Soundbeam

What is Soundbeam?
Soundbeam is an electronic device that enables movement without physical contact with a musical instrument to be converted into sound and music.

Interface Connections
  • Touch-screen (11.5Inch)
  • 4x Sensor input
  • 8 (wireless) switch connectivity
  • 2x Audio in (line and Mic)
  • Audio (line) out x2
  • HDMI for Film Projection
  • USB for file transfer and more
  • Ethernet - connect to network
  • Power supply connector



How does it work?
Soundbeam sends out streams of ultra-sonic pulses, listens for echoes from objects in their path and then converts them into instructions as a M.I.D.I. (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) signal. This signal is then converted into audio in a sound-generating device such as a Sound Module and then amplified through speakers.

As a consequence the slightest body movement e.g. the blinking of an eye in its invisible "beam" enables musical notes and other sounds to be created at a distance and without physical contact.



What are it's uses?
Soundbeam is a unique expressive medium giving motivation to move and to explore movement and sound. It's power as a motivator is unsurpassed across a wide educational and artistic spectrum. It can be tuned to respond to the tiniest gestures or to the most sweeping movements enabling a broad range of ability/mobility to be accommodated. A few of it's many uses include:

  • Encouragement of body awareness
  • Building confidence about moving in space
  • Developing extended movement
  • Developing fine motor control and discrimination
  • Exploring cause and effect
  • Encouraging listening, attention and concentration
  • Building communication skills
  • Making music
  • Fostering a sense of achievement
  • Having fun





Soundbeam 6
Soundbeam 6 has many pre-programmed Soundsets (Preconfigured Film, musical elements, instruments, scales, audio recordings etc - assigned to each beam and switch) these will be available to load via the Soundset tile page as pictured here below, each will have an image to identify it, and will also have a playable audio preview of how the Soundset sounds,



Once a soundset is selected / loaded the switches and beams can be auditioned (by moving your finger along the beam 'illustration' or pressing the switches 'play button')- and easily modified (editable options open when Beam icon or upper part of switch is pressed)..



Sounds Library
A large library of high quality instrument recordings (Soundfonts) is available along with a wide variety of wav and mp3 files, the sound quality is excellent. The process of assigning a sound to a beam or switch is depicted below where selecting the specific beam / switch opens a series of drop down menus. The pop up window (and scrollable options) is the method we are using for all the usual Soundbeam settings (triggers, divisions, scales etc)



Video Library
A large library of high quality film is available. The process of assigning a film to a switch is depicted below where selecting the specific switch opens a series of drop down menus.



Recording
It is very easy to create audio recordings (using a microphone) and session recordings (using the beams and switches) - as pictured below.



Adjusting audio levels and applying effects
The mixer page will enable easy adjustments to the individual beams and switch audio



Note Sequence builder
There are many ready to use note sequences in the library and also (as usual) the facility to create your own using the Edit/Create Note sequence pages as pictured here Piano (Keyboard) Mode, easily create melodies to assign to beams or switches.



Chord Mode
In Chord Mode, easily create chord sequences to assign to beams or switches.






Soundbeam in it's basic and most commonly used form consists of a console, a sensor and sensor driver, a sound generator such as a sound module and amplified speakers.

The basic system may be expanded to incorporate up to four sensors i.e. four different beams. A Switch Box may also be connected to the system enabling up to eight switches to be used for turning on and off the sounds through various switch types such as on/off, proportionate and joystick.

Education continues to be the principle field of application for Soundbeam. Soundbeam's potential for both children and adults with special needs is well established. Performance groups are increasingly using Soundbeam. It adds an exhilarating live and improvisatory element to electronic music, it encourages choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians and technicians to collaborate in new ways.