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Adafruit Music Maker FeatherWing - MP3 OGG WAV MIDI Synth Player

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Bend all audio files to your will with the Adafruit Music Maker FeatherWing! It's a fun-size version of our Music Maker shield for Arduino! This powerful wing features the VS1053, an encoding/decoding (codec) chip that can decode a wide variety of audio formats such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, MIDI, FLAC, WAV (PCM and ADPCM). You can do all sorts of stuff with the audio as well such as adjusting bass, treble, and volume digitally.

All this functionality is implemented in a light-weight SPI interface so that any Feather Board can play audio from an SD card. There's also a special MIDI mode that you can boot the chip into that will read 'classic' 31250Kbaud MIDI data from the UART TX pin and act like a synth/drum machine - there are dozens of built-in drum and sample effects!

What a great musical add-on to your Feather! That's why we spun up this super FeatherWing, perfect for use with any of our Feather Boards! Music playback testing working with ATmega32u4, ATSAMD M0, ESP8266, WICED Teensy 3, and nRF52 Feathers. MIDI playback works with all Feathers but you may need to remove the 'Wing during programming and also for USB-Serial Feathers like the ESP8266 and nRF52 you'll end up re-using the main Serial console for MIDI which can be confusing.

Here are some specs:

  • Features the VS1053B codec chip - decodes Ogg Vorbis, MP3/MP2/MP1, MP4, AAC, WMA, FLAC, WAV/PCM, MIDI.
  • Stereo audio out with proper audio filter caps and ground reference so it can be safely connected directly to headphones, a stereo system or other powered speakers
  • MicroSD card socket, for any FAT16/FAT32 formatted SD card from 64MB or greater
  • Built in MIDI synth/drum machine with dozens of instruments

Each order comes with one tested FeatherWing, and two sticks of 0.1" male headers to plug it into your Feather. Some light soldering is required to attach the through-hole headers to the PCB for plugging into your Feather Board. Headphones, SD card and Feather Board not included!

Example code, wiring diagrams, library code, schematics and Fritzing object all in the tutorial!

The Adafruit Music Maker FeatherWing - MP3 OGG WAV MIDI Synth Player appears in the following collections:

SKU AF-3357

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Grant Andrew
Sparkfun Music Instrument Shield

I had this shield working within 15 minutes of opening the package. All I had to do was solder in some headers (only 3 lines to connect) and a jumper for MIDI mode, plugged it into a test program on a Arduino Yun (could have been any Arduino), plugged in the headphones, and then sample MIDI sounds came through loud and clear.

I still need to test a more extensive MIDI program, but the very basic one just worked flawlessly. All that I will be changing is to play sounds from different instrument banks (e.g. drums).

I did originally try a Featherwing Music Maker (which uses the same chip), but I think I stuffed up with the power supply as I wasn't connecting to a Feather board. Probably my fault and the same program should have worked on this one too.

The advantage of the Sparkfun board was it had the 5v to 3.3v power supply on board, but the Featherwing looks like a good option if I had a Feather compatible board.

Very impressed with Little Bird and Australia Post with the Sparkfun board. I ordered Friday morning, and had the board on my doorstep by mid afternoon on Monday, and had it tested before bedtime on Monday night!