Pisound Micro – All-in-One Audio Hat for Your Hardware Projects

Pisound Micro is a low-latency sound card, MIDI interface, and I/O expansion board optimized for Raspberry Pi.

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Meet Pisound Micro!

A new addition to our Pisound sound card line - Pisound Micro is a low-latency sound card, MIDI interface, and I/O expansion board optimized for Raspberry Pi and similar Single Board Computers*.

This sound card offers low latency, high-quality stereo input and output, a dedicated 1x1 MIDI interface, and an additional 37 GPIOs. It seamlessly integrates into your hardware projects while preserving your SBC's GPIO space.

Plus, the card does not come with pre-soldered connectors, allowing for complete design flexibility.

* We are thoroughly testing other boards and will update the supported SBCs list later on.

Key Features

[TODO] Audio: Excellent audio capabilities powered by the ADAU1961 stereo audio codec. Supports 24-bit audio streams up to 96kHz with an impressive >98dB SNR.
MIDI: 4 dedicated pins for MIDI input and output to connect your choice of MIDI T(R)S standard connectors (DIN-5, 3.5mm or 2.5mm).
GPIOs: Access to 37 additional GPIO signal lines, with some tailored for unique tasks such as reading potentiometers or interacting with encoders (6 analog, 21 digital pins).
Pin Availability: Pisound Micro interacts with your SBC through I²S and I²C only, leaving you plenty of options to connect other peripherals from buttons to OLED displays.

Software Tools

Pisound Micro Mapper: An intuitive tool that allows you to define and map physical controls (such as potentiometers and encoders) to Pisound Micro's I/O pins using a JSON configuration file. This tool can also translate these controls into MIDI and OSC messages and map them to the ALSA mixer controls.
“libpisoundmicro” Library: The libpisoundmicro is a straightforward library written in C/C++ with bindings to other programming languages such as Python. Its purpose is to provide access to the I/O features of the Pisound Micro. This library offers both procedural and object-oriented APIs and enables the detection of GPIO value changes by making use of the Linux File Descriptors, with minimal usage of the host board's CPU resources.
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!


Thanks to wide-range gain control, you can connect audio sources ranging from your bass guitar to a CD player or your modular synth. Using Stereo Output you can hook Pisound to any mixer, speakers or just plug in your headphones.

* G = 0dB, Fs = 48kHz
** Fs = 192kHz, Pi Model = 2, Buffer Size = 128 Frames
Audio Parameters Value
Input Type ¼" (6.35mm) Stereo
Output Type ¼" (6.35mm) Stereo
Input/Output Resolution 24bit
Sampling Frequency (Fs) 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz
Input/Output SNR @ 1kHz 110dB *
Input Impedance 100kΩ || 2pF
Input Gain (G) 0dB to +40dB
Input Clip LED Yes
Input Clip Voltage 2.5V (Peak to Peak) *
Full Scale RMS output @ 1kΩ 0V to 2.1V
Loopback Bandwidth (-3 dB) 7.5Hz - 23kHz *
Loopback THD @ 1kHz < 0.045% *
Loopback Latency 2.092ms **
Phantom Power None
MIDI Parameters Value
Input/Output Connectors DIN-5 Female Sockets
MIDI Loopback Latency 2.105ms
Activity LEDs Input & Output
Other Parameters Value
Power Powered by Raspberry Pi
Current Draw < 300mA @ 5.1VDC
Dimensions 56mm x 100mm
Weight 67g

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