Fuck it, just a straight FM/PM machine. Let it use incoming audio as well as delay lines as modulators in the algorithms. Make it cute and tiny like the digitakt.
Physical modelling in hardware really has been dead in the water for a long time, I would love to see something like this. Just a single polyphonic part with some kind of modular (or at least semi-modular), with audio input as an operator (so that you could choose where to inject external audio in the algorithm you built, rather than being limited to a fixed point in it). maybe a couple velocity sensitive pads on it or something.
Basically something that was to Tassman what the OT is to Live (i.e. not actually the same at all but similar enough to make superficial comparisons).
Yeah this is a cool idea actually. I had an idea for a tracker that the Octatrack ended up being really similar to, minus a few things, one of which was this idea of being able to use arbitrary signals as modulators. Maybe I will revisit this.
I actually had meant to say something about a physical modeling engine with audio OUTS that could be inserted at arbitrary points in your patch being potentially amazing, in that you could tap audio at some point in the patch, run it through whatever external effects you wanted, and feed it back in at another point. I'm sure there would be potential for a lot of issues with latency and phase, but the potential for sound design seems so massive that it would more than compensate for that.
If Axoloti had more i/o you could probably patch up something like this (and I guess even as is you could if you limited yourself to a mono output and use the other output channel as your send), but that's hardly the same as this fantasy Elektron box we're talking about.
EDIT: honestly, just a branch of the OT operating system that replaced the machines, effects and sampling engine with some high level physical modelling building blocks like membranes and tubes and things like that, so say every track could have an excitation source at the point in the OT where the machines go now, would already be incredible. But it's not like Elektron would ever have any incentive to fork the OS on an existing piece of hardware in house, or open the source up or anything.
But just imagine.
Edited by RSP, 07 July 2017 - 10:52 PM.