Although Soundbeam is a great resource it, and other non-contact sensors like the MIDIgesture, suffer from being invisible. To help people play the Soundbeam we need to be consistent about where we place the unit from week to week. Accurate records can help, but we can also use a few props to help.
Soundbeam is one of the most familiar forms of Accessible Music Technology. Originally developed by British composer Edward Williams for EMS in 1988, Soundbeam is a mature and robust system that has become a firm favourite amongst those working in SEND settings.
In this second part of my guide to updating the Soundbeam 5, we look at upgrading the included samples and sound sets. This will add new sounds to your Soundbeam and change the demos played when you press the ‘preview’ button.
Again, all the sounds are free from the Soundbeam website.
The joy of computer based instruments is the ability to download updates to fix bugs and add features. Whilst the Soundbeam 5 is entirely self-contained, the rear panel features a USB port that allows you to connect it to a PC. Although you rarely need to do this, it’s always worth checking to make sure you’re running the latest version.