Talk Box CD-ROM Now Available

Mar 19, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Sonic Network, maker of Sonic Implants sample libaries and instrument sounds for film and TV composers, has released a new guitar library, I'd Like to Buy a Vowel: Adventures in Talk Box Guitar. “It's a unique concept, to be sure,” says Sonic Implants founder and president Jennifer Hruska. “We thought it would be fun to give our users something off the beaten path.”

Those unfamiliar with this curious device by name will almost certainly be familiar with the distinctive sounds it can produce, as popular artists as diverse as Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Bon Jovi have used the Talk Box to startling effect during the course of the past 30 years of popular music. The Talk Box allows guitarists to effectively "talk" guitar notes by routing the guitar's amplified sound through a piece of tubing that the player holds in his/her mouth. Fluctuations in mouth position relative to the tubing enable the player to evince all manner of artificial "speech" using the guitar as the players "voice."

Layout of the Talk Box CD-ROM includes a generous selection of multisamples carefully selected to evoke the traditional characteristics of the instrument. Sonic Implants engineer Peter Drawbridge explains: “Picking the right articulations was important because we wanted users to get an accurate overall feel for the instrument. This is why we made sure to mix in some of the more 'static' tube sounds with the actual 'talking' syllables, since what makes the Talk Box so distinctive, apart from the actual 'speaking' part, is the elastic 'growl' the box imparts to the guitar itself. It's a very unique timbre that you really can't duplicate with an overdrive or distortion pedal.”

An entirely separate portion of the disc is devoted to sampled phrases that were programmed in four musical keys at three different tempos apiece, affording users the opportunity to combine sampled licks, trills and bends with the aforementioned multisamples to create realistic sequences.

The CD-ROM, comprising multisampled tones and chords in addition to the sampled phrases, is available in GigaSampler and Soundfont formats at Sonic Implants' Website,, where those interested can also find MP3 demos of the Talk Box in action. Downloadable files of the Talk Box multisamples are also available in the previously mentioned formats.


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