Luap wrote:If you can't tell us what it is, can you at least tell us what the deal with all the secrecy/teasing is?
It's really just a fun way to invite curiosity, but if you want the spoiler, it's a platform designed to run opensource (and perhaps commercial?) fpga-based synthesizers. (There are currently several opensource FPGA synths, including subtractive, additive, fm, and physical modelling types). The UI is running on a virtualized AVR softprocessor, so you can write/rewrite the UI using any AVR compiler. (I actually wrote the front end/midi processing/UI code in BASCOM basic)
The first implementation will likely have the following specs:
8 note polyphonic synth
4 osc per voice
Sine, Triangle, PWM, Sawtooth, etc
It also has a 40 pin Parallax Propeller chip running effects driven by the Coyote-1 effects OS written for the OpenStomp guitar effects pedal. (I could have used a dedicated DSP, but this was so much more inviting, and already has all the effects most synth players would want). What's really cool is that it's so very hackable, and a great way to learn about both the Propeller as well as digital effects... (more to come)