The Dirtywave M8 Tracker is an exciting looking handheld music-making machine that’s ready to go. Preorders are open now!
Designed by Timothy Lamb (AKA Trash80), powered by the Teensy micro-controller and inspired by the Gameboy tracker Little Sound DJ the M8 features 8 tracks of built-in synth or samples and a MIDI output to reach external gear.
The sound engine is quite comprehensive with Wavsynth console sounds, Macrosynth based on Mutable Instruments Braids and a 4-operator FM synth. The Sampler can playback mono and stereo files up to 24bit. You can sample directly into the M8 and you can render out tracks and songs to waveforms. For effects you have reverb, chorus and a master bus limiter.
The Tracker/Sequencer offers 8 monophonic tracks with 255 patterns, song arranger and advanced modulation.
Since we last saw an update on the M8 it has acquired song rendering, the FM synth, direct sampling and editing and they’ve added multiple unit linked playback support. One stroke of genius is making the MIDI in/out TRS ports both Type A and Typer B compatible – thank you! The dimensions have changed a little bit with an upgrade milled aluminium frame which also means you won’t be able to mount it in Eurorack without some modification.
It is still completely stunning to look at.
The cost is $450 and shipping will start in July. They are limiting it to 2 per customer which is nicely optimistic. It comes with a MIDI adapter and a 32GB SD card full of demos and samples.
Simple demos are in short supply but you’ll find some along with interesting discussion in amongst the long Discord Meetup videos on the youtube channel.