If you enjoy making electronic music OTTO the open source music maker offers a complete hardware and software solution offering synthesisers, sampler, effects, sequencers and studio modules. The OTTO has been created to be built in very different ways depending on your skills, requirements and available resources, tools and priorities.
“Making electronic music is awesome! But for most of us, it requires a lot of setup, a lot of moving a mouse around on a laptop that’s probably not quite equipped to handle realtime audio processing. Don’t you wish you had one single device, which was built to do it all for you, easily and on the fly?”
While OTTOs may differ from other music systems on the market all systems provide :
– A Raspberry Pi (or similar) at the core, running a minimal Linux distro.
– A >= 320×240 RGB screen, preferably AMOLED.
– ~30 hardware buttons, so nearly every feature has its own button.
– 4 colour coded rotary encoders (full credits to the OP-1 for that idea), as the main controls. Each screen has a maximum of 4 variables which will be coloured corresponding to their encoder.
“The OTTO is basically going to be a Raspberry Pi 3 (or other similar boards, we are looking into that), a screen, a DAC, 4 encoders and some 30+ buttons/keys. Some of us are currently building prototypes, and the form-factors and features vary greatly. Below this you see two OTTO hardware prototypes. Feature wise they are similar, but the first one is hand-wired, laser-cut, and uses Arduino pro micros for handling the keys/encoders. The second one is 3D printed, uses a PCB with onboard microcontroller etc”
For more information on OTTO and creating your very own music maker jump over to the official GitHub website for full details, code and instructions to build your very own. As well as the ability to add to the ever-growing project.