BeatBox – the DIY drum machine housed in a literal cardboard box – became a viral sensation when some short videos debuted on Kickstarter earlier this year. And now you can get one.
BeatBox is a low cost and portable, designed for beginning musicians and students and ordinary music nerds. Videos on Instagram and taken at January’s NAMM show (where the BeatBox team showed up in a booth made entirely out of cardboard) went viral as people couldn’t seem to get enough of the paper housing and big plastic arcade-style buttons that looks like a cartoon drawing of an MPC.
Rhythmo describes BeatBox as a “cost-effective, yet no compromise, all-in-one solution to get you a quick start in making music. With on-board amplifier, speaker and battery assemblies, included sound-packs and tutorials, Beatbox saves you the trouble of getting additional equipment and guidance to start.”
Some assembly is required – BeatBox comes as a kit rather than a completed product – though Rhythmo claims it takes less than an hour and there’s no soldering involved. (Which would be rather dangerous on a cardboard container when you think about it.)
The Kickstarter tiers include a 25% discount if you buy a BeatBox during the next 35 days that the crowdfunding campaign is active.