hey folks, new user Scott here, greeting you from the wilds of the West Coast of the US where there are still a few things that are not on fire, surprisingly…
anyway i didn’t see a general category or an area for questions about usability. i’ve been lurking the forums for a while and balking at springing for the full V4 kit, but last night i looked at the completed build thread and i got excited because there seem to be lots of users doing their own thing at every conceivable sophistication level from plastic food containers up to fully CNC machined aluminum enclosures. so i feel pretty good about starting out with a basic box with a few V4 components and then upgrading later.
here’s my use case. this is going to be part of a live performance setup using a Pure Data patch with virtual instruments and effects, currently running on macOS. all of these are done via vanilla PureData with a few external libraries. control of this will be via direct ethernet connection to a second computer running the interface and sending OSC messages only - no direct connection to the Zynthian via I2C, etc.
the MIDI input will be over USB via a basic connection, again, routed to PD. i will only need one channel for this really. i may use DIN connections later on.
audio will be handled by a cheap USB C-Media dongle. it seems these have pretty good Linux support.
so here’s my questions before getting on this crazy train and i’m just confirming if these are possible:
OSC data over Ethernet to Pi via a point to point network? do i perhaps have to open the firewall of the Zynthian in that case? sort of like ssh but with data.
MIDI over USB on Pi? seems like it’s possible via the webconfig based on what @jofemodo has stated previously.
Audio over USB interface into Pi (cheap dongle running C-Media chipset)?
does anyone know what the outer dimensions of the ZynScreen 1.5 are? would be very helpful for me to determine a temporary case…
along a similar line - if i’m NOT using the HiFiBerry for audio in/out and not running the DIN MIDI, can i run a single 40 pin ribbon cable between the Pi and the screen and not use the Zynaptic module at all?
my plan is to buy the Pi, SD card, power supply and ribbon over here, and the encoders and screen from the store. trying to avoid soldering if possible - i did read about directly wiring to the Pi from the encoders, but that seemed really kludgy and the extra three caps on each via the PCB is supposed to increase reliability.
anyway answers to some or all of these questions would be very appreciated!
best to all!