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Lattepanda 3 Delta Recording Rig

A Solution for a compact yet feature-rich recording setup to perform multitrack recording and simple editing, sharing and streaming.

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Covid Lockdowns closed recording studios and changed the way I recorded music, using home driven setups and available halls where restrictions allowed.
Now we have returned to a more normal state (where Covid is involved, anyway), studios have opened up again, but I find myself still recording a great deal from home or in other remote locations.

This project aims to create a compact recording and editing rig which will allow me to record anything from quick vocal takes to more extensive ensembles, edit the audio on the fly and share the results quickly and easily with collaborators and clients alike.

The setup needs to be quick to setup, but must also still give high quality output to make this worthwhile.

Proposal

To create this project I aim to combine off the shelf hardware to create an all-in-one multitrack field recorder, and stow the device and my mics and cables in a rugged pelicase with foam supporting my mics and device.

The device will be a combination of:

  • A small PC/SBC
  • Touchscreen
  • Audio Interface
  • Control Surface

PC/SBC Choice

Previous projects of this ilk have always lead me towards a Raspberry Pi, as demonstrated in my #Pi Pedalboard: Live/Recording Rig project. For this project I'd like to try something different and use a Windows-based platform to run my software. Having been a big fan of the Lattepanda series of SBCs by DFRobot, I contacted them and discussed my project with them, and they were really excited by my ideas, and have kindly offered to send me a board in order to create the project. I am absolutely blown away.

The Lattepanda 3 Delta will be a great platform to run a more lightweight DAW such as Reaper on it. While basic editing will be performed here the aim will be to transfer the project to desktop for proper editing, so the aim will be to focus on getting good recording performance rather than how many plugins can be handled in this setup, for example.

Touchscreen Choice

A 7"-10" touchscreen will be a solid choice for this project. The touchscreen will mainly serve to augment the experience and provide access to the DAW controls not available on the hardware controller.

Audio Interface / Control Surface

While I have used many mics and audio interfaces across the years in various studio and live instances my current setup has always revolved around using Rode Microphones (a pair of NT1-a mics and an NT-USB for quick recordings), paired with the Zoom U-24 audio interface.

I love the interface and those mics, and I'm always able to get what I am after, and my only drawback is my need for more.

Given my comfort with Zoom and Rode, I have looked at their interface offerings to see what could fit the bill for this project, and there are two stand-out options: The Rode Rodecaster Pro and the Zoom R24.

The Rodecaster Pro is essentially an all in one podcasting desk, with four mic inputs and a whole host of connectivity features, including USB output for recording. This would work well as it would be a perfect match for the Four Rode Mics I will carry in this setup and will allow for full hardware control over the audio inputs before heading into the DAW, somewhat removing the need to have a separate control device for this.

The R24, however, seems to be almost perfect for this project. It brings 8 Mic inputs, in addition to a pair of built in microphones for quick on the fly recordings, The standout feature for the R24 is its ability to act as a control surface for the DAW itself, meaning full full control over audio in and the DAW can be had from the controls on the R24.

While similar in dimensions the design of the R24 also stands out to me as its shape looks like it would support some brackets on the side to allow the touchscreen to be mounted and be orientated like the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio, for example,  without covering any ports on the device.

I have contacted Rode and Zoom to query whether they could like to support this project. While not vital that they join it will massively help me get this project roadworthy in a much quicker timeframe and enable me to create some supporting YouTube content of my build.

lattepanda test 1.wav

First recording with Lattepanda! Loaded Reaper DAW to record. Test Setup: Lattepanda 3 Delta Portable Monitor (USB power, HDMI display) 2.4gHz cheap keyboard/trackpad combo Rode NT-USB Microphone. No editing or treatment.

Waveform Audio File Format (WAV) - 29.12 MB - 09/23/2022 at 17:03

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  • 1 × Lattepanda 3 delta
  • 1 × Touchscreen For controlling DAW on Lattepanda
  • 1 × Audio Interface For connecting Mics to Lattepanda

  • Testing Interface

    Craig Hissett10/18/2022 at 21:49 0 comments

    While I scour for a reasonably priced Zoom R24 for this I have managed to get a great deal on a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD interface for me to get some more testing done with the Lattepanda.

    This interface is an ideal candidate for this, as it features four XLR/Jack combination ins, four outs, input padding and phantom power for condenser mics; all the things I'd like.

    While the interface lacks the ability to control a DAW physically I will be using a custom device from MakePro Audio as a substitute for now.

    The control device contains a Raspberry Pi 4, and can communicate using OSC via wifi/ethernet and let me introduce four motorised faders and a smattering of buttons and encoders to use with my recording software.

    If I can combine the two boards to work reliably together and also sit nicely in an enclosure/case I'll be tempted to crack on with this setup in all honesty.

  • First Recording Test

    Craig Hissett09/25/2022 at 00:12 0 comments

    I have completed my first test, and added the output to the files section. 

    To test recording I connected a portable monitor to the Lattepanda 3 Delta, with a USB and hdmi lead for power and display respectively.

    I added a mini keyboard/trackpad using USB again for the receiver.

    Last of the three USB ports I connected my Rode NT-USB microphone. This mic is a solid condenser mic which connects directly via USB without the need of an interface. Perfect for a single mono tester.

    I installed Reaper as my DAW of choice, enabling the Web UI for it to allow for some control via my phone. I'm  blown away how fast and snappy the Lattepanda is. I wasn't sure what to expect with Windows 10 being such a large OS, but I was really impressed. Adding the WiFi antenna was a fiddly affair but I suspect it was my large fingers causing the issue there, but once connected it held its connection to my network well.

    Next up will be to switch the mic for an audio interface and try tracking a few channels at once. I would also like to add an m.2 ssd to give more storage for recorded audio.

  • It is here!

    Craig Hissett09/20/2022 at 11:17 0 comments

    The Lattepanda 3 Delta has arrived!

    The DFRobot hiys have kindly sent their 8gb RAM, 64gb onboard storage variant, which will be the best platform to attempt to run a stable DAW on.

    I will get this unbowed later and pair it with an audio interface to get some testing done. Still looking to secure an interface/DAW controller for my final build but that will not halt my progress.


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