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    wotashot
    wotashot  102249 forum posts
    16 Jan 2007 - 11:20 PM

    Its bothered me for ages has this one, In "Living On A Prayer" richie sambora does the wo woooa wooa woa wo woa bit with a funny looking mike which sits alongside his regular one, what is it? Its got a bit that goes into his mouth an looks strange.

    Can anyone shed any light on it?

    j

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    jeanie
    jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Jan 2007 - 11:25 PM

    Sounds like the same gadget that Dave Gilmour used when with Pink Floyd...I have no idea what its called, and the man who might have the answer is in beddieboes...

    : )

    stevenj
    stevenj  111982 forum posts England
    16 Jan 2007 - 11:38 PM

    It's a talkbox. It lets you 'shape' the sound of an instrument (guitar) like a vocoder. Gilmour did indeed use them with the Floyd.

    I'm sure someone will back me up and go further!

    VolcanoCowboy
    17 Jan 2007 - 4:28 AM

    Is this far enough? Tongue

    Richie uses it quite a lot.

    digicammad
    digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Jan 2007 - 8:25 AM

    Nobody could forget the awful record Cher made using one, but does anybody remember Frampton Comes Alive?

    Ian

    Geoffphoto
    17 Jan 2007 - 8:26 AM

    Ah the old Talk Box, used of course by Jeff Beck , Peter Frampton ( Show Me The Way) and brilliantly by Joe Walsh in " Rocky Mountain Way" , basically you talk the note through the mic.

    PS. I think that the old Cher record (Believe) was made using a vocoder, slightly different !!

    here

    Ewan
    Ewan  11381 forum posts Scotland
    17 Jan 2007 - 12:30 PM


    Quote: Its bothered me for ages has this one

    You're not kidding; it's been out for 20 years Wink

    keithh
    keithh e2 Member 1023196 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Jan 2007 - 12:31 PM

    20?

    more like 30 odd

    jeanie
    jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Jan 2007 - 12:32 PM

    LOL it's older than Jamie!

    Anthony
    Anthony  135645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Jan 2007 - 1:40 PM

    i have memory cards older than Jamie.

    Only kidding mate....

    Anthony

    66tricky
    66tricky  7742 forum posts Scotland
    17 Jan 2007 - 3:25 PM

    IIRC the work by taking the guitar signal and amplifying it in the box into a small, high power speaker. The sound then travels from the speaker up the tube into the player's mouth. Movements of the mouth then mould the guitar sound and it is picked up by the microphone that the player was using for singing. Old ones carried the risk of the player's saliva running down the tube, shorting the circuit and giving them a shock back up the tube.

    Here's one: http://www.activemusician.com/item--EM.BANSHEE

    Kris_Dutson
    17 Jan 2007 - 3:41 PM

    I still have the scars...

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