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Has anyone ever used one of these?

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les_paul  
7 Dec 2008 10:02 | Quote
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I think it's a talk box but does anyone have any experience with one?
EMB5490  
7 Dec 2008 10:12 | Quote
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lol
les_paul  
7 Dec 2008 10:23 | Quote
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What's the joke?

Anyone else know how they work? I thought the sound came through the amp but there is a mic hooked to the mouth piece.
foogered  
7 Dec 2008 10:44 | Quote
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Next time your phone rings, hold the speaker up to your mouth and try making different shapes with your mouth. You'll notice that you can do wah wah's and all kinds of other stuff, by "shaping" the sound. The Talk Box uses the same principle. It works something like this:

There's a speaker inside the talk box which sends your guitar sound up the tubing and into your mouth. You use your mouth to shape the sound (If you want to see some really sweet talk-box action, check out Peter Frampton) and then the resulting sound is picked up by the microphone and sent back to your amplifier.
GRX40  
7 Dec 2008 11:15 | Quote
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This is what I found on the internet about talk boxes, so pretty much like what Fooger said:

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The talkbox works on the principle of reproducing sound from an amplifier and directing it into the mouth of the performer. The performer's lips and vocal cavities (mouth, throat, and larynx) further modulate and shape the sound. The resulting "talking guitar" output is then fed through a microphone and from there is amplified through the PA system or sent to the recording console of the studio.


One that is reccomended for a lot of people as a first talk box is the Rocktron Banshee, since you don't need a mic or PA, just your guitar and amp.
les_paul  
7 Dec 2008 11:21 | Quote
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Yea I have seen Frampton but Slash mad it sound more like a wah. Your right though Frampton is the man.

"DO YOU FEEL ... LIKE WE DO"

Do you have to make sounds with your mouth or do you simply move it? I was just wondering how it worked. Thanks
foogered  
7 Dec 2008 11:35 | Quote
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You just move your mouth. If you made sounds they would be picked up by the microphone, and that wouldn't sound very good!

My opinion: If you get a talk-box, you best be using it to talk! The wah wah stuff gets uninteresting pretty quick. Check out Jeff Beck's cover of "She's a Woman". He does a nice job of mixing all the elements of the talk-box on that song.

Definitely go with the Banshee (I think they have a new one out called the Banshee 2 that has some more powerful features). The Heil Talk-Box has a good chance of killing your amplifier.
EMB5490  
7 Dec 2008 11:37 | Quote
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just funny seeing slash using a talk box.
JazzMaverick  
7 Dec 2008 12:22 | Quote
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Wow that's pretty nifty. I think i'm going to mess around with that. Thanks for sharing.
soy.el.che  
7 Dec 2008 14:18 | Quote
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so then a talk box is about the same that , w my cel phone play music, put my mouth by the speaker and open n close my mouth at my taste but w a guitar??
i like it
jcb3000  
7 Dec 2008 15:42 | Quote
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yeah theyre very very cool things, bands like daft punk use them. actually i was at a gig two days ago and pendulum the band i saw were using one. but it was one attached to the mic and it went down to his voice box so his words could be heard aswell. its crazy stuff.

my my i havent been here for a few weeks :P ncie to see some new faces too
JazzMaverick  
7 Dec 2008 15:52 | Quote
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DAFT PUNK ARE AWESOME. :D True story you know.

Where've you been?! Welcome back!
jcb3000  
7 Dec 2008 17:36 | Quote
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been to loads of gigs!
and revising :( god further maths takes its toll
JazzMaverick  
7 Dec 2008 17:36 | Quote
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At least you get paid! :P
jcb3000  
7 Dec 2008 17:39 | Quote
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paid? i wish, im so poor :( christmas soon though :) cant wait and im getting a Boss ME-50. really need a job though
Empirism  
7 Dec 2008 23:14 | Quote
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For me it sounds like vocoder chained on wah. Ive tried them..., there can be cool funk stuff be made with, but... I never somehow used to them.
foogered  
8 Dec 2008 07:40 | Quote
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Ha, yeah the way Slash uses it. There's so much more you can do with it.
JazzMaverick  
8 Dec 2008 12:42 | Quote
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Funnily enough, I just found out one of my Jazz inspirations uses a Talk box. Pretty cool.


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