that all of this will now be history – let’s hope they’re right this time! Some of my colleagues who are already using Overbridge 2 tell me that it does indeed work quite well.
Price and compatibility
Luckily, Elektron has also done away with the pricing model that was originally planned. Overbridge 2.0 is completely free of charge and available as a free download from the Elektron website. It is compatible with the following Elektron instruments:
Analog Four MkI / MkII
Analog Rytm MkI / MkII
Analog Heat MkI / MkII
Overbridge runs on Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.12 or higher in stand-alone, VST and AU formats.
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Behringer is teasing a “true monster synth” with a CAD drawing of the internals. The first person to guess what it is will get a one for free.
At the time of writing the Facebook post has gathered almost 1,000 comments and as you can imagine they cover every synth you can think of. The OB-Xa and Jupiter 8 are popular suggestions and then things lurch from DX1 to Synclavier, JD800 to Andromeda 6.
But let’s try to pull out some facts, well possible facts. It has both a pitch and modulation wheel with a pair of rather distinctive buttons. The keyboard is 4 octaves wide which would rule out many “monster” synths but it doesn’t have to be physically big. The 17 jack outputs are very prominent and are probably a big clue. On the front panel there appears to be two rows of 8 knobs and then 3 LEDs in a stack and a few more knobs – and knobs rather than sliders which probably rules out a lot more candidates.
There are two synths that keep coming up in the comments. The first is the MemoryMoog which certainly fits the bill as a monster synth. It has a load of jack outputs and the pitch/mod wheels and buttons are quite a good match. It doesn’t seem overall bulky enough for me though. The other, and probably more likely, is the PPG Wave 2.2/2.3. The similarities lie in the front panel layout – those two rows of knobs and the 3 LEDs seem to the giveaway. It also has the right number of outputs. Although the Wave doesn’t have any buttons above the pitch/mod wheel the buttons in the image are very much like the style of buttons the Wave uses.
PPG Wave 2.3
Assuming Behringer will clone the 2.3 model then it will be 8-voice polyphonic wavetable synthesizer with 2 oscillators per voice, have SSM filters, a sequencer, wavetable editing, 12bit sampling and multi-timbral. Is that “monster” enough for you?
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