"The Soundbox offers a wonderful portable playground to make big sounds with small gestures."
said ambient legend Robert Rich
The Jazz musician and master of experimentation Bugge Wesseltoft told us „Microphonic Soundbox was my favorite at Superbooth synth exhibition"!
Online availability: www.exploding-shed.com
Technical info: It features 2 internal contact microphones and 2 battery powered low noise pre-amps (~100x Gain), both signals can be mixed together and sent to the outputs as a line level. Inserting an external signal to the input will switch off the first internal mic and use the external signal instead, what also makes it a platform for amplifying and mixing external Hi-Z signals. It's standing on soft rubber feet, which guarantee a good grip on most surfaces, and also do some acoustic decoupling.
How to use: Standalone it's already fun, but its whole potential is unveiled when it's being processed in realtime by livesampling, loopers/effects like in our video. It is also perfect for interaction with your Eurorack Modular, using modules like Clouds, Morphagene, Nebulae or Arbhar.
Possibilities are endless and already many sound designers and musicians use it in their work in music, theatre, cinema and TV.
Soundbox History: Manuel from LeafAudio created this instrument in the late nineties and used it on lots of his Xabec albums, in live shows and sound design work. Before we made it public 2017, it had a 20 year long and very personal history.
Soundbox Community: We created a facebook usergroup for you to share your experiences, pictures, music & videos. Feel free to join our community if you use a Soundbox.
Building Instructions mk1 was available as a DIY kit and here was the official support page. mk2 is sonly available as an assembled unit or in the workshops we offer a well prepared DIY version where you only have to add some bigger components and do a bit of assembly.
Availability: Microphonic Soundbox is available via Exploding Shed and Schneidersladen in the EU and from Control Voltage and Analogue Haven in the USA.
We recommend to additionally get a violin bow and rosin for being able to play it properly. You can download a Live-Set for Ableton 9 here to get started with performing with the box. It's exactly the Live-Set we used in the 2017 video.
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