Elektron Music Machines MAV AB, Göteborg
The Techno Creatives, Göteborg
Serj Levinta, Noel Braganza, Marte Holmöy
Jonas Hillman, Jimmy Myhrman, Jon Mårtensson
With the realisation of Overbridge, analogue synthesizers and drum machines are fully integrated with computers. The path-breaking technology of Elektron Overbridge allows real analogue hardware instruments to be handled as software instruments, combining the power of the one with the benefits of the other. Instead of conceiving a digital simulacrum of a physical control board, the designers and developers utilised combined digital know-how and created a new visual experience, free from traditional rotary wheels and sliders. The intuitive Overbridge interaction patterns are designed with musicians in mind, enabling them to accomplish envisioned results in a straightforward manner. Accordingly, frequencies, for example, are visually represented as real-time updated graphs, which a user can edit, and information is not obscured in drop-downs or buried in menus. The day and night modes, utilising carefully designed colour schemes, combined with a highly functional and beautiful user interface, make Overbridge a perfect fit for the working life of a musician.
Statement by the jury
It is a great technological achievement that this software for electronic music allows different beats and music inputs to be sampled via a digital interface into new acoustic compositions. This interface enables users to control analogue synthesizers and to integrate them into a digital world operated by the digital software. Moreover, the user interface really stands out with its clear and intuitive design.