PiDeck is digital music played old school.
To use a PiDeck, plug in a USB stick containing audio files, select the track you want, and play the control record just as if it was analogue. That's all it does, the DJ skills are up to you. Pull out the USB stick and the next DJ can take over. We wanted to make a system which was simple, accessible and fun. It's the Joy of Decks.™
PiDeck is an open source hardware and Free Software project retro-fitting the Raspberry Pi onto a turntable. The software is based on the armhf (ARM Hard Float) port of Debian GNU/Linux stable (jessie) and xwax. This software is built into a custom single-purpose distribution (using PDK), which you can hack on, or just download and put on a micro SD card for your own Pi.
Digital vinyl systems are useful because they save you carrying heavy boxes of rare and valuable vinyl from place to place. However, laptop-based digital vinyl systems are kind of complicated, often proprietary and incompatible, and require a lot of cables to be switched between DJ sets. Laptops are also hard to share between DJs, which makes turntablism less accessible for the people who are just starting out. We're going to fix that.
You will need:
This is a DIY project, no warranty is given or implied :-)
Today. Download PiDeck and go nuts!
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