For bassists who have difficulty hearing themselves onstage during a live performance, we’ve got good news. The BackBeat—which debuted at Winter NAMM 2018—is an innovative monitoring system that lets you feel your notes.
All you need to do is clip the iPhone X-sized gadget onto the section of your instrument strap along your back, connect your bass to it, and turn the bad boy on. Thanks to a two-inch transducer that produces up to ten Newtons of force, you’ll feel those low frequencies reverberate through your body as you play. It’s billed as a personal sub-woofer and practice ‘amp,’ but the BackBeat is also designed to create an enhanced, immersive playing experience, its makers said.
The device’s four inputs and outputs make it highly versatile and useful for a range of scenarios. You can hook it up to earphones for silent practice, send the signal directly to an amp, and even pass an independent signal from a mixer through the BackBeat. And an 1/8-inch aux-in lets you plug in an iPhone or MP3 player.
Already, the BackBeat has found a fan in bass virtuoso Victor Wooten. Check out his demo video here:
The BackBeat lists for $299 and is available now on Kickstarter for $299.