Polyend Enhances Tracker with the Functionality-Boosting Firmware Update

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Polyend Firmware Update v1.3.0

Polyend is proud to push the Tracker standalone workstation further forward with a welcomed functionality-boosting firmware update taking it up to v1.3.0 — also adding the timely introduction of onboard games into an otherwise musical mix, allowing users to take a breather from music-making and refill their creative juices, just in time for Christmas.

As the world’s first hardware tracker, Polyend’s Tracker incorporates the quintessential characteristics of a classic software tracker as its vertical timeline, powerful sequencer, and mechanical keyboard combine with an innovative input interface design to make and perform music in a new and intuitive way. When first getting hands-on with Tracker, that interface readily reveals an array of tools that are always at its user’s fingertips, further boosted by the following forward-looking functionality of the latest v1.3.0 firmware update: new MIDI CC inputMIDI micro-tuning effects, tuning effects, and MIDI chord functionality; track arm recording; Line In (input) availability during Song playbacklonger sample importlow-quality sample import (saving sample pool memory time); unused sample deletionbass boosterbit-depthdistortionfive-band EQnew limiter (with gain reduction meter), and stereo enhancer effects; limiter sidechaining functionality; Sample Editor time stretch effects (with beat and note modes); octave transpose; enhanced Pattern editor fill command (with Euclidean fills creation and Density setting with Random fills availability); and a rewriting from scratch rendering mechanism — all of which will surely be welcomed by both existing Tracker owners and those that are new to the trailblazing hardware device designed to help artists forge unique avenues of sonic construction by breaking patterns on a daily basis.

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Polyend Enhances Tracker with the Functionality-Boosting Firmware Update 9

Better still — some might say, Tracker users can now enjoy playing the onboard games gifted to them by Polyend as part of the latest v1.3.0 firmware update, and allowing them to take a breather from music-making and refill their creative juices, just in time for Christmas! Current Tracker owners — or those that have been good throughout the year and are hoping to get one this Christmas — should seriously consider taking time to visit Polyend’s newly-created What’s Up Blog webpage specifically aimed at them. There they are invited to share their work, so others can learn from it and form a Tracker-related community.

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Polyend Enhances Tracker with the Functionality-Boosting Firmware Update 10

v1.3.0 Firmware Release Highlights

New MIDI I/O functionalities

  • Per step MIDI Chords,
  • MIDI Microtune step Fx,
  • Performance mode is now controllable via MIDI input,
  • Master mixer levels are now controllable via MIDI input,
  • Tracker can now be configured to send 6 distinct MIDI CCs per MIDI channel,
  • Added support for sending MIDI channel aftertouch and polyphonic aftertouch,
  • MIDI instruments in Pattern mode can now be present without a note (specify which MIDI channel to send CC),
  • MIDI delay compensation for external clock sources in Config (experimental Config settings),

Overall enhancements and workflow refinements

  • Tune step Fx,
  • Track Arm Recording,
  • Live audio Line input monitoring is now available during song playback,
  • Long sample Importing,
  • Lo-quality Importing (saves sample pool memory time),
  • Delete unused sample,- Bit depth and distortion both as step and Performance Fx’s,
  • Transpose octaves by turning the Jog-wheel with Shift in note editing,
  • Enhanced Pattern Fill command: Euclidean fills, density setting in Random fills,
  • Rewritten from scratch rendering mechanism,

New sound sculpting possibilities

  • 5-band master EQ,
  • Bass booster,
  • Stereo enhancer,
  • Updated Limiter with gain reduction meter,
  • Line input can now be a sidechain source for the Limiter,
  • Timestretch Fx in Sample Editor,

Christmas has also come early for owners of other Polyend products with the timely announcement that the firmware for Preset — Polyend’s preset recaller and sequencer (now with Euclidean sequencing implementation) in a space-saving, connectivity-rich Eurorack form factor — is now open source, so expect even more flexible functionality to be happening as a result, while French next-generation musical instruments manufacturer Expressive E’s Carbon sound expansion — originally available as a free add- on for anyone who owns its MPE Collection combining banks of exclusive sounds into a versatile suite, ready to play with any MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) supporting instrument — is now available for Medusa, the Dreadbox & Polyend Hybrid Synthesizer. Served by their own What’s Up Blog webpagesPreset and Medusa owners need not feel left out in the cold. After all, ’tis the season… so time to spread a little (musical) Christmas cheer!

Please note that this firmware update is available to download from here.

Pricing and Availability

Polyen’s Tracker comes complete with a USB-A power adapter, 2m USB-C cable, 3.5mm to 2x 6.3mm adapter, Minijack to MIDI DIN adapter,16GB MicroSD card, and MicroSD to USB-A adapter, and is available to purchase through Polyend’s growing global network of authorized dealers at an MSRP of €499.00 EUR/$599.00 USD. Or order online directly from Polyend.

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