The new RP2040 chip by RaspberryPi is amazing. When we got our hands on this beautiful little thing, we did what we always do with new chips and slapped on a Goldfish; our favourite acid bassline synthesizer (we make fish and chips hahahaha).
While benchmarking the performance by copy/pasting instances of our entire Goldfish in search of the chips limits, we suddenly found ourselves with a polyphonic synth. We have since rewritten these multiple instances into a 16 voice Poly-Goldfish with 4 oscillators per voice. To celebrate we designed a PCB and brightly coloured frontpanel to give this new Goldfish some dedicated controls.
Bring-up was trivial due to the amazing documentation and the extremely flexible PIO-blocks. The RP2040 is a dream to work with. Childlike giddiness ensued while lying on the carpet and programming in VSCode on an RPi400 talking directly to the RP2040. This is the way to release a chip onto the world: with fantastic documentation, an open toolchain and plenty of examples of how to use everything. There is a tantalizing hint at the start of the data sheet that this is the lowest grade chip of the family they plan to release… we cannot wait to play with the RP4755.
Link to everything here https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/pico/getting-started/
Once these chips hit general availability we will probably share some designs on our Github. This chip is now part of our go-to set of tools to make the cool stuff and will very bloody likely be inside our next three modules.
It fits perfectly in our Open Source attitude. Because of the easy, high quality, multi-platform, FREE and even beginner-friendly toolchain they have built around this chip we can expand the accessibility to the insides of our designs. With these chips it is way easier for us to have you do things like adding your own algorithms, building extra modes or creating personal effects. We can lean on the quality of RaspberryPi platform and this amazing chip.
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