Weekly Music Thing No. 2 : Inductive Pickup

This week I’ll show you how to make a pick up that will let you eavesdrop on the internal sound-world of electronic devices.

The inductive pickup is simply a coil of wire, really that’s all there is to it. Connect that to an amplifier and begin probing your: Laptop, mobile phone, local transport network (London underground tube trains sound amazing!)

As last week, a video follows….


NEXT WEEK: either ‘How to make really good contact mics’ or ‘Messing about with CMOS chips to make a horrid noise” or something altogether different, you decide!

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9 Comments to Weekly Music Thing No. 2 : Inductive Pickup

Anton Woldhek
September 13, 2011


September 13, 2011

I would love to hear more about contact mics!


September 27, 2011

Another vote for contact mics!

This video is very cool – thanks!

October 8, 2011

Thanks John! would like to see more Music Things, great stuff.

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November 22, 2011

Another fantastic video, never realized how easy they are to make!
Would really appreciate if you could do a tutorial on good contact mics as I’ve been struggling to get a good sound out of these little buggers without using a pre-amp (the one mentioned in the hydrophone tutorial).. There must be a simpler way?

December 3, 2011

Fantastic !

For “next” week I’d love to read a tutorial to build a really good contact mic…

Leafcutter John
December 3, 2011

Sure, next one will be about making cheap but excellent contact pickups!

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