Pirate Audio is a range of all-in-one audio boards for Raspberry Pi, with high-quality digital audio, beautifully-crisp IPS displays for album art, tactile buttons for playback control, and our custom Pirate Audio software and installer to make setting it all up a breeze.
Line-level digital audio (24-bit / 192KHz) over I2S
PCM5100A DAC chip (datasheet)
3.5mm stereo jack
1.3″ IPS colour LCD (240x240px) (ST7789 driver)
Four tactile buttons
Mini HAT-format board
Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi models
Pirate Audio software
The Pirate Audio software and installer installs the Python library for the LCD, configures the I2S audio and SPI, and then installs Mopidy and our custom Pirate Audio plugins to display album art and track info, and to use the buttons for playback control.
Here’s how to get started:
Set an SD card up with the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS.
Connect to Wi-Fi or a wired network.
Open a terminal and type the following:
git clone https://github.com/pimoroni/pirate-audio
Reboot your Pi
You can find more detailed instructions here: https://github.com/pimoroni/pirate-audio/tree/master/mopidy or get tonnes more info in the Getting Started with Pirate Audio tutorial.
Note that our installer, linked above, does all of the below for you, but if you’re an intrepid hacker then you might need to know this stuff!
The DAC can be configured by adding dtoverlay=hifiberry-dac to the /boot/config.txt file.
There is a DAC enable pin—BCM 25— that must be driven high to enable the DAC. You can do this by adding gpio=25=op,dh to the /boot/config.txt file.
The buttons are active low, and connected to pins BCM 5, 6, 16, and 24.
The display uses SPI, and you’ll need to enable SPI through the Raspberry Pi configuration menu.
If you want to use these boards with a Pibow Coupé case (either for the Zero / Zero W or Pi 4), then you’ll need to use a booster header to raise it up a little.