8 channels of MIDI and 8 channels of audio

Provide the same approach to MIDI as on the Play, where you can switch between MIDI and Audio views to manage each.

What is the problem?

The Tracker only allows 8 channels of audio in total, where the Play can do 16 (8 audio, 8 midi). Would sending 8 channels of midi data be technically feasible? It shouldn’t greatly increase CPU demand as it is only sending midi data and isn’t doing any audio processing which is what really eats CPU power.

What do you want to achieve?

The same approach as with the Play where you can have 8 audio channels and 8 midi channels operating at the same time, thus giving you 16 channels of audio (arguably more through polyphony on midi channels). Having parity between the two products allows you to explore so much more between them. It also greatly expands what is possible with the Tracker.

Are there any workarounds?


Any links to related discussions?


Any references to other products?

The Play


A very interesting idea, thank you! I have edited it a bit to remove the use of first person as the guideline request.

Yeap! Even a “midi” mode only with 16 midi tracks would be cool.

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Sorry, I missed the detail in the guide. Apologies!


I’ve added this as a feature request a loong time ago :sweat_smile:
(see: Additional/Exclusive Midi Tracks · Issue #640 · polyend/TrackerBetaTesting · GitHub)

Sadly, back there the Github Issue was just closed without any resolution as to why this was not taken into consideration.

So, i’m officially here +1 'ing this! I would :heart: to see this feature on the Tracker.


Oh! Certainly good to know it wasn’t just me thinking along these lines!

I assume if the request was closed it must be because it simply isn’t technically possible or something, but would be good to get confirmation on that. Really think it could change how the Tracker gets used if it was do-able though.

i agree. i’m not going to be mad if it’s not possible either. I just think it would be a great feature to have somewhere down the line (or the next iteration :smirk: ).

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Make sure you actually vote on this wish at the top of the post :wink:

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I’d completely missed that - thank you!

This is a great idea and should definitely be implemented!

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100% - this would make the tracker so much better!!


Something I wanted to add to this: I tend to find that when it comes to combining the Play and the Tracker, there’s an assumption that the former would be controlling the latter. I think there’s also a case for using them the other way around, with the Tracker controlling the Play as a rhythm section, for example. Arguably that may be possible now, but I just think that with the expansion to 8 audio and 8 midi channels, you would open up all manner of ways to use the Tracker - including the Play across 8 midi channels (for example) and then various samples triggered locally on the Tracker.

That’s what I love about both devices; there’s overlap, but sufficient difference too that combining them can massively extend the possibilities here.


it should be awesome

i like this one. I was going to say it would be good if you have a midi synth that operates on midi omni and is the only outboard you are using , then effectively you can send on multiple channels and expand your midi tasks - but, this would be a better solution. Ive currently come to a situation where ive used all the midi categories in my project for a particular channel.