Rocktron Banshee TalkBox
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Rocktron Banshee TalkBox

Banshee TalkBox, Talkbox from Rocktron.

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rockerdad 03/22/2011

Rocktron Banshee TalkBox : rockerdad のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Livin' on a....Banshee!"
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The Rocktron Banshee is a talkbox that utilizes it's own built-in 5 watt amplifier.

- Metal casing
- external speaker jack
- 5 watt amplifer built in
- amplifier output
- 1/4" guitar input
- on/off stomp switch
- gain, tone, output knobs
- plastic tubing that sound passes through
- opening to house one end of the tubing
- rocktron supplied power supply

UTILIZATION

The banshee is a talk box that provides the user with a "talking" sound made famous by such guitar players as Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Peter Frampton among others. Setup is as easy as can be. If using this with your existing amp, you just plug your guitar into the guitar in jack of the banshee and then out to your guitar amplifier's input. That's it. Once you step on the on/off switch, the banshee will bypass your amp and use it's own built in amplifier to produce sound.

You will need to run the tube up a mic stand and attach the tube to the end of a microphone that is amplified. Hit a note or chord on your guitar while placing the tube into the side of your mouth. The sound of the guitar will travel up the tube and into your mouth. moving your mouth around will alter the sound as it's picked up by the microphone. Really cool! This is the type of guitar gear that will keep you engaged and interested for awhile as you mess around with it.

SOUND QUALITY

The reason I have this unit is because I play in a Bon Jovi tribute band so this is required. I've used the Heil talkbox before buying a banshee. The Heil was good but it kept blowing it's own fuse, causing me to replace it 3 times. It also can damage your amp if not used correctly. These were enough reasons for me to try the banshee.

To be honest, there wasn't much sound difference between the two to my ears. I never tried them back to back but the banshee provides a very authentic sounding, throaty talkbox effect. If you take the tube out of the tube connector on the unit you can even use it as a simple 5 watt distorted amp!

OVERALL OPINION

If I needed to, I would buy another one of these again in a hearbeat. It's made my gigging life so much easier, it mounts to my pedalboard and it goes to every show with me. The people in the audience really don't care if you're using a banshee, a heil or even the Framptone model. All they care about is having fun a the band sounding good. The Rocktron Banshee delivers on all of the above and more. Blast into Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer or It's My Life and watch the reaction you will get from the audience. It's pure rock'n'roll and works every time!