Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See sounding board.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A board placed within a musical instrument to improve vibrations
  • n. A sounding board
  • n. A control panel offering playback of various sound effects.

Etymologies

sound +‎ board (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To some, these were just soft jazz or pop lightweights and the music was equivalent to the duo engaging in soundboard masturbation.

    Midweek Music Moment: Aja, Steely Dan « A Progressive on the Prairie

  • The soundboard is canted, sloping toward the tailpiece, is the same on all the bowlbacks.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • The other advantage to using Seth's version of the soundboard is a little extra banter at the beginning of disc 4 before Sugar Magnolia and some excerpts of assorted stage banter that was placed after the encore.

    bt.etree.org

  • (purportedly) registered 128 decibels on the venue's soundboard, which is not unlike being in the wake of a jet plane as it is taking off.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • In particular, fans have expressed outrage that the shift covers not only the semiofficial "soundboard" recordings made by technicians at the band's performances, but also recordings made by audience members.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • Parranda (iTunes link) has a lot of polish, too, with instruments that aren't just one big button, like some "soundboard" music apps.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • He added that he really enjoys acting as a "soundboard" for his staff, typically high school and college-age, who he said are going through a difficult stage in life.

    Minot Daily News

  • When Sam is not perusing his extensive B - movie collection or sitting in dark theaters with a tub of popcorn, he is usually found reading comic books, fixing computers, toiling away at his day job, working some nights at a local radio station as a "soundboard guy," and going to class so that he can one day toil away at his day job fixing computers.

    DVD Review: Toxic Avenger | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • The dust beckons; crouching beneath the piano, I am Michelangelo, only different, armed with a can of Pledge and a roll of paper towels; the soundboard, a series of criss-crossed blond wood, slats my Sistine Chapel.

    Andrea Preziotti: Piano Treasures: The Gift of Hope

  • The grand piano, a refurbished Steinway original outfitted with a brushed bronze soundboard, lies in wait for the pianist's touch on its ivory keys.

    Andrea Preziotti: Piano Treasures: The Gift of Hope

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  • The top or face of an acoustic stringed instrument, usually made of a soft wood such as spruce.

    November 15, 2007