8 bits of bun

Leader1 synth


A few years ago i had a huge project in mind, namely one big synth that could be a option to closed source synths.

Back then i ordered 3 Axoloti DSP boards the massive lead synth i would call "Leader1".
it's target was to have be an alternative to the big stuff (example: access virus series, clavia nord lead series) while having an 'old-school' feeling by a wooden case.

Some features were:

  • MIDI keyboard integrated (5 octaves)
  • Embedded mono speaker
  • TFT touchscreen on a teensy 3.x board (communicating to each Axoloti by UART interfaces)
  • 1 Axoloti DSP for synth patches
  • 1 Axoloti for first layer of effects
    stereo width, delay, analog soundgood, 2 band compressor
  • 1 Axoloti for second layer of effects
    reverb and final compressor
  • 16 analog potmeters for parameter adjusting

This design sadly never took off because several factors:

  • Costs for all stuff
  • The 3D printed piano keys were too weak and although the touch was nice, too fragile
  • Size of the unit
  • Inefficient price/performance design
  • Not enough overall experience

Now in 2019 i am planning to actually revive this project, but in a different form:

  • No MIDI key section
  • Smaller case
  • No analog potmeters
  • Up to 4 Axoloti in parallel as massive oscillators
    Allowing 8 poly voices
  • 1 Teensy 3.2 as audio mixer to stereo to be parsed to  First FX axoloti
  • 1 Axoloti for first layer of effects
    stereo width, delay, analog soundgood, 2 band compressor
  • 1 Axoloti for second layer of effects
    reverb and final compressor
  • 1 Teensy 3.2 as USB audio interface, MIDI IN (going to each Axoloti synth)
  • 1 Teensy 3.6 as USB Axoloti control interface (6 uart interfaces to each Axoloti)
    Main purpose: to work as midi interface to be controlled by the user's DAW

In general: more Axoloti DSP power, more DSP power, less size, at a similar pricetag.

Luckily i do have the patches for the effect layers at hand already. :)

I hope to reume working on this within 1 year from now.

Last edited: May 14, 2019, 19:07

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