Monster Beatbox Video
Monster Beatbox Video Transcript
[0:00:03] Hi! I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the Monster Beatbox. The Beatbox has a simple mission: Deliver big sound from a small box. We call it Monster Sound, but the Beatbox doesn't quite go that far. However, it certainly is compact and it certainly plays loud, filling even a fairly sizeable room with rich sound. The first thing you notice about it when you pick it up, yes, there's a convenient carry handle at the top. This guy is heavy weighing in at a solid 13 pounds. [0:00:31] Well, it's not battery power. It's designed to be portable and turn into a party box wherever you take it. No, the unit isn't ruggedized per se, but it appears well built and has an attractive minimalist yet muscular styling to it. There's a power button and volume knob and that's it. On the back, you'll find an auxiliary input for connecting other audio devices and a special port for an optional bluetooth wireless module. At $400, we wish the bluetooth was integrated into the unit, but so it goes. [0:00:59] To get maximum base, Monster recommends sticking the Beatbox in the corner of a room where the wall meets. Alternatively, you can just stick it close to the walls so you can get some reflection for the base. Overall, that base was big and good, thought it didn't exhibit great definition. Crank the volume is what you're meant to do with the Beatbox as we said it plays loud, real loud. It holds together nicely at high volumes. Dance club in your apartment? This will deliver that kind of experience with a minimal amount of equipment. With that said, the trouble is a little bit aggressive [unk] or to put it in another way, the sound is lively and exciting, which some people call bright. [0:01:34] That may seem really good at first, but after an hour or so of listening, some folks might find it a little too lively. And that's where the Beatbox is a nutshell, lots of aggressive sound from a small box. In the end, this is designed to appeal to a certain type of buyer and it does what it's supposed to do very well. If you're someone who doesn't envision playing your music very loud all that often, this probably is overkill and not for you, but if you're looking for a little box that can kick it, [0:02:01] the Beatbox should make your short list. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Monster Beatbox.
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"We're on a mission to change the world," proclaims 8o.Bug, singer, songwriter, DJ and half of the format-busting musical duo Jupiter Rising. After one listen to "Go," the barnstorming lead track from the pair's self-titled debut album, you might be forgiven for thinking the change in question will start on the dancefloor. If this relentlessly funky amalgam of hip-hop, pop, rock, dancehall and more doesn't make you move, consult a physician. But 8o. and her partner, composer-multi-instrumentalist-programmer-human beatbox Spencer Nezey, have a lot more up their sleeves. Take, for example, the soaring ballad "Hero," which was selected as the theme for the acclaimed International Museum of Women's project Imagining Ourselves. The song's soulful refrain yearns for "a hero to save us from ourselves," but declares that if one doesn't arrive, "I will do it myself." This sort of determination is at the core of Jupiter Rising's mission. "We both felt so unsatisfied by most of the music out there," 8o notes. "It's either bands asking why life sucks but offering no explanation, or trite, dumb stuff about shaking your ass, getting the guy, getting money. We want our music to make people feel full of hope, full of self-awareness and a sense of connection and belonging. We want them to feel something they didn't feel before they listened to us."
"Real Gone" is the unpredictable follow-up to the atmospheric and conceptual "Alice "and "Blood Money," two albums that TOM WAITS released simultaneously in the spring of 2002.
In an exciting departure from the critically acclaimed Alice and Blood Money, Waits? fevered imagination has spawned a new musical hybrid, grafting together worlds both sonic and ethnic from musical traditions both old and new. The 15 track CD features: primal blues, Jamaican rock-steady grooves, rhythms and melodies both African and Latin, what Waits calls ?cubist funk.?
In that sonic cubism, Waits ingeniously finds common ground with hip hop?s cut and paste aesthetic and incorporates some of its elements into his approach. Many of the tracks on Real Gone were built on Waits? ?human beatboxing? on a cassette recorder in his bathroom and bringing those tapes into the studio to have the band play over them. As a result, there are no drums on many of the most driving tracks as his voice provides all of the necessary propulsions. And for the first time, there is no piano.
A boundary-breaking, British soul vocalist beyond your wildest expectations, Jamie Lidell is set to affirm his long-simmering musical ascendancy with his new album Multiply. With it, he has evolved into a prodigious performer, fusing elements that evoke several giants of the music world without ever appearing derivative. Jamie Lidell has been shocking audiences for the past three years with his extraordinary live shows; which careen from glitzy Funkadelic extravaganza to hard electronic avant-garde showpieces. He was top draw at Sonar (Barcelona) and Ether Festivals (London) of recent years, performing at Ether juxtaposed with the London Sinfonietta, a bill that has toured to sold out coliseums and major performance houses across Europe. A peerless vocal performer; his largely improvised shows have won him thousands of fans from Belfast to Tokyo. Reviewers have likened him to ?a 21st century reincarnation of Little Richard? with ?a soul voice fried in honey like Sly Stone or Prince, and a beatboxing talent to make Muhammad Ali quake in his Everlast?, delivering time and again ?a thrilling, visceral performance?, ?pure, visceral power: a scintillating display of demented musical and physical energy?, both ?exhilarating? and ?astounding?. Jamie Lidell is British music?s best kept secret, about to be unleashed. His genre-blending live experience is both captivating and passionate ? building tracks by expertly sampling and layering loops of his voice and shifting effortlessly from deranged beat boxing to soulful funk.
Does Monster intentionally engineer its headphones to leak sound? Joseph Kaminski joins The 404 for a discussion about this and more noise offenses on today's podcast.
Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Review
The good: Compact iPod/iPhone stereo system that delivers big sound; able to fill large rooms; edgy industrial design with minimalist styling; solid construction; big bass; convenient carrying handle.
The bad: No extra features; bass will rattle nearby objects; fairly pricey; wireless module is an optional accessory (with no specific price or due date); no battery option.
The bottom line: The Monster Beatbox may not deliver the most refined sonics, but if you're looking for big, aggressive sound from a small box, this is the one you want.
Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Specs
Part number: MSP-BTS-BX-DK-EF
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