User's Guide






©2013  Vito Biliti  @vbiliti

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.



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

A. You're doing it wrong. Check the tutorial.


Q. How do I change sounds/settings?

A. On iPhone, swipe the menu out. If you haven't noticed the little orange and blue arrow, find it on the side of the screen closest to the speaker. Swipe anywhere on the edge to open/close it. For Android, press the menu or back button.


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 can still work well on some smaller tablets.


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

A. This is a problem with some Android devices, and it varies from phone to phone. Users may experience latency up to 300 milliseconds (usually less), while others will find the app to be very responsive. This is an Android issue, and more information can be found here, as well as a list of some devices that have already addressed, and fixed the problem. iPhones only experience around 20 milliseconds of audio latency, which is likely why Apple dominates the market for music apps. The HTC myTouch (older) is around just 60 milliseconds while the HTC One (newer) is around 250.  I'm told there are complicated ways to get around it, so I'll be looking into it future updates.


Q. Can I use this for recording?

A. Of course- it's been done before and works great. 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 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. The talkbox effect is best with 1 or 2 notes at a time, with the volume set slightly less than maxed out. The audio levels are within their safe zones and the developer of this app accepts no responsibility if the user manages to damage his/her speaker.


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