Inspired by the Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 a new Otto hardware synth and sampler currently under development may provide a more affordable alternative to the OP-1. Still in the process of being created the development team have posted images for the open-source hardware project on GitHub and will be used discussing the project via Discord.
The development team explain that Otto has been created to provide users with a “complete hardware and software solution, with synths, samplers, effects and a sequencer with an audio looper.” Planned features for the Otto open source synthesiser include :
– A synth (with swappable engines) for live performance with midi effects (arpeggiator, etc.)
– 2 FX slots. Synths and drums send to them as a FX bus
– Synths and effects are swappable “engines”
– For drums, a sampler will run in parallel to the sequencer-synth chain
– The drum sampler has 10 channels. These have a simple 1-bar, 16 step volca-style drum-sequencer, with each step corresponding to a white key on the musical keyboard on the prototype currently being built
– An audio line input which has FX send and level A simple loop-station-style audio looper that can get audio from line in or synth. It has overdub and one level of Undo
– 8 save slots which save the state of the entire system. A save button lets you choose the slot to save in. Saves are only performed when you take the actiom
As more details come to light we will keep you up to speed as always.
Source: Music Radar