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Warning! saliva can damage your phone. Do not touch your tongue to the speaker. If you think this has happened, power off your device and let it sit overnight.

 

F.A.Q.

Q. It doesn't work- It's not picking up my voice.

A. You're doing it wrong!! You shouldn't be using your voice!!! Please make an effort to understand how a talkbox works before saying that it doesn't. Check the tutorial.

 

Q. How do I open the settings menu?

A. Swipe the menu out from the little orange and blue arrow on the side of the screen. Swipe up from the edge to open/close it. The Android back button has been disabled in recent updates so this is the only way to open the menu on all devices.

 

Q. Can I get this on my tablet?

A. Yes, but it was designed for phones and is not recommended, for the sake of playability. It could still work on some smaller tablets.

 

Q. The sound is delayed by a split second. Why is this happening?

A. This is a problem with some older Android devices. Some users may experience latency up to 300 milliseconds (usually less) but most should find the app to be very responsive. Thankfully, this issue is resolved in Android 9.0 and above.

 

Q. Can I use this for recording?

A. YES! Your phone's voice recorder can do a surprisingly good job on its own. Of course, an external mic is ideal- you might need to stand sideways, rather than directly in front of the microphone.  Even recording through a laptop mic picks up pretty well.

 

Q. What about using it live, with a microphone?

A. Probably not. Cell phone speakers just don't put out loud enough sound; there's no chance it'd be heard over a drum kit in any venue. Actual talkboxes are usually played extrememly loud, to the point where they have been known to cause teeth damage!

 

Q. Is there a risk that I could blow out my speaker?

A. It's never happened before and 5-note polyphony has been tested at max volume for up to two minutes on many devices. Once I thought I blew the speaker of a test device but it turned out to be WET after a long practice session.  It was fine the next day.

 

For other questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the developer at vbtalkbox@gmail.com.