The last time we visited Jeremy Bell & his ScrubBoard he was working on demoing the added rocker to his DJ scratching device from the retro-future. But of course, nothing this revolutionary can stand still for too long.
Now, not only has he put together a more refined product, but he's stepped up his own ScrubBoard game by becoming more proficient at playing this instrument! Jeremy hit us up to tell us about his potential performance at a big festival that didn't pan out due to other conflicts, which led to him filming his set at home so we could all still partake in the awesomeness.
He ultimately uploaded the craziness to his Youtube channel for us all. What you'll notice is he's added the ability to combine two guitar loops (or any other instrument's sounds) as a backing track for the rocker while his other hand is scratching on the cassette tape with the slider:
The creator himself is definitely getting his chops together. The best part? Jeremy included some diagrams that show us how the signal routes around throughout his performance in an easy to read flowchart fashion.
Jeremy has flat out invented something brand new and so ground breaking that we can't even fathom all of the various applications and design possibilities yet... But he gave Ledger Note some insight into what's coming next! We are sworn to secrecy but I can tell you, it's going to be pretty sweet.
Here's a little preview he's made public thus far since the last update. As you can see, he's starting to bring the physical form factor together, which will be crucial in terms of adoption and marketing. Should it lay on a table like record players or should it be held like a guitar? Maybe on a stand like a keyboard? What will the potential buyers like the most? It's hard to say but it looks like decisions are already being made that provide some versatility to keep everyone happy:
Get a load of that! You'll be able to play it like a guitar with an optional detachable headstock. You'll have crossfaders like gliding between two turntables for the background loops and can also control the tape speed. That's right, because there's a way to have a 'conveyor belt' tape loop that continues to rotate instead of being static like the current iteration. The rocker itself seems to have been combined with the sliding tapehead so you can use it like a 'seesaw kill-switch' to change or silent the loops or switch tape sides without breaking your scratching pattern, all with one hand. And of course you can mark the areas of both sides of your tape with labels, which can be seen through two thin windows on either side of the slider.
Make sure you keep up with the evolution of this product so you can tell your grandkids, "Yeah, I remember when that was being developed. Who knew the ScrubBoard would be responsible for finally bringing world peace and prosperity to the globe? I can't believe the day has finally come where they'll be launching one into space."