crazy idea probably

199 posts since 26 Nov, 2005 from Maine

Post Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:54 am

Probably the answer is.. it's much too hard.

But would it be possible to compile U-he's plugins for Arm64 instead of x86? Wouldn't it be cool to build little raspberry Pi effects box with one of U-He's pluginspowering it, like a high end effects pedal. Then I guess the next problem would be finding a standalone VST host also suitable.
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538 posts since 6 Jun, 2016 from Austin, Texas

Re: crazy idea probably

Post Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:12 pm

You might be interested in the Atomic Pi:
It's an x86 Intel Atom based SoC. It could do what you're looking for.
As for a standalone VST host, Carla is a good one:

If you have a 3D printer, you could design a sweet case for it too--or just find one on Thingiverse:

This summer, I built an Atomic Pi workstation as an R&D thing. I'd say the board is sufficiently powerful (CPU-wise) to run full-fledged desktop apps. Although, the RAM is a limiting factor for a fully fledged desktop, as it's only 2GB. However, if optimized as a dedicated effects unit--which is something I haven't done as I don't own one personally ($35)--it'd likely be great! Furthermore, other x86 SoCs have likely come along since, though I haven't looked in a while.

Otherwise, yeah, U-he would have to compile for ARM.

One other thing about the Atomic Pi: Power it properly! You must give it 5 VDC, regulated. It won't tolerate 4.5 or 5.5V. I'd recommend a 2-5A supply at that--especially if you intend to have a USB draw, lean higher, or use a powered USB hub. Otherwise, the unit won't POST/boot.

199 posts since 26 Nov, 2005 from Maine

Re: crazy idea probably

Post Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:12 pm

Very cool.. thanks for the tip. I will look into the options!
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7360 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Re: crazy idea probably

Post Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:26 pm

Reaper has an ARM version, so there is
already a mainstream daw for any U-he ARM product.
Urs loves hardware, and he's already crazy good at
designing it, and playing it. If someone showed off
a viable plan, that wouldn't divert the team too much
from existing plans, it could be a go.
Once a plan was developed, I would expect some sort of significant preorder price/scheme, to verify market interest, and light the fuse. The larger the number of pre-orders, the better the bulk-pricing of the parts bin :hyper:

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