Some people have a Tracker, some people have a Play, and some people… have both! There are two short videos shared by Polyend showing how both devices can be integrated. Then again, there are many options.
What do you want to get from each device? How are YOU combining both?
I like making a beat on the Play and resampling it on the Tracker. I use trackers effects, particularly the roll for fun glitchy variations. Then I’ll let them play off each other and switch between the two with mutes.
One feature we’d like to test in the future is sending and receiving some information (universal MIDI PC or Polyend-specific Sysex) to sync up the patterns. So if Play switches to pattern no. 4, Tracker does the same. I can see all sorts of joint ventures (Tracker-Tracker, Play-Play, Tracker-Play).
FWIW I’d love to see more videos on how people are using their Trackers and Plays together. I keep searching YouTube but I don’t seem to find much. I’ve a feeling there’s a LOT that I’m missing on what’s possible.
Thank you. That’s not the same thing though. I was thinking of a MIDI reset message (that falls into the system realtime messages category) that would be send or received from both devices. The point is to send a reset command from one device to another.
I’ve had my Tracker since June of 2021 and am about to order a Play. I can’t wait to combine them. I don’t know anything about the Play or how it works but I know the Tracker inside and out. I was debating getting another op-z since I kind of miss mine but I’m going to go for the Play and learn something new. Plus I think it looks like a nice setup, especially both devices being from the same company. I have a Hologram Microcosm I might throw in the mix and was thinking about also purchasing a Red Panda Tensor. I think between those devices, I can make some glitchy, far out music. What do you guys think?
Hi folks! after messing with the play for a few weeks i have decided to start experimenting with both play and tracker… here is my newbe question using both: is there any way to select different instruments from the tracker using the play? i have tried with changing the channel(1-16) and/or the Program parameters on the play, but i keep hearing always the same intruments played on the tracker. If i beatslide an instrument on the tracker i’m able to play different parts of it from the play selecting a different note, as suggested by @acaposotta (thanks for sharing) and indeed i can still edit note, reverb and so on from the play… yes, i’ve set all the MIDI out options on the play to map cc for the tracker… but i’m sure i’m missing something here. Can you give me any hint? thanks a lot!
UPDATE: even using the Tracker screen as describer here (midi Sinth mode): https://polyend.com/manuals/tracker/#general-midi-config does not allow me to change the instrument when sequencing on the play, i can only change insturment by selecting it on the tracker Instruement Parameter screen, but that change affects all 8 tracks on the play…
If I’m not wrong the result you would like to get is the sacred grail (at least for me) of polymidi on the tracker.
I think its very difficult to come to this, in fact also powerful machines like AKAI MPC Live do not have this function (I know since I have got an MPC LIVE).
One thing that could speed up your workflow: as I shared previously put the instrument in BEAT SLICE MODE, then on the Play go to VIEW and to avoid to click on any pad to discover the sample use the NOTE Knob on the play to scroll all over them.
Hope it helps. Ciao !