Hi there, I am wanting to step up my game and I am looking into more powerful processors for my audio synthesis/processing projects. I have been looking at the Sigma DSP boards and have a wealth of questions regarding them and the Sigma Studio software that you program them with.
I have already tried contacting Analog Devices directly as well as posting in the Engineer Zone forum associated with Analog Devices, both to no avail. Has anyone out there used these before or have any insight into them?
**Edit: I have altered the questions bellow as I have gained a little more knowledge about the DSP chips in the last 24 hours.
Sigma Studio compiles a project into code to upload to the chip (or can it only upload it to the evaluation board?) but I've seen a video of someone using an arduino to boot the program still, can the chip not boot itself? I guess a broader question would be, do I need a microcontroller to work with a DSP chip or can the DSP chip work as standalone?
I know the boards are mainly geared towards signal processing with a few basic waveform generators available, but can they also do more complex signal generation like wavetables? Or will I need a microcontroller to do that part?
In sigma studio, how do you processes midi commands? I'm guessing you use the serial ins to recieve the midi stream, and from there there is probably a serial in module in sigma studio, then how do you get the dsp board to decode it? Again, is this the job of a seperate microcontroller?
I have never worked with a DSP board before, only arduino microcontrollers, so any other hints/tips/advice anyone might have will be welcomed too. Thanks in advance for any insight you guys might have!