Hi there fellow axolotians.
I have built myself a portable jamming device, with a mixer, midi thru, clock sync, midi/usb, speaker and last but not least, an axoloti.
I have spent a lot of time on the actual build and I'm yet to go deep into the Axoloti patching.
In the first pic you can see the actual "box", with the breakout for the axoloti in the top right corner. The second pic shows the case it will be housed in.
The axoloti will sit in the lid of the case, probably behind acrylic glass and wooden panels surrounding it, where there will be pots and buttons for it. I'm working on a Sketchup of the lid, but so far I'm not sure about the number of pots/buttons, and this is the part i need help with.
I want to be able to use it as a stand alone synth, and being able to cycle through a number of patches without having it connected to a computer. But I'd also like to be able to use it as an effect, where I could run some other synth through it. Normally I'm too much of a "do it yourself guy" to ask for help, but I figure there are plenty of wisdom to be drawn here, and some of you might have run in to some problems which I could avoid.
Obviously, the dream scenario would be to have an OLED for navigation (and waveform visualization). But sadly that would be far above my current level in electronics/programming. I'm normally up for a challenge, but I think my GF would hang me by my balls if I take on another project of that size (might leave room for a display in the panel though, for future endeavors )
So if I understand it correctly, I can use 15 analog inputs plus 4 digital in/outs. Read about using a analog rotary switch in another thread, I think I won't have that many patches loaded at a time, so that'll probably be enough. I aim to build my patches in such a way that the panel with pots make sense with different patches..
Feel free to brainstorm with me, I'd love suggestions of all sorts since I'm still in the planning stage.
- What would be the best way to toggle through patches?
- Use a button to switch between synth/effects?
- Thoughts on pot groupings (i.e x for waveform manipulations, x for filters, effects etc.)?
- I'm thinking about having the Axo behind acrylic glass. Would be nice to get the logo on the glass maybe? Some leds?
- Visual feedback for selections, is it needed? Leds take up pins..
Well, gotta go to bed, but it would be really awesome if anyone has ideas how to make this as good as I want it to be Cheers!