Democracy DEV Is An All-in-one Board For Advanced Audio Processing

Swiss startup BENTI is launching Democracy DEV - a new programmable open platform for audio processing.

Democracy DEV board for advanced audio processing
Democracy DEV board for advanced audio processing
Democracy DEV main features
Democracy DEV main features

Democracy DEV is a powerful, integrated, and programmable open platform for audio processing. It is specifically designed for researchers, developers, and system engineers who study, design, implement and test audio processing prototyping systems.

Democracy DEV is equipped with a Raspberry Pi 3 processor board which provides computational power in a -based environment. An onboard provides real-time, guaranteed, predictable, and jitter free capabilities which can supplement the Raspberry Pi when processing digital audio with extremely low latency. This architecture can scale in complexity as required by specific development needs. For example, one could start with basic algorithm development and programming on the onboard Raspberry Pi and then increase system complexity by exploring design partitioning on the FPGA.

Democracy DEV includes several inputs and outputs for audio processing. It also includes in/out MIDI ports, footswitch pedal inputs, and a universal control pedal interface for input and output expression control purposes.

Democracy also provides support for high level abstraction languages like Pure Data and MATLAB/Simulink, which are very popular in both the academic and industrial R&D communities. This lets researchers focus on exploring, investigating, developing, and rapidly prototyping cutting-edge audio processing algorithms without having to deal with low level programming such as firmware development or device driver design.

This is what BENTI told us: "We have been working on Democracy DEV for almost two years now. The project started with our desire to develop our own audio products, but we couldn’t find any prototyping on the market that suited our needs. So we decided to build our own and… Democracy DEV was born."

Democracy DEV is being funded via a crowdfunding campaign on Crowd Supply, and is available to project backers for US $299. Check video and more details here: https://www.crowdsupply.com/benti/democracy-dev

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