Two steps further

For my little synth module project I created the following systemd unit file /etc/systemd/system/zynaddsubfx.service that starts up a ZynAddSubFX proces at boot time:

[Unit]
Description=ZynAddSubFX

[Service]
Type=forking
User=zynaddsubfx
Group=zynaddsubfx
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/zynaddsubfx-mpk
ExecStop=/usr/bin/killall zynaddsubfx

[Install]
WantedBy=local-fs.target

/usr/local/bin/zynaddsubfx-mpk is a simple script that starts ZynAddSubFX and connects my Akai MPK:

#!/bin/bash

zynaddsubfx -r 48000 -b 64 -I alsa -O alsa -P 7777 -L /usr/share/zynaddsubfx/banks/SynthPiano/0040-BinaryPiano2.xiz &

while ! aconnect 'MPK mini' 'ZynAddSubFX'
do
  sleep 0.1
done

/usr/local/bin/zynpi.py

/usr/local/bin/zynpi.py in its turn is a small Python script that shows a message and a red LED on a 16×2 LCD display so that I know the synth module is ready to use:

#!/usr/bin/python
# Example using a character LCD plate.
import math
import time

import Adafruit_CharLCD as LCD

# Initialize the LCD using the pins
lcd = LCD.Adafruit_CharLCDPlate()

# Show some basic colors.
lcd.set_color(1.0, 0.0, 0.0)
lcd.clear()
lcd.message('Raspberry Pi 2\nZynAddSubFX')

The LCD is not an Adafruit one though but a cheaper version I found on Dealextreme. It works fine though with the Adafruit LCD Python library. Next step is to figure out if I can use the buttons on the LCD board to change banks and presets.

synth_module_lcd_startup
Raspberry Pi synth module with 16×2 LCD display
synth_module_test_setup
The synth module test environment
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