[music-dsp] Open Source DSP Analog Simulation Synth

M-.-n nostromo at arkaos.net
Wed May 13 11:20:38 EDT 2009

I'd be interested to know too.

So far I've been playing with the arduino piano and although the horse 
power is fairely limited, I had a blast using it.

If you are ok with looking at unix/windows platform possibilities (with 
the aforementioned possible problems related to OS's), the eee pc 701 is 
pretty cheap (around 150 USD/EUR) and has pretty much all of that.

I've done a custom digital MS-20 by stripping an eeepc running the ms-20 
vst plugin from his lcd and stuffing it into the legacy edition 
controller and it's all running smooth and nice.



Pure:dyne is a real-time unix kernel and it seems to run very smoothly 
too (although I'm not really trying to develop for it at the moment).

Sure it's not tons of power either but it's really easy to implement. 
So, depending on your goal, it might be worthwile looking at.

Also I've never found fixed point on ARMS to be a real issue, but I'm 
that kind of gritty guy :)

Hope this helps,

Stephen Sinclair a écrit :
> Just to interject into this conversation, while we're talking about hardware...
> Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive (< $200) and physically
> *small* solution for doing embedded audio?  Bonus points for:
> - analog inputs for reading sensors
>   (or if not, tty / i2c to talk to digital sensors)
> - compatibility with a GNU or otherwise free C compiler
> - output audio digitally to plug into digital mixer using something like SPDIF
> - ethernet for communicating via Open Sound Control
> The reason is to embed audio synthesis into custom musical instruments.
> I've thought about trying the gumstix for this, does anyone have
> experience with it?  It looks like it could do it, but it's annoying
> that it requires different attachments (i.e., more $$$) for almost
> each feature I want.  Also, I think ARM lacks floating-point support
> which is a bit annoying for audio purposes.
> Another thought, would an FPGA be an interesting option for this?  Why, why not?
> I think a "perfect" solution would be to add a DSP to an Arduino
> perhaps, but that would require my own electronics design, which is
> not my area of expertise.

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