Pico + Pico Audio Pack, GPIO pins access and enclosure ideas?

Hi, I’ve bought a Pico Audio Pack to make a simple sequencer/drum machine, and I think it’s very underrated in the scene (haven’t seen almost any content in the internet about it). On top of that, CircuitPython makes everything very rewarding to try new things, it even provides a simple audiomixer!

However, the hat gets a bit annoying for prototyping if start using the other GPIO pins for inputs, I need to place them separately in a protoboard and connect the I2C pins.

After prototyping, how would you fix the Pico + Audio Pack into a case? if using more Pico GPIO pins, would you just solder cables right into the Pico pins (top face)? I just need some inspiration, I’m not an expert in electronics.

I usually solder long pins to the pico, so the pins extend on the top and the bottom. This makes all pins accessible (but check the pins used by the audio-pack).

The long pins usually have the black support on one end. I place them into a breadboard with the short end and gently hammer on the pins. This way the pins move into the breadboard and the support “moves” to the middle.

This depends on your needs. I prefer using jumper-cables, but that is not the best solution if you have a rough environment (especially vibrations).

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Would something like this help?
Raspberry Pi Pico - Pimoroni
Or maybe this?
Pico Proto PCB - Pimoroni

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yes, that’s a good one, using long pins header in both sides

yes, that works for prototyping, but it’s a very niche product from Pimonori that I won’t buy overseas