I’m sorta fascinated with the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine. I don’t own one (yet), but it might be one of my guilt splurges in the coming future. I recently saw a really cool video with this and a Theremin (I’ll have to talk about my Theremin deal in the next few days). The Talking Machine basically runs a signal through a vocal formant filter which creates vowel shapes. So you can get some interesting AH-OO and OW-EE sounds. You can also tweak the pedal to give some wah-type filter tones as well.
I watched a video today where a person is running a Roland Sequencer and passing that to the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine. As they’re tweaking knobs, you can hear those vowel sounds. A pedal like this can be great to think outside of the box and to really explore your creativity.
Here is the video by zibbybone:
If you’re interested in the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine, you can pick it up for $220.50 at Amazon.com. If you currently own this pedal, please comment below and let us know what you think of it!
10 years ago
I own one. Fun for experiments, but I have yet to find a good use for it in a regular band situation. If you base a hook on it, that could be a great thing to set a song apart from others. The control duality is maddening though, really obtuse when you have to mentally switch between functions for controls. Also, a rather large footprint. But again, nothing else sounds like it, and it could conceivably be the key to a great song hook or riff!Reply