The Polyend Tracker is the first hardware tracker ever created. Watch this course to discover every feature of this unique standalone workstation, and get "tracking" with trainer and music producer Nigel Broad!
As one of the original pioneers of the early 1990s hardcore breakbeat/techno scene (which eventually evolved into drum & bass), Nigel had a string of dance chart hits in the UK, under aliases such as Release and Rhythm Junior.
First introduced in the late 80s, software music trackers like the C64 Soundmonitor and the Amiga SoundTracker were very popular amongst pro and hobbyist electronic musicians. While seeing text-based data flying on a vertical timeline may look mystifying to the uninitiated, the tracker concept is a lot of fun once you learn the basics. In these tutorials, synth expert Nigel Broad shows you everything you need to know to start making music with the first hardware-based tracker in the music world: the Polyend Tracker.
Nigel starts the course by giving a quick history of music trackers. He explains exactly what music trackers are, and how they differ from traditional DAWs. You then get an overview of the Polyend Tracker hardware and interface. Nigel gives a tour of the back panel and the main panel. You learn how to load and save projects, navigate the interface using the various keys, and configure the preferences to suit your workflow.
Nigel then reveals how sampling works, from recording and editing samples to using wavetable and granular synthesis. Continuing with the course, you discover everything about pattern creation, how to process the audio with effects, and how to turn your patterns into complete songs. Nigel also covers mixing and mastering, live performing tips and various tricks to get the most of the Polyend Tracker.
So sit back and join trainer and producer Nigel Broad in this course. Get ready to reach new creative heights with the Polyend Tracker!
This was an AMAZING course. The instruction is well-designed and delivered. I learned a LOT. But more importantly (to me), I'm now using the Polyend Tracker every day, learning more nuances and having a blast! Thank you, Nigel. :)
Steven Clements wrote on December 31, 2022
Great intro course and better than any I've seen up to this point. The Polyend Tracker really needs a second installment of deep diving into the device. I hope we get that soon. Cheers