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Modorro Alphawave Tracker

Modorro Alphawave Tracker  ·  Source: Modorro

When Facebook served us up a deal on the Polyend Tracker that seemed too good to be true, we decided to investigate. And found what we believe may be a scam involving a product called the “Modorro Alphawave Tracker”. And things got very weird in the process.

Tracking

With all the chatter about cloning, copyright, business practices and the sometimes questionable behaviour of certain brands I was struck by an example of “democratising music technology” through a Facebook advert for the Polyend Tracker. At least I thought it was the Polyend Tracker. In fact it’s a product by a company called Modorro, the “Alphawave Tracker”. Here’s a quote from the website:

The Alphawave Tracker has a retro form factor updated with forward-looking functionality and designed as an easy to use compact standalone workstation. Made for creatives who break patterns on a daily basis. Designed to help artists forge unique avenues of sonic construction. Introducing the first hardware tracker in the music world.

Now, wait just a minute, isn’t that how the Polyend Tracker marketing starts? Yes, in fact, it’s identical. Other than the re-arranging of photos and some style changes to the text it’s exactly the same. Modorro, whoever they are, has ripped this off completely.

Mordorro on the left, Polyend on the right

Modorro on the left, Polyend on the right

So have Modorro – whoever they are – cloned the Polyend Tracker? No, I don’t believe so. All they appear to have done is borrow the marketing and photoshop out the words “Polyend Tracker”. They haven’t even bothered to replace it with their own logo. They even have a video that’s since been pulled but I still have the thumbnail:

Modorro Alphawave video thumbnail

Modorro Alphawave video thumbnail

But it gets weirder. While I was editing this article, Modorro changed their website and replaced all the references to the Alphawave Tracker and the doctored images with the actual Polyend Tracker complete with unaltered photos. What’s all that about? How can they have a fake product one minute and a genuine one the next and still believe they are selling something real?

Here’s a screen grab of the new version of the website just in case it changes again.

Modorro Polyend Tracker

Modorro Polyend Tracker

The best clue is probably in the price of $49 which is stunning for a hardware anything. The Polyend Tracker retails for $499 which is something they’ve got wrong here. Do they really believe someone is going to be fooled by this and send $49 their way? According to the presumably made-up customer quotes this is an awesome deal.

We have reached out to Modorro and Polyend for information, although we’re only expecting a reply from of them.

I’m not for a moment comparing people like Modorro to any genuine manufacturers in our industry but it did give me pause to think about how far these things could be taken and where we draw the line. In that vein, I created my own line of Eurorack modules in a satirical video to emphasise the point (below). In the meantime if the price seems too good to be true then it probably isn’t – beware of scammers!

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7 responses to “Beware the “Modorro Alphawave Tracker” scam!”

  1. Phil Granger says:

    Strange they picked this product, although trackers probably did evolve along similar timescales to phrackers/hackers

  2. Jon B says:

    Facebook has become so oversaturated with scam ads nowadays. They make such a huge profit of the ads so they rather have users get scammed than to lose the profit.

  3. Ronald Vonk says:

    Did a little research on the pictures of the “so called users” and they are rips from other sites or YouTube as well.

  4. Vic says:

    I have reported this add many times Facebook has not acted.
    It’s a disgrace.
    Facebook is saturated with similar ads.
    BOYCOT FACEBOOK

  5. music_friend says:

    It seems they are using shopify to power their scam site, please report them to Shopify as well, so many of these scams are using Shopify I wouldn’t trust a single site using this service. To know where a site uses Shopify or not, view source in a browser and search (ctrl+F) for ‘shopify’.

    • Patrick Rippman says:

      When you’re right you’re right. I just scammed by a site Xasitur.com a few weeks back. Checked the source code, sure enough Shopify pops up in there four times.

  6. RENE says:

    SCAMMED AWHILE AGO. HNY

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