Help me playback some sounds on a costume prop
September 5, 2011 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Where do I find a portable and programmable sound board-like thing?

For Halloween, I'm going as Principal Scudworth from Clone High. That part's easy, but I'm also trying to build myself a Mr. Butlertron.

For it, I need some way of recreating his voice. Are there any little toys that have battery-powered speakers that I can record over? Alternatively, what do I need to make one myself.

- am confident with computers, have access to windows/linux and can take care of getting the sound clips.
- am NOT capable of working any form of soldering, circuit board stuff, etc.
- Don't want to spend hundreds of dollars.

If I can use a little remote control to activate it, it would be perfect [I remember the little handheld soundboards with multiple keys, something like that.] Less awesome but workable would be some form of bluetooth communication, and if worst comes to worst I can have the activation on the prop itself.

Something like this has to exist. Help me... Wesley.
posted by Lemurrhea to Technology (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
What kind of phone do you have? You could use a sound effects app with a small battery powered amplifier.
posted by fake at 10:40 AM on September 5, 2011

This is basically what the MP3 Trigger is for, but some assembly required.
posted by scruss at 10:48 AM on September 5, 2011

I've got a blackberry, but I also have an old android (1.6 I think) that still roughly works.
posted by Lemurrhea at 2:33 AM on September 6, 2011

Could you do something with one of the old Yak Bak toys? There's still plenty on ebay.
posted by doctord at 3:49 PM on September 6, 2011

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