NAMM 2009: Electro-Harmonix Voice Box

I first read about this on the Twitter feed of, so make sure you go check out that very cool site.

Here’s the new Electro-Harmonix Voice Box, a combined harmonizer and vocoder. Want!!!

Take it away, press release:

The Voice Box packs a multi-functional vocal synth processor into a tough and compact chassis. Sing, and you’ll have a troupe of backup singers following you in perfect harmony. Or use the built-in vocoder to unleash classic synth-robot sounds. Diana Ross had the Supremes, Brian Wilson had the Beach Boys, Kraftwerk had The Robots. You have the Voice Box.

The harmony processor creates 2- to 4-part harmonies directly from your vocals, in the same key as your accompanying instrument. Studio-quality reverb lets you independently add depth to your dry and harmony vocals.

The focused 256-band articulate vocoder, designed by the same EMS genius who made vocoding famous, features adjustable harmonic enhancement and controllable formant shift.

Plug in your mic and your instrument, and let your new voice — or voices — be heard!

Harmonically matches any electric instrument you plug into it

Professional quality pitch shifting algorithm produces realistic harmonies

The Low & High Harmony independently produces two harmony notes: 3rd and 5th

9 accessible programmable presets

Natural GlissandoGender Bender knob allows for male/female formant modification

Built-In Mic Pre with Phantom Power & Gain Switch

Balanced XLR Line Output: Interface directly with any mixing board or A/D converter

US96DC-200BI power supply included

Read more at the Electro-Harmonix website.

While you’re there, check out this very interesting article about their Golden Throat talkbox.

CLICK HERE to see talk boxes on eBay.

CLICK HERE to buy the Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box from Musician’s Friend

CLICK HERE to buy the Dunlop Heil Talk Box from Music123

CLICK HERE to buy the Rocktron Banshee Talk Box from Music123

NEWS: Make your own talkbox

Kudos to Mrs I Heart Guitar for spotting this on the Make blog. Ever wanted to build your own talkbox for a little Peter Frampton or Jerry Cantrell vibe? Or are you in a cover band and you need to play Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ and/or ‘It’s My Life?’ Then you’re in luck! Everything you need to know to build your own talkbox is right here.

My personal favourite (though more subtle) talkbox moment: Alice In Chains’ ‘Man In The Box,’ where a talkbox track is mixed in with the rhythm guitars.

Don’t wanna make your own? Here are a few options:

Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box

Dunlop Heil Talk Box Standard

Rocktron Banshee Talk Box Standard

Here’s an early talkbox built by steel guitarist Pete Drake: