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Proposal: Microphone building club

Proposed by hyksos

Temporary is closing on 1 September 2017. No further experiments will be scheduled, though you can still pledge Temps as supported experiments may form a starting programme for the post-Temporary project.

Description:

Microphones are expensive to buy but the components inside of them are not necessarily so. I'd like to get a group together every two months to play around with making our own microphones (contact, dynamic, condenser, parabolic, binaural, etc).

This would be minimally organised by collecting a few €€ from everyone who wants to come and then buying some basic components (elements, cabling, connectors). Then each time we meet we could experiment with putting the components inside different housings (made from whatever - trash, storage containers, old toys, doll parts, etc.) and seeing what it all sounds like.

If someone has some expertise on the matter then they could 'lead' or 'facilitate', as I personally have no idea and will just try to figure it out. Could we try to figure it out collectively? If you have an idea for a more directed project please comment below!

Medium 325 f5 dyi parabolic mic secondary 2
Goals:

To create inexpensive and unusual microphones to be used for sound experimentation (music, field recordings, etc).

To learn how to make microphones.

Maybe if we make some really amazing ones we could try to sell them and get rich.

Timeframe:

Once every two months, maybe, on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for a few hours?

How often will this happend?:
Happens regularly
Intended participants:

Those interested in sound experimentation, recording, basic electronics or just anyone who likes the idea.

Discussion:

This experiment proposal has comments.
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Tuomo Tammenpää (tuomo.tammenpaa) pledged in support of this proposal!
October 06, 2016 12:42
tuomo.tammenpaa has pledged 5Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:28 +0000

I could try to lure in a microphone specialist I know.

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ramina pledged in support of this proposal!
October 06, 2016 14:29
ramina has pledged 5Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:30 +0000

I'd attend this!

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juan_diaz_diaz pledged in support of this proposal!
October 06, 2016 15:42
juan_diaz_diaz has pledged 10Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:31 +0000

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hyksos says....
October 07, 2016 10:08

I wrote to Pentti (Umpio) who has a lot of experience and he's up for helping out, though he lives in Turku and mostly works with contact mics.

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hyksos pledged in support of this proposal!
October 07, 2016 10:08
hyksos has pledged 7Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:33 +0000

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Katarina Meister (Kata_Meister) pledged in support of this proposal!
October 07, 2016 13:30
Kata_Meister has pledged 20Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:34 +0000

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olli a pledged in support of this proposal!
October 11, 2016 17:53
olli a has pledged 10Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:36 +0000

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jg@maaheli.ee pledged in support of this proposal!
October 14, 2016 22:17
jg@maaheli.ee has pledged 10Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:38 +0000

I'll donate some Ŧ bills to make this happen even though I will not be able to attend.

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Dusjagr pledged in support of this proposal!
October 15, 2016 15:34
Dusjagr has pledged 3Ŧ to this proposal.

Pledge spent at 2016-10-19 08:34:40 +0000

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hyksos says....
April 10, 2017 13:45

Status changed to: Sleeping

I am putting this project on hiatus. The first meeting was fun and I would love this to keep going, but I don't want to be the sole person responsible for organising it. If someone else wants to take over, comment here and it's yours to run. Or I will re-activate this at some point when I have the energy.

This proposal is now archived and can no longer be edited or commented on.
This proposal became the experiment Microphone building club, and further information and activity can be found there.