A sweet moment with a cat napping on a Polyend Tracker. From legowelt_official on Instagram.
The Polyend Tracker is getting quite a bit of attention recently. It is perhaps nostalgia for the “trackers” of the 1990s, with the text-based grid sequencer, but also many modern additions. I could see it being integrated with a MIDI+Eurorack setup (along with cats, of course).
I love this! A maneki-neko turned into a DIY electronic musical instrument. I need to make one of these and will definitely be following up with the creators and curators for more. I do regret not seeing this in person as it was at the Center for New Music here in San Francisco, but this was 2020 and we know how that was.
Fortunately, we can all see some scenes from this video show via this link.
The Korg Poly-800 was a small affordable synthesizer that featured DCOs, a VCF, and MIDI. Its successor, the Korg Poly-800 II, was one of the first synthesizers I seriously looked at as a teen, but ultimately opted for a different instrument.