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Using Samplerbox

Basic instructions for Samplerbox using Raspberry Pi 4 and Pimoroni Audio Pirate LineOut

Aug 19, 2021 Glenn Meader glenn@chromakinetics.com

Extensive, more detailed information on the latest Samplerbox usage and development is at: https://homspace.nl/samplerbox/

Using Samplerbox

Connect a speaker, a USB MIDI keyboard, and the power supply cord to the Raspberry PI.

When Samplerbox boots up, you see this.
If you press keys on your MIDI keyboard, you should be hearing sounds coming from the speaker.
Startup Screen

It shows you have the Demo instrument set (name of a collection of sound sample files) loaded.
Voice 0 is enabled
Scale and Chord are empty as those features are not currently enabled.

It shows the WIFI IP address that you can use to connect a browser to the SamplerBox's internal webserver to control it. Just type into your browser address field. (use the IP address shown on your Samplerbox, of course.)

Mode: Keyb means this instrument set is played as regular samples that continue as long as a key is pressed.


Changing the Instrument Set

Press the X button to see the General menu (orange text). Menu Screen
Press the X button to select the Preset menu item (it turns yellow when selected)
General menu - Preset
Now you can scroll through the available presets (Instrument Sets) using the A and B buttons. The instrument set will immediately load.
Three presets are included in the default installation:
0 Demo - 19 different voices and effects
1 MidiPlayer - 11 voices: organ, synths, guitars, drums, bell tower
2 Saw - just a simple sawtooth wave, only one voice General - Voice
Here the "1 normal" voice of the "Demo" instrument set is enabled. Instrument sets can have more than one voice (subset of sounds) that you can select. Press the A & B buttons when in the General menu to get to the Voice menu, and the X button to activate the Voice menu (turns yellow), then use the A & B buttons to scroll thru the voices.
General - Voice number 2
Here voice number 2 of the Demo preset is enabled.

Main Menu

General Menu

Using the Web Browser

Using a web browser to connect to your Samplerbox is an excellent way to view and gain understanding of all the available features. It is highly recommended that you connect and view the webpages that are in your Samplebox. Just type the IP address numbers (like this: into yor browser address field. (use the actual IP address numbers shown on your Samplerbox screen, of course.)

Obtaining Samples

There are some sample files you can download from this website (see Samples at the top of the page)

There's more about obtaining samples for Samplerbox here: https://homspace.nl/samplerbox/SBsamples.html