Instruments and Audio

On this page you will soon be able to find out about all the instruments that we use in our installations, as well as new designs in the pipeline. We can also make some instruments on order; contact Steve here.

Contact microphones £20
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After years of painstaking research (getting our mics broken by kids during workshops and at events) we have developed a 5 stage process for toughening up the flimsy Piezo disks and fitting them with good quality sturdy instrument cable. We wouldn’t go so far as to say they are indestructable, but they are about as tough as these things get.

Standard Noisy Toys contact mic:

3m cable; green, purple, red, orange, black, yellow, blue (pro grade Van Damme instrument cable as standard)
Standard connector; jack, xlr, mini jack (for Eurorack), banana (neutric connectors available for extra £4)
Double rubber-dipped & primed; green, purple, red

Rubber dipping makes the mics much more tactile, but will result in a slight loss of top end. Most people find that the un-dipped mics are slightly too generous with the treble, and prefer the sound of the dipped mics. For some applications (for example as triggers) un-dipped mics may be preferred. Please contact me for advice on this.

Piezo mics are not for studio quality sound recording, but they are great all rounders and can produce surprisingly useable results. They have a high output and can usually be plugged straight into a mixer or amp without the need for added gain.

NT_vlnContact01.jpg Perfect clipped onto a violin bridge for instant electric strings!

51y-sdConeL._SX522_ Raw Piezo disks- so delicate, just look at those connections waiting to pop off!