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Getting Started

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Pisound is an ultra-low latency high-quality soundcard and MIDI interface specially designed for Raspberry Pi pocket computers. Equipped with 192kHz 24-bit Stereo Input and Output driven by the legendary Burr-Brown chips, DIN-5 MIDI Input and Output ports, user-customizable button and bundled software tools, it has everything you need to bring your audio projects to life in no time.

Hardware Setup


You should find 1 Pisound and a plastic bag containing 2 knobs, 8 screws and 4 spacers in the Pisound box.

Mount Pisound on top of your Raspberry Pi via the 40-pin header and fasten it with the screws provided while the RPi is unpowered, so it appears as in the image at the top. See compatible Raspberry Pi models here.

Pisound Acrylic Case


A simple but really sturdy and beautiful case for your Pisound and Raspberry Pi. The enclosure is cut from semi-transparent 3mm thick acrylic sheet. Round engravings indicate the Output ports and the Volume potentiometer.

The Pisound Acrylic Case consists of 2 cutout sheets of the enclosure sides and a plastic bag containing 4 short spacers, 4 longer ones and a button cap.

@mzero, a member of Electric Kitchen project has made a great detailed Pisound Case assembly video. You can watch it here, or you can find the assembly instructions here.

Driver Setup


If you don't have any Linux OS running on your Raspberry Pi, we suggest starting with Raspbian.

Power your Raspberry Pi up and install the Pisound software by running the below command in a terminal window:

curl | sh

This will set up the Blokas APT server and install all the software packages for Pisound. Then you may run pisound-config to further customize your installation:

sudo pisound-config

Done! Thank You!

If you hit any issues during driver setup, please see Verifying It Works and provide us feedback.

Connect Things


Raspberry Pi in combination with Pisound allows you to connect a huge variety of different types of audio-related gear. Thanks to Pisound's Stereo Input with wide-range gain control design, 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. Volume and Gain levels can be controlled using on-board knobs. For MIDI connectivity you also have a lot of options - MIDI In/Out through on-board DIN-5 sockets, USB-MIDI via RPi's USB ports or even WiFi-MIDI!

To take the setup process one step further, you can even 3D-print your own case. All necessary files can be found here.



Have any questions or suggestions? Let us know!