Papa Soundie Audio Player Hookup Guide

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The Papa Soundie is an audio playback device breaking out VLSI's VS1000D audio codec which decodes ogg vorbis (license free) and wav type files. With an SD card for sound storage and a built-in ATMEGA328P programmed with Arduino you'll be adding custom sound effects to your project with less hardware and in a familiar programming environment.

SparkFun Papa Soundie Audio Player


Required Materials

To follow along with this hookup guide, you will need at least the following materials:


You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories.

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool


Weller WLC100 Soldering Station

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Suggested Reading and Viewing

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

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How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

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Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)

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Logic Levels

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You may also want to check out this Audacity Tutorial on YouTube.