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Articles March-April 2021

Step Inside the All New Mondosonic Studio

The all new Mondosonic Studio, located in Ottapalam, Kerela, is a custom Music Production Facility and Studio. With Recording Equipment, Workflows..... read more

Bishwadeep Conceptualizes Sound Design in the Box

Having spent most of his career in Song and Music Recording, Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee was constantly toying with the idea of getting involved in designing sound for films..... read more

Celto Acoustique

Established in 2011, CELTO Acoustique is a premium manufacturer of professional audio products for the events and install industry. Founder, owner and CEO - Arthur Felix first displayed his entrepreneurial skills at the age of 14 when he built..... read more

Acoustically OdBle

With Vijay Benegal and Mujeeb Dadarkar

Vijay Benegal and Mujeeb Dadarkar have between them more than 4 decades of extensive experience in the audio industry in India. They have done it all, from recording and mixing for ad films, to doing live sound for renowned artistes..... read more

All About Music, the Marantz Story

In conversation with Joel Sietsem and Alankara Santhana

Marantz has established a strong foundation in the industry with their High fidelity audio systems since the 1970s. Marantz designs products that have intricate detail..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms - PART 6

By - Rahul Sarma, CEO, Menura Acoustic Labs in collaboration with Sound Wizard

We started this series with the definition of a small room, and went on to discuss wave interactions. We continued onto sound isolation, absorption and diffusion in parts 2 and 3. Parts 4 and 5 covered system design goals and finally how to optimize a system..... read more

Studio Showcase

If you had a sign above every Studio door saying ‘This studio is a Musical Instrument’ it would make such a different approach to recording.” - Brian Eno..... read more


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PiDeck project releases low-cost digital vinyl system for Raspberry Pi


64 Studio has announced the first official release of the PiDeck project which is an open source hardware and free software project retro-fitting the Raspberry Pi onto any turntable. The software is based on the ARM Hard Float port of Debian GNU/Linux and xwax and is built into a custom single-purpose distribution which users can modify or use as it is by copying the image to a micro SD card for their own Raspberry Pi.

Digital vinyl systems are useful because it saves the user from carrying heavy boxes of rare and valuable vinyl from place to place. However, laptop-based digital vinyl systems are complicated often proprietary and incompatible and require cables to be switched between DJ sets. Laptops are also hard to share between DJs which makes turntablism less accessible for the people who are just starting out.

PiDeck project combines the digital convenience of a USB stick with the hands-on usability of the classic turntable, in a way which is affordable and accessible.

Daniel James, Director, 64 Studio said, “PiDeck doesn’t have any mixing, sync or playlist features so that the DJ can take full credit for the sound of the mix. We have deliberately put no configurable options in the interface and there are no personal files stored on the device. This helps to ensure that the PiDeck becomes a part of the turntable and not unique in a way that a laptop and its data is. This makes the PiDeck easier to share with other DJs so that there should be no downtime between sets and should make it easier for budding DJs to get a turn on the equipment. If a PiDeck breaks, it would be possible to swap it out for another PiDeck device and carry right on.”

As the PiDeck software is fully open source and available on GitHub, developers can use it for new ideas in DJ’ing. Multiple PiDeck devices could be networked together or used to control another system via the turntable.

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