Dirtywave M8 could be your next best super-stylish portable tracker

The Dirtywave M8 is a handheld tracker that is powered by the Teensy microcontroller and takes its inspiration from Gameboy tracker Little Sound DJ. The Portable music-making device offers multiple synth engines, sampling and MIDI Out.


The M8 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 is also a sampler. Effects include global reverb, chorus and delay, along with a master bus limiter.


The interface comprises an IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen and some mechanical keyswitches. There are stereo speakers onboard. Connectivity options include MIDI/audio I/O and USB.


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 is both a song arranger and a live mode.


Storage is via SD card, and the 1200mAh USB rechargeable battery promises up to six hours of use.


The Dirtywave M8 portable tracker is available for pre-order now, priced at $450. Shipping starts in July 2021.



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