Elektron said it is studying Power handle When its model lineup returns Model: Sample It was first announced in early 2019. But 2019 has come and gone, there is no update. Then in February 2020, the company released the second member of the Models family, Model: Bicycle, And new details about the Power Handle BP-1, which is said to be priced at $39 and will arrive “later”.Well, the later date is At last Here. At the end of May-nearly two and a half years after it was originally announced-Elektron released the Power Handle for $49.
So, what exactly is the power handle? Well, it’s basically just a tube with AA batteries. It connects to the two slots on the side of any model of device you own. Usually they are covered by small round plastic tags, but you can eject them easily.
In addition to allowing you to use Model:Samples or Model:Cycles when you are out, the handle can naturally be used as a handle and stand. However, this is not the biggest position. Keep folded under the Models unit to make it rock solid, but leave the instrument at a very shallow angle. If you lift it to get a steeper work surface, the stability is poor. The rubber feet underneath are no longer in proper contact with the table or desk, so it has a tendency to slide around. And, as I mentioned in the comments, the pads require you to hit them very hard to get full speed, so I don’t think the stand will stay in place during a lively improvisation. In short, fold the stand underneath… at least it’s better than laying it flat on the table.
Elektron claims that, depending on factors such as LCD brightness, four AA batteries can usually be used for five to seven hours. In my experience, four to five hours will be more accurate, even if the LCD is low. Sitting in the machinist’s waiting room is enough to make the beat, but I might not want to rely on it for live improvisations or performances.
You will also immediately notice that the Power Handle still requires a wire. A plug comes out from one end of the handle and connects to a 5V power jack hidden under one of the plastic sheets. The cable is braided gray, in line with Elektron’s aesthetic, but still feels a bit inelegant. I really want the company to have the connector built into the plastic hinge of the handle, or use a flat cable that is flush with the device.
Regardless of these complaints, being able to use Model:Samples and Model:Cycles completely unrestricted is still great.I have been doing this with a USB power bank for a long time power cable I bought it on Amazon. The cable cost is about $6, and the mobile power supply may allow any type of equipment to be used normally for several days. However, this is certainly not the ideal setting. On the one hand, once the power handle is connected, you do not need to remove it. Cables and power banks are the other two things that need to be carried and may be lost. In addition, if you work in a narrow space, the handle takes up less space and at the same time provides you with a better working angle.
A kind Firmware upgrade When using Power Handle, it can also bring you some small benefits. On the one hand, it can determine when to use battery power and add an extra step during the startup process to avoid accidentally opening it in your bag. There is now a small battery indicator on the screen, but it is difficult to accurately determine how much time you have left.
I am a big fan of Elektron’s Model:Samples and Model:Cycles. The price of US$299 is very popular in terms of music production equipment. But I won’t lie, I don’t know what caused the company to take so long to release a metal tube that is essentially a AA battery, and I don’t know why it costs $50. It finally makes the company’s budget groove box truly portable, but this is a feature of most competitors from day one. And there must be more cost-effective ways to get most of the same benefits.
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