Jamboxx Relaunches with Feature of Being Controlled by Breath

Jamboxx Relaunches

The Jamboxx—a hands-free wind MIDI controller— relaunched after a year and a half, on January 19, 2018.

The new version of the Jamboxx includes a specially developed optical sensor that lasts longer and provides enhanced playing experience.

The Jamboxx works by blowing breath into its anterior, via a mouthpiece, and is thus a musical instrument similar to a harmonica. The velocity of the note changes by the impact of the breath blown into the instrument, moving the mouthpiece from side to side changes what note is played. The instrument comes along with an option to adjust the breath control to set the amount of airflow needed to play notes. The face of the instrument also has tactile bumps, similar to frets on a guitar, to help players easily and intuitively move between the notes they want.

The Jamboxx is set to play 12 notes on a C major chromatic scale by default, however, this can be changed by a modulation wheel on its side, which allows for moving across octaves. The same wheel is used to activate pitch bend, vibrato, and other types of modulation. A button on the bottom of the device can be used for either switching between instruments, key, or scale. The Jamboxx can be used to play any kind of sound such as a synth, piano, or guitar, considering the fact that it is an MIDI instrument.

Due to the design of the Jamboxx, it can be accessed by those with physical / cognitive impairments, or those with limited lung function. This is important, since traditional instruments such as violins, pianos, or guitars, require the use of hands. Jamboxx’s adaptiveness unlocks musical freedom of expression for many who were physically unable to partake before.

Previous versions of the Jamboxx were handmade, however, the newly relaunched version is re-tooled using plastic-injection molds. The mechanics have also been updated and Jamboxx now uses a zero-friction optical sensor instead of a linear potentiometer—a three terminal resistor with a sliding contact— that is less expensive and more durable than its previous version.

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