Polyend Play

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Groovebox

  • Powerful sequencer with 8 audio and 8 polyphonic MIDI tracks
  • 16 Variations per track
  • 128 Patterns per project
  • Independent lengths (1 to 64 steps), different speeds, playback modes and swing values adjustable per track
  • 3000 Samples preloaded
  • Perform mode with real-time and punch-in effects
  • Master FX (reverb, delay, sound, limiter, saturation)
  • RGB silicon pad
  • 8x16 Grid for sequencer
  • 8x4 Grid for track functions - mute, solo, variation, select
  • 1 Push encoder
  • 15 Touch-sens encoders with double-tap function
  • Unique step repeater
  • Random function
  • DJ-style filter
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Stereo output: 3.5 mm jack
  • MIDI in/out: 3.5 mm jack including adapter to 5-pin DIN jack
  • USB-C connection
  • Power supply via USB
  • Power supply via power bank, computer or mains adapter
  • Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.25 x 3.75 cm
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • Incl. USB power supply, USB-C cable, MIDI adapter and 16GB MicroSD card
available since June 2022
Item number 543481
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Display Yes
Pads 160
Fader(s) 0
Effects Yes
Sampling Function No
Storage Medium SC Card
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
USB Yes
Number of analog outputs 1
Headphone Output Yes
Extras 8 Audio & 8 polyphon MIDI Tracks
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Very fun box with great potential
Veejer 10.08.2022
I order the Play almost impulsively and I haven't regret it. It is very fun and has a great range of possibilities to explore.

First of all, the sequencing capabilities are unmatched. There are so many things to do in a pattern that is almost overwhelming. The different approach of pick and place needs a little time to get used to, but once you get it, pattern construction becomes really quick. The midi sequencer is fantastic and you could make this box the center of your setup.
The included sounds are really good and it seems that they are meticulously curated. Randomize and chance functions are a very nice addition and the performance mode is very fun. I wish there was a performance mode in midi too.

In terms of sound design you get a very basic toolset since Play doesn't have LFOs or Envelopes, nevertheless it sounds really good. It would be nice if Polyend would incorporate some of their Tracker sound design capabilities to Play.

This device is at its very first version of firmware right now but if you consider how much Polyend are invested in their products development I believe that Play will be an even better and stronger groovebox in the future.
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It has great potential but needs to wait
bluescreen 06.12.2022
I’m using Play as a brain of all my synths, but sometimes it makes me crazy. I’ve been using this for a long time, and I can say that the midi part is a disaster and still the same after updates. I’m pretty sure polyend will fix them one day, but I worry about their speed on software updates. And it’s funny, but if you don’t care about midi, it’s a perfect machine with some minor bugs. I feel like it’s still a pre-production machine. I think the potential for Play with firmware makes it a better buy over Hapax in the future but not right now, unfortunately.
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Incroyable GrooveBox ou est-ce plus que celà ?
Nicolas FRA 10.09.2022
Des influenceurs m'ont convaincu que cet appareil était ce qu'il me fallait pour mon setup déjà basé sur un petit clavier maitre Midi KeyStep Pro.
Je savais avant de m'engager qu'il me faudrait apprendre un nouveau workflow. Et j'ai découvert en ce Play, un joujou bien meilleur que ce que j'imaginais. Et je ne sais pas si le terme GrooveBox est adapté car dans mon cas, c'est surtout le pattern/step sequencer qui me faisait de l’œil et moins les possibilités de groover en live. Mais ca y vient.

Les plus :
- La qualité du son, ou plutôt l'absence de souffle,
- le touché et l'ergonomie, un bouton = 2 fonctions (c'est pas du Elektron),
- il y a trois façons d'accéder à la seconde fonction (choisissez la vôtre),
- les 8 pistes gérables via 8 rangées de boutons (pas besoin de scroll vertical),
- soient 8 pistes internes ou 8 pistes Midi Out (ou une part des deux à la fois),
- la carte SD (bien que je n'ai pas encore expérimenté un swap),
- la légèreté de l'appareil qui semble robuste (à part la prise pour l'alim).

Les moins :
- L'adaptateur Midi Type B (A ou B, pour moi c'est un moins),
- la sortie casque TRS 3.5mm pour seule sortie audio (pas de 6.35mm),
- l'absence de sampling audio, en fait il n'y a pas d'entrée audio,
- c'est à dire qu'il faut importer ses sons et s'organiser avant,
- La faiblesse de l'USB type C pour l'alimentation (utilisez un dongle acheté en extra, car vous n'aimerez pas perdre la prise à force de débrancher/rebrancher). Cette prise aime faire des faux contacts et ca fait peur puisque l'appareil reboot immédiatement. Je me demande si ca ne deviendra pas une cause de panne un de ces quatre. Je fais très très attention.
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Engine 15.11.2022
Sehr gute Groovebox. Nur die berührigungsempfindlichen Potis sind leicht gewöhnungsbedürftlig. Da es ständig ein "override" gibt, sobald Du mit einem anderen Finger einen anderen Poti berührst. Kommt aber bestimmt mit einen der nächsten Updates, da aktiv an der Firmware entwickelt wird.
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