PorchBoard Floor Bass
Musical Instrument (Percussion)
The PorchBoard Floor Bass is a simple percussion instrument designed to be tapped by a foot to provide a "kick drum"-like sound. It could be classed as an instrument of indefinite pitch containing complex frequencies through which no discernible pitch can be heard.
With very little audible sound by itself, the internal pickup provides both 1/4" and XLR output connections that may be used simultaneously.
Settings on the L1® for the PorchBoard
T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine
You can run the PorchBoard into T1® Channel 4 or 5, completely flat, no effects. While you could use T1® Channels 1, 2, or 3, there is no need to do that, so you can leave 1, 2, and 3 available for other inputs that require more gain.
The ToneMatch® settings are
You can also run the PorchBoard directly to a L1® Model II Power Stand Analog input. You would use the Analog trim to control the volume. If you don't mind doing that, this leaves another input on the T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine available.
The PorchBoard works well with the L1® Compact. If you are not using Channel 2 for a different instrument then run the PorchBoard ¼ inch output to Compact Channel 2 - ¼ inch input.
If you are using Channel 2 for Guitar or other instrument then you can run the PorchBoard to one of the Channel 2 RCA jacks using a ¼ inch to RCA adapter or cable.
Playing the PorchBoard through the L1®
Like any instrument, when you spend some time with it you can get different effects and be more expressive with it as you learn its capabilities & limitations .
PorchBoard Micro Bass
In 2012 the PorchBoard Micro Bass was introduced.
Comparing the Floor Bass and Micro Bass
Side by Side
Micro Bass on Top
Height Difference Front
Height Difference Back
Floor Bass Back to Front rise 1 " Micro Bass Back to Front rise 3/8 "
Two Feet Tapping or One
See / Hear it
Where it came from and how it works.
Discussions about the PorchBoard
From the PorchBoard website:
Added notes from Bill
Notes from Nadene Isackson
- constructed using durable composites (reclaimed plastics an recycled wood Trex)
- features XLR and 1/4" outputs
- passive - no batteries or additional power sources are required.
- no noise, feedback or delay
- disassembles for compact travel (no tools required)
- includes a handy carry bag
This is included here because it gives insight into the different models. From the PorchBoard site
The PorchBoard Bass plugs directly into an amplification system (set up much like a bass guitar would be.)using a quarter-quarter guitar cord or an XLR cord (or both simultaneously). No additional power sources or batteries are required.
Beginning tapping (heel on heel rail and toe on suspended toe rail) with a very simple beat, tapping once or twice each measure. With a little practice you will develop your own style and rhythm and your PorchBoard playing will become automatic.
Adjust the amplifier controls for tone and adequate volume. We suggest using a maximum setting on the low end (bass) control and then adjust the volume control so that a good sound is achieved with minimum tapping effort. Extreme tapping efforts are not necessary.
The PorchBoard is designed to produce a tone in the 33-100 HZ range (very low). The 33 HZ (with a strong 99 HZ harmonic) was selected because it offers a strong supportive bass "thump" in any key- similar to a large marching band bass drum. Often the nature of the sound tends to resemble a note when another instrument (such as a guitar) suggests a note.
Excellent results can be obtained by using a quality bass amp, keyboard amp, capable PA system, powered subwoofer (the PorchBoard has adequate output to drive most powered subwoofers without the use of a pre-amp or any amplification system) that can reproduce these low frequencies at adequate levels.
The PorchBoard has a three way frequency response switch designed to match the frequency range of an increased number of amplifiers with higher frequency sound capability. The L (low) setting allows the very low bass, perfect for subwoofer or quality bass amp usage. The M (mix) setting filters a mix of low and high frequencies, and the H (high) setting provides for high end, stompbox slap.
The following pictures are viewed from the player's perspective.
This is the way you usually assemble a PorchBoard.
Try assembling your PorchBoard like this and the connectors will be protected. This takes a little less floor space. Just disassemble the PorchBoard, rotate the large section 180° and reassemble. The distance between the heel rail and the sensor rail is about 3/4" longer when you do this.
- Wikipedia Wikipedia/Percussion Instrument#indefinite pitch
- Nature of the sound.... - excerpt from the PorchBoard FAQs
- the PorchBoard does not use a resonant surface for pickkup PorchBoard FAQs
- Proximity Sensor PorchBoard FAQs