Tsunami Super WAV Trigger Hookup Guide

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Introduction

NOTE: This guide is for the Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic). For the previous version of this board, the Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (without a Qwiic connector), please refer to the original Tsunami hookup guide.

NOTE: This can be a relatively complex and overwhelming product for novice users, due to the numerous configuration options that make it so versatile. Novice users, may want to consider the WAV Trigger or MP3 Trigger first.


WAV Trigger

WAV Trigger

WIG-13660
$55.95
34
MP3 Trigger

MP3 Trigger

WIG-13720
$49.95
16

The Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic) is a polyphonic WAV file player that was developed in collaboration with Robertsonics (a portion of each sale goes back to them for product support and development). The Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic) is an improved version of the Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (the bigger brother of the WAV Trigger), which can now, be controlled through the Qwiic connect system.

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

WIG-18159
$79.95

Users familiar with the original Tsunami, will notice a few improvements to the Qwiic Tsunami:

  • Input Voltage: 5 - 10V
    • USB-C Connector
  • RGB Status LED
  • I2C Control
    • Qwiic Connector
  • New Audio Codec
  • Digital Filters

Comparison Table

Tsunami WAV Trigger (Qwiic) Tsunami WAV Trigger WAV Trigger
Power
  • Range:
  • Inputs:

5 - 10V
USB-C and PTH

5 - 15V
micro-B USB and PTH

6 - 15V
DC Barrel Jack
Tracks
  • Number:
  • Layer Mixing:
Up to:
4096 uncompressed files
  • 18 stereo WAV files
  • 32 mono WAV files
Up to:
4096 uncompressed files
  • 18 stereo WAV files
  • 32 mono WAV files
Up to:
2048 uncompressed files
14 stereo WAV files
Audio Outputs 8-channel (Mono)
4-channel (Stereo)
8-channel (Mono)
4-channel (Stereo)
3.5mm TRRS Audio Jack
Speaker connector (PTH)
  • Mono amplifier
Audio Input Line-level stereo Line-level stereo None
Control
  • Triggers:
  • Serial:
  • Qwiic (I2C):

16 (3.3V)
Yes (3.3V)
Yes (3.3V)

16 (3.3V)
Yes (3.3V)
N/A

16 (5V or 3.3V)
Yes (5V or 3.3V)
N/A
Status LED RGB Blue Red
Hot Swap SD Card Yes (with RESET button) Yes (with RESET button) No
Firmware Updates via SD card via SD card via serial port
MIDI Dedicated I/O pins Dedicated I/O pins Possible via serial port

Required Materials

The Qwiic Tsunami does need a few additional items, including a pair of (corded) headphones, for users to get started with this tutorial. You may already have a few of these items, including the required USB-C cable, so feel free to modify your cart based on your needs.

Note: For the best results, we recommend Class 10 SD cards with a FAT16 or FAT32 file system format and a 32kB file allocation size. We recommend avoiding:
  • The 1GB SparkX SD Card, from our catalog, since it isn't a Class 10 card and can lead to reliability issues.
  • SD Cards with a capacity larger than 32GB, since it can be difficult to convert them to the FAT16 or FAT32 file system format with a 32kB file allocation size.
For more information on compatible SD cards, please check out the Robertsonics website.
Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

WIG-18159
$79.95
microSD Card - 16GB (Class 10)

microSD Card - 16GB (Class 10)

COM-15051
$19.95
IC Hook Test Leads

IC Hook Test Leads

CAB-00501
$8.95
3
microSD USB Reader

microSD USB Reader

COM-13004
$4.95
10
SparkFun TRRS 3.5mm Jack Breakout

SparkFun TRRS 3.5mm Jack Breakout

BOB-11570
$3.95
6
USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

CAB-14743
$4.95
3

There are other available from our catalog (click the button below to display).

SD Card Option
microSD Card with Adapter - 32GB (Class 10)

microSD Card with Adapter - 32GB (Class 10)

COM-14832
$24.95
Audio Component Options

Note: For the best results, we recommend connecting the audio output channels from the Qwiic Tsunami to an active amplifier when speakers are used. Otherwise, when speakers are connected directly to the Qwiic Tsunami, without boosting the signal power, users will notice a significant decrease in sound quality of the audio playback.

*Users can connect the audio output channels from any Tsunami board directly to headphones.

