MATRIXSYNTH: How to install and use SURGE synthesiser on Raspberry PI / Lanthan's sound set challenge

Thursday, May 13, 2021

How to install and use SURGE synthesiser on Raspberry PI / Lanthan's sound set challenge

video by Floyd Steinberg

"SURGE is a subtractive / hybrid synth available as a VST or LV2 plugin for free. Table of contents and relevant links below, demo track begins at 13:09 . Some days ago, @Lanthan O'Ide challenged us to create tracks using his new sound set for surge (see I decided to make the challenge extra challenging by utilizing the relatively new ARM version of that plugin and of course there were some roadblocks.

Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:36 hardware setup
00:51 downloading the source code
01:20 downloading the required plugin sources, libraries, updating your OS
01:50 build the plugin from source
02:01 install the plugin
02:26 showcasing CPU bottlenecks on ARM and possible workarounds
04:49 overclocking the CPU
05:14 browsing some of Lanthan's patches
07:18 sketching a track in reaper
07:46 adding a reverb plugin on top of surge
08:29 (awesome pad and reverb, check this out ;-) )
08:50 rendering a take into an audio file to reduce stress on CPU
10:01 adding a plucked sound
11:43 adding drums using a Sound Font and CARLA
13:09 finished track (plus guitar)
16:32 bye-bye

Relevant links:
Lanthan's patch set(s):
Lanthan's YouTube channel:
(my patches can be found here, too:

Relevant shell commands
git clone -b release/1.8.1
cd surge
git submodule update --init --recursive
grep apt-get azure-pipelines.yml
./ build
./ install
SURGE lives in /usr/lib/vst3

edit /boot/config.txt
Read this article for a detailed rundown"


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