Unleashing Creativity: DIY Noisebox Tutorial for Sound Design Enthusiasts

Cash, takes us on a journey into the world of noiseboxes. Originally intended as a straightforward guide for a unique gift idea for noise artists or sound design enthusiasts, this video has evolved into a comprehensive tutorial that will also serve as an invaluable resource for live performance setups.

Cash dives deep into the concept of a noisebox, which is essentially any object fitted with a piezo (a device that generates voltage when force or vibrations are applied) and an output jack to capture sound. He explores different sizes and applications of piezos, offering insightful tips on how to choose the right one based on your specific needs.

In addition, Cash provides a detailed explanation about idiophones – instruments where the vibration of the instrument itself produces sound, without the use of air flow, strings, membranes, or electricity. He encourages viewers to explore thrift stores and garage sales for unique idiophone items to incorporate into their noisebox.

The video also covers practical aspects of building a noisebox, such as how to test different materials with a contact mic or piezo, how to make primitive gongs with can lids, and the use of metal pipes and decorative items.

Finally, Cash introduces three devices that he has modified to pair with his noisebox in specific ways, starting with a CB mic delay. He guides viewers through the process of modifying this device, offering step-by-step instructions and valuable insights drawn from his own experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or a beginner in the world of sound design, this video offers a wealth of information that allows you to take what you want and apply it to your own unique projects. Enjoy the journey into the captivating world of noiseboxes!





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