Hardware version of Tone2 synths

...and how to do so...
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Markus Krause
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1313 posts since 2 Jul, 2018

Post Sat May 07, 2022 3:22 am

I am thinking about building a hardware version of my Tone2 synths for myself.
I've come across the Radxa Rock Pi X 4GB/64GB which has an Intel Atom CPU. It can even run Win10. Has anyone experience with such a Intel compatible board or a similar one?

https://wiki.radxa.com/RockpiX
Tone2 Audiosoftware https://www.tone2.com

Alex_Longard
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110 posts since 4 Dec, 2014 from Ukraine, Germany->Munich

Post Mon May 09, 2022 2:25 pm

Hallo Markus!
What synthesizer do you want to make Hardware?

And what about sales of this? I have long dreamed of having a box with Electra2 inside :)
Cheers!

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jupiter8
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9408 posts since 17 Sep, 2002 from Gothenburg Sweden

Post Mon May 09, 2022 2:52 pm

I don't really know for sure buy i kinda doubt it's fast enough for that purpose.

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Markus Krause
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Post Mon May 09, 2022 10:03 pm

All synths should run in the environment. It will be only a prototype. There are not plans for selling it.

Speed could indeed be an issue and is something I should check out before I buy the hardware
Tone2 Audiosoftware https://www.tone2.com

ratchov
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Post Mon May 09, 2022 11:33 pm

I have a similar project but still haven't found a board with good quality audio interface. So, for now the best fit is a mini-ITX board with a PCI slot and fit a ESI juli@ card (has good quality audio + MIDI I/O). I haven't found an easy way to add 1-2 lines LCD screen and few encoders/buttons to control the synth.

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Markus Krause
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Post Tue May 10, 2022 1:56 am

You could use a USB soundcard.

I think I'll use a board with a laptop CPU because of noise & thermals.

As an OS I considered Windows 7 embeded or Win 10 IoT . Haven't worked with them so far.
Tone2 Audiosoftware https://www.tone2.com

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VELLTONE MUSIC
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1485 posts since 19 Sep, 2017 from The Future

Post Sat May 14, 2022 5:04 am

Hardware baby of Icarus and Electra will be amazing :)

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Markus Krause
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Post Mon May 16, 2022 12:00 am

I decided to use a Mini ITX board. It comes with a rather weak Intel dual core CPU, but should be sufficiently fast to run a single instance of the plugins and has a passive cooling.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-ITX

The casing will be a 19'' rack.

For the screen I am thinking about this one:
https://www.amazon.de/Anzeigen-Bildschi ... 076J8ZWFF/
Tone2 Audiosoftware https://www.tone2.com

Alex_Longard
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110 posts since 4 Dec, 2014 from Ukraine, Germany->Munich

Post Wed May 18, 2022 1:03 am

Markus
it will be better to use the motherboard, as in Dell 5175?
I load 8 instances of Electra2, with 4 gb memory and 2.2 ghz processor.

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Markus Krause
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Post Thu May 19, 2022 10:42 am

It only needs to be able to run a single instance. Some hardware components have arrived now and i started assembling it
Tone2 Audiosoftware https://www.tone2.com

Alex_Longard
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110 posts since 4 Dec, 2014 from Ukraine, Germany->Munich

Post Thu May 19, 2022 11:02 pm

Do you will add external control for parameters? Or control only through the touch screen?

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