We love the Pi

The very first raspberry pi boards have been selling on eBay. As numbered limited edition prototypes they cost a lot. We loved seeing the spirit of the RPi community at work in this story earlier.

The RPi website is carrying a great story about one of the early boards which was bought on eBay for nearly £1000. It has been donated to the centre for computing history.

We love it because this the spirit of the whole project. Contribution to knowledge and education in computer skills for all. That’s the spirit of this RPi Audio blog as well. We’re here to demonstrate some great audio processing tricks on hardware that can be afforded by almost anyone. The information we give away is free, not part of an expensive textbook.

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Why Pi? Why Audio?

And another blog springs to life.

This blog will lay fairly dormant until the Raspberry Pi has launched but after that some serious audio development will take place. In this we’ll just answer two simple questions about why this blog has begun.

Why Audio?

It’s what we’re good at and what we love. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for audio is a massive deal to us and a scientific field with lots happening in it.

Why the Raspberry Pi?

As well as being audio fanatics, we’re into technology and programming. We believe the world needs more programmers starting younger. Particularly audio programmers.

Recently a tweeter commented:

If the Raspberry Pi works, it means you’ll be able to buy a full computer for less than the price of a large (delivered) pizza in London.

The Raspberry Pi offers an opportunity for people to get hold of a computer that they can truly experiment on without any fear of damaging an expensive asset.

You can see the system layout in the picture below, this highly capable device will be powerful enough to do some great things with audio. We look forward to developing some code on it to share with you.

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