Polyend Tracker

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Stand Alone Hardware Tracker

  • Step sequencer & song arranger
  • Sampler (forward, 1 shot, backward, ping-pong)
  • Granular synthesizer
  • Wavetable synthesizer (compatible with Ableton Wave and Serum)
  • Display with 8 screen keys
  • Up to 48 instruments per project
  • Step sequencer with 256 patterns at 128 steps per project
  • Low, band and high pass filters
  • ADSR envelope, reverb send, volume, panning, tune per instrument
  • Micro tuning and micro timing
  • 48 Slicone pads with precise response
  • Sampling: up to 2 minutes 16bit / 44kHz
  • Offline sample editor with extensive multi-effects engine
  • Extensive effects such as chorus, flanger, delay, compressor, bit crusher, limiter, amplifier
  • Slicer with automatic grid detection
  • Compatible with classic tracker MOD files
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Stereo output: 3.5 mm jack
  • Mono line input: 3.5 mm jack
  • Mono mic input: 3.5 mm jack
  • MIDI input / output: 3.5 mm jack (including adapter to 5-pin DIN socket)
  • USB-C connection
  • USB powered
  • Dimensions: 207 x 282 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Includes USB power supply, USB-C cable, audio adapter and 16GB microSD card
Internal Storage No
Storage Medium Micro SD
File Format WAV
Time Stretching Yes
Effects Yes
USB-port Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Analogue Inputs 1
Analogue Outputs 2
Digital Outputs No
Display Yes
Sequencer Yes
available since June 2020
Item number 489846
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Design Desktop
Fader(s) 0
Sampling Function 1
Control USB, MIDI
USB 1
Number of analog outputs 2
Headphone Output 1
Extras None
Optional Expansions None
Special Features None
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I'm legit obsessed with the unit
b8ck8tt 06.01.2022
Polyend Tracker changed everything about music-making for me. It became my holy grail, and I've completely switched to using it for production, and I don't feel like there is a way back, at least in the observable future. I've been using it for a year now, and 100% of tracks I've finished over the past year, I did on PT. It's not for everyone, but as soon as it clicks, if it clicks at all, tracking starts making so much sense that going back to piano roll feels like a cumbersome and pointless process. Total score - 5/5.

It takes time to learn it, but when muscle memory kicks in, everything falls into its place, and your ideas translate into music in seconds. I wish there were more shortcuts to navigate longer patterns, but other than that handling-wise it's great, so 5/5.

PT is built with a lot of limitations by design, so it's hard to compare with, let's say, Akai MPC, since they have very different philosophy. Compared to classic trackers, PT is loaded with features, both classic and modern ones. Wavetable synth, granular synth, loads of step effects, reverb (huge thanks to Émilie Gillet from Mutable) and delay sends, loads of sample editing effects, etc. For what PT is, I'd say it's definitely 5/5.

Again, keeping in mind what PT it, sound-wise it's good. It has its quirks, you have to battle gain staging at times, you have to accept all samples are mono only (probably the biggest bummer for me initially), mixing can be challenging, but when you know how to use it properly, it can sound great. Especially after additional master effects were added, such as Space, Bass Boost and a limiter. I'd still export stems sometimes to further mix them in a DAW, but mostly I'm working towards mixing 100% in PT, and only mastering the final mix in a DAW before uploading it. So, it takes time to learn, but it can sound good, so 5/5.

Hardware itself it great, except one big issue that a lot of users experience - excessive lubrication of a jogwheel. In order to fix it you have to unscrew it and wipe the shaft from time to time, removing the extra lube. If you don't do it, the jogwheel keeps spinning on the shaft with values not changing, or changing randomly. Easy fix, with a step by step guide on youtube, but it's annoying. Software-wise there are bugs, and while Polyend fixes them, they clearly don't have a huge staff, and their priorities were shifted towards developing new products, so bug fixing process is slow at best. With this being said, so far they were providing new features couple times a year, making it a much better product, as well as fixing some major bugs. Overall, you can definitely use PT as it is right now, but you have to work around some issues, which is also a bit annoying. So, quality-wise it's 4/5.

I'm very thankful for Polyend for making Tracker. Not only it changed my workflow completely, provided me with new ideas and inspired me, it introduced me to a wonderful community of PT users, that is the most friendly, helpful and fun community I've seen so far. I'm having tons of fun with PT, and I don't see myself switching to anything else as a center piece of my music-making process.
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Superb desktop tracker sequencer, lots of fun to be had.
Rich Hayes 24.03.2021
As a longtime user of Jeskola Buzz I was looking forward to this product, so grabbed asap in 2020. I was not disappointed.

It is also a welcome break from conventional workflows and a hell of a lot of fun. If you need to disrupt your creativity this will torpedo any artistic comfort and get you thinking is different ways.

Also note that in this epoch of continuous software delivery the updates come thick and fast, so if you are used to fairly static firmware then this may come as a surprise. Features are dropping every month or so, especially if you follow the beta. For clarity, the beta has never given me any problems. Build quality is also great. No complaints there.

Though bugs were not hard to find early on, its pretty sharp now. But I do take one star off each for;

Its occasional glitches on step edges or pattern boundaries. While not a unique phenomenon to this device, it has always seemed more prevalent on the tracker. On the upside though its far from prohibitive to use or creativity.

Features are light in the song sequencer (No track mutes or measure length, position pointer, repeat (qty) (I'm thinking Elektron tracker ala MachineDrum. Even just track mutes per song step would be handy. Effectively you must think of your song development only in patterns, as there is little to no creativity to be had in song mode. This criticism may not date well to be fair, and I am behind by a couple of months

Quality overall is good, but I was shocked by the firmware condition at the time of release (even with an instant update). This should not be a problem now (in 2021) though.

Put simply, just buy it.
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i like it but firmware and limitations could use some more improvement
mm mn 10.09.2021
its a nice overall machine. I like the workflow but dislike some limitations of the firmware that may be improved. If polyend could borrow a bit from elektron machines I think this would turn into a magnificent machine. E.g.,

- why no conditional triggers? should be very easy to implement with a few lines of code
- only two FX per track - at least allow using a neighbouring track to share the FX. In elektron products FX (locks per step) can be virtually unlimited
- copy and paste settings in menus (e.g., I want to change reverb or instrument settings and then switch back quickly by pasting the previous settings)
- duplicate loaded instrument
- the limiter w sidechaining is not that nice. Why not a compressor?
- tracks with different lengths to create polyrythm/meters. Or at least have a command that sends the track to the first step. Again should be straightfwd to implement

etc.

Overall, nice machine but with some limitations that don't make much sense in my head

note: when my machine arrived, there was a sticky button. But it seems that this goes away with use: pressing the button just a few times quickly in a row seemed to fix this.
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I was not expecting something this good
TunicTheGrey 20.08.2020
I have not been able to put this down since I got it a few days ago. From the moment I switched it on I was transfixed. The editing and navigation buttons are very logical, the jog wheel is fast with a superb feel making the workflow on this machine a dream. The sampler is stuffed with features and super smooth to use. The soft keys are not velocity sensitive which is a shame and as such I would have preferred them to be hard buttons like the rest of the device.
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