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Is there a PDF version of the Polyend Play groovebox manual available?

Yes, you can generate a PDF file based on the current Play groovebox manual online version. Use the "Download as PDF" text button at the top of the online version manual page The online version is necessary as we have a roadmap of the feature updates prepared for the instrument, currently in development, so the manual is evolving too.

What is Polyend Play?

With a workflow that is both inspiring and simple, Polyend Play is far from your average sample-based groovebox. Endless possibilities for your beats are at your fingertips with over 30 sample kits to play with straight out of the box. Polyend Play takes an open sandbox approach for creating and performing grooves, with the freedom to instantly mix things up with tons of different playback functions. Flexible sequencing with 8 audio tracks and 8 polyphonic MIDI tracks for controlling your outbo...

Does the Polyend Play come with any onboard sample packs?

Yes, there are original sample packs and demo projects for your use. All prepared by various artists and sample makers.

What type of 3,5mm jack to MIDI DIN TRS adapter Polyend Play use?

The Polyend Play needs a 3,5mm jack to MIDI DIN TRS type B adapter. It's included in the kit. But if you'd need another one, that's what you need.

What capacity SD cards can be used with Polyend Play and what's the file partition format used?

The SD card needs to be formatted to the primary FAT32 MBR partition type. While the included SD card is 16 GB, Larger SD cards can also be used as long as they are properly formatted. We recommend UHS-I cards, particularly ones that are rated A1 or A2. The built-in disk-utility under Mac OS will allow you to select FAT32 for formatting. On win platforms, you will need a free external application.

Is the Polyend Play Main output mono or stereophonic?

It is a stereo. The Play's internal sound engine is using monophonic samples and converts stereo samples to mono. But the Main/headphones output is in stereo. Including panning, delay, and reverb for spatial effect. All the MIDI tracks are polyphonic.

Is Polyend Play battery powered?

Polyend Play does not have an onboard battery but it runs on 5V 1A so any decent power brick will allow you to power it up. Depending on the workload, a basic 20K mAh power brick will let Polyend Play go on for long hours or even days. Important: The Simpler the power bank, the better. Please notice that an "intelligent" power brick with advanced power management systems or even a "smart" computer USB out used for powering can cause issues and turn Play unstable. The best method to power up ...

What time signatures Polyend Play can handle?

Every single track can be from 1 up to 64 steps long. Each track can have an independent Length, Swing, and Tempo/Track Speed. This means easy polymeters and polyrhythms.

How do I update Polyend Play firmware?

To flash the firmware of your Polyend Play: - Copy the firmware .ppf file to the microSD card using the attached microSD card USB dongle reader, - or use the Polyend Tool, (https://polyend.com/downloads/) How to perform Polyend Play firmware update video. (https://youtu.be/Z6AlNAaQkqM) Find the latest official firmware release here (https://polyend.com/downloads/). In case of trouble The first and simplest action to try is to disconnect the USB C cable connector from its port on...

What is the Polyend Play audio ports electrical specification?

Sharing the same physical port: Line Output - Output impedance: 10k. - Output level: 9 dBu peak. - SNR: 97 dB. Headphone Output - Output impedance: 16. - Output level: 17,6 dBm. - SNR: 98 dB.

Are there any protection covers and cases available for the Polyend Play?

Yes, both Polyend Play Cover and Traveling Hard Case are available for purchase at polyend.com/accessories (http://polyend.com/accessories?fbclid=IwAR3evJOJoQPsrpyF77yIz-tzIkNufDSMtnllmrLVWV2aRtN_26twDbTnues) Patented smoked/clear transparency, made by @decksaver. Protects against dust, liquid, and impact. Shields vulnerable screen, switches, and knobs during transportation. Low-profile design enables compatibility with most flight cases and travel bags.

What is the display type used in the Polyend Play?

It's a TFT IPS with a diagonal size of 2.83" with a 240 x 320 resolution.

What folder structure and general rules should be followed when creating own Sample Packs for Polyend Play?

- The use of sample packs allows the Fill tool to populate tracks with the appropriate sounds. For example, when using the Beat Fill, kick, snare, and hi-hat samples from the analogically named pack folders will be used. These particular sample folders must contain the words kick, snare, and hat in their name’s strings of characters to be properly recognized by the Fill tool algorithm. - When there are two folders containing the same string of characters required by the Beat Fill algorithm in ...

What values do the certain Polyend Play's Randomizer types influence?

- Sample In Folder (samples in selected folder). - Sample in Pool (samples from the entire sample pool). - Sample Length (Sample Start, Sample End). - Texture (Filter Cutoff, Resonance, Overdrive). - 1 Octave (Notes within 1 octave). - 2 Octaves (Notes within 2 octaves). - Space (Panning, Delay Send, Reverb Send). - Nuke (Samples in Folder, Filter Cutoff, Resonance, Overdrive, Panning). - Duke Nuke (Samples in Pool, Filter Cutoff, Filter Resonance, Overdrive, Panning).

Are the Polyend Play MIDI channels polyphonic?

- Yes, the MIDI tracks are polyphonic. A single step can hold and play a note or a chord. Notes and chords on successive steps can overlap, so the one limitation here is the polyphony of the instrument on the other end of the MIDI cable. - The onboard chords from the pre-programmed list are holding up to 7 notes. But, each step can hold (you can MIDI record notes to a step) and spit up to 30 MIDI notes at the same time.

