1010 Music Bitbox mk2: what is it?
The mk2 version of 1010 Music’s Bitbox looks a lot like its predecessor, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen dominating the 26HP fascia, below which are 16 trigger inputs, audio inputs, and stereo outputs, as well as a type a and b compatible TRS MIDI port and Micro SD card.
Along the sides of the screen are navigation and setting buttons, allowing users to choose between buttons, touch, or CV control for the module.
A good tip is that 1010 Music recognized that modular users often have an area of their platform for convenient performance, so included an option to flip the screen, to facilitate access on a first row, avoiding connection cables.
Despite its large display, the module still feels solidly built and the controls all have good resistance, giving it an air of quality.
1010 Music Bitbox mk2: Performance and verdict
Bitbox Mk2 can be viewed in a number of ways, but the obvious and probably the most popular workflow is similar to other event-based samplers, so users of Ableton or MPC-like tools will feel right at home. and new users will not face a lot of problems. learning curve.
Each of the 16 triggers can host a different sample, touch-initiated, MIDI, or CV, with an external or internal clock for synchronization with your other equipment. The samples themselves can be recorded by the Bitbox, or loaded elsewhere on the Micro SD card in WAV format.
Sampling is simplicity itself, with the only downside being the lack of multisampling, which is supported by 1010 Music’s Bitbox Micro. This feature allows for a more realistic playback over the full range of a sampled instrument and would be a great addition. For many, that won’t be a problem, as the Bitbox still excels in everything else.
Pick a pad, click the Info button and you get access to all settings, plus waveform viewers, one for overview and zoom in, both of which can be cleaned with a simple finger swipe. Another click of the info button brings up the level, pitch, and routing options for that pad, as well as its ADSR filter and envelope controls, and loop, quantize, and sync controls.
It may seem like a lot of diving into the menus, but in use it is a logical setup that requires little effort to learn or use. Editing a sample is intuitive and responsive with clear and bright visual feedback from the screen. Finding start and end points, adding envelopes, or adding width with reverb and delay is a short process.
Not content with simple sampling tasks, the Bitbox offers granular options and if that weren’t enough you can load various firmware onto SD cards and use the module as a multi-effects processor or as a wavetable polyphonic synth. full fledged. This adds substantial value and versatility to an already excellent module and you’d be hard pressed to find such a range of use at this price (or cost in HP).
MusicRadar Verdict: Want an event-style workflow, flexible sampler, or multifunction display-based module that can also be a synth / effects unit? That’s it …!
1010 Music Bitbox mk2: practical demonstrations
1010 Music Bitbox mk2: Specifications
- MAIN CHARACTERISTICS: I / O: up to 24 polyphonic samples, triggering events from CV, touchscreen or MIDI, stereo Eurorack level sampling (up to 4 hours), alternative firmwares for effects or wavetable synthesis .
- CONTACT: 1010 Music