Since the Axoloti forum is (temporarily?) down again I thought I’d share my efforts to create a new hardware board 99% compatible with the original Axoloti here.
Certain chips have become available again since the chip shortage. The first prototype has come in and works effortlessly, shockingly. Credit to Johannes Taelman and his vision and skills.
There’s already a second revision done with minor fixes, more pins broken out to the headers, a pretty obvious when you see it Easter egg, and an optional SMD headphone jack on the bottom side.
The board was meant as core board for a Eurorack module so it is slightly scaled down, i.e. there are no audio jacks, no MIDI connectors, and no 5V regulator. These parts are supposed to be on a parent board along with pots and buttons, OLED etc.
However as I kept working on it I realized I’d want it usable as it is, in a minimal configuration, as in: plug it in, program and upload your patch, take it to that art installation you’ve been working on with a USB charger for power and audio jacks soldered to the header.
That being said a Eurorack parent board is in the works and there are plans to make a desktop/guitar pedal style board too.
To be clear, it is the same processor as Axolotl so less powerful than Akso, and based on the final stable software version 1.0.12-2.
I am no business guy so currently no idea if this board can be made available as group order or something. Also I can’t reach Johannes and I want to at least ask for his views and permission first.
But I am most interested in the views of the community itself because you all know best how you use it! Finally if anyone has an idea what to call it I’d love to hear it!