A Hi-Fi Speaker From Some Foil and Magnets

In the world of speakers, mass is the enemy of high frequency response. In order to get the crispest highs, some audiophiles swear by speakers in which the moving element is just a thin ribbon of metal foil. As the first step towards building a set of ribbon headphones, [JGJMatt] has designed a compact ribbon speaker made from aluminum foil.

A 3D-printed body holds six permanent magnets, which produce the static magnetic field necessary for the speaker to work. The sound itself is produced by a corrugated aluminum diaphragm made by taking a strip of foil and creasing it with a gear. Aluminum is difficult to solder, so electrical contact is made with a couple of short segments of copper tape. A little Blu Tack and glue hold it all together, and the result is stunning in its simplicity.

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Audacity, one of the best free audio editors, gets updated to version 3

New features and bug fixes for the podcasting and musician-friendly open-source software.

Given that it’s been around for more than 20 years, it seems remarkable that Audacity – the acclaimed free and open-source audio editor that’s beloved by musicians, podcasters and anyone else who wants to edit audio on a computer – has only just reached version 3.

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Boosting Headphone Volume with a Tiny Smartphone Amplifier

This video guide from GreatScott! explains how to build a tiny Class A amplifier for your smartphone to boost headphone volume.

As the name suggests, an amplifier is a device that increases the amplitude (the power) of an electrical signal. Amplifiers can be used for any kind of electrical signal, but audio amplifiers are the most well-known. As an example, the audio output from an electric guitar is very faint, because that signal is produced entirely passively by the electromagnetic pickups. To push that up to a respectable volume, an audio amplifier is necessary. If your headphone volume coming from your smartphone is too quiet, GreatScott! explains how you do the same thing by building a tiny amplifier for headphones.

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MicroNova’s AmpliPi Is a RaspberryPi Powered Open Source Audio System for Your Entire Home

Driven by a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+, this Python-powered audio system supports up to six stereos zones — expandable to 36.

MicroNova has launched a crowdfunding campaign for AmpliPi — an open source, whole-home audio system powered by a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ and running a Python REST API and mobile-first web application.

“AmpliPi is a multi room/zone home audio controller and amplifier made for whole house audio systems with many zones,” explains MicroNova co-founder Jason Gorski of the device. “It can play up to 4 simultaneous audio streams (Pandora, Spotify, AirPlay, etc) or sources (RCA inputs), each routed to one or many zones, all of which are configurable in real-time using the self-hosted AmpliPi Web App or its underlying REST API.”

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