The Dirtywave M8 is a powerful new tracker, sequencer, synthesizer and sampler that is completely portable.
Music trackers (“trackers” for short) work in a different manner than widely popular DAWs like Ableton and Logic. Instead of the common horizontal visual display and sequencer, trackers use a vertical timeline to record playback with hexadecimal values over exact chronological positions. M8 employs this approach, its inner software deriving inspiration from famous homebrew Game Boy tracker Little Sound DJ.
A Teensy microcontroller system brings high-speed performance and memory to the M8, allowing for eight monophonic audio tracks and up to 255 patterns in a single project file. A dedicated sample recorder and player is available, with 8, 16, and 24-bit stereo and mono depth. Wavesynth instruments that emulate classic consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis – as well as modern Eurorack hardware – are built into the M8. Along with these features come MIDI input/output, a rechargeable battery, MicroSD storage, and a full color HD touchscreen.
At an affordable pre-order price of $450, the M8 proves an extremely powerful recording studio built into a small package.
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M8 and Dirtywave are the creations of Timothy Lamb, known by many as musician Trash80. He hosts the online communities Chipmusic.org and Weeklybeats.com.
The M8 will be available in July 2021 and can be pre-ordered on the Dirtywave website.