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LEAF AUDIO Microphonic Soundbox

The Microphonic Soundbox could add some acoustic seasoning and flavour to your music. Dave Gale thumps and bows this new box of tricks…

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In our never-ending search to sound that little bit different, it’s easy to turn to the latest sample library or virtual instrument, but the new Microphonic Soundbox, from Leaf Audio, offers a taste of the avant-garde in a pint-sized, pre-prepared package.


Working firmly to the old adage that ‘Empty vessels make the most noise’, the bulk of the Soundbox is exactly that – an empty wooden box! In essence, this simply creates an acoustic resonating chamber, much like the body of an acoustic guitar. Inside the box, two contact microphones pick up any vibration, whether sustained or sharp in transient, with the mics feeding independent pre-amps, which are powered from a 9v battery, inserted via the underside of the box.

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