Would you buy a Pocket Operator MIDI Sync machine, if we built one?

Hi all!

We got tired of not having a stand alone way of syncing the POs with a computer. So we built some hardware for it.

  • It takes MIDI Sync via USB (and power)
  • Send a click sync via 3.5mm out
  • When stopped it lets the pattern finish, so when started it always starts from beat 1
  • A small oled screen to show current step

So now the question is. If we actually produce this for sale:
Would you buy one?
What would you be willing to pay?

The forum didn’t let me upload any image so here:
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If it allows for certain outputs to be at half or twice the speed of others, YES!

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So you would like to have multiple outputs and be able to change sync multiplier on each?

dude on eBay touch prone has been making something similar for years
https://www.ebay.com/itm/MIDI-to-Clock-for-analog-sequencers-modulars-SH-101-etc/160524888680?hash=item2560076a68:m:mPLu7W-QopTi7TpFc2kA9hw
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Touchprone-MIDI-to-Korg-Monotribe-and-SQ-1-TE-Pocket-Operator-Sync-adapter/151238063766?hash=item23367db696:g:I5oAAOxyZw5RZ7go

it should have DIN midi in/outs as well. Pulse sync is cheap with microcontrollers - make sure it has at least 4. Bonus points for USB host.
If it is an opensource hardware, I can help with the code.

This is something I was looking for awhile back, I think I’ve found a solution for my own case but definitely it would be helpful if this existed. This was the closest I found:
http://www.bastl-instruments.com/instruments/midi-bastl/
But I think it requires some assembly and also, it uses MIDI so it needs a separate MIDI-USB converter.
Multiple outputs with unique sync multipliers would be fantastic and being able to set sync multiplier would be helpful even if there’s only one output. I tried syncing a bastl kastle, a pocket operator and a volca once. They all naturally/by default use different sync multipliers. I had to borrow a friend’s beatstep to make it work in the end.

I would certainly be interested in buying this. Not sure what I think an appropriate price would be. Maybe around the same as one of the cheaper POs?