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Ever wish you could have a little rhythm while you're playing solo but don't like the mechanical beat boxes that you have to turn knobs or push buttons to get a noise that you have to follow?

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Adding zing to your thing

As you likely know already, the Porchboard plays like a kick drum. Some drummers are even replacing their bass drum with the Porchboard because of it's superior sound and anti-feedback properties.…Continue

Started by Downtown Freddy Brown Nov 12, 2009.

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Comment by Adriaan N Roggeveen on August 17, 2012 at 9:29pm

BTW....The Mini's Come in Designer Colors Now!

Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on April 15, 2012 at 2:53pm

Welcome back Nadine! I too, have been having health problems but, by the grace of God, keep bouncing back. Thanks again for all your help. I love using both feet at the same time on my Porchboard so I still prefer the larger version but it's good to see you are thinking of all the musicians out there with different needs.

Comment by Adriaan N Roggeveen on March 2, 2012 at 12:12pm

Phew! I though that you might have been kidnapped by Moonshiners in the Great Smokies or along the Cumberland Plateau during one of your trips. Didn't know but am grateful that you are on the down-slope of any challenges.

I am still working on my first production. My PB is working great and sicne my feet are so big I believe that I won't trade mine in on a smaller, compact ersion. However, I will get the word out. So by way of this site...Welcome back and I will keep intouch via Enroute. Thanks and God Bless

Comment by PorchBoard Bass on March 2, 2012 at 11:29am

Hello everybody, and hopefully PorchBoard will be welcomed back.  Some of you already know I've been suffering from medical problems.  I feel blessed that the company has not only survived repeated false diagnosis, but as of last week I get to be grateful for a correct diagnosis and look forward to treatment that sounds promising.  Almost as important, while I've been 'out', my son not only kept us (somewhat) up and running, he designed a new model PorchBoard that I'm just introducing - the PorchBoard Micro Floor Bass. Same sound but only 8" wide.  Below is the press release.  And thanks to all of you out there who've been patient during my absence.  Smiles and happy thumpin', Nadene 

February, 2012

Introducing the NEW PorchBoard Micro Floor Bass

Since 1994, the PorchBoard Floor Bass has been used by musicians to add analog, low-end, real time percussive bass self accompaniment with the simple tap of the foot.

In response to the requests of many performing artists looking for a more compact version, we have developed our newest model, the PorchBoard MICRO Floor Bass.  The PorchBoard MICRO Floor Bass performs just like our Original PorchBoard Floor Bass but is only 8" wide!!!

A simple tap of the toe rail on the PorchBoard lets a musician control the style, tempo and dynamic volume, allowing audience interaction and a natural, player controlled beat no matter what style of music or instrument used.  Odd keys pose no problem.  The PorchBoard is perfect accompaniment with many instruments, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, uke, harmonica and even drummers wanting the convenience of something smaller than their bass drum.

Unlike our new competitors, we don’t use piezo or microphonic pick-ups that depend on resonant surfaces or special woods.  Our patented passive proximity sensor system eliminates the wide range frequencies used with guitar style pickups and creates an analog, clean bass beat without the common low-end amplification problems of noise, feedback, or delay.  Without the difficulty and necessity of excessive eq’ing or tweaking of the low end, it’s easy to use - plug it in, turn up the bass, and bring the volume up until you get the level that suits your needs.  No more need to tap a microphone stand or mic a wooden box.

The PorchBoard is capable of producing a tone in the 33 - 100 Hz range (very low), offering a strong supportive bass 'thump' in any key.  Just like our larger model, the PorchBoard Micro Floor Bass is ideal for use with a quality bass amp or PA or subwoofers designed to reproduce low-end presence.  The PorchBoard has sufficient output to drive most powered subwoofers without the use of a preamp.  The PorchBoard is passive and does not require batteries or additional power sources.

Like our larger version PorchBoard, the PorchBoard Micro Floor Bass is constructed using durable, recycled composites, features both XLR and 1/4" outputs, has a 3-way frequency response switch allowing for wider frequency ranges, and uses our patented proximity sensor system.

Visit us at and discover the quality and superiority of our PorchBoard Bass products.

Proudly made in the USA.


Nadene Isackson

EnRoute Music


PO Box 8223

Janesville, WI  53547


Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on December 20, 2011 at 6:25am

Not sure why Nadine wouldn't answer you unless she is away at a convention promoting the Porchboard. I love the simplicity of not needing to pick a rhythm, adjust the speed etc. Just strum and stomp...slow down, speed up, whatever! BTW someone spelled your name wrong...just kidding! Enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends.

Comment by Adriaan N Roggeveen on December 19, 2011 at 8:52pm

Downtown, I'm down in SW GEorgia, USA and I recently added the "Porchboard Bass to my 'bag of goodies.' Frankly, I am amazed at its versatility for a 'couple of rails and an automobile pickup inside.' I have a couple of Chrisstams songs on my page that I ahve used it in the background. It would have been louder but I am still playing with 'audio mixing.' I stumbled on it my chance and I am only sorry that I haven't had one for the last 30 years or so. It actually makes people wake up and "Participate.' When I get my MArtin 12-string back from the Luthier I can only wonder what it can do with some 'Blues' that ain't so blue. If you have a "Hey" out there please holler!  Sure wish Nadine would answer my emails from Enroute Music. Peace, Adriaan

Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on January 30, 2011 at 10:03pm
Hi Robert. The Porchboard bass is basically an amplified rail of wood that you stomp your foot (or feet) on while playing your guitar and singing. Best bet is to go to and check it out. They have sound samples and pics.
Comment by Robert Baker on January 30, 2011 at 8:47pm
Hi i've never heard of a porchboard, what does it sound like? is it manual or electrical?               Rob
Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on January 28, 2011 at 6:51am
Thanks Jimmy. Since my last post I have worked on my positioning and am a lot more comfortable with the PB and love the extra oomph I get on the bottom end. The PB is definitely a keeper!
Comment by jimmy fong on January 26, 2011 at 3:47am
I've got a porchboard for almost 4 years now. Man this is now part of my act.If u want some life to the music you play, porchboard is the way to go.

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