Back in 1987, the first tracker software program was introduced to the world. With its vertical column design and hexadecimal coding, it looked more like a moving spreadsheet than something that created music. However, when curious musicians started digging into the software, they discovered the idiosyncratic layout provided a highly efficient workflow; the vertical column configuration provided visibility over every component of a composition. The humble software tracker also possessed incredible flexibility in terms of sound design, letting you manipulate samples in entirely unique ways. By the early-1990s, electronic and synthpop artists had thoroughly embraced trackers and built a community around them, sharing samples, software, and innovations. The Polyend Tracker pays tribute to those pioneering software trackers, but it liberates them from the computer and puts them into a sophisticated, interactive, and inspiring hardware unit. Not only that, but the Polyend Tracker expands on the creative potential of the tracker format, adding a slew of effects to transform any sample into an instrument, along with wavetable and granular synthesis. And, it has backward compatibility with old school tracker files (called MODs), so that you can finally finish that jungle banger you started back in â€˜92. With its sleek interface and slim portable design, the Polyend Tracker is a go-anywhere total music production system. And, electronic musicians and beatmakers at Leaseville will tell you the Polyend Tracker is highly addictive. Once you go vertical, youâ€™ll never go back!
Polyend Tracker projects hold up to a massive 48 instruments with 256 patterns and 128 steps per pattern â€” so compositions are only limited by your imagination! And they all play back in the iconic vertical column format, which tracker aficionados argue is the ideal way to compose electronic music. Beyond the sample effects section, the Polyend Tracker comes equipped with numerous compositional tools, including automatic pattern filling, per-step effects, sample rolls, and batch and global parameter editing. After youâ€™ve constructed your patterns, Trackerâ€™s Song Arranger makes it easy to assemble them into a finished piece, which you can save to a microSD card as a stereo master or as stems to upload to your DAW.
While Polyend Tracker stays true to the essential elements that make trackers what they are, it expands on their functionality in several incredible ways. First, Polyend Tracker is MIDI-enabled, unlike many original trackers, so that it can integrate with all of your devices. Use it to sequence hardware synths or control it from your DAW or with an external controller. Additionally, Polyend Tracker excels in a performance setting â€” it doesnâ€™t merely play back the tracks. With assignable punch-in effects and on-the-fly editing capabilities, you can tweak and remix live, something not possible with software trackers.