Yerko Sepulveda is a bass player who had trouble hearing his instrument in a noisy crowd. He decided to build a device that would help him hear his music even in noisy conditions and this gave rise to the BackBeat, a device that lets you feel your music rather than just hearing it.
This is not the first portable subwoofer ever made but this is different in the aspect that it is designed to be a musician’s aid and can turn the sound of a slapped, plucked, or tapped bass string into a vibration. Its 2-inch transducer is said to deliver a force of 10 Newton.
The device is fitted to a bass guitar strap, with the cable from the instrument plugging into a 0.25-inch TRS jack. The bass players can plug in IEMs to monitor onstage performance. The BackBeat will vibrate the instrument output below 200 Hz, whereas the headphone output will deliver stereo 20Hz – 20kHz sound to the IEMs.
There is a knob on the top that allows the users to control the vibration. Another knob is used to adjust the headphone volume. It works on an 11.1 V Li-ion battery. There is a DC input that allows for a mains connection and is also used to charge the battery.
The BackBeat is a project on Kickstarter and has already met its target with a month remaining in the campaign. Pledges begin at $299 for the subwoofer, a soft case, an instrument cable, a charging adapter, and a cable strap organizer. Shipping is expected to start in Septemeber. You can check it out in the video below: