After a successful run of the SoundPuddle at Apogaea Festival John English of Boulder Engineering Studio has shifted his focus toward building a new circuit board to run the installation.
John is using a Papilio One board to control the installation and connect all the parts of the system which is composed of a microphone and audio input hardware, a flash memory, and control hardware for the LED strips. The ZPUino Soft Processor handles most of the logic for this system.
The new board would replace all the wires seen above and bring all the external devices into one integrated package to make the system more reliable and robust. The board is a kind of a papilio wing called the SoundPuddle Megawing and Its features are:
- 16 channels for controlling LED strips (support for over 10,000 RGB LEDs)
- Balanced microphone preamplifier with 48 volt phantom power
- Stereo aux input
- Bluetooth module for audio input and controlling the installation
- MIDI input
“This board will make it much easier to setup the SoundPuddle, by bringing everything into one package and almost completely eliminating cabling between different components. Since it can fit in a waterproof pelican case, it should be well protected and nicely portable”
John made a very nice documentation for his MegaWing complete with all the schematics and technical details click here to check it out.
Actually John and his team are running a Kickstarter campaign trying to raise funds for this project If you feel interested please don’t hesitate to support it.
Follow the split to take a look at the SoundPuddle MegaWing design