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Digital & Programmable Music Boxes For the New Age

Digital & Programmable Music Boxes For the New Age

Posted by Boris Muchnik on Aug 22nd 2022

New Music Boxes

It often seems that the moment you get used to using one type of musical device, another one comes along and takes its place as the most popular method of the century. It feels like CDs were taking over tapes only yesterday, and MP3 players were hitting the market for the first time. However, even as some technologies advance and phase out to be replaced by something better, there is one musical device that has never lost its popularity and charm – the music box.

Invented over 200 years ago, the mechanical system for playing short snippets of the top melodies of the age lives on. Many companies in Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, infamous for making the now rare parts for music boxes, still make new music boxes for enthusiasts around the world. In fact, they’ve taken a page from the book of modern music and enhanced their devices with digital options!

Whether you love Reuge, the original music box company or you prefer Sorrento-style music boxes, the Italian town that made wood inlay infamous, there are pieces designed by these craftsmen that provide you with digital and programmable music boxes. Learn more about modern advancements in music box making with the help of Music Box Attic today!

USB Technology

The digital music box utilizes USB technology instead of mechanical movements to play music when you open the lid of the jewelry box. Previously, a small wheel with protruding teeth would create a melody as each tooth was struck. Many of these devices are limited to 18 notes, 23, or 30 notes, resulting in shorter playback and minimized tonal output. With USB modules, the music box will playback the song at full length and in the fullness of its sound, every note available and clear! Either the original with lyrics, an instrumental version, or a music box conversion-style sound.

Benefits of USB Modules

programmable piano music box

While both mechanical movements and USB modules allow you to create custom music boxes with custom songs, there are some additional benefits to programmable music boxes. In addition to the capability to play every note in the song without upgrading to 50 or even 72-note mechanical devices, USB modules also allow you to play your box for longer. The smallest music boxes would only play 12 - 15 seconds of a song on repeat, and even luxury traditional music boxes max out at 50 seconds per verse. With a USB module, you can play multiple songs without a single repeat! Some additional benefits of digital music boxes include:

  • Multi-song playlists
  • Swap songs on a whim by connecting to your computer
  • Clearer sound
  • Can playback a spoken message
  • Volume control
  • On/off switch

Are These New Music Boxes for You?

Are you convinced that a USB module is the future of music boxes? We think they definitely have their place among the more nostalgic traditional options. If you’re interested in a programmable music box, make sure to look for the custom tune module music box options on the product pages and in our selection to see if you can upgrade your purchase!

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