I mentioned Axoloti in another post, but thought perhaps its worthy of a topic in its own right...
Im an active contributor and keen fan of Axoloti (but not financially connected) and think perhaps others here might not have heard of it but might find it useful
basic info is here: http://www.axoloti.com
its an open source hardware and software platform , often liken to the nord modular, but costs 65 euro!
has software patcher, but the patches run completely on the hardware, without the necessity for a computer. the patcher, is like Reaktor, Max/Msp, in that its objects are linked by wires, and if your a programmer you can also create custom objects in C.
whats it used for?
well I think its like a swiss army knife ... obviously it can do sound synthesis, as a synth or fx, but also its got midi, through DIN , USB host and device, so can be a great midi tool, either for routing or midi fx... others use it as a sequencer/drum machine.
its also got full hardware breakout, so many people are connecting it to things.
the community plays a large part in pushing axoloti forward, and helping other users, this makes it good place to learn about patching - http://community.axoloti.com
you'll also find there some example projects , and also details on the community library, where patches and object are shared. (getting pretty big now)
its all created by one (clever) guy, Johannes Taelman, who is also very active in the community...
currently its sold out, but it will be in stock again soon
(Thonk may have them in stock, if you want to buy with the music thing control board, which is a fun addition )
Johannes is currently developing a 'control board' which will allow hands on control through a display, knobs and buttons... more info will be available soon
sorry, long post, but its quite hard to describe axoloti in a few words, as its hard to pigeon hole it, its different things to different people.
I love my axo boards... its a great environment to experiment with, made by a one man company, so hasn't had a lot of exposure.
any other axoloti users here?