Do you want to add some extra flair to your music? A talk box may be just what you need! Talk boxes allow you to create unique sounds and effects that can really make your music stand out. In this blog post, we will take a look at 10 of the best talk boxes on the market today. We’ll discuss what makes each one special, and help you decide which one is best for you. So let’s get started!
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1. Mouth Positioning [Sideway]
All talk boxes work by routing the sound from the input source (guitar) through a tube which is then positioned at or near the user’s mouth. Because of this, how much they amplify or distort the input sound depends on how exactly you position your mouth against the tube. You can change this positioning by tilting your head in different directions, but a good idea is to start with a slightly sideways position and then try other positions once you’re comfortable with it.
2. Using a Mic [Not Recommended]
There are two ways to implement a microphone in an existing Talk Box circuit: Option 1) Use an XLR-to-1/4 inch adapter cable from the mic to the Talk Box’s output jack. However, since most Talk Boxes consist of hollow plastic tubes plugged into speakers, there will be little insulation around the wires within the cables and they may end up touching each other if the Talk Box is moved around too much.
You’ll be using your Talk Box for hours at a time; make sure you pick one that will last; maybe even consider building your own instead of buying one. Also, if you’re playing guitar through it all night, make sure the speaker won’t burn out!
4. Price Range
There are many options when it comes to how much money you spend on a Talking Guitar Pedal/Effect/Box. From $60 to $400 although quality, features, and genres vary greatly at each price point.
The way Talk Boxes sound depends greatly on the type of music they’re intended for. A heavy metal musician would be ill-advised to buy a pedal meant to produce Country & Western sounds. You can usually classify talk boxes into three types: Analog (Vacuum Tube), Digital (Solid State), and Valve (tube hybrid). For Rock, most people use solid-state or tube hybrids; for pop/hip hop they use analogs. Ask yourself what kind of music you want to play with your talkbox before making a purchase!
3 Benefits Of Talk Box
1. The ability to distort vocals for effect
I think one of the main reasons artists started using TalkBox was because they wanted a way to alter their vocals and make them sound like something other than a human voice. However, for this purpose, one can use Auto-Tune (which has already been popularized by artists such as Future) or Melodyne. TalkBox gives you the ability to speak with your own voice without sounding too robotic, which is great for more experimental styles of music. One example I have heard of this being done is in MGMT’s song “Alien Days” where they are using their own voices to create an alien-like effect.
2. Background vocals
A second reason artists began using TalkBox was because it allowed them to create background melodies that could be laid over the top of existing chords or chord progressions instead of singing actual words into the microphone. The Talkbox generates notes based on the pitches of your speaking voice, so you can sing any melody while changing notes to fit your chord progression. One example is in Blur’s song “To The End” where they are using the sound of the TalkBox to create vocal harmonies over the top of their own instrumentals.
3. Vocal lines that would be impossible otherwise
A third way artists have started using TalkBox was because it allowed them to bridge vocals from one section into another or from one frequency into another without doing a word swap (e.g., singing “let me live forever” but saying “live me forever”). In Gorillaz’s song “Clint Eastwood,” this technique is used when Del the Funkee Homosapien is singing and says, “I still remember.” This would be extremely difficult to do with Auto-Tune or Melodyne. You can’t exactly edit out the words you need to change and then sing it with the correct melody like most Auto-Tune vocals are done (e.g., Future’s “Mask Off”).
The best talk box can help you achieve the perfect rockstar sound. But with so many options on the market, which one is right for you? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 talk boxes to make your decision a little easier. So, which one will it be?