Q#1) What is the Oktakontrol?
A#1) The Oktakontrol is an invention of AG-KW Technik, it is a hyperspace ultrasonic overflow generator which enables you to travel through space and time beyond infinity.

Really?
No, it basically is a conventional midi controller box which is customized to the Elektron Octatrack where “customized” means that it has the same width & height as the Octatrack and that it is delivered pre-programmed in a way that you can connect, power up and instantly use it with the Octatrack.


Q#2) What are the internals of the Oktakontrol?
A#2) A mixture of pure gold and excerpts of anti-matter.

Really?
No, it is composed of two printed circuit boards, the mainboard and the supplyboard, which are developed and hand-soldered by ourselves. The manufacturing (printing, etching, drilling, plating) of the boards is done on a professional standard by www.Eurocircuits.com in Central Europe.

The supplyboard consists of the components for power-supply, the connections and the basic control. The basic control itself is mainly designed around an 8-bit/32KB flash microcontroller ATMEL ATmega 328 and based on Arduino.

The mainboard consists of the components for the “user-interface” like the 60mm travel faders, the buttons and the LEDs. The faders and buttons are good quality ALPS components, they feel good and do a reliable job – for example the buttons are specified (by ALPS) for 10,000,000 cycles. Really? Yes.

All parts are ROHS-compliant and lead-free soldered (btw. lead-free soldering sucks).


Q#3) What are the externals of the Oktakontrol?
A#3) Big boobs and booty.

Really?
No, the case is made of sheetmetal and wood. The top, the bottom and the sides are powder-coated steel with a silkscreen printed labeling, the front and rear is treated oak. All knobs are made of plastic, they have a good dimensioned size and a nice tactile feel.

All parts are ROHS-compliant and lead-free soldered (btw. lead-free soldering sucks).


Q#4) What are the connections of the Oktakontrol?
A#4) The Oktakontrol can only be connected to anything by a special adapter which can be bought from our shop for only 300 Euros.

Really?
No, we are not Apple. The connections of the Oktakontrol (OK) are the MIDI-OUT, MIDI-IN, MIDI-THRU, MIDI-AUX, USB and the power supply socket.

MIDI-IN/OUT/THRU – these sockets, sometimes also called “the MIDI-Trio”, comply to the MIDI-standard. You probably know them from a lot of devices, i.e. the same configuration is found on Elektrons Octatrack (OT). 

MIDI-OUT gives out all generated MIDI-controller change values merged together with any MIDI-messages received on the MIDI-IN. The basic function of the OK is achieved by connecting OK MIDI-OUT to the MIDI-IN of the OT.

At MIDI-IN you can connect a MIDI-OUT of any other MIDI-compliant device. Also you can receive a feedback from the OT via the OK MIDI-IN, that means if connected respectively you can trigger a MIDI send request which is sent from OK to OT and OT responds with its actual setting (i.e. the state of the mutes), then the OK captures this setting.

MIDI-THRU forwards any signal received on MIDI-IN without modification.

MIDI-AUX Initially is an additional MIDI-THRU. Furthermore it is configurable via a jumper-setting internally (on the supply pcb) to act as an additional MIDI-IN or MIDI-OUT. Note: The function to act as additional IN or OUT is yet not fully developed (therefore the firmware has to be modified / scheduled by AG-KW for April 2014) – but if it works as planned, this gives you the possibility to have the MIDI feedback function while the MIDI-IN is still free for other external devices.

USB – this Mini B USB socket serves as a programming port for updating the firmware.

At the Power supply socket you connect a standard wall-wart type AC/DC converter with an output of 9V DC and a center-positive 2.1mm barrel connector.

 

… to be continued.

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8 thoughts on “Oktakontrol FAQ

  1. Jojo

    Hi There,

    I have oktakontrol working well, and the feedback function works well, so the faders are picking up the values from the OT.
    I have a question, how can I sync the OT with external clock if
    OT midi out -> OK Midi in
    OT midi in -> OK midi out

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  2. Aron Orosz

    Hello,

    I just got my OK. Really happy with it so far. But I would like the default page 1 setting to control the volume parameter instead of the amp parameter. I’m guessing I’m probably not the first to want this. So by any chance do you already have a version of the firmware setup to do this that you could email me? Also do you have an estimated date as to when the OK editing software will be complete?

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      1. Steve

        Hi- just received my OK- could i grab a copy of the firmware to have the faders control track levels?

        Thanks!

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  3. Mark

    Hi,

    I’ve purchased a oktakontrol recently, and like it, but..
    When i switch banks on my octatrack, some faders are passing sound, even though the fader is down. I have to move the fader up’n down for activation again. And some aren’t giving sound, like they should when fader is down.
    Did i miss some sort of setting somewhere, or is it not possible to switch banks without this happening?

    Greetz Mark

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    1. BruceBruce Post author

      Hej Mark,
      good to read you like the OK! 🙂

      Yes, when you are switching banks all settings from this bank come instantly effective – so the amp volumes. Unfortunately we have no influence on this, because this how the Octatrack (OT) works.

      What we integrated is, the “feedback”-function (picking up parameters from the OT where they actually are at) – but this won’t help you much with your request (if you need info about that, see Q4 above or our user manual or ask here again 🙂 ).

      Brgds,
      Bruce

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      1. Mark

        Thanks Bruce, i’ve got it figured out now. They all start muted, just remember what banks i’ve used in a set, and i can’t go wrong. Did i mention that i’ve gotten seriously hooked on the OK? It makes the OT even more of a stagemonster..

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