ok, so i've read about this project today on social media and i'm so glad someone has finally made this kind of device a reality.
A raspberry pi engine with SD card functionality always seemed like the most logical way of approaching this DIY method of building an audio device, however the one i've had in my head for a few years now is SLIGHTLY different to the sampler box, although it's arguably more straight forward.
Please, forgive me in advance as the only code i know how to writeis html/css and the only thing i've soldered is some LED strip and the insides of a few guitars... so i'm going to need some help, and some guidance if i'm going to finally make my idea a reality.
enough of the lifestory... my idea in brief;
"Backing Track Box"
- 4 to 8 audio outputs
- audio loaded on an SD card
- play, forward, back and stop buttons
so... a band, or a singer, or any kind of performer who wants to use backing tracks but doesn't want to lug round their expensive brand new macbook with them and risk getting it stood on or crashing half way through the gig because the software update loads up!
the example; load your backing tracks onto the SD card, and either via software or some simple coding (like i've seen on this site) tell the click track to be output 1, the bass to be output 2 and so on, plug audio output 1 into your headphone amp, output 2 into the bass amp and so on... hit play and you're off.
cheap, inexpensive, simple, easy backing track box... NO manufacturer from Korg, Roland etc etc are making this machine. It's devastatingly simple in it's concept, and it's success will be in the fact that it's so cheap and easy to put together (for you experts ofcourse)
Does anyone else see the potential here? Imagine how many musicians and performers around the world would gladly ditch their expensive macbook based set up, with audio interface and a CPU intensive DAW just to run a couple of simple audio backing tracks.. in favour of a small, portable, simple and effective option instead?
like i said, i'm going to need help, but this idea i've had it for a few years now and only today have i uncovered the genius behind this samplerbox who's finally unlocked the potential of the R.Pi/SD card engine!
:) hope i didn't go on for too long and i didn't come across as too much of a newb.