Elektron Analog Keys

37-key Four-voice Analog Synthesizer with 2 Analog Oscillators, 2 Sub-oscillators, 2 Analog Filters, and 1 Analog Overdrive Per Voice
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The Epitome of Analog Synth Tone

While the Elektron Analog Keys synth is ideal for creating huge analog synth sounds in your studio, it's also primed to be an amazing live performance keyboard. This four-voice synth packs a built-in sequencer with four synth tracks, an effects sequencer track, and even a CV/Gate track for sequencing other analog synths. And while Sweetwater is no stranger to amazing analog synthesizers, we were absolutely stunned when we heard the fat, rich-sounding filters on this synth. Elektron has managed to create a synth that's incredibly relevant to today's electronic musicians, while also giving you the tools you need to create any classic synth sound.

Elektron Analog Keys 37-key Analog Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Four-voice analog synth gives you lush layered sounds or multi-timbral operation
  • Powerful sequencer is built right in for sounds, effects, and external hardware
  • Big, fat, and slightly rude analog sound
Four-voice analog synth gives you lush layered sounds or multi-timbral operation

Designed as a powerful performance tool, the Analog Keys synthesizer is quite a flexible beast. You've got the ability to layer up to four voices to create complex patches, or you can use each voice separately to create four individual sounds. Each synth voice even has its own audio output, so you can send specific voices through external effects processors for even more sonic versatility.

Powerful sequencer is built right in for sounds, effects, and external hardware

The Analog Keys boasts a six-part sequencer, and it's primed to give you awesome live performance potential. Four sequencer parts are for the four synth voices (with handy front-panel controls for editing sequences), but that's just the start. There's a separate sequencer track for the built-in effects (reverb, delay, and chorus), so you can add incredible animation to your patterns. And there's also a sequencer track for the CV/Gate outputs, so it's perfect for integrating with other analog synthesizers.

Big, fat, and sometimes rude analog sound

Hey, we sell a lot of digital synthesizers at Sweetwater, and they can do some pretty amazing things. But we have to admit it's hard to beat the sound of real analog filters. The Analog Keys synth sports both a four-pole ladder filter and a two-pole multi-mode filter, two of the most definitive filter types in the history of synthesis. Analog purists will also be glad to know you've got two analog oscillators, two sub oscillators, and even an analog overdrive circuit per voice. That's serious potential for sound design, creating everything from warm and bubbly sounds to full-on synth aggression when you crank up the overdrive.

Elektron Analog Keys 37-key Analog Synthesizer Features:
  • Four-voice, 100% analog synthesizer with velocity-sensitive keys and aftertouch
  • 4-pole ladder filter and 2-pole multi-mode filter per voice for incredibly rich analog tone
  • Analog overdrive lets you create aggressive tone with a very organic character
  • Create up to four-part layered sounds, or use as a four-voice multi-timbral synth
  • Expressive modulation joystick can be assigned to a staggering 15 destinations at once
  • Variable waveshape on all waveforms
  • Oscillator AM and Sync modes give you even more sonic options
  • Very powerful as a live-performance synthesizer
  • CV/Gate outputs let you connect to other analog synths
  • Overbridge VST/AU plug-in provides control and audio input for your DAW
The Elektron Analog Keys is an incredible synth to take on stage!

Additional Media

Analog Keys User Manual

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Velocity-sensitive, Aftertouch
Other Controllers Joystick with Pushbutton
Polyphony 4 Notes
Number of Presets Over 4000
Number of Effects 3
Effects Types Reverb, Delay, Chorus
Arpeggiator Yes
Sequencer 6-track
Audio Inputs 2 x TS
Audio Outputs 6 x TRS, 1 x Headphones
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Power Supply 100 VAC-250 VAC, 50-60Hz (Internal)
Height 3.7"
Width 26"
Depth 12.2"
Weight 11.9 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ES_AKS-4

Customer Reviews

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Creativity Engine

4 Multi-timbrel monosynths to 4 voice polyphony and everything in between, per step! This machine truly inspires.

One of the most complete synths available today

I'm very impressed by the sophistication of this synth. A lot of reviewers will warn you about the small screen, multi-modal controls, and menu diving. Yes, it could be a lot to take in depending on the workflow you're used to and how willing you are to step out of your comfort zone. Rest assured, there is a method to Elektron's madness and in my opinion this synth's physical interface and OS work together perfectly. I've owned a lot of synths since the 80s and I find Elektron machines rewarding to learn. And as far as the sound goes, the AK is easily one of the most full-bodied and lush sounding synths in this price range. I already have a complete studio and instrument inventory and bought the AK specifically for its sound personality and quality. Very quiet device as well. With a sequencer this powerful, high quality onboard effects, CV and external audio input, the AK would also be an extremely capable centerpiece in DAW-less environments. Like all Elektron machines, you're only going to get out of the AK what you're willing to put in. Set aside a day or two to learn the UI, the data structure for sounds and sequences, audio routing, and Overbridge if you are looking for DAW integration. Only a focused initial commitment to learn this thing will allow you to take it to its limits. One of my favorite synths.


Awesome Piece of Gear.

Another Amazing Elektron Machine

I am a big fan of all the Elektron products and this is no exception. The workflow on their devices can require a significant learning curve but that's only a testament to the amount of depth and power they're giving you. The Analog Keys is an amazing piece of hardware that can sonically hold it's own against any retro-loving, old-school business out there while reaping the immense benefits of modern technology and digital control. The only thing I'd say in the cons department is that the screen is tiny....really tiny and I have to be mindful of not hunching over it for too many hours without a stretch. Other than that, the keys on the keyboard extend a lot beyond the frame which makes them pretty exposed and susceptible to breakage but I bought the case they make for this box (which is really nice) and that solves that.
Music background: Producer

Elektron Analog Keys

Lush sound, well built. Sequencing is based on that of other Elektron instruments. Downside is that tiny screen.
See also: Elektron, Elektron Synthesizers