PBSaber turns your PropBoard into a full-featured lightsaber sound/light/motion board. It allows you to use the PropBoard as a lightsaber soundboard without writing a single line of code, giving you access to the full power of the PropBoard even if you don't know how to program. It requires just minimum soldering skills and editing a configuration file.
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- No coding skills required: you can create and customize your lightsaber even if you don't know how to program the PropBoard.
- You can upgrade the software, anytime, with the latest version.
- Very easy to use and install.
- Fully configurable through a user-friendly, human-readable configuration file in the SD.
- the entire lightsaber behavior is controlled by user-defined profiles.
- in each profile you can customize the colors and modes for the shimmering, clash, blaster, stab and lock-up effects, ignition and retraction type and duration, and the sound font to use.
- you can select profiles through a button combination.
- it remembers the last used profile.
- there are no limits on how many profiles you can define.
- supports WAV files, both monophonic and polyphonic fonts.
- real-time mixing.
- latency from event detection to audio output: typical ~4.5ms (tested at 22050fs), on both mono and polyphonic fonts, with or without background music.
- supported sampling frequencies (@ 16 bits per sample): 22050, 32000, 44100, 48000, 96000.
- mono and stereo.
- gapless, clickless playback on both mono and poly fonts.
- it switches fonts on-the-go, from mono to poly and back based on the font the profile it's using.
- unlimited font banks.
- unlimited font slots per sound type (for example unlimited swings slots).
- supports background music.
- Hardware support:
- supports 3 high-brightness LEDs up to 1A each.
- supports addressable LEDs (a.k.a Neopixels): APA102 or APA102C, WS2812 or WS2812B and SK6812RGBW RGBW LED.
- single or dual momentary button support.
- Low-power mode.
- Feedback-driven project: have a feature request? you want something modified? Start a discussion in our forum or open a Github issue.
- 100% open source.
Firmware installation and updates
- Install the Arduino IDE and the PropBoard support by following these instructions.
- Grab the latest PBSaber release by clicking on this link.
- Unzip the file anywhere in your computer and double-click on the PBSaber.ino file.
- Connect your PropBoard to your PC/MAC using an USB cable.
- Select the serial port for the PropBoard in the Arduino IDE and click the Upload button.
- For software updates, repeat from step 2.