Believotron Witch Stick Keytar
21st Century Musical Instrument. Modular keytar synthesizer with MIDI Control, 8 Sliders, 1 Joysticks. Use existing patches on the SD card, or create your own on Mac/PC/Linux.
What's in the box
- Fully assembled, tested keytar synthesizer, ready to plug and play
- Believotron Wanderlust Beta Controller
- Axoloti core synthesizer
- 25 Key USB Midi Keyboard
- Laser-cut Enclosure
- USB Micro Cable (Connect your synth to a computer or to a USB Power Supply)
- Micro SD card loaded with synthesizers and samples
- Vegan Shoulder Strap
- Basic Keytar Blank
Welcome to the beta!
When you open the box, you'll have a 21st century musical instrument. Connect a MIDI or USB Midi keyboard and start exploring. Each Wanderlust ships with an SD card full of awesome synthesizer patches. You can change synths without programming, using a menu system or by swapping SD cards like a video game cartridge. When you're ready to start designing your own synth models, you can connect to your Mac/Win/Linux computer and make sounds that no one has ever heard before!
We ask that as participants of the beta, you hang out a bit with the community and give us your honest thoughts about the synthesizer as you're starting to play. Photos, videos, and conversation are encouraged. We will also be holding forum-only give-aways and discounts when new versions are released.
We're here to figure out what parts of the synth work, and what parts need adjustment. We're going to be keeping track of bugs and features on the beta workboard.
We also want to remind you that Axoloti has a wonderful community if you want to ask a question about the Axoloti Patcher or the Axoloti Core hardware.
Free as in speech
We want to make sure that you are aware that you can buy all the parts for this synthesizer and solder all the components together without giving us a dime, because open source is the great big idea that can change the world.
We also think that buying a synthesizer from us is also pretty cool.
Axoloti Core Audio Hardware
- Midi In/Thru, Midi Out
- Headphone audio jack
- 1/4" Stereo in jack
- 1/4" Stereo out jack
- USB Host for Keyboard / Mouse / etc control (Compatibility List)
- USB Micro to computer connector
- Micro SD Card
Graphical Axoloti Patcher Software
- Load patches without heavy technical knowledge
- Control synth live with on-screen knobs and other widgets on your computer
- Write to the SD card and run the patch independent of the computer.
- Map physical controls to patch objects
- Create new sounds and controls using a graphical programming language
- Re-use community code
- Use C to create elaborate controls and save on system resources
- Instrument Patch Management
- Download new features
- Dynamic Control Routing
- Control Sequencing
- Sequenced Control Routing
- 25 Key USB Keyboard (Akai MPK Mini)
- 8 Control Faders
- 1 XY Gamepad Thumbsticks
- MIDI In, USB MIDI
Designed to be opened and modified
- Take it apart. You own it.
The first batch of keytars will be ready to ship December 1st, but we expect those to sell out quickly. After that we will be releasing new pre-order batches monthly.
We're going to be communicating updates via the beta blog and into your inbox if you order.
Risks / Challenges / Caveats
Our team is led by an Electrical Engineer with 18 years experience leading, testing, designing, manufacturing, marketing, and supporting electronics in the fields of electric vehicle energy systems, avionics, semiconductor test, and startup IoT industries. We have a vast network of engineers, developers, artists, and musicians in the Chicago and professional community, and believe me, they have been called upon and have given this project their love.
Because this is not our first rodeo, we can guarantee something will go wrong. We're at the stage where we're sure everything works when it goes out the door, but it's engineering. We're going to use the community forums to capture problems and communicate solutions. We're here to find the problems and make them right. We ask you to be patient and work with us to build something new and wonderful.
We have designed the hardware and equipment with industry best practices and do not expect any possible harm to connected devices such as computers, however we encourage an abundance of caution and recommend that you use a USB hub/switch to firewall your computer from the beta hardware.