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Loopa: The 3D Printed Microphone with Built-in Looping

by • March 22, 2016 • No Comments

  • 3D printing innovation has a lot to contribute the audible world of music, and not just through the whizzing sound of the print head in motion. As an emerging innovation yet relatively in its early stage of createment, we’ve may already seen 3D printed instruments, such as MONAD studio’s Piezoelectric Violin, and actually 3D printed headphones of Print+. Now, 3D printing is allowing your voice as the lead instrument with Loopa, a 3D printed looping microphone created by the Cambridge, UK-based instrument createer Sonuus.

    loopa 3D printed mic

    Any musician out there who has utilized looping innovation in the past can most likely testify to the fact that looping pedals and software generally come with technical inconveniences, that is why Sonuus decided to create the Loopa microphone, the world’s quite initially microphone with a built-in looper engine. In order to assist with the making of the Loopa, Sonuus has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finalize their thought.

    The microphone was createed by a tiny team of engineers and musicians, which include Sonuus CEO Dr. James H Clark, R&D Dr. Morag Clark, and music industry tremendous Paul Wishart. After spending the initially two months of the project createing a robust and high-high end looper engine, created via Toshiba’s BENAND flash memory and Sonuus’ custom software, the team went on to 3D print the casing for the microphone in ABS on their office 3D printing device. The 3D printing device assisted to optimize the feel of the microphone, creating a product that both fit and felt right in the hands of the Sonuus team. These 3D printed prototypes were assembled and showcased at The NAMM Show 2016 in Los Angeles this past January.

    The Loopa allows for users to create up layers of their own voice or other sounds, and in addition to conveniently manage these loops via the microphone’s built-in controls, that include showcases such as infinite overdubbing, undo & redo, and playback. According to the Sonuus team, the Loopa is capable of layering and looping for up to 12 minutes of recording time. The team in addition created it a point to equip the Loopa with top-notch audio high end, and have tested the Loopa prototypes with pro beatboxers, hip hop and pop musicians, and actually musically savvy children, ensuring convenience and high end for all levels of experience.


    To achieve making of the Loopa, the Sonuus team is seeking $52,024 on Kickstarter. For those who pledge £75 or additional, Sonuus can send the early bird iterations of the Loopa Pack as a reward, that include the Loopa microphone, microphone cables, and the necessary adapters. The Sonuus team is confident in their talent to create the Loopa after two successful prototype runs, and are seeking the assistance of the crowdfunding community to assist finalize their goal. As a musician of sorts myself, I’m pretty intrigued by the thought of owning a 3D printed looping microphone, and probably actually fulfilling my dream of starting a barbershop quartet via just my own voice!


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