after a few more weeks of work and testing i would like to announce the v1.0.0 release of the sonaremin: a small standalone device one can build based on various little arm computers like the raspberry pi, the odroid c2, the asus tinkerboard, some android tv boxes and some other similar devices and which is built around my arm builds of vcvrack. it can operate in two modes: display mode - where it can be used like a regular standalone vcvrack installation to create or modify vcvrack patches with an hdmi monitor, keyboard, mouse and maybe a midi controller connected to it – and headless mode - where it can run with just a midi controller connected and using a specially prepared patch to play it like a hardware instrument or even without a midi controller connected to it in some installation scenarios where it simply plays a generative patch. in headless mode it can be used like a regular hardware device: plug it in and shortly after it will work and when done simply plug it off.
the major changes for this version are:
- support for vcvrack v1.0.0 (v0.6.2c is still part of the sonaremin, but in the exact same version as in sonaremin 0.5.0)
- support for amlogic s905 tv boxes
- with vcvrack v1 the raspberry pi seems to be useable in display mode finally (for v0 it is still discouraged)
- added support to use rtpmini (via raveloxmidi) as input - used for instance in macos as network midi or on windows via tobias erichsen’s rtpmidi software
- added support for midi input and audio output via jack net functionality (if enabled no local audio output)
- added support for using 2x padthv1 and/or 2x synthv1 from rncbc.org instead of vcvrack for sound creation
- changed partitioning: less data (512mb should be enough), less swap (if we swap too much with audio we are lost anyway) and more space free in the system (for experiments)
- lots of minor fixes and improvements
a lot more information about the sonaremin and installation images to flash a handful of small arm cpu based devices can be found at https://github.com/hexdump0815/sonaremin … there are still some gaps in the documentation for some of the new functions, but i’ll try to add it during the next days.
feel free to try it out - it is and will remain free - maybe you’ll find some use for it …
best wishes - hexdump