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RaspberryPi synth

Post by breckjay » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:23 am

I may be crazy but i have an idea that just might work. the raspberrypi ( http://www.raspberrypi.org/ ) is a arm11 base micro computer for only $35. It runs debian. I thinking about getting the korg microkey 37 and this and making a VST synth. it can run on battery's and can run any linux VST out there. for how cheap it would cost ( around $80 ), i really can't say no. if any one else wants to started this project with me please let me know. sorry if this breaks the rules.
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Re: RaspberryPi synth

Post by ryryoftokyo » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:02 am

I think this is a brilliant idea. I think what it requires is a controller, usb to midi (or any controller with usb that will transmit the data), the controller running off the USB hub would be GREAT, a simple touch screen interface (smaller the better), something to house it in, and a VST. I'm down.
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Re: RaspberryPi synth

Post by breckjay » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:51 am

I know of a guy already write a standalone synth os for the pi. This little thing is going to be fun. Got to wait 5 weeks for it to get here though.
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Re: RaspberryPi synth

Post by dubold » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:26 am

ryryoftokyo wrote:I think this is a brilliant idea.
yeah, that seems like a really neat concept...

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Re: RaspberryPi synth

Post by nathanscribe » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:24 am

Interesting. I got my Pi weeks ago but haven't had time to do much with it yet. I did wonder if I could make it into a standalone sequencer with custom interface, but I'd be keen to see what you come up with.

As for running on batteries, the power requirements are 5V at maybe half a Watt (as measured in use), with more drain depending on what you have plugged into USB - recommended supply is 700mW absolute minimum, at least 1W recommended. I doubt batteries would last long. USB power supplies are cheap though, I grabbed a Belkin and it works fine. The power connector is micro-USB.

Apparently the latest Raspbian (?) install is faster than the previous Debian, so that might be worth checking out.

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Re: RaspberryPi synth

Post by breckjay » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:26 pm

i honestly was going to start small, get the pi, get a micro midi keyboard and put it all in a new case. load VST's on the pi and call it a synth. after all it kind of is. I was looking on how to put a 1/4 line out on the thing but it seems you can not. Also a full line of booted code for a standalone synth is a million times my level,Im not even lvl 1 yet. But i will try. Oh and forget the interface, again lvl 0 here lol. If you would like to help i would be much in your dept to the MiniPi ( name is a work in progress ) but i hope that it will be soon. i can almost taste it.
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