Raspberry PI5 Hardware VST Host

US Floyd Steinberg gets the gear together      11/04/24

Running VSTs in a portable device has long been the desire of music makers - saving the need to lug a laptop round and be free from the DAW. Here we have Floyd Steinberg hosting a VST using his Raspberry Pi 5, withing the Reaper DAW. It's a great all round project with lots of potential - I wonder if some of the VST host softwares would run in it, rather than a full DAW. TobyBear was one I always used to use... 

Here's what Floyd says: 

This video was sponsored by Sculpted Stands (https://www.sculptedstands.com/floyd ). It's 2024, can we finally use a #raspberrypi as a #vstplugin host and run all our favourite vst plugins? I have some answers for you!

Table of contents:
00:00 hello
00:28 hardware needed
00:55 install the UEFI BIOS
01:33 install the operating system
02:20 assemble the hardware
02:51 sponsor information
03:34 add a touch screen and a midi keyboard
04:03 boot and install a DAW and plugins - do they work?
04:49 what about latency?
05:47 how fiddly is that touch screen?
06:45 can we use KONTAKT player (or any other big sample library)?
06:55 a real world test - using several resource hungry plugins in a project
09:16 conclusion and some important things to consider

Windows on PI https://worproject.com/
Download Windows 11 images https://worproject.com/esd
UEFI BIOS https://github.com/worproject/rpi5-uefi
Touch screen: https://amzn.to/3VLxe9N PI5: https://amzn.to/3xpczhV
Mini audio interface: https://amzn.to/3U7xw9S
Synth stands: https://www.sculptedstands.com/floyd
SSD adapter https://amzn.to/3xva9yk Network adapter https://amzn.to/3J9fnlG

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About the author [midierror]: midierror makes nifty Max For Live devices, innovative music hardware, award winning sample packs and hosts a podcast speaking to people in the music world.

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