Dirtywave’s super-stylish portable tracker could be your new best M8

Dirtywave M8
(Image credit: Dirtywave)

It might be a little early to say that hardware trackers are ‘having a moment’, but with Polyend’s Tracker being followed on to the market by the gorgeous looking Dirtywave M8, you could certainly start to build a case.

The M8 is a handheld tracker that’s powered by the Teensy microcontroller and takes its inspiration from Gameboy tracker Little Sound DJ. It offers eight monophonic tracks/voices, each of which can be used for one of the built-in synthesis engines or to trigger external MIDI hardware.

Internal sound generation comes via waveform, FM and virtual analogue synthesis, and there’s also a sampler. Effects include global reverb, chorus and delay, along with a master bus limiter.

Dirtywave M8

(Image credit: Dirtywave)

The M8 can store 255 patterns/phrases and chains, while the 256 instrument tables promise advanced modulation. You can use up to 128 instruments per song, and there’s both a song arranger and a live mode.

The interface, meanwhile, comprises an IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen and some satisfying looking mechanical keyswitches. There are stereo speakers onboard, while connectivity options include MIDI/audio I/O and USB. Storage is via SD card, and the 1200mAh USB rechargeable battery promises up to six hours of use.

The M8 is available for pre-order now from the Dirtywave website priced at $450. Shipping starts in July, coming from the United States.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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