So I am trying to build a dedicated electronic instrument and have been looking at PD for a while as well as modular analog synths, then finally (I hope) I've found Axoloti and I'm excited.
My definition of a dedicated electronic instrument is something that is like a product, in a box, controllable externally, that produces a specific timbre, or family of timbres that can be played like an instrument by some kind of control surface or input.
So far I've experimented with a) analog semi-modular b) Audulus on iPad c) VCV rack on Mac d) PD on Mac. None of these seem to work for me.
a) Too expensive and a long journey as it costs a lot to experiment with different modules, too uncontrollable. And when you find the right sound you can't bottle it all into one small box.
b) Too complicated, and I don't like the sounds I've heard out of it but looks beautiful.
c) Too restrictive UI but some brilliant sounds, a great fake modular but not suitable for building an experimental instrument.
d) Pd definitely the best option, though I don't like the sounds I've heard from it and the cost of making a dedicated instrument in a box with Raspberry Pi is very high because of the additional hardware required.
So far Axoloti looks like it may be exactly what I need. Then I managed to find the list of primitives available and wow, it looks comprehensive, my excitement got going when I saw that there are now Mutable instruments patches to add some fabulous effects into the mix.
My Axoloti arrived in the post yesterday, right now I"m working 12 hour shifts so no time to play, I have to wait till Saturday.