Polyend Tracker by kobeflip
I purchased the Tracker at the end of 2020 and have used it about 3 months. I had never used a tracker before but was drawn to the immediacy of seeing the information about each note spatially arranged alongside other instruments and notes. That was something I felt absent from my experience with the Deluge. So, I took the leap.
It is a sleek, well-priced device at under $600 US. Buttons are pleasantly clicky. It's easily portable with a power bank. It contains the elements internally to create a song yet boasts a solid midi (USB & 3.5mm) implementation to interact with other devices.
The sample handling is clearly where this shines. Despite a somewhat stingy limit of <2min of samples per project, it permits all kinds of live and production manipulation of the samples. I sold my BlackBox from 1010 because the Tracker made it unnecessary and I was willing to adapt to the sample length constraint. It's just easier to manipulate samples in Tracker, wether for wavetable, granular, or other purposes.
The downsides are few, but notable:
1. MIDI interaction is a work in progress. If you have too much MIDI action, the Tracker display with slow and you may crash out. It's rare and requires a lot of external midi action, but it's an issue as of 1.3.0 nonetheless.
2. It sports only 8 channels. This is personal preference, but I'd have liked more. Everyone wants more. :-) But it imposes a discipline which I can appreciate.
3. USB data transfer to the microSD card requires the Mac user to use an Android app which is kinda lame. I find myself just using the card as the transfer medium rather than attempting transfer over USB.
4. The aforementioned sample limit.
My guess is that my issues are really a function of RAM and that limit is what makes this powerful device come it at under $600. I still consider it a steal. And once you get into Performance mode, you won't look back. It's a hell of a package.