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Overbridge does more than just control and display the parameter settings from a computer screen, it actually allows audio transport to occur over USB, this means that each channel on the Analog Four can be recorded into a DAW as completely separate tracks rather than the stereo pair that the Analog Four comes equipped with. On a personal note, I welcome this capability of separate audio channel recording when doing studio based work. In my experience I have found that the Analog Four can get quite muddy if used for multiple bass instruments and low frequency percussion at the same time. For example, without an equalizer onboard, it can make things quite difficult to fit well with each other where channels are not stomping upon each other. Overbridge provides a great workaround for this kind of problem when recording, being able to break out the individual channels this way adds much to the functional of the Elektron machines that Overbridge will support. It should be noted that this audio streaming is bi-directional - not only can you record multiple channels over a USB connection at once, it is also possible to send audio from the DAW to the Elektron - and if you wanted to send a mixdown through the fabulous compressor of the Analog RYTM then it is incredibly easy to do so with Overbridge; having the option to quickly and painlessly use the Elektron boxes as sound modules or effects units seamlessly with a computer based DAW opens up an enormous amount of possibilities for music production in the studio.
Overbridge can effectively turn the Elektron machines into multi-channel USB sound cards. It allows for visual control of all sound engine parameters and it greatly extends what is possible with these instruments while working alongside a DAW, and best of all it will be given away free once Elektron has completed their work. The initial projected completion date has passed by already, but that's okay, it is best for Elektron to release Overbridge only when it is finished rather than half baked. Have patience Elektronauts, Overbridge is coming and it will change the way you work with these fine instruments.
Sonic State has an in-depth video of Elektron Overbridge technology here:
Written by Natefrogg