Depending on how user want to configure their audio system, some of these audio components might be of interest:
Audio Plug - 3.5mm

Audio Plug - 3.5mm

COM-11143
$0.50
Audio Cable TRRS - 18" (pigtail)

Audio Cable TRRS - 18" (pigtail)

CAB-11580
$1.50
TRRS Audio Plug - 3.5mm (Metal)

TRRS Audio Plug - 3.5mm (Metal)

COM-15337
$0.95
TRS Audio Plug - 3.5mm (Metal)

TRS Audio Plug - 3.5mm (Metal)

COM-15438
$0.95
1
SparkFun Mono Audio Amp Breakout - TPA2005D1

SparkFun Mono Audio Amp Breakout - TPA2005D1

BOB-11044
$8.50
16
Hamburger Mini Speaker

Hamburger Mini Speaker

COM-14023
$4.95
2
SparkFun Audio Amplifier Kit - STA540

SparkFun Audio Amplifier Kit - STA540

KIT-09612
$39.95
17
SparkFun Noisy Cricket Stereo Amplifier - 1.5W

SparkFun Noisy Cricket Stereo Amplifier - 1.5W

DEV-14475
$11.50
1
SparkFun TRRS 3.5mm Jack Breakout

SparkFun TRRS 3.5mm Jack Breakout

BOB-11570
$3.95
6
Audio Jack 3.5mm

Audio Jack 3.5mm

PRT-08032
$1.50
4
MIDI Connector - Female Right Angle

MIDI Connector - Female Right Angle

PRT-09536
$1.95
1
Audio Jack - 1/4" Stereo (right angle)

Audio Jack - 1/4" Stereo (right angle)

COM-11144
$0.95
1

SparkFun TRS Jack Breakout - 1/4" Stereo

BOB-13005
1 Retired
SparkFun Audio Jack Breakout

SparkFun Audio Jack Breakout

PRT-10588
$0.95
1
Trigger Component Options
Depending on how users intend to trigger or control the audio playback, users may want to check out the switches and buttons categories from our catalog. Additionally, users can also trigger/control the Qwiic Tsunami through serial and I2C communication.
SparkFun Qwiic Twist - RGB Rotary Encoder Breakout

SparkFun Qwiic Twist - RGB Rotary Encoder Breakout

DEV-15083
$22.95
2
SparkFun Serial Basic Breakout - CH340C and USB-C

SparkFun Serial Basic Breakout - CH340C and USB-C

DEV-15096
$8.95
7
Magnetic Door Switch Set

Magnetic Door Switch Set

COM-13247
$3.50
Concave Button - Black

Concave Button - Black

COM-09339
$2.50
3
Toggle Switch and Cover - Illuminated (Red)

Toggle Switch and Cover - Illuminated (Red)

COM-11310
$2.95
7
Metal Pushbutton - Momentary (16mm, White)

Metal Pushbutton - Momentary (16mm, White)

COM-11970
$5.95
SparkFun Qwiic Button - Green LED

SparkFun Qwiic Button - Green LED

BOB-16842
$3.95
1
Rocker Switch - SPST (round)

Rocker Switch - SPST (round)

COM-11138
$0.50
3
Big Dome Pushbutton - Blue

Big Dome Pushbutton - Blue

COM-11274
$11.95
4
Reed Switch - Insulated

Reed Switch - Insulated

COM-10601
$1.95
Momentary Button - Panel Mount (Yellow)

Momentary Button - Panel Mount (Yellow)

COM-11995
$0.95 $0.50
1
Right Angle Tactile Button

Right Angle Tactile Button

COM-10791
$0.50
Soldering Equipment Options
For a more permanent installation, users might want to consider some soldering equipment and accessories:
Break Away Headers - Straight

Break Away Headers - Straight

PRT-00116
$1.50
20
Hook-Up Wire - Assortment (Stranded, 22 AWG)

Hook-Up Wire - Assortment (Stranded, 22 AWG)

PRT-11375
$20.95
19
SparkFun Beginner Tool Kit

SparkFun Beginner Tool Kit

TOL-14681
$57.95
Header - 8-pin Female (PTH, 0.1")

Header - 8-pin Female (PTH, 0.1")

PRT-11895
$0.50

Below is a sample selection of our other headers and soldering tools in our catalog. For a full selection of our available Headers, Hook-Up Wire, or Soldering Tools, click on the associated link.

