Sound Study Modular Kontact MIC PCB & Panel

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Please note: the Kontact MIC PCB and Panel Combo includes just the PCB and
panel. You will need to source your own components separately.

The Kontact MIC is a lo-fi theme park. It's a Eurorack microphone preamp with
a piezo contact mic built into the panel.

The creative applications are endless: finger percussion/rubbing/scratching,
guitar input (works surprisingly well with just a little lofi crunch), acoustic
sources to CV, etc.

The PCB fibreglass has quite a nice rough texture – rubbing it with a finger
or a plectrum creates quite a wide range of sounds. The back of the panel is
plated to expand the surface area of the contact mic. 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.

The module will work with both DIYed contact mics made from inexpensive piezo
transducers, off the shelf contact mics (often called Piezo Pickups) made for
guitars and violins which you can pick up for ten bucks from Amazon or eBay or
more bespoke mics like the popular Jez Riley French models (including
hydrophones!) which are firmly aimed at Sound Designers.

It is an easy way to bring environmental noise and feedback into a modular
system, inspired by the early days of electroacoustic music in Paris and
Cologne, and by the contact microphone and phonograph cartridge experiments of
John Cage, Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley and Nicholas Collins.

- Piezo mic soldered to the backside of the front panel
- Mic preamp
- Input jack (switches off the piezo mic when used)
- Gain knob
- Output jack
- Black panel

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