HomeThe Thumper Throat Mic Kickstarter Project: Developing A New Throat Mic

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In the history of the world, there have been many inventions that have single-handedly changed the course of mankind; Alexander Bell’s telephone in 1875, the internal combustion engine in 1885, Humphry Davy’s electric light in 1878, and of course, arguably the greatest of all, the Internet, invented by Al Gore.

But in the a cappella world, very few inventions have been created to enhance our genre. Sure, we have dynamic and condenser microphones, developed in the 1920s and 1930s, which increase the distance our sound can travel in a live room. And we have the development of the MP3 to thank for the beginning of digital transference of music. But nothing has ever been created with us in mind. No microphone or speaker or anything has even been developed to further the a cappella community.

That was true until Freddie Feldman invented the Thumper throat microphone. It’s really amazing to think that, as long as a cappella music has been around, the Thumper is the only device created for a cappella music, specifically beatboxers, vocal percussionists, or even bass vocalists.

As the story goes, in 1998, Freddie was talking with mouthdrummer extraordinaire Wes Carroll, former percussionist for The House Jacks. Wes gave Freddie the idea to develop a microphone that straps directly to the throat to enhance the sounds that don’t get picked up by a mic positioned at the mouth. From there, the Thumper was born and for the past 12 years, Freddie has been designing these amazing microphones and building them by hand; his blood, sweat, and tears go into the making of every single microphone (figuratively, of course). Dozens of percussionists around the globe – from the US to Germany, from UK to South Korea and everywhere in between – have taken advantage of Freddie’s brain child already, but Freddie isn’t done.

Freddie is currently working on the next version of The Thumper, the TH100. The TH100 will have all digital signal processing which allows for multiple layers of EQ, filtering, bass enhancement, and compression. It’s going to be an amazing piece of technology that will surely enrich the a cappella experience of many percussionists and vocalists around the world. But Freddie needs our help!

Because he does this out of his love and dream of building microphones for a cappella (and because he’s not a company like Shure or Sennheiser), Freddie needs help raising the funds to create these new models. Check out his Kickstarter Website (http://kck.st/hubjng), if you'd like to help out.

Feldman is looking to raise at least $7,500 by March 7, 2011 to get this project started. Donations are already inching their way towards the goal. If you’d like to help make this advancement in a cappella music a successful one, or just to read more about the project, check out http://beatboxmics.com/

About the author:
Jeeves Murphy: "I've only heard the a cappella version of that song before." If Jeeves had a nickel for every time he's said that, he'd be a rich man. Jeeves has been singing ever since he can remember (even before he was "Jeeves"). He's performed in classical and renaissance a cappella groups, as well as contemporary groups and barbershop quartets.  He helped found multiple groups while he was in college, including the first of its kind at UMBC (The Mama's Boys) where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. Jeeves currently works in Columbia, MD as an ITS Engineer. In his spare time, he is an all around musician - playing piano, bass guitar, cajon, and of course singing Tenor (high-tenor), arranging, and vocal percussion. He's the Maryland State Ambassador for CASA and writes semi-regularly for the site (or at least when the mood strikes). Jeeves' articles focus mainly on performance and CD reviews.

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