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Posted 1/21/2009
Vintage Golden Throat promotional art.
Back in the mid '70s to early '80s, the Electro-Harmonix family included the Golden Throat talk box (not to be confused with a vococder, such as our new Voice Box). The Golden Throat physically pumped audio (not an electronic signal) up a tube, into the player's mouth, to then be shaped and captured via an external microphone.

One of the great Golden Throat wizards was the late Roger Troutman, first a Parliament/Funkadelic protege, who then went on to form Zapp. "California Love," one of Roger and Zapp's most famous tracks (as it was remade in 1995 by 2Pac and Dr. Dre with Troutman re-recording the vocals) made prominent use of his Golden Throat. You can't miss the tube:

After scouring YouTube, we found some more great clips of the Golden Throat in action. The first video is from John Hurd, an old neighborhood friend of Roger Troutman, singing about Roger, Zapp, and their shared hometown of Hamilton, Ohio. John wrote and recorded this tribute following Roger's murder in 1999, make sure to read along:
Mo' Cheez, a devout talk box fan, writes that the Golden Throat "is the 'Holy Grail' of talkboxers. The most famous talkbox ever. Roger Troutman, the Godfather of talkboxing used it so you get the point… But it's also sought after for its sonic performances and classic design."

That's it for this installment from the EHX Vault -- if you're into the sounds of voice synthesis, be sure to check out the Voice Box -- it includes a terrific vocoder (which can sound similar to a talk box, without needing the tube) as well as a spectacular multi-voice harmonizer.

Posted 1/15/2009
Attending NAMM 2009 Anaheim? Come visit us at booth 5396 -- we'll be demo'ing the Voice Box, Big Muff Pi-with Tone Wicker, and lots more great EHX gear.

Posted 1/6/2009
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show: the Voice Box, as demoed by Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn.
This pedal was conceived of and designed by EHX from globally sourced components. Every EHX pedal goes through a stringent testing process by musicians and technicians in NYC before packing.

Posted 1/5/2009
Todd Boston is an Acoustic Ambient multi-instrumentalist, and longtime 2880 Stereo Multi-Track Looper user. Describing the 2880, Todd notes, "I love it! It is a great looper that serves my needs and desires for a simple user friendly interface, I love the intuitive blenders and pan settings for each channel."

In the clip below ("Harmony") Todd is joined by partner Ramesh Kannan:
Todd notes:
I do all the triggers using the foot controller with my right leg. Here is the general time line for Harmony:
0:50 - trigger recording for first loop (Guitar + Tabla)
2:00 - press stop on foot switch to stop recording of first loop, interlude
2:11 - press the record button which triggers both playback of first loop plus the recording of second loop (Lead Guitar + Udu drum)
3:17 - playback of second loop continues, we are playing live, no recording happening for rest of song (Flute + Cajon) Format for this song was recording two loops and playing live over top which made it sound like a six piece

The loops for this song are long so triggering in and out and being on the mark is key for composition. Some loops we do as 8, 16, or 32 bars, some we do as whole sections of the song (Harmony) which we record part A and B and loop them.

Posted 12/30/2008
Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" as realized by EHX pal Jack Conte. It should be easy enough to spot the Deluxe Memory Man and Deluxe Electric Mistress, extra points for the Bass Micro Synthesizer.

Posted 12/27/2008
Here are the very first Voice Box demos to be spotted in the user-generated video wild.

This one shows off the Voice Box's harmonizer features:

And this one shows off the vocoder:
Thanks, Analogman!

This pedal was conceived of and designed by EHX from globally sourced components. Every EHX pedal goes through a stringent testing process by musicians and technicians in NYC before packing.

Posted 12/23/2008
Thanks to YouTube's gearmanndude for this demo of the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker!

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