BLACKSTOMP: Quick Development Platform for ESP32-A1S Digital Audio Effect Processor

Blackstomp is a digital audio effect processor development platform based on ESP32-A1S module. Here are some of the feature’s highlights:

  • Stereo line or guitar input/output
  • Microphone input with programmable gain pre-amp
  • Potentiometer, switch, and button interfaces
  • MIDI input/output interface
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 24-Bit stereo codec with analog pass-through
  • Dual core Tensilica Xtensa LX6 240 MHz 32-bit processor with single precision FPU (floating point unit)
  • C++ library for fast development with Arduino IDE and ESP-IDF development tool chains.

The platform consists of hardware and software to implement digital effect pedal/stompbox. The hardware is designed for the simplicity and cost effectivity, while the software is designed to ease and speed up the application development.

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Starting from Version 3.3, Blackstomp library has optimizeConversion(range) function to produce much cleaner sound on ES8388-version module. It can optimize the conversion range for 1Vrms, 1/2Vrms, 1/4Vrms, 1/8Vrms, and 1/16Vrms of guitar pickup signals. In the following video, the audio is recorded directly from the pedal’s output to the soundcard’s input, so you can hear it with a stereo headset and judge the sound.


The source code is published on the github as part of the example codes of Blackstomp’s Arduino library, This effect runs on ES8388 version module with older version library (without range optimization) so its noise is pretty high.


The source codes is still under testing, and you can get the copy of the source code to test this codes (before public release) if you have blackstomp pedal/circuit to run. Just build the pedal (bread-board circuit assembly is accepted) and contact support at deeptronic dot com for the source code’s copy. This effect runs on AC101 version module, so should hear it’s cleaner than the effect run on ES8388 version module (when its not range-optimized).

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