A Sonic Boom with a disappointing app

I’m still sifting through some of my photographs and info from the 2012 Auto Show, which I attended courtesy of Ford Motor Company, who wanted Artsology to see the level of design and innovation taking place. In addition to getting the full Ford experience, I was also able to check out the other car companies and see what they were presenting. Chevrolet was introducing a new “Sonic,” but also had this custom concept version, below left, with the monster stereo system for a full “sonic boom.” The system features a pair of 15-inch Comp VX subwoofers, 12 six-inch QS Component speakers and tweeters, six QS Component speakers and tweeters, two IX1000.1 Mono subwoofer amps, four IX500.4 four-channel mid and high amps, and a ZXSUM8 summing interface signal processor. The whole setup is completed to deliver a total sound output of 4,000 watts.

Do I know exactly what all those specs mean? No, but from the looks of it, it’ll blow your ears out in about 2 seconds. I didn’t get to hear it, as Chevy was doing a different demo at the time I was there, but I did get to play with a fun “app” that they had next to this car. The “Sonic Boom” app (below right) allowed me to act as a deejay, and mix my own “beats” by selecting different-colored lights to add different sounds, and then record the sound loop and e-mail it to myself to use as a ringtone. I had a lot of fun putting together a funky track that would make Dr. Dre and Lex Luger envious, but when I went to retrieve it via e-mail, the website couldn’t find my MP3 file, which was very disappointing. Oh well, it did inspire me to download a couple other drum machine and/or “beatbox” apps so that I can continue to experiment with making sounds in other ways.

Chevrolet Sonic Boom concept car and sonic boom deejay app at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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