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The wearable, portable rumble pack and practice amp for bassists that turns every low note you play into a vibration you can feel.
The wearable, portable rumble pack and practice amp for bassists that turns every low note you play into a vibration you can feel.
The wearable, portable rumble pack and practice amp for bassists that turns every low note you play into a vibration you can feel.
445 backers pledged $129,274 to help bring this project to life.

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Yerko Sepulveda is the bass player behind the BackBeat. He got his first bass guitar while studying engineering at the University of Sydney in Australia. After a few cringeworthy stints with tribute bands, he found his niche in a jazz funk ensemble called The Bedfords. When the band won a competition during the 2000 Olympics, he used his share of the winnings to buy a 5-string Ibanez. A tinkerer at heart, he eventually converted the Ibanez into a 6-string.  

Two years ago, Yerko was having trouble finding his bass in a crowded sound mix. Nothing he seemed to do helped. Thinking if he could feel the bass instead of straining to hear it, he could quit bugging the sound guys and take control of the situation himself.  

The tinkerer went to work experimenting with various components, until he came up with the wearable subwoofer he never gigs without— the BackBeat.  

When other musicians took notice and wanted one for themselves, Yerko knew he was onto something big. He left his engineering job two years ago to focus full time on developing the BackBeat, and plans to have it on the market in 2018.

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Designed in Detroit, BackBeat is a wearable subwoofer designed to meet the performance and practice needs of the serious bass player.  

When you play a string on your bass, BackBeat turns the sound you make into a vibration you can feel.  

Clip it to your strap, connect it to your bass, feel what you play.  

Plug your headphones into the BackBeat for a complete auditory and tactile immersion experience.  

BackBeat allows you to play with confidence by providing instant feedback directly to your body.

Description:

ON/OFF - powers the BackBeat.

Rumble Control - controls rumble feel from zero to max.

Headphone Control - controls headphone volume from zero to max.

DC/recharge Jack - DC power connection to recharge internal Li-Ion battery or to use plugged into a wall outlet. 

Signal INPUT - a signal plugged into this 1/4" Jack will drive the transducer shaker as well as send the signal to the Headphone OUTPUT.

Signal OUTPUT - used in an Through scenario. Bass goes to IN, then OUT goes to DI box, wireless pack, amp, etc.

Aux INPUT - 1/8” input from iPhone or MP3 player for practice.

Headphone OUTPUT - 1/8” jack. Mixes anything connected to Signal INPUT and Aux INPUT.

Uses:

Through Function

Connect your bass into the Signal INPUT, then Signal OUTPUT feeds a DI, amp, wireless transmitter, pedalboard, etc. BackBeat has an output buffer that ensures your signal is maintained.

PRACTICE

Practice on the go, anywhere, by connecting your bass directly into the Signal INPUT. Plug your headphones into the Headphone OUTPUT and MP3 player into the Aux INPUT. You can choose to turn up the rumble or not, or choose to attach the BackBeat to the bass strap or have it sit next to you.

IN ONLY

Some personal monitors have a separate channel that could be used to provide a standalone signal to the BackBeat. It could be a mix of any low end signal such as bass, bass drum, keys, or a low frequency click track. 

IEM SETUP

Want super mobility? Use the BackBeat to thump all the low end you would normally hear in your IEMs. Connect the IEM receiver to the Signal INPUT, and connect your IEMs to the Headphone OUTPUT. The Backbeat will rumble your entire signal below 200Hz, and the Headphone OUTPUT will transmit clear 20-20,000Hz in stereo for your IEMs.

Electronics

Inputs   

  • 1 x 1/4” Neutrik TRS jack
  • 5.5mm DC power jack
  • 1 x 1/8” TRS aux input jack
  • 1 x headphone volume potentiometer 
  • 1 x transducer force potentiometer

Outputs   

  • 1 x 1/4” Neutrik TS jack
  • 1 x 1/8” TRS stereo headphone jack

Transducer

  • Diameter - 2”
  • Output -  20-200Hz frequency range
  • Force - 10N
  • Dimensions - approx. 72mm W x 170mm L x 24mm H

Accessories for BackBeat

 Add-On Walk-Thru

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Add-On Mock-Ups

**Note: These are examples of the add-on cases. The final shipping products will be customized to fit BackBeat and it's corresponding accessories.

Soft Shell Case (Exterior)
Soft Shell Case (Exterior)
Soft Shell Case (Interior)
Soft Shell Case (Interior)
Hard Shell Case (Exterior)
Hard Shell Case (Exterior)
Hard Shell Case (Interior)
Hard Shell Case (Interior)
                            
 
                               

Play Bass, Feel Bass, Make Money? 

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Stretch Goal #1 ($110,000) - Ultimate Ears Every person who has pledged for at least one (1) BackBeat will be entered into a random drawing to win a FREE pair of Ultimate Ears In-Ear Monitors!

             

First Prize - One FREE Pair of UE-11 Pro IEM’s + Free Custom Wood Faceplates ($1,300 value) http://pro.ultimateears.com/ue-11-pro

Second Prize - One FREE Pair of UE-900s IEM’s ($400 value)

http://pro.ultimateears.com/ue-900s

The drawing will take place approximately 15 days AFTER the BackBeat Kickstarter campaign ends and all pledges are verified and collected by Kickstarter. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

PLUS, every person who pledged for a BackBeat through Kickstarter will receive an exclusive 10% discount code for any model of Ultimate Ears IEM’s including FREE Custom Wood Faceplate upgrades on eligible models (a $100 value).

