Polyend has announced the release of a firmware update for its Tracker standalone hardware tracker workstation, 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.

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.

Polyend Tracker

Firmware version 1.3.0 includes new MIDI CC input, MIDI micro-tuning effects, tuning effects, MIDI chord functionality, and much more. Tracker users can now also enjoy playing onboard games gifted to them by Polyend.

A retro form factor updated with forward looking functionality and designed as an easy to use compact standalone workstation. Made for creatives who break patterns on a daily basis. Designed to help artists forge unique avenues of sonic construction. Introducing the first hardware tracker in the music world.

Changes in Tracker firmware v1.3.0

  • 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.
  • 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 samples.
  • Timestretch Fx in Sample Editor.
  • Bit depth available 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.
  • 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.
  • Onboard games are now available to catch a breather from a hard day of music-making.

Polyend’s Preset preset recaller and sequencer (now with Euclidean sequencing implementation) 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 is now available for Medusa, the Dreadbox and Polyend Hybrid Synthesizer.

Tracker is priced 499 EUR / $599 USD.

More information: Polyend