I guess manufacturers/makers could have never predicted parts availability could become such a problem, plus so many projects were using the exact same STM32 models (looking at you, F103C8/CB) simply because there are cheap and easily available development boards and an existing code base that saves time by not having to port and adjust things.
The STM32F427 the Axoloti uses has actually been one of the less popular/in demand ones, and might have only become rare since manufacturers switched to it from similar, out-of-stock MCU models?
But there is always the possibility to transfer to another MCU or platform and this would take time and dedication. GD32F450 might be an option though it's questionable how much of it is a blatant clone and I'm not sure I want to support Xi DaDa's empire more than I have to.
Does anyone know of a MCU platform whose features fit Axoloti? Maybe Renesas or Nordic have something new to offer? Is anyone familiar enough to be able to name some models?
I feel like both the strength and weakness of the Axolotl are its openness. You literally have to solder together and program your instrument or end up using it like a headless sound engine. Now while this is exactly the point of Axoloti (and actually easier to achieve than with a teensy or arduino), it is also why comparisons to Nord Modular or similar instruments are flawed.
Biggest problem for me has always been patch storage/switching/editing parameters on the fly. The Nord Modular could do it thanks to its "unified" patch menu. I always wished that Axoloti could get a menu like this... Why not anchor it deeper in the firmware and let it be able to browse your SD card and open patches (or even samples, midi files) without having to deal with that patch control object and making sure all patches have the same analog in, digital in, OLED objects so you can actually use them on your hardware. Didn't Johannes originally plan to create such sort menu?