This diminutive sound system has an I2S DAC, amp, mini mono speaker, high-res display, and playback control buttons.
Pirate Audio Speaker is perfect for making a Lilliputian radio, sound effect player, or even as a teeny-weeny games console! The built-in 1W speaker isn't the loudest but it's great fun for lots of projects. The display and playback buttons let you control your audio or sound effects in a jiffy. Use our Pirate Audio software (more info below) to play local audio files (MP3, FLAC, etc) or stream from services like Spotify.
Pirate Audio is a range of all-in-one audio boards for Raspberry Pi, with high-quality digital audio, beautifully-crisp IPS displays for album art, tactile buttons for playback control, and our custom Pirate Audio software and installer to make setting it all up a breeze.
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- MAX98357A DAC / amplifier chip (datasheet)
- Mono audio
- Mini speaker (1W / 8Ω, attached)
- Push-fit speaker terminals
- 1.3" IPS color LCD (240x240px) (ST7789 driver)
- Four tactile buttons
- Mini HAT-format board
- Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi models
- Pirate Audio software
- Dimensions: 65x30.5x9.5mm
Here's how to get started:
- Set an SD card up with the latest version of Raspbian or pick up one of our pre-loaded SD cards
- Connect to Wi-Fi or a wired network.
- Open a terminal and type the following:
git clone https://github.com/pimoroni/pirate-audio
- Reboot your Pi
You can find more detailed instructions here: https://github.com/pimoroni/pirate-audio/tree/master/mopidy
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Note that the installer, linked above, does all of the below for you, but if you're an intrepid hacker then you might need to know this stuff!
- The DAC can be configured by adding
- There is a DAC enable pin—BCM 25— that must be driven high to enable the DAC. You can do this by adding
- The buttons are active low, and connected to pins BCM 5, 6, 16, and 20
- The display uses SPI, and you'll need to enable SPI through the Raspberry Pi configuration menu.
- If you want to use these boards with a Pibow Coupé case (either for the Zero / Zero W or Pi 4), then you'll need to use a booster header to raise it up a little.