after a few weeks of work and testing i would like to announce the initial release (0.5.0) 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.
this is the initial public release, i.e. i tested it already and it works pretty well so far already, but of course it still might have bugs and how well it works out of the box depends a bit on the chosen hardware as well. 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
feel free to try it out - it is and will remain free - maybe you’ll find some use for it …