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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 11, 2013

Roll Your Own Looper, Cheap: Raspberry Pi + Pd + KORG

If you’re on the lookout for some cheap controllers that you aren’t afraid to hack and tweak, you should look no further than laptop controllers.  Laptop controller come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular shape of all are the five inch controllers that are meant to be rested on the front of your laptop.   Akai, Korg, and others, have their own renditions of what is basically the same controller.  Some, like Akai’s LPD8, come with a range of eight different square pads as well as eight different rotary knobs.  Others, like what is offered from Korg, come in a variety of different models.  Some of them only have pads while some of them only have line faders.

Whatever you are eventually looking for, starting here isn’t a bad idea at all.  They are cheap and usually under a hundred dollars, so you wouldn’t be making this the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 8, 2012

Pure Data Running On The $25 Raspberry Pi Computer

The Raspberry Pi has been in our newsfeed on multiple occasions, and this says a lot about its practicality.  Hackers have used this small but powerful computer before to create miniature musical devices with tiny screen, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be ported to use with larger more feasible devices.

Shawn Greenlee of Pure Data has been toying around with his Pi and program known as Pure Data.  Along with some cheap USB peripherals, he’s also used his Novation Remote ZeroSL has his midi device to trigger and effects noises – turning this tiny computer into a working instrument. …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 8, 2012

Is This Raspberry Pi Synth The Smallest Polyphonic Synth In The World?

Is bigger always better?  Not when it comes to the Raspberry Pi.  Raspberry Pi is small linux/ARM GNU computer that was designed to be cheap and effective – and many hackers are beginning to find new ways to build off of its core functions.  A builder ran his Piana software synth using his Raspberry Pi, and couple with an extra small display, he may have just created the world’s smallest fully functioning synthesizer.

The developer noted that in the context of its usage, these tiny screen are perhaps only useful in situations like this, where multiple synthesizers could sit next to each other without taking up loads of space.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 31, 2012

Raspberry Pi Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

An experimental project is in the works for students learning the basics of computer science, with real implications for the electronic music making world.  A small 700 MHz processor powers a tiny computer – charmingly named the “Raspberry Pi”.  So far, one developer has used it to create the “Pi Synth” which allows users to manipulate the outputted sound of a single-oscillator synth frequency by playing only with the pitch, phase, and cycling properties.  The Raspberry Pi was designed to be experimented with and adapted and we hope to see other uses of it available soon.…