The Electron Digitakt It’s a wonderfully powerful machine, and my favourite tool for playing performing music live.
While it’s a great instrument for jamming, and it’s just about small enough to throw in a backpack – like this Amazon Basics backpack, which is my choice for flying.
Its sheer portability means that increasingly, however, I find myself wishing that the machine had the ability to connect to Bluetooth headphones.
Bluetooth on the Digitakt
A lot of music producers enjoy the convenience and portability of Bluetooth headphones, like Apple‘s AirPods – even if they do not offer the sound quality for serious production work and sound design.
Personally I love hooking up my bluetooth headphones for jamming and quick composition sessions. The Digitakt does not have have bluetooth built-in, but you can add it yourself with this simple, small box from Amazon.
This tiny box transmits Bluetooth to any Bluetooth headphones – creating a simple hack to add bluetooth to any device, and all of your favourite music gear, in seconds.
Even better, you can switch the box between receiving and transmitting, so it’s possible to use it on the sampling input instead. This way you can easily sample from your phone, and get access to YouTube and Spotify without having to worry about wires.
Of course, this being Bluetooth, there is a small amount of lag in the connection. For this reason, it makes a great accomplice for the Digitakt, when your focussing on programming in music, rather than trying to play notes live.
Fortunately, many of us tend to prefer programming the Digitakt in this way, as the sequencer is so amazing on this device.
While it’s by no means a perfect solution for adding Bluetooth to an instrument, it’s a genuinely useful and effective way to get your fix, using Bluetooth headphones.
Being able to connect quickly and easily to bluetooth headphones adds a real sense of ease and removes obstacles to picking the box up and jamming.
Give it a try, and let us know what do you think.
Another alternative workaround for the Digitakt is to simply use the excellent Overbridge software to run the sound through your favourite DAW and then you can connect to your laptop using Bluetooth. This may involve too many wires for most people, however!
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