Need some sound? Want to get down with the beat? Are you the next Snoop Diggly Doggo? Then the pHAT BEAT is for you!
The pHAT BEAT is the ultimate audio add-on for the Raspberry Pi, giving you high-quality, hi-fi, digital, amplified, stereo audio – plus 16 beautiful RGB LEDs, in two rows of eight, that are perfect as VU meters. To finish off, there are six buttons for you to control your audio.
For the best in stereo hi-fi there are two each of the I2S mono DAC and amplifier from the Speaker pHAT. A DIP switch on the bottom of the board allows you to select between mono and stereo. The six buttons on the edge of the board are directly linked to GPIO, and can be used however you like, though suggested uses are as the artwork on the board (rewind, play/pause, fast-forward, volume up and down, and power).
The two rows of LEDs make both a stunning visual addition and an important monitoring tool, able to be coded to do whatever you want, like displaying the steps on a step sequencer, or how about just pulsing in time with the beat.
You can use the pHAT BEAT to create a unique looking radio for your desk, streaming music from iPhone with Airplay, or turn it into a collaborative Slack-controlled Spotify player for your office!
There is a handy one-line installer so you can get set-up and rocking in short order. It’ll reconfigure your ALSA audio to route it out through pHAT BEAT and install a VU meter plugin to display the volume levels in real time (although you can disable this and code the LEDs yourself).
- Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3, 2, B+, A+, Zero, Zero W
- Dual I2S DAC/amplifiers for stereo audio (MAX98357A)
- 3W Per channel
- 2x Push fit speaker terminals
- DIP Switch to select blended mono or stereo modes
- 16 RGB LED pixels (APA102) in 2 rows of 8
- 6x Edge-mounted push buttons
- pHAT BEAT pinout
- Software installer and ALSA VU meter plugin
- Python library
- Female header requires soldering