How to Turn Google Translate Into a Beatbox Machine [Easter Egg]

Not sure if this falls in the category of the (in)famous Google Easter Egg or clever manipulation, but either way, this is some brilliant revelation. As we all know that Google Translate is helpful for so many things! Now Redditor harrichr has devised a scheme for turning Google Translate into a makeshift beatbox machine. Here is the steps you have to follow to make a Google Translate Beatbox:

How to Turn Google Translate Into a Beatbox Machine

1) Go to Google Translate
2) Set the translator to translate German to German
3) Copy + paste the following into the translate box: pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv
pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch
4) Click “listen”
5) Be amazed

If you are feeling lazy, just click this link and it’ll be done for you.

There’s nothing magical about this particular sequence, and there’s tons of room for experimentation. In German, anyway, “pv” and “zk” make complementary breathy sounds and clicks, respectively. Spaces add pauses. No idea why “bsch” makes that parrot-chirpy
sound, but there you go. After a little bit of playing around, “r,” “w,” and “f” seem to be promising letters for beatboxing purposes as well.

Hacker News reader iamdave has come up with a pretty comprehensive Google Translate beatboxing guide:

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

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