The Microphonic Soundbox mk2 is an acoustic wooden experimental instrument, which perfectly integrates in any audio setup to create interesting and otherworldly soundscapes. It comes prepared with metal springs, metal rods, sand paper and a Bass Kalimba, but its sonic capabilities can easily be extended with any other found materials. It can be played in many ways by scratching, bowing or finger-drumming, etc., to create totally unique sounds.
It's the perfect sound design tool and meanwhile many sound designers and composers from all ocross the globe use it in their work. We recommend that you use it as an input device for your own processing chain like plugins, effect pedals and so on. Just imagine your workflow and experiment!
Ambient legend Robert Rich said about the Soundbox: "The Soundbox offers a wonderful portable playground to make big sounds with small gestures."
When it was released, the Jazz musician and master of experimentation Bugge Wesseltoft told us „Microphonic Soundbox was my favorite at Superbooth synth exhibition"!
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 (6,3mm Jack) as a line level. Inserting an external signal to the input (6,3mm Jack) on the front 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 and effects like in our original mk1 video. Please note that in the end of the video there are lots of effects on it, the pure sound can be heard in the beginning. For getting you started, we provide a Live-Set for Ableton as a free download, but of course you can use it with any other DAW or mixing desk. You can also interact with modular gear and use it as a trigger or create sound spectrums to use with modules like Clouds or extract gates from its sounds. Possibilities are endless and already many sound designers and musicians use it in their work.
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.
As it seems there is always a high demand and sometimes Soundbox is unavailable here while we produce some for bigger retailer orders. But it is generally in production all the time! We only deliver to this countries by the way.
If unavailable here, check this places:
Customers from the USA, please check Analogue Haven or Control Voltage or Perfect Circuit if they have some in stock. UK customers please go to KMR Audio. For Poland please
check Sound Of You. In the EU
it is available via Exploding Shed, Schneidersladen and Musikhaus
Microphonic Soundbox mk2 is a versatile sound design instrument.
Addition 1: fully shielded Contact Microphones (picture) for usage with the external input can be found in our shop here.
Addition 2: We recommend to get the violin bow and rosin for being able to play it properly. It will extend
the sound possibilities like crazy.
Addition 3: The add-on pack is not needed, as you can basically mount everything on the box but it's a good starting point for your own ideas.
Free download: You can download a Live-Set for Ableton Live here to get started with performing with the box. It's exactly the Live-Set we used in the old product video.
DIY Info: There's no DIY version anymore from mk2 on. If you are looking for the assembly manual and videos guide of the mk1 version, use the link.
*B-Stock units, sold at a reduced price, contain some small optical or technical inaccuracies which you should accept. Therefore the price is hot. Typically it's
some wood mistakes or one channel distorts more quickly when you turn up gain, such things. We won't sell total rubbish here!
With this cable you could use both 6,3mm outputs of Microphonic Soundbox and send it to a stereo 3,5mm (TRS) input of devices like 1010music Blackbox etc. If you need other cables, please check our cable section.
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