Seen at Hollywood Bowl, UK – Beatbox Recording Studio

Shaggy July 20, 2010 3

(Thanks to Kieran for the tip and photos)

You might recall that back in 2009, Raw Thrills had been looking into releasing an American Idol game, where a person would record themselves singing, being put into a video and having that video sent via e-mail or burned to a DVD. That game was canceled but it appears that someone liked the idea enough to produce something similar to that – minus the American Idol theme of course. Called the Beatbox Recoding Studio, one cabinet has been seen at the Hollywood Bowl Arcade in the UK and AH reader Kieran was kind enough to drop by and snap some pictures of the cabinet. As you can see, users make a video of themselves singing, just like the AI arcade, and it can be burned to a CD as well as a copy of the video sent to your cell phone. One thing we aren’t sure of at the moment is who it is that made this(and whether this is actually a location test or not), but when we find out, I’ll be sure to update the post.

For more pictures, including pics from inside the unit, check the post break.

Here are the controls, which beyond the microphone and the headsets has some volume controls.

Looks like it uses a touch screen, judging by the amount of finger grease on the monitor but that happens with every game to some extent. It costs £3 for a go, which is near where the American Idol game was looking at although that had tiered prices, depending upon which option for saving the video a user wanted.

A better shot of the screen

The outside of the cabinet at another angle


  1. Wow July 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    It’s $4.50 U.S. to play this! Who says there’s a recession out there!

    • Shaggy July 20, 2010 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Yeah, these things aren’t cheap. I heard that it’s the pricing structure that killed American Idol as that was either $2, $4 or $6 to play, depending upon the option selected. They had to charge more in part due to royalties to Simon Cowell, made it a difficult sale in this economy.

  2. cor3 July 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Idol didn’t die because of Simon, it was a pricepoint vs royalties issue, but he wasn’t the bad guy.

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