I have an unused midi keyboard collecting dust in my closed, and was thinking to connect on it a RPI 3B with a small LCD screen, to use it as standalone synth.
Currently I am running a 2 GB setup, which is headless, because I don't really do anything that require a GUI; although for music software, I realized that there are no console based applications, for that purpose. Found some mp3 players that run completely from terminal, without the need of using X server or a WM; but no app that can be comparable to a modern synth.
The final product would look like one of those fancy keyboards with LCD screen; but with the difference that I can play it without the need to have a computer attached to it; and do everything on the Pi, using the touch screen.
Tried to find a specific distro for musicians and had no luck; the few out there are tailored for X86_64. Same for the software; which seems usable only on a big screen, while I have a small LCD, and as such, I need to run the simplest UI possible.
Does anyone have any experience with some or all of those topics? I can use a standard PI distro but considering the power on the board; I would like to run as lean as humanly possible; after all most of the synths you buy, do not run on quad core CPU, so I am trying to get the best of both worlds.