The Music Thing Modular Contact Mic – Mikrophonie

music-thing-modular-contact-mic-eurorack-synthesizerMusic Thing Modular has announced a new module – Mikrophonie.

Mikrophonie is a very simple contact mic module. There is a small piezo disk mounted behind the 4hp panel, or you can plug in an external mic (they’re easy to make).

The panel is PCB with no soldermask. The raw PCB fibreglass has a rough texture – rubbing it with a finger or a plectrum creates quite a wide range of sounds. The back of the panel is plated and grounded for shielding.

The mic will also pick up all the physical sounds in your modular – patching, cables rustling, switches, fingers on knobs – without picking up airborne sounds i.e. the sound your modular is making. At very high sound levels will pick up vibrations from the speaker output and start to feedback.

Here’s a couple of examples of the Mikrophonie module in action, via Leafcutter John & Robin Rimbaud-Scanner:

Full plans & schematics are to come. See the MTM site for details.

4 thoughts on “The Music Thing Modular Contact Mic – Mikrophonie

  1. I’m suprised at how well that seems to work. Might be fun to make the panel a bit bigger, with more mics (maybe one in each corner) going to seperate outputs, or maybe add a few noisemakers, resonators, things to pluck etc. Sounds cool, though.

  2. Wicked cool! When I get job, i’m going to get into modular, and this is going to be one of the first modules I buy!

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