Mikrophonie Kit

Mikrophonie is a microphone preamp with a piezo contact mic built into the panel.

This is a full kit set in the Eurorack format. These are Thonk created kits - now available from within the US!

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Tom Whitwell, the designer of Mikrophonie describes the module thus:

“Mikrophonie is a microphone preamp with a piezo contact mic built into the panel.

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. Here is a wonderful film from 1966 of Stockhausen & Co performing Mikrophonie 1.

The panel is PCB with no soldermask. The raw 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 and grounded for shielding; the peizo microphone can either be soldered directly to the copper or stuck on with epoxy glue.”

The module will work with both DIYed contact mics made from inexpensive piezo transducers (instructions coming soon), 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.

These kits are put together and graciously supplied to us by Thonk - you can now get the same Thonk quality kits you're used to now shipping from within the US!

Specs & Downloads

Specs & Downloads

Manufacturer Music Thing
HP 4
Depth 25mm
+12V 5mA
-12V 0mA
+5V 0mA
Additional Resources Build Guide


Customer Reviews (1)

highly suggested newbie / first build.Review by isohedra
this is a fantastic way to get familiar with soldering in eurorack land.
the instructions for this and other music thing modular kits is top notch.

great starter module, or a cool project that won't take you a long time.

all through hole and not a lot of parts. (Posted on 9/26/2016)

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