SunVox on M <3

as trackers now seem to becoming popular again, I wanted to give them a go…
time to install SunVox onto the Organelle-M for a totally portable solution


  • powered off Organelles’s 4 x AA batteries
  • 7" Waveshare hdmi touchscreen
  • small wireless keyboard

install is pretty simple:
(sorry, this is not a full guide/install at this time)

  • install monitor (adjust boot/config.txt)

  • remount sdcard writeable

  • install SDL2
    sudo apt-get install libsdl2-2.0-0

  • download sunvox

  • unpack it, I put in /sdcard/System

  • run SunVox, adjust display settings
    basically scale the UI up, so that its useable on a small screen

  • in sunvox config file add:
    softrender 1

  • make music, have fun!

Ive got a couple of things I want to improve on it.
a) make so I can launch from organelle menu
b) allow the organelle keys and pots to be used to control stuff.

(b) requires creating a small program that outputs the Organelles keys/pots as midi, which can then be used/mapped within SunVox.


super cool! I presume it’s also possible on the Organelle 1?

No, I doubt it’d work on the organelle-1 as its single core, and not got as much memory.

aha ok thanks for the reply!
Maybe a dumb question but do you know if there would be a technically realistic way of super charging the Organelle 1? I very much prefer the original design :wink:

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Yes … and no

This brings organelle-1 close to specs of the M (*)
but the issue is the organelle-1 operating system ( arch linux) is much older and this gives some hardware issues ( eg this touchscreen doesn’t work on organelle-1), and upgrading the operating system proved difficult due to the SOM used by the organelle-1.
( see hacking category, I’ve posted lots of details there).

The organelle-m by contrast uses the RPI CM3 which is very well supported, and will be for a long time - a great move by C&G!
This means it’s much simpler to get new software on to.

(*) Note : to be clear it’s not possible to use a CM3 on the organelle-1, as requires a different pcb.
The above ‘upgrade’ used the same family SOM, just a more powerful version.

thanks for the info - Sorry I should have found your previous posts about supercharging too … very much appreciated that you took the time though! I’m a bit loathed to replace the 1 with the M but I can see why it would be worth it technically.