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How would this effect sound on bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jrthebassguy, Aug 19, 2000.


  1. Yes im a bad boy, actually starting to explore guitar effects to see if they work well on bass. well the guitar effect im looking at right now is the Dunlop HT-1 Talk box. now, i had always dreamed of owning a talk box but i thought it might be risky to play it hooked through a bass setup to the pa. there isnt any available around here so i cant try it out for myself except for ordering it online. does anyone own this? what kinda sounds can you get out of it?
     
  2. JHMAVRO

    JHMAVRO

    May 29, 2000
    hooksett NH USA
    Ive never used one but I would assume you could use it for bass. I was thinking about trying it myself but I havnt been able to find one at any music stores.
     
  3. omarbass

    omarbass

    Aug 14, 2000
    I've never tried a talk box either, but if you're looking to simulate speech on your bass maybe you should look into the Electroharmonix BassBalls pedal, its damn swwwweeeeetttt.
     
  4. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    DC
    I think Digitech makes some kind of effects unit that is like a talkbox. I don't remember what its called though.
     
  5. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    The first thing to know about these things is that you need a PA to use them!

    It's basically a little bitty amp and a small crappy speaker (the crappier the better) in a metal box. You plug your bass into the box. The box has a rubber tube that you either tape to a mic stand or clamp in your teeth. The sound from the little speaker comes out the end of the tube and into your mouth where you shape it by forming vowels with your mouth. Essentially an electric vocal cord replacement. So the only way anyone hears anything is if you get your face in front of a mic.

    I doubt you are gonna play bass lines with this thing. It's really only for a solo effect. But as that, I think it could be pretty cool.

    Let us know if you get one and how it goes! I don't think I've ever heard of anyone using one with a bass.


     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've heard a few things like this and I don't think they would work with bass. They are basically taking the higher parts of the audio spectrum - like the sibillants in speech - and bass just doesn't work in this range. Fine for treble-boosted lead guitar, but not bass.
     
  7. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    The new Boss AW-3 has a "humanizer" effect, but they're not supposed to be in stores 'til December, so obviously I haven't tried one. The AW-3 also has a dedicated bass input, and might be a more simple and cheaper way to achieve a similar effect.