What is the Aristocrat?
The Aristocrat is a DSP (Digital Signal Processing)-based guitar pedal. It is called the Aristocrat because it can go anywhere and do anything.
The Aristocrat is based on the Audio Codec Shield from Open Music Labs and the Maple from Leaf Labs. These two boards are combined with a third board from DIYDSP to create a guitar pedal that can be reprogrammed from the Maple IDE!
What does that actually mean?
It means you can download, modify, write and share programs to make audio effects for your guitar or other electric instrument. It means
- You don't have to spend money on new guitar sounds when you want to try them out.
- You can customize the software in your pedal to suit your preferences.
- You can try out sound algorithms that aren't known yet or aren't commercial.
This is a collection of places to get information on how to write DSP-based effects:
Open Music Labs' forum on the Audio Codec Shield
Analog Devices paper on essential DSP effects