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Scr scr scratch!
Can you guess what it is yet? Probably not, because despite looking like a pimped up version of the legendary Rolf-endorsed ‘instrument’, the Stylophone Beatbox is actually a whole new kettle of percussive jiggery pokery. Struth!
Like a stylus-operated mini drum with retro electro-attitude (try saying that after a few tinnies), the Stylophone Beatbox boasts three different sound modes: Drum Kit, Beatbox and Bass Stylophone. There’s also a scratch function that allows you to mix your sounds, record them and play them over your beats. You can even adjust pitch and tempo. Think of it as a portable beatbox with added irony.
But what about those sounds? Prepare to be impressed because this bonkers doodah contains samples created by champion human beatboxer MC Zani. No, we haven’t heard of him either but we’re told he’s da boom and da lick. Or something like that.
Just like the original Stylophone, the Beatbox is guaranteed to infuriate everyone bar the nutcase playing it, so thank goodness it’s got a headphone socket…which doubles up as a line out to speakers. Haha!
Record and play loops
Tweak your sounds!
Turn up on any street corner and whack out some Beatbox grooves for your homies and they’ll be utterly gobsmacked – and so will you in all probability. But don’t worry, you can console yourself by hooking up your MP3 player and twiddling along to your favourite tunes. Entertaining? Tinchy Stryder with a dope Stylophone overdub has to be heard to be disbelieved. Crikey, we’re so thrilled we’re hyperventilating, Rolf-styley: ‘Aho-aha-ahohaha!’
If you think the Stylophone Beatbox is unfit for proper musos, think again. Firebox favourite Brett Domino is already a fan – and he’s been on Britain’s Got Talent. Okay, so he didn’t win. But neither did Susan Boyle and look what happened to her. No, we’re not talking about the mental breakdown, we’re talking about the muti-million dollar recording contract. Boom-chi!