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Tom
05-27-2009, 04:35 PM
Hey guys,

I've seen all these neat sound devices for props/scenes. But they all have these bells and whistles that I have to pay a higher price for but don't need.
Is there any product out there that has the capability to do the basic, "record, erase or play" and activate with a simple trigger device to play it? Is there any like this under let's say $25.00? I'm talking plug-n-play. Not a big modification to some store product.

Is there anyone else out there that is looking for "simple" sound for their props but with the same sample rate (quality) and at a lower price? Just curious if I'm alone here.

I have lot's of controllers for the props and I'm looking to add sound to them.

Thanks in advance,

poison
05-28-2009, 10:12 AM
I use to try and figure out a way to build cheap sound repeaters but found myself always fixing them. I have looked at so many options but finally had to use the REAL and it makes life so much easier.
Like.....
MEASTRO plug in MP3 PLAYER $100
FRIGHTPROPS has PICO-A-BOO FI-103 2 channels output controller with a 8 bit sound card. $69.99
My new favorite is the BOO BOX FLEX you can pick how many outputs you need from 2 , 4 and 8. And it comes with a built in MP3. THIS BOX ROCKS!!!!

Boni
05-28-2009, 10:24 AM
u are not alone

tchaunt
05-28-2009, 11:29 AM
Believe me, you are not alone. With as tight a budget as I'm currently on and still trying to round up just the basics to even put together my own home haunt, it's next to impossible to find a sound system that does only what I need it to do that won't scare me away with all of the zeros on the price tag. If anyone could come up with a good sound system for under $25, you would be a freakin' hero to me.

Tom
05-28-2009, 04:00 PM
Thanks guys,

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with a budget around here.

Here's the deal. I have a friend that has huge electronics backbround that is putting together a sound board to the specs I mentioned in the original post. It will cost under $25.00 and that includes a weather proof box for it all to go in.
It will also include up to 40 seconds of recordable time and be at a good quality sample/play-back rate.
"IF" it passes the initial testing phase, I'll build about 20 more of them and test them at my haunt, the Dungeon Haunted ride in 3D (which is open now and all summer long).
All this should happen with-in the next month.
Yep, I need about 20 of these things which is why I don't want to spend $50.00 or more for each unit as it would add up quickly. If I can buy or build 4 of them for around $100 (and they work), I'll be a real happy camper :) .

I'll keep you guys posted on the results here on H.W.
Thanks again,

gadget-evilusions
05-28-2009, 05:56 PM
For the most cost efficent vs. quality sound, I usually use ISD player boards from Cowlacious. http://www.cowlacious.com/AudioProd.htm You only have to buy one recorder board for $34, and then you can use all player boards for $27 each.

Tom
05-28-2009, 06:48 PM
I've purchased from them last year. 4 boards and they all failed. He replaced them, 2 more failed after that. I'm done with them. And I don't remember paying less than $34.00 each for them. Not to mention trying to get them replaced. It's a hurry and wait deal...
The boards I'm having built will have an ISD board as well but the other components will be different. Components that failed in the past will be a thing of the past if all goes right.
Thanks anyway,
Tom


For the most cost efficent vs. quality sound, I usually use ISD player boards from Cowlacious. http://www.cowlacious.com/AudioProd.htm You only have to buy one recorder board for $34, and then you can use all player boards for $27 each.

shawnc
05-29-2009, 06:00 PM
There are surely some out there that only cost $25. But then the makers have to add advertising, overhead and profit onto it and they get expensive real quick.

I guess that's why so many home and low budget haunters have to build their own stuff. Just be careful that you don't nickel and dime a project and end up paying more for an inferior product than you would have paid for a good one to start with.

Tom
05-29-2009, 06:51 PM
Yes Shawn,

Advertisement can kick the overhead up there. I'm actually not going cheap on the parts. They're coming from reputable sources. And running the test with these can't be any worse than paying a lot more for something that fails, like I've ran in to in the past.
It's worth a try.
We will see in the next month or two...

And, I'm not a home haunt, but that's where I started from. And I'm not a low budget haunt. I'm a limited budget haunt that wants to spend the budget on the "fright" stuff, not the over priced stuff.

Tom


There are surely some out there that only cost $25. But then the makers have to add advertising, overhead and profit onto it and they get expensive real quick.

I guess that's why so many home and low budget haunters have to build their own stuff. Just be careful that you don't nickel and dime a project and end up paying more for an inferior product than you would have paid for a good one to start with.