Swiss startup BENTI let us know about Democracy – a new programmable open platform for audio processing.
It is specifically designed for researchers, developers, and system engineers who study, design, implement and test real time audio processing prototyping systems.
Here’s what they told us about the system:
We have been working on Democracy for almost two years now.
The project started with our desire to develop our own audio products, but we couldn’t find any prototyping boards on the market that suited our needs. So we decided to build our own and Democracy was born.
It is specifically designed for developers, researchers and students to help them exploring, designing and implementing audio processing algorithms for real time prototyping systems.
BENTI has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Democracy DEV. Democracy DEV includes several analog inputs and outputs for audio processing. It also includes in/out MIDI ports, footswitch pedal inputs, and a universal control pedal interface for input and output expression control purposes.
It can be programmed in MATLAB/Simulink, Pure Data or plain C and HDL languages.
Democracy DEV is equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3 processor board which provides computational power in a Linux-based environment. An onboard FPGA provides real-time, guaranteed, predictable, and jitter free capabilities which can supplement the Raspberry Pi when processing digital audio with extremely low latency.
This architecture can scale in complexity as required by specific development needs. For example, one could start with basic algorithm development and programming on the onboard Raspberry Pi and then increase system complexity by exploring design partitioning on the FPGA.
Democracy DEV production is being funded via a CrowdSupply, and is available to project backers for US $299.