While Polyend’s original Play was a sample and MIDI based system groove boxThe new Play+ model goes even further by adding four built-in synthesizer engines, giving you much more creative options.
The synths are powered by an upgraded processor, which also allowed Polyend to add stereo sample playback and multi-track audio streaming via USB.
The list of synthesis engines starts with ACD, an emulation of a single-oscillator, monophonic analog instrument. FAT promises to deliver the “powerful” vintage warmth of classic analog synths, while VAP is a virtual analog instrument with a dual-oscillator design and modulation matrix.
Finally, there’s the cheekily named WTFM, a 2-operator FM synthesizer with wavetable-based oscillators and a 3x feedback system. That said, we’re told to expect more synthesis engines in future updates.
Polyend believes that switching from mono to stereo samples will take you on a “more nuanced and expansive sonic journey”, which makes sense, and Play+ comes with new stereo sample packs. These add to the already extensive library of over 5,000 samples.
New multi-track USB audio support means up to 14 stereo audio tracks can be sent separately to your DAW, ready to be processed however you want. This also gives you the ability to process individual tracks with external effects during a live performance.
Despite these improvements, Play+ remains true to the spirit of its predecessor’s workflow, allowing you to sequence tracks on an 8 x 16 step grid. Settings can be sequenced step by step and there are several effects, game modes and randomization options. There’s a new piano roll for creating melodies, and scale filtering can force Play+ to enter and output only notes that match the selected scale.
Connectivity options include MIDI I/O, stereo line/headphone output, and USB-C. A 16GB MicroSD card is included in the box.
Play+ can be ordered now on the Polyend website for $799/€799. Play upgrades cost $399/€399.
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