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Crowdfunding Corner: Cardboard Drumkit, JamStack, Guitar Clutch, Joue MIDI controller, The Kraken kick drum mic

Laura  Barnes
Crowdfunding Corner: Cardboard Drumkit, JamStack, Guitar Clutch, Joue MIDI controller, The Kraken kick drum mic

MI Pro checks out the latest musical instrument projects looking for backers, or recently funded, on popular crowdsourcing sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.


Drums are well known for being expensive, loud, inconvenient, long to assemble and almost impossible to carry around. That’s why Obilab has created the Cardboard DRUMKIT: an ethical instrument that solves these five problems and tackles newbies, amateurs, pros at the same time.

The DRUMKIT comes with six parts. ‘Sydney’ is a Backpack/stool/cajon with conga sounds. ‘Bob’ is a kick drum with its pedal – you can use the top as a floor tom as well. ‘Captain’ is the snare, that you can rimshot when you hit it flat. ‘Hi-Charly’ is used as a closed hi-hat or as a handy shaker. ‘Tim Tom’ has a higher sound in the centre and a lower sound on the edge. The kit also comes with a pair of bamboo drumsticks.
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The Cardboard DRUMKIT smashed its funding target by a whopping 130% earlier this month. Find out more over on Obilab’s Indigogo page.


The JamStack claims to be the world’s first attachable guitar amplifier.

It connects effortlessly in seconds to the base of your electric guitar, is lightweight and connects to any smartphone.

JamStack’s 10-watt speaker is designed to sound great at high and low volume. And the firm promises that you can sound as good practicing in the middle of the night at low volume as you would jamming alongside other instruments or busking on the street.

With apps like AmpliTube and AmpKit, you can bring a song right in off your smartphone or iPod touch, access practically any effect, and choose from dozens of amp models.

As well that functioning as a guitar amp, the JamStack also works as a Bluetooth speaker.

The JamStack has already smashed its $25,000 funding goal, but there’s still 9 days left to back the project. For more information check out JamStack’s Kickstarter page.


Guitar Clutch is a mechanical memory device for guitars, enabling you to set and recall your sweet spots for the perfect sound.

Everyone has their favourite settings, however, once you set your sweet spot, it is impossible to replicate it again with a single move. The Guitar Clutch can be easily installed and doesn't alter the look or the sound of your guitar. It makes it possible to determine a mechanical stop point, that allows you to return to your sweet spot any time with a single move, and enables you to redefine that spot whenever you like.

The Clutch consists of two main parts: the Clutch Knob and the Clutch Nut. The Knob is fixed to the shaft of the potentiometer, and it is able to move up and down axially. The Nut is fixed to the treaded collar of the potentiometer, and comprises of two parts: a lower fixed nut and a rotating shim.

The rotating shim is connected to the lower fixed nut with a spring, so when it is turned and released, it jumps back to its starting position, just like a rotary dial phone.

The Guitar Clutch is looking for $35,000 in funding. Get involved at the product’s Indiegogo page.


Joué is an expressive and modular MIDI controller that ‘feels like a real instrument’, according to its makers.

The Joué promises to simplify digital music playing and offer beginners and professional artists a unique level of expressivity and spontaneity.

The device is made of wood and metal and is equipped with a pressure sensitive sensor on which magic modules are placed. Modules like piano keys, guitar strings, drums pads or 3D control objects offer an infinite playground for musicians.

Joué has 3 slots, which can be filled by modules. Modules can be exchanged on the fly during a live performance. Their configuration is stored in the modules themselves, Joué will automatically detect new modules and will send the MIDI data you want.

Every MIDI compliant software can be connected to Joué. You can play and control software like Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Native Instruments plugins, Max/MSP or any iPad apps from GarageBand to the last iSynth.

You can also connect it to your favourite hardware using a USB to MIDI converter without needing a computer in between or even connect several Joué to the same device to extend the setup.

The Joué is close to hitting its €70,000 funding goal, but there’s still plenty of time to get involved. For more information visit Joue’s Kickstarter page.


Austin Hodges has set out to compliment the kick drum in the best way possible – by developing a microphone that naturally captures the low end that it produces.

The kick drum, while seemingly simple, does require two microphones to capture the wide range of frequencies needed: The attack from an inside kick, and the low end from the KR2.

Hodges plans to build the K2R The Kraken kick drum microphone right out of Seattle, Washington.

They will be assembled by hand using the highest quality components and the latest 3D printed technology to create a lightweight, strong and affordable product.

The project is almost halfway to its funding goal and there’s still five days to go. For more information and to view a video demonstrating The Kraken visit the KR2 The Kraken Kickstarter page.

Tags: MIDI controller , Crowdfunding Corner , crowdfunding , Cardboard drumkit , JamStack , Guitar Clutch , Joue , the kracken

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