Earlier today, the Sweden-based hardware company Elektron announced that it would no longer be manufacturing its legendary Machinedrum and Monomachine. Having been a staple of many a studio over the past 15 years, both machines are soon to join the ranks of widely sought-after pieces of discontinued gear such as the Roland TR-808, ASR-10, and the SP-404.
In a heartfelt farewell to two of its most groundbreaking peices of hardware, Elektron wrote:
"The original Machinedrum was introduced in 2001. The Monomachine in 2003. During the years both machines saw updates, both hardware and software, refining the already from the beginning very robust and truly unique sounding combo. Crispy, weird and gritty – Machinedrum beats and Monomachine soundscapes are instantly recognizable. They have soul.
But all good things must come to an end.
Now, fifteen years after the Machinedrum first saw the light of day, the last batch of these soon-to-be legendary machines has arrived. They will remain on sale in the Elektron webshop for a week. Then they are gone forever. So if you want to secure a piece of future electronic instrument history, act fast.
Thank you Machinedrum and Monomachine. You will always have a very special place in the Elektron heart."
Purchase Elektron's Machinedrum here.
Purchase Elektron's Monomachine here.