Music Thing Modular – Mikrophonie v3 – Full Kit

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Contact microphone module with optional Contact Mic

All SMD pre-soldered – perfect build for beginners!

2 x panel options included – place the scratchplate at either the top or bottom of the module depending on what suits your case!

LeafAudio - Contact mic option - Tick box to include

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New and improved version of the classic Mikrophonie contact microphone module. This version incorporates the features of the (now discontinued) Mutable Ears module but allows you to push the preamp into dirtier territory. The kit also includes a choice of 2 x frontpanels allowing the builder to choose whether to have the scratchplate at the top or bottom of the panel.

Tom Whitwell the designer of Mikrophonie describes the original  thus:

“Mikrophonie is a microphone preamp with a piezo contact mic built into the panel.

It is an easy way to bring environmental noise and feedback into a modular system, inspired by the early days of electroacoustic music in Paris and Cologne, and by the contact microphone and phonograph cartridge experiments of John Cage, Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley and Nicholas Collins. Here is a wonderful film from 1966 of Stockhausen & Co performing Mikrophonie 1.

The panel scratchpad has quite a nice rough texture – rubbing it with a finger or a plectrum creates quite a wide range of sounds. The back of the panel is plated and grounded for shielding; the peizo microphone can either be soldered directly to the copper or stuck on with epoxy glue.”

This new version of Mikrophonie improves the amplifier circuit and adds the following features from the Ears version by Emilie Gillet

  • An envelope follower, translating the decaying amplitude profile of a tap into an envelope CV.
  • A gate detector, translating taps into gate signals.
  • The envelope follower and gate detector can process external signals as well as the built in contact mic.


  • High quality Audio Amp with extended gain range over Ears.
  • External input bypassing the built-in contact microphone.
  • Envelope follower with 3 preset attack and release times (adjustable by jumper).
  • Gate detector with 3 preset sensitivity levels (adjustable by jumper) and +8V gate output.
  • Three indicator LEDs for amplifier clipping, envelope follower level and gate detector activity.

This kit contains all parts to build the module, right down to the power cable and the screws. Internal contact mic is included. This kit sometimes includes an option of a high quality external contact mic made by LeafAudio (when stocks are available)

The module will work with a range of external contact mics including  DIYed creations made from inexpensive piezo transducers, and off the shelf contact mics (often called Piezo Pickups) made for guitars and violins which you can pick up for ten bucks from Amazon or eBay. It’s also possible to use bespoke mics like the popular Jez Riley French models (including hydrophones!) which are firmly aimed at Sound Designers.
For more info and patching tips check out Music Thing Modular’s 15 things to know about Mikrophonie v3.

Mikrophonie v3 BUILD DOCUMENT – Download the Build Document here or watch the video below!


Additional information

HP Size

LeafAudio - Contact mic option - Tick box to include

Weight N/A

150 cm, 300 cm

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