Musicians may be interested in a new fully open source Raspberry Pi synthesiser aptly named the Zynthian which provides a “new class of machine” described as a “swiss army knife of synthesis, equipped with multiple engines, filters and effects”. The Raspberry Pi synthesiser is completely configurable and upgradable and offers an open platform for Sound Synthesis based on the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC and Linux operating system making the synthesiser fully hackable.
Check out the video below to learn more about the Zynthian Open Source Raspberry Pi Synthesiser which is now available to purchase as a kit with prices starting from €150. Features of the Raspberry Pi synthesiser include :
– Multi-engine & multi-timbric architecture: Create sound layers combining different synth engines and presets, assigning it to different MIDI channels, or overlayed in a single one.
– 4 rotary encoders with switch and/or a touchscreen allows to navigate the menus and adjust parameters.
– 2D controller: Modify 2 parameters at once using the touchscreen (ala KaosPad).
– MIDI Learning: Easily assign your controller knobs/pads to the parameters you want to control.
– Global Tuning: You can change the tuning with a precission of Hz.
– Transposing: You can transpose each MIDI channel separately by the number of semitones you want.
– Master MIDI channel: The Master MIDI channel allows remote snapshot loading, etc.
– Audio Recording: You can record audio into the SD-card or a USB memory stick.
– Audio => MIDI converter: When audio input is available you can enable the experimental Audio to MIDI converter.
– MIDI over IP: QMidiNet allows to send and receive MIDI from/to other devices connected to your local network.
– TouchOSC: Allows to play using your tablet or smart-phone.
For more details and full specifications jump over to the official Zynthian website by following the link below. “ Zynthian project is continously evolving and developing.”