Within the next few months, outdoorsy people will no longer have to sacrifice their favorite tunes for a day on the beach, a fishing trip, or even a hunt. Drytunes, created by a team of local film industry folks, markets itself as the first high fidelity, “environment proof” speaker system.
Motion picture camera assistant Aeron McKeough created the first Drytunes prototype in 2011. McKeough aimed to create a high quality speaker system that could be used in remote locations with severe climates. When McKeough presented Drytunes to cameraman Michael Applebaum in 2012, the pair were working on Survivor in the Philippines. With a viable product in sight McKeough and Applebaum, sought legal guidance from friend and attorney Cameron Mary. The trio founded C-Level Technology, LLC in April of 2012.
“So much of what we do in South Louisiana involves the outdoors, and we’re also subject to weather conditions that are not always ideal,” said Applebaum
Drytunes serves as a storage device as well as a high fidelity speaker system. Users can sand-proof and waterproof phones, wallets, keys, and other valuables in the 400 cubic inches of the briefcase-shaped sound system provide. The speakers sit on the lid.
Applebaum said that the Drytunes are in the process of developing uses outside of pure entertainment, such as predator calls for sportsmen and women.
“We’re also development aps with predator calls—coyotes, dying rabbits, snow goose call for snow goose hunters,” said Applebaum.
One of Louisiana’s favorite kind of hunters, shrimpers, will eventually be able to use Drytunes to attract sea creatures to their nets.
“Aeron and I come from the film business, and we have some very good friends who are sound mixers on movies who do a lot of underwater work,” said Applebaum. “They’re going to help us record live shrimp at the surface or right below the surface that we will also incorporate into an ap for fishermen.”
Appropriately, the team is testing out some camouflage patterns for Drytunes, which currently come in black, olive drab, and yellow.
“Everyone wants everything camo from guns, to themselves, to their boats,” said Applebaum.
The Drytunes Kickstarter is up until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 2. Although Applebaum has already reached the $50,000 goal to fund the project, those who fund the project can get $100 knocked off of their own Drytunes, he said. The speakers are usually $399, and they are $299 for those who purchase within the next two days from Kickstarter.
Those who purchase online in the next two days will get their Drytunes by March, Applebaum said. However, those who wait for Drytunes to go to retail can buy their speakers as early as April.
“Mike Massey [owner of Massey’s] will have them at all four of his Louisiana locations,” said Applebaum. “They’ll go into retail more like early to mid-spring, in April or May,” he said.
The creator noted that Drytunes are locally made.
“Every single Drytunes speaker is designed and assembled by hand in Louisiana by people who live, hunt, fish, and work in the state,” he said.