I am Walt, a hobby musician and professional electronics engineer living in the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea. I have very little formal music training but dabble in whatever I can, mostly guitar. I have a selection of instruments including MIDI keyboards, wind, guitar and drum controllers which I intend to dust off and drive my new Zynth. I have been designing and building a synth for the past few years (actually, probably decades!!!) but the latest iteration was so similar to Zynthian that when I read your blurb I decided to abandon (or mothball) my efforts and try this - so far, none too shabby. I want a device that I can program and control with lots of knobs (like we did in the 1970s) but can also be used as a simple and small live tool with recall of all those lovely soundscapes so plan to have a hardware controller for sound design and a box (or two) that lives in my gig bag.
I have been using gnu/linux since the turn of the century and am an advocate for free and open source adoption. I participate in several open projects (and host a few) and have much experience with project management, issue management, version management, release management and test management. (That is a lot of management - like a Hale and Pace sketch (for our UK viewers) ).
I hope this project turns out to be the panacea I have been looking for and allows me to make music rather than just design the tools to do so. I have read a lot of the discourse and you look like a fairly friendly bunch. I may stick around…