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    I've been revisiting the solo album of John Kay from Steppenwolf of late - Forgotten songs & unsung heroes - which is brilliant...

    So I thought to myself i wonder if any live footage has turned up on Youtube aaaand bingo.

    Apart from a profoundly unmoved studio audience the thing that caught my attention is the guitar effect at 0:54... I find it mesmerizing. At 1:01 it's revealed that the effect appears to be being produced by Kay blowing into a straw type thing which disappears into his classic 70's manbag....

    So what is this/ What's it called? How does it work and are there any other instances of it being used?

    Thanks in advance!
    In ((( VISUAL ))) Stereo

    Eclectic Mud



  • #2
    always just called a "Talk Box" AFAIK - similar theory to a vocoder, but a more Heath-Robinson method to achieve the same sound.

    I think Peter Frampton is one of the most famous users?

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    • #3
      It's like a vocoder linked to a guitar.

      "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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      • #4
        Thanks fellas... I love that Pete Drake video!
        In ((( VISUAL ))) Stereo

        Eclectic Mud


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          • #6
            was used on nearly every track on this album

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            • #7
              Not just for guitars. Roger Troutman spent most of his career with a tube in his mouth. They get very slobbery, I read once.

              Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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              • #8
                Not just for guitars. Roger Troutman spent most of his career with a tube in his mouth. They get very slobbery, I read once.

                Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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                • #9
                  Known round my way as a 'Voice Box'. Fun but faddish development which was everywhere for a few brief moments in the mid-70's until people got fed up and put them in the cupboard under the sink for a few decades - here's another well known example....

                  you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by babycart View Post
                    Not just for guitars. Roger Troutman spent most of his career with a tube in his mouth. They get very slobbery, I read once.
                    You just need one of these in the other side of your mouth. Why has no-one thought of this before? I'm living in the future.

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                    • #11
                      http://www.gibson.com/news-lifestyle...0107-2013.aspx

                      Interesting feature with some more clips...
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                      • #12
                        talkbox, ace things.
                        used here in this Beasties Samples eagles classic
                        instagram.com/vinylhoard

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                        • #13
                          and this Bon Jovi Classic
                          instagram.com/vinylhoard

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                            instagram.com/vinylhoard

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                            • #15
                              My favourite use of this peculiar device...

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