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Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:58 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Anyone else been keeping half en eye on the Polyend Tracker?

https://www.soundonsound.com/news/polyend-tease-tracker

Old-school tracker-style sequencing in hardware combined with onboard granular synthesis/sampling? Yes please :-)

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:04 pm
by The Elf
I can't be sure, but I had a bit of a play with a granular device at Synthfest last year, and it might have been this? In which case I found it quite an inspiring device.

The sequencer leaves me totally cold, though. I see little need for it when we have DAWs.

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:15 pm
by Eddy Deegan
The Elf wrote:I can't be sure, but I had a bit of a play with a granular device at Synthfest last year, and it might have been this? In which case I found it quite an inspiring device.

The sequencer leaves me totally cold, though. I see little need for it when we have DAWs.

Although there is something to be said for sequencing using different methods it's as much a nostalgia thing as anything else, at least for me. I also have a soft spot for hardware sequencers and though I love my Pyramid I've pre-ordered a Tracker as it does look like a lot of fun and a bit more 'hands on' than the Pyramid is.

The DAW rules for some things, but now and again I find that picking up a small piece of hardware and spinning up an alternative environment to play around in is a great thing to do :)

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:06 pm
by Ben Asaro
It's cool, but I prefer the NerdSeq.

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 10:48 pm
by dpathic2001
Ben Asaro wrote:It's cool, but I prefer the NerdSeq.

Nice, but not really comparable given the outboard gear requirement of the NerdSeq

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 3:25 am
by Eddy Deegan
I looked at the NerdSeq (I'd not heard of it before) and it looks interesting but less powerful by some margin than the Polyend. The availability of Eurorack form-factor is a big plus but it seems to have a lot less editing and composing features, as well as a limited number of steps compared to the Polyend, although it does offer stereo sample support, which the Polyend doesn't.

I'm not dissing it at all, but the Poly end seems to me to take the concept of a hardware tracker one or two steps beyond the feature-set offered by the NerdSeq, even though the fact that the latter is avialable in Eurorack form-factor is amazing.

I've not laid hands on either at this point, so I'm only going on what I've seen and read.

We're lucky to have choices. In the event I get along with the Polyend half as well as I think/hope I will, I suspect I'll be in the market for a Nerdseq just for the form-factor coolness. It would be really neat to be able to transfer work from one of them to the other in a meaningful way as well, though that might just be wishful thinking!

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:15 pm
by BobTheDog
Eddy Deegan wrote:
The Elf wrote:I can't be sure, but I had a bit of a play with a granular device at Synthfest last year, and it might have been this? In which case I found it quite an inspiring device.

The sequencer leaves me totally cold, though. I see little need for it when we have DAWs.

Although there is something to be said for sequencing using different methods it's as much a nostalgia thing as anything else, at least for me. I also have a soft spot for hardware sequencers and though I love my Pyramid I've pre-ordered a Tracker as it does look like a lot of fun and a bit more 'hands on' than the Pyramid is.

The DAW rules for some things, but now and again I find that picking up a small piece of hardware and spinning up an alternative environment to play around in is a great thing to do :)


Hi Eddy,

Who did you pre-order with?

Cheers

Andy

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:19 pm
by Eddy Deegan
BobTheDog wrote:Who did you pre-order with?

Hi Andy ... I pre-ordered direct from Polyend themselves here.

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:27 am
by BobTheDog
Nice, thanks for the info. I will do the same...

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:30 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Mine arrived this morning, just in time for the weekend :)

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:12 pm
by BJG145
Nice! I'll be interested to hear how you get on with that, and maybe you could treat us to a couple of tunes. I picked up a Polyend Perc just before lockdown which I haven't had a chance to revisit yet, but it's a lovely piece of engineering. (Been thinking wistfully about a Polyend Seq to go with it.)

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:23 pm
by Folderol
Eddy Deegan wrote:Mine arrived this morning, just in time for the weekend :)
Should go well with a Yoshimi Pi :lol:

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:31 pm
by Eddy Deegan
BJG145 wrote:Nice! I'll be interested to hear how you get on with that, and maybe you could treat us to a couple of tunes.

I'm pretty sure I'll have a half-decent noodle from my weekend experiments to share!

Folderol wrote:Should go well with a Yoshimi Pi :lol:

Funny you should mention that... they are both sitting adjacent to the Hydrasynth as I completely agree with you :thumbup:

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:40 pm
by BobTheDog
Hi Eddy, how are you getting on with it?

Re: Polyend Tracker

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:13 pm
by Eddy Deegan
BobTheDog wrote:Hi Eddy, how are you getting on with it?

I've got to know it a little bit now and have put together a couple of patterns 'with all the bells and whistles'. Next step is to dupe the patterns, strip out some of the parts in the copies to make variations of them and create a song by stringing them together. It'll take an hour or so but I've been over-subscribed with other things at the moment so I've got it on standby for when I get a chill moment to do it.

The result will be 'ok and a bit of fun' but nothing to write home about if I'm honest. I do see the tracker has having a lot of potential for certain applications, especially with regards to sample manipulation.

I also think it will make the perfect travelling companion when things calm down on the virus front but where I'm at with it right now is that it's a very fun toy with potential use in a wider context. It's perfect for Jungle music but as a music production tool for my preferred genres (soundtrack/ambient/electronica) it's easier to turn on a couple of synths and get stuck into those if I'm honest.

That said I certainly don't regret buying the Tracker, and I do really like playing with it. The 'fill' feature is great for coming up with good ideas, though the lack of a 'transpose' feature (you can do it in realtime if you sacrifice one of the FX slots) is a bit strange.

In the weekend coming I'll post a couple of things I've got on the go in it; as I said, I need to create a chain of patterns rather than just stick up a loop of everything going at once first :)