Patchbox OS - Raspberry Pi OS for Audio Projects

Patchbox OS is a custom Linux distribution specially designed for Raspberry Pi based audio projects.

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Meet Patchbox OS!

Patchbox OS is a custom Linux distribution specially designed for Raspberry Pi based audio projects. It comes pre-configured for low latency audio performance and pre-installed audio software that will help you get started with your projects in no time!

Patchbox OS Modules

Patchbox OS is built around the concept of modules. The goal of modules is to minimize the software setup and manual configuration steps needed when installing/starting a new Raspberry Pi based project and to provide an easy way to switch between installed projects without the need to manually change system-wide settings.

Have an idea for an additional module?

Read our guide on how to create a custom module and if you need any help let us know about your idea on our community forums!


On-board, I2S and USB sound card support
Jack audio backend for audio management
Real-Time kernel for low latency audio performance
Lightweight RPD Desktop Environment with low memory footprint
Automatic MIDI connection manager (amidiauto)
WiFi-MIDI support (touchosc2midi)
WiFi Hotspot support
SSH & VNC enabled by default
Dedicated command-line utility for OS configuration (patchbox-config)
Supported Raspberry Pi Models
Raspberry Pi 2B, Raspberry Pi 3B, Raspberry Pi 3A+, Raspberry Pi 3B+, Raspberry Pi 4B
* All of the software is configured to use the shared Jack audio backend, that means that multiple audio programs may use the audio card and play together. Run patchage to see and edit the audio signal flow.
Pre-Installed Software Version
Audacity 2.2.2
Chromium 78.0.3904.108
Jack Backend 1.9.12
Patchage 1.0.0
Pianoteq Standard Trial 6.6.0
Pisound Software Latest
Pure Data 0.50.0
Super Collider 3.10.0
touchosc2midi 0.10.0


Download the image below and follow this setup guide.

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Release Date: 2020-11-23 | Size: 1009MB


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