Soup Can Microphone

What’s more fun than eating soup? We’ll let you think on that one.  But lot of things can happen after eating soup.

Click here for full instructions by CuriousInventor on Instructables.

One of them is making a soup can microphone!

We found these instructions for making a real tin can microphone over at one of our favorite websites, Instructables.com. Maker expert CuriousInventor gives you clear explanations of the steps, plus helpful photos along the way to build a microphone that will give you a retro, lo-fi sound perfect for your new garage band or just giving yourself a bigger way to enter a room.

Look Closer: One of the key parts in this simple electronics projects is called a Piezo element. Piezoelectricity is electricity that results from applying pressure on certain materials.  The piezo element that you use for this project is a sensor that, when pushed by sound waves, creates a changing voltage to power your microphone. You can find a piezo element for about $1.50 online or for around $5 at your local RadioShack. It’s a fun example of a very affordable, easy-to-find part that you can use to make all kinds of fun sound-making projects.In fact, that’s true of each of the few parts of this project that you would need to buy at a local electronics store – they are versatile parts that, once you learn how use them, open up the world of electronic making!

*SAFETY NOTE: Grab an adult helper for electronics projects like this one, which require a soldering iron or fine hand work with the wires.

Tell us about YOUR soup can microphone by e-mailing us at info@makeshopshow.com. Or just find a really big can and maybe we’ll hear you from here!

Keep Calm and Make On!

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