Muro Box Global has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of the N40, a MIDI-compatible music box that has a built-in pickup and audio output.
The N40 builds on the original Muro Box, with expanded range, chromatic notes and more. Two options are available:
- The N40 Sublime edition is their flagship version. It features two sets of combs, detuned by 14 cents to create a chorus effect. It features a solid brass base and aged acacia case.
- The N40 Standard design features a zinc alloy base and maple case.
Both the N40 Sublime and N40 Standard support Din 5 midi and USB-C MIDI control:
The developers market the N40 as both a high-end, programmable music box and as a MIDI-controllable instrument.
Here’s synthesist & instrument designer Christophe Duquesne demonstrating the N40 in a cinematic ‘Halloween style’ electro-acoustic performance, featuring the N40 music box paired with La Voile from La Voix du Luthier, an Eagan Matrix Module from Haken Audio and an Osmose from Expressive E.
Here’s a music-only example from Duquesne, demonstrating how MIDI control and the audio output make it easy to use the N4o for professional recording:
Pricing and Availability:
The N40 Music Box is being produced via a Kickstarter project, and it’s available to backers starting at $972 USD. The project has already met its funding goal. The smaller N20 is also available for $299, but with a smaller range and no MIDI control.
Note: Crowdfunded projects can involve risk. See the project site for details.