Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Raspberry Pi as a synthesizer

Over on the Raspberry Pi blog we have this intriguing hack that turns the PI into a Synthesizer.
This is quite a clever idea and I am sure that hours of fun will be had, however the in the attached audio clip the sounds seem a bit too clean, there is none of the analogue uncertainty which can make a synth come alive. However it uses a system called Phase Distortion, which changes in timbre of a note as it plays, a very clever approach which first reached popularity on the Casio CZ-101, one of my all time favorite small synthesizers, so I am quite looking forward to testing it out in depth.

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