Raspberry Pi powers Open NSynth Super sound manipulator

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Technology has long played a role in creating new types of sounds – from Jimi Hendrix guitar effects to drum machines and Jean-Michel Jarre synthesisers. What Google seems to be bringing to the party is the idea that advances in machine learning and neural networks can open up possibilities for sound generation….

And, as is increasingly the way with Google’s new prototype systems and initiatives, there is a Raspberry Pi at the heart of the system.

MIDI

You can select intruments, effects and controls, and play MIDI files though the device, manually changing the tones as you wish. Check out the video below of the Open NSynth Super in action.

The Gadget Master behind the device – only a “small community of musicians” have received the prototype – is Andrew Back, and you can read about his work on RS Components’ Design Spark.

It’s a serious bit of work and it’s fully documented, with pictures documentation and links.

Open sounds

Why is it “Open”? It’s built using open source libraries, including TensorFlow and openFrameworks. Also, the PCB design, microcontroller firmware, software and enclosure design are all published under open source licences, which means that anyone is free to build their own Open NSynth Super.