[sdiy] is raspberry pi the future?

rsdio at sounds.wa.com rsdio at sounds.wa.com
Fri Mar 15 07:09:50 CET 2013

I'd say that an ARM board like Raspberry Pi is not the best choice  
for the future of Synth DIY. Personally, I would prefer a single  
board with a powerful DSP and on-board conversion. Good choices for  
DSP would be TMS320 or SHARC. On-board audio would be I2S, with  
available I/O headers for additional channels.

One exciting chip family, I think, is Texas Instruments' OMAP, which  
combines ARM + DSP.

In other words, there's no sense buying a cheap platform that doesn't  
have audio and tacking on a second board, when it seems easy enough  
to just make a single board with everything. I have noticed that  
Texas Instruments has several evaluation boards for DSP at the $50  
and below price point, where stereo input and output are already  
available, along with a USB port for development and programming of  

Brian Willoughby
Sound Consulting

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