The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little thing. You can turn it into almost anything you can think of. And so did some of our musically inclined tinkers. From a fantastic music player to a complete audio workstation, these Pi Music projects will blow your mind.
For all of this, you will need a Raspberry Pi starter kit. together with additional details according to the project. None of these are overly expensive, but some may require you to fiddle with bits of code and solder.
Beginner: Pi Musicbox and RuneAudio
The music box is a favorite of the online Pi community for creating a music player from the Raspberry Pi. And you can see why when Pi Musicbox makes it so easy. Anyone who has never used a pi before can do it.
There is a quick guide on the Musicbox site, but if you want more detailed step-by-step instructions, follow this CodeProject guide. Soon you’ll be able to use the Pi to stream Spotify, Google Play Music, or whatever else you need. And it doesn’t need a screen after setting up. Heck, if you want, add an old speaker for the standalone player. You can manage everything from your phone, tablet or computer.
And Apple fans have good news. Musicbox supports Airplay, making it probably the cheapest Airplay receiver there.
A similar project, RuneAudio advertises itself as the best option for audiophiles. To be honest, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference, and Pi Musicbox supports more services. However, try both. I liked the RuneAudio interface more, but ended up going back to Musicbox because of Google Play Music.
With either choice, you can also add a touch screen to the Pi. customize touch screen and control your music directly from it. In this case, it’s also a good idea to download a lot of songs to a USB drive and stick it in the Pi so that Musicbox or RuneAudio will read it.
Newcomer: YouTube Party Jukebox (No Longer Available)
The partytube jukebox is a great party idea. Based on YouTube, the end result is a QR code that anyone can scan to connect to the band’s playlist. Once they are logged in, they can add any song from YouTube to the playlist.
The actual assembly is surprisingly easy too. All you need is a Pi with Raspbian and some simple scripts that you can download from Github. If you wish, the guide will also tell you how to add NFC support, but you can skip this step. This is a lot of unnecessary work.
Beginner: Play one song and only that song
What’s the point of having a cheap Pi with you if you’re not going to do something stupid with it? PSSP (Pi Single Song Player) is the perfect project to annoy your friends or celebrate something cool.
As the name suggests, this thing will play one song every time you start it. Of course, you can choose a song in advance. It requires almost no work in the terminal to install, so go ahead, give this weird one a whirlwind — it’s not even in the top 10 weirdest projects of weird projects. we saw.
Beginner: Learn to Code with Music
The Sonic Pi is one of the oldest and best starter projects for kids and adults This essentially helps you learn how to code with music. The idea is to «create» or write music with sounds.
Using samples, scales, chords and other musical sounds, operators must put together a melody. But it all happens through code, so you learn basic programming language skills on the go.
Newbie: Turn the Pi into a Cheap Audio Station