Insulated Silicone Soldering Mat

Insulated Silicone Soldering Mat

TOL-14672
$9.95
9
Weller WE1010 Soldering Station

Weller WE1010 Soldering Station

TOL-14734
$129.00
4
Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

TOL-14456
$14.95
14
Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

TOL-09325
$8.95
7
Hook-Up Wire - Assortment (Solid Core, 22 AWG)

Hook-Up Wire - Assortment (Solid Core, 22 AWG)

PRT-11367
$19.95
35
Arduino Stackable Header - 8 Pin

Arduino Stackable Header - 8 Pin

PRT-09279
$0.50
Break Away Male Headers - Right Angle

Break Away Male Headers - Right Angle

PRT-00553
$1.95
5
Hook-up Stranded Wire - Black (22 AWG)

Hook-up Stranded Wire - Black (22 AWG)

PRT-08867
$2.95
Hook-up Stranded Wire - Red (22 AWG)

Hook-up Stranded Wire - Red (22 AWG)

PRT-08865
$2.95

Arduino Example

For the Arduino example, a RedBoard Qwiic Plus and Qwiic cable are required. There are also options for this example as well (click button below to toggle options).

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

KIT-15081
$7.95
13
SparkFun RedBoard Plus

SparkFun RedBoard Plus

DEV-18158
$19.95
USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

CAB-14743
$4.95
3
Qwiic Compatible Microcontrollers:
SparkFun Qwiic Pro Micro - USB-C (ATmega32U4)

SparkFun Qwiic Pro Micro - USB-C (ATmega32U4)

DEV-15795
$19.95
4
SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM

SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM

WRL-15663
$20.95
7
SparkFun Thing Plus - SAMD51

SparkFun Thing Plus - SAMD51

DEV-14713
$19.95
2
SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

DEV-15444
$19.95
8
In addition we also offer, Qwiic compatible stackable shields for microcontrollers and pHATs for single board computers (like the Raspberry Pi boards) that don't include a Qwiic connector.
SparkFun Qwiic Adapter

SparkFun Qwiic Adapter

DEV-14495
$1.50
1
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Thing Plus

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Thing Plus

DEV-16790
$4.25
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino Nano

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino Nano

DEV-16789
$4.25
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Teensy

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Teensy

DEV-17119
$4.25
1
You will also need a Qwiic cable to connect to your Qwiic device, choose a length that suits your needs.
Flexible Qwiic Cable - 500mm

Flexible Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-17257
$1.95
Flexible Qwiic Cable - 200mm

Flexible Qwiic Cable - 200mm

PRT-17258
$1.50
Flexible Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Flexible Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-17259
$1.50
Flexible Qwiic Cable - 50mm

Flexible Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-17260
$0.95

Suggested Reading

Note: Robertsonics has a more detailed about this product on their Tsunami product page. Robertsonics also provides a cross-platform utility for generating Tsunami configuration files and updating the firmware. All of which, can be downloaded from the Robertsonics' Tsunami downloads page.

If you're unfamiliar with serial terminals, jumper pads, or I2C be sure to checkout some of these foundational tutorials.

Logic Levels

Learn the difference between 3.3V and 5V devices and logic levels.

I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.

Analog vs. Digital

This tutorial covers the concept of analog and digital signals, as they relate to electronics.

Serial Terminal Basics

This tutorial will show you how to communicate with your serial devices using a variety of terminal emulator applications.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

SD Cards and Writing Images

How to upload images to an SD card for Raspberry Pi, PCDuino, or your favorite SBC.

MIDI Tutorial

Understanding the Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

Tsunami Hookup Guide

Hit the ground running with Tsunami, the Super Wav Trigger.

Installing an Arduino Library

How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.

Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

SparkFun Serial Basic CH340C Hookup Guide

SparkFun Serial Basic Breakout takes advantage of USB-C and is an easy-to-use USB-to-Serial adapter based on the CH340C IC from WCH. With USB-C you can get up to three times the power delivery over the previous USB generation and has the convenient feature of being reversable.

RedBoard Plus Hookup Guide

This tutorial covers the basic functionality of the RedBoard Plus. This tutorial also covers how to get started blinking an LED and using the Qwiic system.

Qwiic Connect System

The Tsunami Super WAV Trigger also utilizes the Qwiic connect system. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the Logic Levels and I2C tutorials (above) before using it. Click on the banner above to learn more about our Qwiic products.