Let's Groove Tonight by Earth, Wind and Fire

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gabu, Nov 1, 2001.

  1. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    What effect do they use on the vocals to make the robotic sounding voice in the begining of this song?
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I would guess it's a vocoder.
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Sounds to me like a "vocoder" - so you have a special synth/keyboard type thing which has an integral microphone. You sing into it and the keyboard provides the pitch and envelope of the note which is mixed with the voice, which provides the sibillants and consonant sounds.

    There were many variations, but at this time I don't think it was available as an "effect" as such and vocoders were very expensive and difficult to use!!
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    One of my bands covered this song once. If your vocalist sings flat, and in tune with the synth and bass, you'd be amazed at the closeness to the record.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Anyone(besides Brad)remember the hit by Yarbrough & Peoples called "Don't Stop The Music"?
    Classic example of a vocoder...

    Worthless trivia-
    There's a tune on Lee Ritenour's Rit II album("Cross My Heart")...same damn bass figure as EW&F's "Let's Groove Tonight".
  6. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Obsure reference #3.


    Act I.

    La Vie Boheme song and scene. (Ode to the
    "death" of Bohemia.)

    "Maureen Johnson, back from her spectacular
    one-night engagement at the eleventh street
    lot, will sing native american tribal chants
    backwards through her vocoder, while
    accompanying herself on the electric cello-
    which she has never studied.