Elektron's Octatrack is a hardware sampler on steroids! And no one is better than electronic performer Thavius Beck to explain the ins and outs of this incredible sound-mangling machine. Watch this course to become an Octatrack master.
Thavius Beck is an electronic musician/producer/programmer as well as an electronic music educator who has worked with various artists ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Saul Williams to singer/songwriter Skylar Grey.
Elektron's Octatrack redefines the art of sampling. In fact, The Octatrack could very well be the centerpiece of your entire studio and live setup... if you know how to use it! In this 3-hour + course, Thavius Beck takes you step by step through every aspect of this powerful and flexible hardware sampler/step sequencer.
Thavius starts the course by going over the Octatrack's hierarchical structure, where you learn about sets, projects, patterns, banks, scenes, parts, and the different machine types. After covering Elektron's outstanding step sequencer, Thavius dives deep into sampling, editing, timestretching and slicing audio. Then, you learn how to add depth to your sound with the built-in effects and LFOs, how to do resampling, and how to twist (or completely destroy) the audio using the crossfader. But the Octatrack is not for the studio only... In this course, you will also find lots of useful tips and tricks for performing live!
So sit back and get ready to learn everything about Elektron's Octatrack, and see why this instrument is Thavius Beck's favorite piece of gear!
Thank you Thavius! This course and all of his courses have made learning Elektron devices fun and easy. I like to watch his courses first, then ready the manual as I find it easier to process once you have a grasp. Not sure what all the fuss over the Octratrack is, it is a very powerful but straightforward machine. It is not some big mystery box that is hard to use. Watch this and you will see what a fun and simple to use the tool it is. If you own the MKii, still start with this video and learn the foundation. there is some overlap but also he covers unique topics in each video. Keep in mind when watching this one that some of the tasks have been made much easier with the new buttons added on the MKii, as you will see in his MKii video. Have fun!
Tim wrote on January 19, 2021
Very helpful, really well presented, and its got me back into using my Octatrack. (Don't agree with a couple of the quiz answers though!). Thanks
Matthew wrote on December 1, 2020
Incredible. Great course for learning the essentials.
Nathan Lander wrote on November 23, 2020
Excellent! Concise and clear instruction and material! 10/10! I was a confused and frustrated beginner with an Octatrack when I started this, and now I feel comfortable with it, and am actually having fun!
Dragan Delic wrote on June 3, 2020
If you ask me, this is the best structured explanation of Octatrack that I have found. Super organized and explained simple.
There are lots of tutorials on youtube, but this course is professionally structured so anybody can understand. I watched it couple of times, plus the course for Octatrack MK2.
I use bot octatrack courses as my reference.
Glico wrote on April 19, 2020
very good course, very clear teacher and useful tips !
Nick wrote on March 12, 2018
Great instructor and very well-structured run through of many common Octatrack use-cases. I only wish there was more coverage of intermediate to advanced features. That's not a knock on this course as it is though, would just be great to have an second course to compliment the first. The instructor is really good at explaining concepts without falling into the easy mistake of making things overly complicated.
Matt wrote on January 1, 2018
This course was fantastic. It explained and cleared up many issues I had come across while trying to learn the Octatrack and incorporate it into my setup. Thavius is a great instructor and keeps these lessons organized and to the point. Wish I would have watched these when I first bought this thing, it would have saved a lot of time and frustration!
Daniel wrote on October 26, 2017
After taking this course I was able to navigate my way around the octatrack with ease and began to make music almost immediately. Along with the manual and merlins OT guide I find the videos very helpful to come back to if I get stuck. Thavius beck is great. Highly recommend for new octatrack owners.