Instructions on how to claim discounts will be sent via a backers-only update approximately 15 days after the BackBeat Kickstarter campaign ends and all pledges are verified and collected by Kickstarter.

We would like to thank the fine people at Ultimate Ears for their enthusiasm and support of BackBeat, and our growing community of backers!

Stretch Goal #2 ($130,000) - Backers Get to Choose a Third Color Option for BackBeat! Let’s launch BackBeat in style! Once we hit $130,000 we will offer BackBeat (currently available in black or silver) in a third color option chosen by YOU, the backers! Voting begins now on our Facebook page and right up until the Kickstarter ends. The winner color will be added as a free custom option to all BackBeat backers. Choices are:

Gun Metal Grey Red Blue Green Purple Yellow White Orange

Vote now! The winning color will be announced shortly after the BackBeat Kickstarter Campaign Ends.

https://www.facebook.com/getbackbeat/?view_public_for=120964918458903

Risks and challenges

While there are many risks & challenges with creating and delivering a brand new product, we've minimized these as follows.

We own the intellectual property used to develop the BackBeat. We have no restrictions developing and delivering this product as promised in the campaign.

We have relationships with several suppliers and are in the midst of signing agreements with them. We have thoroughly tested BackBeat through several prototype iterations to work as promised in the campaign.

We have the expertise to make this product and do it well. That, along with experienced crowdfunding experts, leaves little room for error and ensures an on-time delivery of a functioning product.

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    BackBeat™ T-Shirt

    Show your Bass playing pride with some BackBeat™ swag.

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    [Super Early Bird] 1st to get BackBeat™

    Super Early Bird Backers are the backbone of BackBeat™!

    Be amongst the first players to get BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass Guitar. Save $100 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Early Bird] Help Us Explode This!

    Early Bird Backers are awesome!

    Get BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass Guitar and spread the word! Save $75 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [FLASH SALE] Get BackBeat™

    FLASH SALE! LIMITED OFFER!

    Get BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass Guitar and spread the word! Save $75 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Kickstarter Price] Get Backbeat™

    Special Kickstarter Price!

    Get BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass Guitar. Save $50 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [LIMITED OFFER] Backbeat™ + FREE Case

    LIMITED TIME OFFER!

    Get BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass Guitar at our special Kickstarter price of $299. Save $50 off the planned retail price plus a FREE soft shell case ($25 value).

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • FREE Soft Shell Case for BackBeat
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Super Early Bird TWO PACK] BackBeat™ X2

    Super Early Bird Backers are the backbone of BackBeat™!

    Double up on BackBeat™. Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar. Save $210 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Early Bird TWO PACK] Double Up!

    Early Bird Backers are Awesome!

    Double up on BackBeat™. Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar and spread the word! Save $160 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [FLASH SALE] Double Up on BackBeat™

    FLASH SALE! GET TWO BACKBEAT™ RUMBLE PACKS AT A LIMITED TIME OFFER!

    Double up on BackBeat™. Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar and spread the word! Save $160 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [LIMITED OFFER TWO PACK] Double Up!

    Special Kickstarter Price on BackBeat™!

    Double up on BackBeat™. Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar. Save $110 off the planned retail price plus 2 FREE soft shell cases ($50 value).

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • FREE Soft Shell Case for BackBeat
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Super Early Bird PRO PACK] Tour Tough

    Super Early Bird Backers are the backbone of BackBeat™!

    Go on tour with BackBeat™ like a pro! Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar with an included custom waterproof hardshell tour case that's laser cut to fit both packs. Save $210 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Custom Waterproof Touring Hard Shell Case
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Early Bird PRO PACK] Tour Tough

    Early Bird Backers are Awesome! Go on tour with BackBeat™ like a pro!

    Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar with an included custom waterproof hardshell tour case that's laser cut to fit both packs. Save $160 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Custom Waterproof Touring Hard Shell Case
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    [Kickstarter Price PRO PACK] Tour Tough

    Special Kickstarter Price on BackBeat™ Pro Pack!

    Go on tour with BackBeat™ like a pro!

    Be amongst the first players to get 2 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar with an included custom waterproof hardshell tour case that's laser cut to fit both packs. Save $110 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS menu at the bottom of the project page.

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Custom Waterproof Touring Hard Shell Case
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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    Music Director/House of Worship 4 Pack

    Add BackBeat™ to your gear list for a house of worship, theatre, school or musical.

    You'll get 4 BackBeat™ Rumble Packs for Bass Guitar with 2 included custom waterproof hardshell tour cases that have been laser cut to fit 2 packs each. Save $320 off the planned retail price.

    BackBeat™ is available in Black or Silver anodized aluminum.

    Want more? See our ADD-ONS me

    Includes:
    • BackBeat™ Rumble Pack for Bass
    • Custom Waterproof Touring Hard Shell Case
    • Instrument Cable
    • AC Charging Adapter
    • Cable Strap Organizer
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