Rahix' Blog electronics posts

This is the next article in the series about our "Flower Machine".

Of course a machine like this would be useless without any brain to control it. The industrial solution is called a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). However a real PLC has a number of deal-breakers for us: It is expensive, full of proprietary software, and 99% of the time programming it is windows-only.

Thus I set out to build an alternative: Meet the Poppy Logic Controller - a custom PLC-like device which mimics the real thing, but on a budget.

In this post, I will go over the hardware side. A future post about the software/firmware will follow.

Image of the Poppy Logic Controller

I often open pavucontrol to adjust the volumes of different applications relative to each other. Sometimes music is too loud, sometimes Jitsi sessions are too silent. However, it is annoying to switch context ever so often just to open the mixer, change volume, close again. As I am always looking to challenge myself with some useful projects reaching beyond just writing software, this felt like a great opportunity: I built myself a small mixing desk to control PulseAudio streams with hardware faders.

Pavu Mixer is what this resulted in. The project is fully free and open-source, including the hardware. It can all be found on GitHub: https://github.com/rahix/pavu-mixer

Picture of Pavu Mixer

In this blog entry, I'm going to detail parts of the journey and the architecture of the project.