PCBs are out for fab!
Hi synth lovers!
Since we've finished ironing out the bugs on the LEDs, we just finished updating the change backlog on the PCB and have sent away for boards. They're green this time instead of blue, because at low volumes, a color change moves us from a hands-free process to one that I pay an engineer to use the hands free process , but the final boards will be blue and white. We got a really good deal, which let me drop the price of the system by quite a bit.
If blue is your color, let's get a blue team together and we can do a group buy. Just start a thread in the forum for features. That's what it's here for.
Beta cart WIP
Remember when I said we could have pricing done by the 15th, but I was going to pad it until the 20th because hunch? Well, I was right on the time for the wrong reason. I thought that getting updated quotes and cost modeling would dragging on and on, and we would waffle at the prices. It's a delicate balancing game between 100 and 1000, but the numbers really worked out well for everyone.
The problem was that we wanted to offer up a range from full DIY kits (like solder all the components on yourself), all the way up to fully enclosed, ready-to play synths. Industry wisdom says to offer the fewest SKUs as possible, but pretty much every Eurorack enthusiast asks if there will be a kit. Some people want to make their own cases. Some people just want to turn the thing on.
I think the beauty of the way that culture and technology have warped the product development process, is that we get to engage with the people who will love our instruments so much sooner. Instead of waiting another 2 years and emerging with what we think people want, we get to talk to you now. And there is wide enough interest in the hardware hacking, software, arduino, musician, artist, performer, teacher, goofball communities that we really need to offer up a wide array of solutions to see where people take them.
The Wanderlust is primarily a controller for an Axoloti, the best open source synthesis engine. It's never going to leave that behind. But there are also connectors for Raspberry Pi, Adafruit Feather, and you can use headers and wire jumpers to prototype with any microcontroller system.
I fully expect someone to prototype a non-music application using the controller, fork the project and poof! There's a new thing. I also fully expect that someone starts with our controller and then leapfrogs us with something even more amazing. Poof!
I'm sure that a group of performers are going to huddle around the controller and wish that they could split them off into free and separate controllers.
These are all radically different places to come from. I'm used to mono-marketing. Convincing engineering directors the wisdom of a certain path. Displaying beauty to a consumer. Listing off deep, deep lists of technical details to a logical mind. Communicating with artists about truth, time, and expression.
I have never had to do these things simultaneously, but it's pretty fun! There's an old expression "when you get to 95% complete, you have to shoot the engineer and release the product". Ours now is "when you get five different market cultures together and you sort of aren't totally confusing, send the information designers home!"
Bear with us. We're trying to get this yak-hair out the door!