Since the beginning of the pandemic it is virtually impossible to buy a RaspberryPi due to the shortage and prices. However, several people commented about the impressive results of using SC with the RBPI 4.
Do you people recommend any alternative to the RBP4 for using SC? Any severe problems when using the alternatives SBCs? Orange Pi ? 4 or 5? Rock 5? Banana Pi? Any recommendation for SBCs that are easier to customize for audio performance?
If you factor in the cost of buying a pi4 and the screen, keyboard and mouse, the price is nearly the same as buying a second hand laptop. Even a 2010 laptop is going to function better than a pi. Not really a single board alternative, but something to think about.
Another thing I found out after spending many hours troubleshooting the raspberry pi performance, is usb audio isn’t up to scratch on the pi3 all the way to pi1. Single shot, no long release time samples are ok without modulating reverb. But to expect a linux based OS to work fine up to the level of a maybe a celeron for audio isn’t realistic. On the other hand, the bare metal circle based minidexed works great, but doesn’t support usb.
For CPU the odroid n2+ is good, but it’s not open source hardware AFAIK. There are quite some people with big plans for RPI and then sell them the next week. A RPI 4 4gb should be possible for ± 100 euro these days.