Not sure if this topic is in the good category, but anyway.
We’ve been of few members of the London Music Hackspace having fun with Juce and writing audio plugins, and then we thought, it would be cool to be able to run them on a stompbox and put them in a gig bag.
The project is called OWL, and is open source and open hardware.
Based around an ARM Cortex M4, the pedal is capable of handling more than 3000 instructions per sample at 48kHz, has integrated DSP, FPU and DMA (Direct Memory Access).
With the OWL sim (using Juce of course), you can test your code along the way as a VST plugin in a host of your choosing, fine tuning your patch until you want to take it out to a gig. All of the embedded stuff is taken care of and there is no requirement for specialist hardware knowledge.
The entire tool chain is also open-source, negating issues like vendor lock-in and dependence on proprietary tools. This makes the OWL a unique platform for audio DSP developers.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched today if you want to support the project, and/or pre-order a stompbox.
Any suggestions / comments are welcome!
We are also setting up a patch contest next week, if you want to join (details on the website).