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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?
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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...
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!
Is this far enough?
Richie uses it quite a lot.
Nobody could forget the awful record Cher made using one, but does anybody remember Frampton Comes Alive?
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 !!
Quote: Its bothered me for ages has this one
You're not kidding; it's been out for 20 years
more like 30 odd
LOL it's older than Jamie!
i have memory cards older than Jamie.
Only kidding mate....
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
I still have the scars...
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