Talkbox anyone?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mvw356, May 22, 2007.


  1. mvw356

    mvw356

    Mar 2, 2006
    Brussels
    I was wondering what a talkbox would sound like with bass, anyone got some clips or experice to share?
     
  2. Like Bon Jovi? :p
     
  3. I believe there was a thread about it a couple of months ago, a search would probably do the trick ;)
     
  4. 3toes

    3toes

    Aug 30, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    You can probably find quite a few threads on this in the forums.

    Basically running a talkbox creates a problem... If you run it in a traditional setup:

    Code:
    Bass -> Talkbox -> Amp
    
    When you activate the talkbox, it cuts your signal going to the amp, and pumps it all through the horn in the box, up the tube, into your mouth, and then into the mic/PA. This drastically cuts your lows.

    A solution that I've had success with is with a y-cable. So instead of chaining it traditionally, it'll look like this:

    Code:
            Talkbox
           /
    Bass -<
           \
            Amp
    
    The same can also be achieved if you're running a chain with a pedal that has stereo outs

    Code:
                     Talkbox
                    /
    Bass -> pedal -<
                    \
                     Amp
    
    The result is that you never lose your output from the amp. So you have the talkbox effect coming from your mic/PA "on top" of your tone coming from the amp.

    Also, I have the Rocktron Banshee talkbox and it's great. It can act as it's own power amp and power a cab at room-volumes for practice.
     
  5. mvw356

    mvw356

    Mar 2, 2006
    Brussels
    aren't you supposed to plug it beween amp and speaker?
     
  6. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    The old school Talk Box, yes.

    However Rocktron has one that's the same as an effect pedal. It has a tweeter in it with a tube that goes up to your mouth. Dan Electro also makes a talk box emulation pedal.
     
  7. mvw356

    mvw356

    Mar 2, 2006
    Brussels
  8. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yup. Looks oldschool to me too. ;)

    The bad thing about old school talk boxes is that you can ruin your amp if you make on mistake. I'd go for the Rocktron Banshee.
     
  9. mvw356

    mvw356

    Mar 2, 2006
    Brussels
    that's where i got that info from too:p
     
  10. moogboy

    moogboy Inactive

    Mar 1, 2007
    Moog Artist in Rock/Pop 5th down
    the above TalkBox is old school style, but it aint gonna work for me. im holdin' out for a Heil TalkBox. GO JOE WALSH!
     
  11. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    See posts 7-9. :p
     
  12. moogboy

    moogboy Inactive

    Mar 1, 2007
    Moog Artist in Rock/Pop 5th down
    :confused: i dont get it
     
  13. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    :rollno:
     
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