BeatBox by Rhythmo is a DIY drum machine in a cardboard box. The project has been floating around for a while now, and word is that it will finally hit Kickstarter soon. We think that this lovely creation is definitely worth checking out, as BeatBox seems to be capable of producing some awesome – well – beats.
BeatBox was originally conceived by Austin-based developer Ethan Jin in 2017. He showcased BeatBox at NAMM 2019, SXSW, and Maker Faire, among other events. The idea is as simple as it is compelling: An inexpensive beat-making tool that’s easy to build, learn and play, to unleash the creativity of children and grown-ups alike.
Arcade-style buttons in a cardboard box
We don’t know much about the specs yet, but it seems like BeatBox will come with an app that lets you load samples into the device. These can then be played using a matrix of 16 arcade-style buttons. There’s also an X/Y joystick, four parameter knobs, and eight controller buttons. It appears that the app will have the ability to record beats, as well.
According to Rhythmo, BeatBox can be assembled in an hour, and doesn’t require any soldering. In addition to the knobs and buttons, the kit also includes two good-sized, built-in speakers, so you can jam anywhere. At the back, there’s a USB connector, which presumably connects to a smartphone and the included app. While a box made from recycled cardboard may not be the most road-worthy enclosure, it does look surprisingly sturdy. And of course it’s beyond cool and would look awesome next to the Kami-Oto cardboard keyboard and the Pizza Hut DJ controller.
Follow Rhythmo on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know about the Kickstarter launch (which is rumored to be happening soon). While the retail price is reported to be around USD 150, there will be early bird specials available.