Hi everyone !
Just ordered a Pi 400 for an headless Patchbox device (maybe VNC controlled Zynthian too…) !
My aim is to control it with my digital piano (Roland FP30) which is pretty decent but obviously lacks synth sounds and has no knobs / pitchbend / modwheel… I plan to “stick” some Korg NanoKontrol / NanoPad on the top or on the side. Not sure yet
I had previously acquired a Circuit Tracks for this very use case and was very disappointed to see I couldn’t map my pedals (not even the sustain one) and that I couldn’t get additional controllers to be recognized either (even after adding an expensive USB MIDI HOST / merger.
Anyway. I made the risky choice to get the Pi 400 for the following reasons :
I already have an USB interface (with XLR ports among others) I’d like to use which can reach very low latency on my Linux PC with jack. So I kinda hope it’ll be t he same too although my PC is faster than the Pi obviously – but it’s clearly not a beast either.
I keep my fingers crossed but I should not have to awkwardly connect an GPIO DAC…
I know I won’t have overheating issues with the Pi 400 so no throttling down
the base frequency of the Pi 400 is higher so I hope I can have fewer xruns / a smaller buffer… (as a comparison base, according to the Zynthian crew with their Pi 4 build + Zynthian OS : they use 2 x 256 samples buffers yielding to an approximate 10 ms latency by default, which is OK but not great)
Does anyone here use such a setup ? It’s not written the Pi 400 is supported but I don’t know if there is a 100% binary compatbility between the Pi 4 and the Pi 400 !
Hope I’m not blabbering too much
Cheers everyone & take care