The collaboration between Polyend and Dreadbox that produced Medusa goes from strength to strength with a new free firmware update adding a bunch of new features. Here's the lowdown.
Polyend, developers of innovative MIDI sequencing software and hardware, have released a v1.1 Medusa Firmware update for their hardware collaboration with Dreadbox.
The new firmware adds a software tool for more convenient flashing
and the ability to dump/load presets. Besides giving the users an option to
save their presets, the plan is to release Medusa presets packs made by
Medusa firmware update v1.1 update features
- Redesigned initial auto-calibration function.
- New MIDI menu (full bilateral MIDI input/output implementation - including transport, clock, CC communicates & MIDI channels).
- The Grid MPE functionality is now enabled for controlling external gear.
- MIDI channel per voice option. Control, play and sequence each of Medusa's voices on a separate MIDI channel form 1 to 6 (fixed mode) with external MIDI gear (this works in P2 mode only. When this function is toggled on the Medusa pads won't play polyphonically).
- The Live recording mode is now enabled.
- Notes and Chords are being transposed in a chosen musical scale.
- Shortcuts for targeting the ENV to LFO and LFO to LFO rate, wave and amount.
- Edit the step values while the sequencer is running.
- You can now transpose your sequences while they're running by pressing and holding the hold button and indicating the root note on the pads.
- Note sustain mode when the Hold button is lit (great for drones).
- Two new Grid layouts including "guitar" layout which resembles a classic guitar tune.
- All the necessary bugfixes.
Check out a demo video of the new drones capability: