Check out our Jamboxx MIDI wind controllers, an expressive and powerful new way to play and record music.
The Jamboxx is an electronic, USB-powered, breath-controlled instrument styled after a harmonica that plays digital MIDI notes when connected to a compatible Windows computer/tablet or MAC OS device. Notes are played by sipping or puffing via the mouthpiece. Moving the mouthpiece left or right determines which note is played.
As an electronic synthesizer the Jamboxx can play any instrument including guitar, drums, violin, piano or saxophone. It can be easily adapted for those with physical or cognitive handicaps or special needs, whether children or adults. With its included bracket the Jamboxx can easily be played hands-free. It also adapts to the musician’s range of head motion and breath capacity, including those with very limited lung capacity. The Jamboxx is also well suited for music enthusiasts, music professionals, music teachers, music therapists, occupational therapists, and parents of children with physical or cognitive disabilities such as Autism, ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis and those with spinal cord injuries.
We offer two different versions of our MIDI controller (both include the Jamboxx ProSuite software):
- Jamboxx Pro: Perfectly suited for the professional musician or enthusiast or music student, it uses a pliable mouthpiece that provides both comfort and control. The mouthpiece can be adjusted to set the amount of airflow used to play notes. Different from the Jamboxx Classroom version, the Jamboxx Pro also includes tactile bumps on the face of the instrument, similar to frets on a guitar.
- Jamboxx Classroom Version: Our classroom version is a great way to introduce beginners to music. When paired with the included Jamboxx software, students can play our Falling Notes game — tackling simple songs in minutes and more complex songs with practice. While the Jamboxx Pro has a single, permanently attached mouthpiece, the Jamboxx Classroom includes eight interchangeable mouthpieces so that each student can have their own self-contained mouthpiece.
By default, the Jamboxx plays 12 notes on a C Major chromatic scale. You can easily change to a major or minor scale, the key, the octave and the number notes (8, 10, 12, 14 or 16). The modulation wheel on the right side of the Jamboxx by default changes the octave (twist up/down to go up/down one octave).
The same modulation wheel can be configured for different functions:
- note pitch bend
- play note flat or sharp (1/2 step up or down)
- octave change
Using the included Jamboxx Pro Suite software you can also configure key, scale, chord and octave.
Breath control lets you blow harder or softer to control how loud or soft your instrument plays.
Play the Jamboxx Hands-free
Every Jamboxx includes a custom bracket for hands-free play that mounts to a standard microphone stand with ⅝” threads. We also sell a heavy-duty desktop microphone stand, which is included with the Jamboxx Classroom.
When using the bracket in a stand, musicians have access to the modulation wheel to do octave changes, go up/down 1 note step or do pitch bend.
Button & Switch
On the bottom of the device, there is a black button and a metal female jack (which accepts a standard ¼” audio plug for additional instrument options). Either can be configured for one of two options: ½ note step up/down or to cycle through the selected instruments.
For those without the use of their hands we recommend mounting a pressure-activated switch near their head that is connected to the Jamboxx jack.
Play Any Instrument
As a MIDI wind controller the Jamboxx can play the voice of virtually any instrument, only limited by the sounds pre-loaded in the Jamboxx software or those you download or purchase.
Here’s a sample list of the default instruments pre-loaded with the Jamboxx ProSuite software:
- French Horn
- Alto Saxophone
- Full Orchestra
- Baby Grand Piano
- And more…
An example of the range of instruments defined in the MIDI specification is shown by this list from MIDI.org.