Turn Google Translate into a rapping beat box

November 30, 2010, 5:00 PM UTC

Reddit is abuzz with the latest web tool for creating beats on your computer: Google Translate.

We’re always impressed by what the web can do when collective minds and tools are brought together in interesting ways.  The latest example of this is the Google (GOOG) Translate Beat Box.

How it works: Google’s new-ish  translation engine speaks the language  translations that are generated. ( Fantastic for real-time conversations with people who don’t speak the same language.)  However, if the user translates from from and to the same language, Google will just read what you’ve typed.

If you type sounds that sound like a beat box, this is what you get:


Not only is it fun, but it is a great way to be introduced to Google’s translation engine. For those playing at home, the key is below:

zk = suspended cymbal
bschk = snare
pv = brush
bk = bass
tk = flam1
vk = roll tap
kt = flam2
kttp = flam tap
krp = hi hat tap
pv = short roll
th = better hi hat
thp, ds = instant rimshot.

via SEL.