The Lo-fi Guide To The Orchestra

About the project

Introducing the Arduino Lo-Fi Guide to the Orchestra

Project info

Difficulty: Moderate

Platforms: AdafruitArduinoRaspberry Pi

Estimated time: 1 week

License: MIT license (MIT)


The Lo-Fi Orchestra started as a "showcase" for the music and STEM projects on my "Simple DIY Electronic Music Projects" blog.  The idea is to use projects that anyone could then go to my blog and build themselves.

The "Lo-Fi" nature comes from using a mixture of tones and synthesis from mostly cheap, 8-bit microcontrollers such as the Arduino Uno or Arduino Nano among others.

The programming is done using MuseScore either transcribed by hand, taken from the original orchestral scores, or sometimes using a MIDI file from the Internet as a starting point.

It is recorded using a simple "one-take" viewpoint using a computer webcam and USB microphone.

Here is a link to the YouTube playlist for all Lo-Fi Orchestra performances.



The following principles have guided me in putting together the Lo-Fi Orchestra:

  • It must use the projects as they appear on my site (although there have been a few updates as a consequence of putting it all together).
  • They are striving for “something someone else could reproduce simply and cheaply” rather than aiming for audio quality.
  • There is no video production or particular mechanical polish – see the point above! (also this isn’t really my thing).
  • I’m not trying to create a generic MIDI file player – the programming is by me and where appropriate I’ve simplified the music to give the Arduino a fighting chance!
  • Its a bit of fun and something I hope to be able to sling some more MIDI arrangements at in the future too.

More details and a proper introduction is available here:

You can watch my introductory video, the "Lo-Fi Guide to the Orchestra"  below.



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