What is the Polyend Play per-project sample pool memory time?

The overall per-project sample pool memory allows for 6 minutes of monophonic 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample files. However, Play can work with different sample playback rates, so you can reduce the required memory of a sample by reducing its sample rate. A sample played back at half the sample rate will use half the Pool memory. Conversely, doubling the sample’s rate will use twice the Pool memory. Because Play can use multiple different playback rates, your sample pool capacity may vary.

What audio files is Polyend Play working with?

- The internal engine works with uncompressed 16-bit mono PCM WAV files with various sample rates. - Polyend Play will import mono or stereo WAV files in any sample rate, and with bit depths of 16, 24, or 32. Imported samples will automatically be converted to the supported file format. - The converted mono sample files will contain a mix of both left and right stereo channels. - The overall per-project sample pool memory allows for 6 minutes of monophonic 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample files. Ho...

Under what license can original sample sounds from Polyend Play be used and reproduced by its users?

Sounds - License Agreement The Sounds (Wav files) remain the property of their manufacturer (Collectively, "Licensor") and are licensed to you as the original end-user ("Licensee"), for use subject to the provisions below. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved exclusively by Licensor. All Rights not expressly granted to the user are reserved. The Sounds samples contained on the SD card of Polyend Play are licensed, not sold, to you to be reproduced within your original musical ...

Where can I download the Polyend Play factory SD card content?

If you need to obtain the Polyend Play factory SD card content for any reason, please reach out to our customer support team using https://help.polyend.com/submit_ticket and we'll send you a download link.

What software licencies is Polyend Play firmware using?

* the following conditions: * * 1. The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be * included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. * * 2. If the Software is incorporated into a build system that allows * selection among a list of target devices, then similar target * devices manufactured by PJRC.COM must be included in the list of * target devices and selectable in the same manner. * * THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, * E...

Are the Polyend Play audio channels polyphonic?

No. Polyend Play is offering eight monophonic audio channels. The master output is stereophonic.

Is there a Polyend Play integration mode with Polyend Tracker available?

The answer is yes. Go to Main menu > MIDI > Track and select Set Values for Polyend Tracker to enable integration mode for the Polyend Tracker. This is a per MIDI track function. This function is available for Polyend Tracker's firmware 1.6 and higher.

What is the Polyend Play PPQN resolution?

Play's internal PPQN resolution is 96 while MIDI PPQN is 24.

Is the Polyend Play MIDI compatible?

Yes, it is. In fact, it is a very capable and intuitive MIDI sequencer. It can both send and receive MIDI messages over its dedicated mini TRS Type B MIDI ports and over the bidirectional USB Type-C port. The MIDI Channel for both MIDI TRS and USB outputs is a selectable per-step in the MIDI sequencing mode with the use of a Sample/Folder knob.

What are the Polyend Play dimensions?

The Polyend Play size and Weight are: Height 8 inch (20.7 cm) Width 11 inch (28.2 cm) Depth 1.8 inch (4.5 cm) Weight: 2.9 lbs / 1.3 kg (with accessories) 2.2 lbs / 1 kg (without accessories). In terms of hardware, it's the exact same form factor as the Polyend Tracker. They look really nice together too!

How do I perform the emergency flashing procedure in case of issues with Polyend Play?

If your device lost power during the upgrade, the SD file structure was damaged, or the firmware doesn't boot up for any other reason, you can perform one of the two emergency flashing procedures as follows: First method: - just simply press the hidden reset button on the back panel of the instrument and it will automatically flash with a randomly picked firmware .ptf file from the SD card Firmware/ folder. Second method: - download the Polyend Tool, (https://polyend.com/downloads...

I've changed the name of a project name using my computer, but Play is displaying the previous name unchanged, why is that so?

This is because the Play's project names are not taken from the folder name, they are stored in the settings file. To successfully change the project's name, the renaming operations have to be commenced from the instruments file browser level.

Can I replace the original touch sensitive knob caps in Polyend Play?

Due to the key functions of the knobs in the Polyend Play instrument, their disassembly or replacement is not recommended. As attempts of replacement would result in any problems, please contact the help desk.

I get a “Unspecified Error” when trying to load my own samples to the Polyend Play, why is it so?

You'll get this error when the files you try to load on the SD card in the following scenarios: - file has a .wav extension, but is in another format, - .wav file structure is corrupted, - has format other than (float or PCM) and (8 or 16 or 24 or 32 bit) and (number of channels 1 or 2),

What is the Polyend Play's available tempo in BPM range?

The project's global tempo setting allows you to choose its value between 10 and 999 BPM.

Can I power up Polyend Play with the Poly 2 USB Host port?

Yes, you can power up your Polyend Play instrument using the Poly 2 USB Host port. Just like any other USB-powered gear. Just make sure that the module is sufficiently powered. There's a jumper switch on the back panel of the Poly 2. By default, the jumper is set to provide the 5V straight from the case AC adapter 5V bus if available. If there's no dedicated 5V bus in your case then the Host port may not be able to power up connected instruments sufficiently. In such a case, change the jumper s...

Is Polyend Play supporting SySex and MIDI NRPN messages?

No, Polyend Play is not supporting SySex nor MIDI NRPN messages.