Midi host? Much needed feature

No midi host is a big disappointment and I saw in another thread Polyend was dismissive of the idea. Looks like I will not be purchasing this device

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Hi jkovitzux! And welcome to Backstage :slight_smile:

Just out of curiosity: Why is this such a deal breaker for you?


Literally tons of toys out there. This post did not bring anyone value.

I love you to bits @TheKrazyWabbit, so please don’t take this the wrong way, but you just did the same thing :blush: :hugs:

I believe it’s absolutely fair to post criticism. It’s important for companies to hear when something has missed a mark. As long as it is done in a constructive way.

In this case we are missing the constructive part of it, so i’ll try and add that here, for the sake of a productive debate / conversation:

So why exactly would USB Host be useful?

  • It would enable a lot of USB only keyboards to work with the device.
  • Most phones would be useable as MIDI inputs

I may be missing the full picture here, but from all the topics i’ve seen here on Backstage, that seems to be the main draw for this functionality.

That being said - there could be a variety of reasons why this isn’t supported and in the end it is entirely up to Polyend to decide what makes its way into their products.


Touché. I still stand by what I say. I’ll leave now.


It was perfectly valid criticism and it was sugarcoated enough for all the baby ears on this forum for adults, and for Polyend. The ask is simple bc like Sandroid mentioned there are many usb only midi controllers, including KMI products, OP1, many others. The tracker lacks just this, a perfect match. If it’s possible via hardware then I would need that to be added before I purchase this device over the very stiff competition, which I’m willing to do. Polyend adapting a flippant and dismissive attitude towards an important feature request begets this frustration. If it’s not possible via hardware then that’s another story, but when “it’s not inline with our vision for this device”, I lose patience quickly


While I don’t know if there are any hardware limitations in play here, I do think implementing USB host mode is not a trivial task. And with limited developments resources available, I understand why it could simply out of scope for their product vision.

If adding a USB host to your setup is a deal breaker, I would go for one of the (imo) affordable (and also portable, like the Polyend devices) options out there, like the RK-006. It would also work with other inferior products without a USB host mode that might be on your radar :slight_smile: