Polyend Medusa Updated With New 6-Voice FM Synth Engine….And Discontinued

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Polyend has announced the discontinuation of the Medusa Hybrid Synth, but has also released a major firmware update for it that adds a 6-voice FM synth engine.

The company says that “Medusa has played a very special role in Polyend growth and maturing, and its maintenance and technical support will be continued.”

Here’s what’s new in Medusa v4.0 firmware:

  • Added a 6-voice 3-operator digital FM synth engine,
  • Reworked pitch bend and glide,
  • Better “Channel per Voice” mode,
  • Added MIDI Program Change,
  • LFO Synchronization with MIDI Clock,
  • Additional bug fixes.

Audio Demos:

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The update is available now via the Polyend site.

Polyend Track Update Adds New MIDI Options, Games & More

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Polyend has released an update to their Tracker standalone workstation that adds major new MIDI I/O and sound design options, plus onboard games.

Here’s what’s new in Tracker v1.3:

  • New MIDI I/O functionalities:
    • Per step MIDI Chords,
    • MIDI Microtune step Fx,
    • Performance mode is now controllable via MIDI input,
    • Master mixer levels are now controllable via MIDI input,
    • Tracker can now be configured to send 6 distinct MIDI CCs per MIDI channel,
    • Added support for sending MIDI channel aftertouch and polyphonic aftertouch,
    • MIDI instruments in Pattern mode can now be present without a note (specify which MIDI channel to send CC),
    • MIDI delay compensation for external clock sources in Config,
  • Overall enhancements and workflow refinements:
    • Tune step Fx,
    • Track Arm Recording,
    • Live Audio Line Input Monitoring is now available during song playback,
    • Long Sample Importing,
    • Lo-quality Importing (saves sample pool memory time),
    • Delete unused samples,
    • Timestretch Fx in Sample Editor,
    • Bit depth available as step and Performance Fx’s,
    • Transpose octaves by turning the Jog-wheel with Shift in note editing,
    • Enhanced Pattern Fill command: Euclidean fills, density setting in Random fills,
    • Rewritten from scratch rendering mechanism,
  • New sound sculpting possibilities:
    • 5-band master EQ,
    • Bass booster,
    • Stereo enhancer,
    • Updated Limiter with gain reduction meter,
    • Line Input can now be a Sidechain source for the Limiter,
  • Onboard games are now available to catch a breather from a hard day of music-making.
    • Polyend Tracker v1.3.0 firmware update is required to run the games,
    • Download the games, unzip and copy the “Games” folder directly to the SD card root directory,
    • Games will be accessible from the Files screen.

See the Polyend site for details.