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

Pierre Massat pimassat at gmail.com
Mon Feb 29 14:31:33 CET 2016

That sounds exactly like what I've been trying to find for half a decade.

2016-02-29 14:25 GMT+01:00 i go bananas <hard.off at gmail.com>:

> 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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