Hi there - for pollen(8) 1.0, it uses the pod and an sd card to store patch data.
For downloading images / programs to your pod, you actually program the “seed” board plugged into the pod - so you want to use that particular usb. This is also your power connection.
The sd card should be formatted with FAT32. The files are tiny, a 2GB card is beyond plenty. You will see two green flashes from the leds on power up to indicate a successful drive mount.
Pollen(8) uses the 1/8” MIDI input - not usb midi. You will need a type A 1/8” to DIN MIDI adaptor.
At the time Pollen8 1.0 was written, much of the Daisy framework was still pretty new and some stuff was still in a state of flux…so it is my implementation. 1.0 does not have CC support except for hold pedal / mod wheel.
Now, FYI 2.0 is about to release. The first release of this version, is for the Daisy Field as this is what I developed it on. It has a lot more features from 1.0 (including programmable CC support, FM, more LFOs etc), and, it can run on Pod - but controlling all of the new features would admittedly be a bit tricky with just 2 knobs / buttons / leds. So a companion app (.net, so PC with mac possibility if I can get someone to test that) will give you control of the pod - even if that’s just to set up the CC stuff to run it standalone later etc. Patch has 4 knobs plus the encoder / display, so a UI for that on the board itself is likely.
Do note - Pollen(8) 2.0 does not use the sdcard, it uses the internal flash. So, patches made in 1.0 will currently not port over.
Though, if there is a real need for that I could create an app you download to promote the old 1.0 stuff from an sd card to the new format. As always a matter of time and priority etc heh.