The Raspberry Pi is an versatile tool, partly because of its compatibility with the wide range of open source software and its compact size. It makes it an ideal system for building a lot of projects and even recreating more expensive projects with a fraction of the price. Today we have an impressive synthesizer (opens on new tab) to share with you created by a maker called Ricardo. When he planned to buy a Dirtywave M8 synth, he discovered they were sold out and decided to build his own in the form of a Raspberry Pi 4.

Ricardo, an experienced musician, was looking for an alternative to his MC-101 – some of the instruments he built for his Roland – was replaced by something who could sound better and support sound inputs. It was also necessary to carry his Groovebox, a digital instrument to make electronic loops. Ricardo needed that unit to be completely portable. When he got to his favorite SBC, he turned into his own.

He encountered a machine called the Dirtywave M8, but because it was sold out, he needed to find other options. Unfortunately, the M8 and Raspberry Pi Dirtywave are difficult to come by. However, he managed to run a Pi and built his M8 from scratch. If you’re looking for a Pi, please use our guide for how to buy the Pi 4 of the year.

In this case, Ricardo uses a one GB Raspberry Pi 4 B, but you can easily turn it up in another one with more RAM. He included a 3.5-inch LCD screen, connected via HDMI and a 4.1-inch touchscreen that runs M8 headless firmware. He’s driven with a USB game controller and comes plugged into a Lego shell.

During the software phase, hes had decided to use Patchbox, instead of the usual Raspberry Pi. This is a Linux distro for Raspberry Pi, which is designed for audio-based projects. On the official website of Patchbox OS, you can find out more about it on the official website. Ricardo was kind enough to make his Raspberry Pi M8 project completely open source for anyone who wants something similar.


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