I have:

  • a Raspberry Pi 2
  • 2015-11-21-raspbian-jessie
  • a Pi-DAC+ board connected - and with headphones plugged in

I read on Twitter that Sonic Pi 2.9 should support this:

Great news for @Raspberry_Pi audiophiles - @Sonic_Pi v2.9 will support any default audio card out of the box. I recommend the @IQ_audio hat.

What are the simplest steps that I can follow to make Sonic Pi 2.9 work with this configuration?

  • Could someone with more than 300 rep please add a sonic-pi tag? – Clare Macrae Jan 3 '16 at 18:35
  • Lets give this tag a try. Please feel free to add a tag wiki entry. – Ghanima Jan 3 '16 at 19:05

This is a summary of information in the IQaudIO PDF user manual, with a slight correction as to how to turn off the built-in-audio - kindly provided by IQaudIO support.

1. Edit /boot/config.txt

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

Add these lines somewhere:


Comment out the dtparam=audio=on line:

# Enable audio (loads snd_bcm2835)

So it becomes:

# Enable audio (loads snd_bcm2835)

(Note that this will disable sound via HDMI and headphone jack on the Pi, which is necessary to get Sonic Pi working via the DAC)

Save the file.

2. Reboot

sudo reboot

3. Manually download and run Sonic Pi 2.9

2015-11-21-raspbian-jessie comes with Sonic Pi 2.7, and 2.9 is needed to work with DACs.

I found that sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install sonic-pi still left me with 2.7, so I did this:

Download and run Sonic Pi 2.9

wget http://sonic-pi.net/files/releases/v2.9.0/Sonic-Pi-for-RPi-Jessie-v2.9.0.tgz
tar -xvzf Sonic-Pi-for-RPi-Jessie-v2.9.0.tgz

Sonic Pi 2.9 will then play over the headphones attached to the Pi-DAC+, and it will also control the volume over the headphones.

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