Open-source audio maker platform
Bela is an open-source hardware platform for creating beautifully responsive interactive systems. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, it spun out into a company Augmented Instruments Ltd which supports a growing community of makers, musicians, artists, engineers and researchers.
The Bela hardware consists of an embedded computer (based on the BeagleBone series of open-source boards) with custom hardware for capturing audio and sensor signals. It runs a specialist operating system with several distinctive features:
Thousands of makers, artists and engineers are using Bela to create new interactivep projects. Bela is also used for teaching in over 20 universities around the world. See the Bela in education page for further details on using Bela for teaching and research.
More examples of musical projects made with Bela are featured at the online Maker Music Festival.