[PD] Bela - Ultra-low-latency embedded audio platform

i go bananas hard.off at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 14:25:45 CET 2016

yes awesome!  was just asking around the other day if someone had something
like this.  will def check it out!  Matt

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 8:35 PM, Chris <chris.heinrichs at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Pd List!
> I thought I would share our lab's latest embedded DSP project that might
> be of interest to a lot of people on this list. We've made a new
> high-performance embedded platform called Bela (http://bela.io) which is
> designed for creating digital musical instruments and interactive audio
> systems. We've been developing this for the past two years, and just today
> we launched it on Kickstarter:
> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/423153472/bela-an-embedded-platform-for-low-latency-interact
> The most important unique feature of Bela is that it has extremely low
> latency of less than 1 millisecond between action and sound, which is a lot
> faster than anything else out there. There are also some useful features
> for profiling sensors and a built-in browser-based development environment.
> Basically it is the platform I have always wanted for my own audio projects
> and instrument building, and now we're excited to be launching it to a
> broader community of musicians and engineers.
> The board doesn't run Pd directly, but patches can be compiled using Enzien
> Audio's Heavy compiler <https://enzienaudio.com/> - so you can address
> all sensor IO's from the patch.
> If you have a moment, it would be great if you can help spread the word!
> The project is open-source hardware and software, and the campaign is run
> through the university. This email is not intended as a sales pitch -- our
> goal is to build awareness, so if you know anyone who you think might be
> interested please pass it along. You can find more info and social media
> links below. Thanks a lot!
> Best wishes,
> Chris
> ----
> Bela tech details:
> Bela is an open-source platform for high-performance, ultra-low-latency
> audio and sensor processing. It provides stereo audio in and out, onboard
> speaker amplifiers, 8 16-bit analog inputs and outputs, and 16 digital
> I/Os, all in a small self-contained package. Bela is based on the
> BeagleBone Black single-board computer which features a 1GHz ARM processor
> running Linux.
> Bela runs a custom audio environment which is capable of extremely small
> audio buffer sizes down to 2 samples, producing latency under 1
> millisecond. All the analog inputs and outputs are sampled automatically at
> audio rates, providing precise time alignment between sensors and audio. It
> features an on-board, browser-based IDE including an in-browser
> oscilloscope. It can be programmed in C++, or Pd patches can be compiled
> for the board using the Heavy Audio Tools from Enzien Audio. The result is
> musical instruments which are faster to develop and more responsive to use.
> Bela was developed in the Augmented Instruments Laboratory, a team of 8
> people which is part of the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary
> University of London. The Kickstarter campaign, which runs through 1 April,
> supports the production of the hardware. A variety of boards and kits are
> available with prices starting at £45, and the software and designs are
> already free to download.
> More info:
> http://bela.io
> http://twitter.com/BelaPlatform
> https://www.facebook.com/belaPlatform/
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