2016-12-31 (Sa) Tough Pi-ano

A toy piano kit was purchased from a local store with the hopes of using the lessons to build the Tough Piano. Since this will be my first build with a Raspberry Pi that involved any programming it seemed logical to approach it as a novice. It was a Piano Hat from Pimoroni.

Piano Hat

Much of the hardware mentioned and linked previously was available from parts already stocked. Some of the parts were not exact but very close to what was ordered. A Pi Zero was connected to a computer monitor, USB Wifi card, and keyboard/mouse combo. None of these will be necessary for the final build. Only a USB sound card is on the plans for the final build. Research showed that a headphone port could be added by tapping off some of the GPIO pins, adding support components and a socket but a $1USD sound card is much simpler and more easily serviceable.

Monitor adapter, power, keyboard/mouse receiver, USB Wifi dongle

Monitor and keyboard/mouse combo

To attach the Piano Hat header pins needed to be soldered to the Pi. In the larger Pi models header pins come pre-soldered to the board. It should be noted that the Piano Hat, which cost $20USD, was not intended to be part of the final build. It was meant as a way to figure out the best way to synthesize a piano with a Pi.
Header pins soldered to Pi

Without any programming the Piano Hat would light up when keys were pressed. This setting could be changed during programming but not yet.

Piano Hat with lights

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2

This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.

2016-05-30 (M)