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TALK BOX: The Ultimate Guide on How To Set-Up and Use The Talk Box

teacher avatar Kel Montallana, Keyboardist & Arranger

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:51
    • 2. Things You'll Need to Set-up Your Talkbox

      1:48
    • 3. How To Set-up Your Keyboard To Your Talkbox

      1:26
    • 4. How To Set-up Your Midi Controller To Your Talkbox

      1:21
    • 5. How To Use Your Talkbox

      2:21
    • 6. How To Talk on The Talkbox

      4:35
    • 7. How To Practice on The Talkbox

      1:14
    • 8. Talkbox Practice Exercises

      6:21
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About This Class

Have you ever been curious about the Talk Box?

Or have you already purchased one but you don't know how to use it?

Don't fret!

In this class, I'll be teaching you the following things:

  1. Things You'll Need to Set-Up your Talk Box
  2. How to Set-Up Your Keyboard to your Talk Box
  3. How To Set-Up Your Midi Controller to Your Talk Box
  4. How To Use Your Talk Box
  5. How To Talk on the Talk Box
  6. How to Practice the Talk Box
  7. Talk Box Practice Exercises

If you have any questions, feel free to message me here in our class.

Best,

Kel

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Kel Montallana

Keyboardist & Arranger

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Hello, I'm Kel!

I have a Bachelor's Degree of Music Production (since 2018) and have 10 years of experience when it comes to using FL Studio.  Piano and Synth are my main instruments of choice especially when I perform. I've been in several indie bands and I use that as my stepping stone in teaching and helping musicians understand the ins and outs of music production, keyboards and synthesizers. 

If you're an aspiring musician and you'd like to learn more about the talkbox, piano, synthesizers, composition and arranging, then come and join my community as I teach you some tips and tricks starting with my first class: TALK BOX: The Ultimate Guide on How To Set-Up and Use The Talk Box

 

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1. Introduction: you lady with. Hey, guys, welcome to the ultimate beginner's Guide in how to set up and use your talk box for your keyboards. Now the talk box was originally a guitar effects pedal, but as the years go by, several keyboardists to name a few there, Stevie Wonder and Order Chapman popularized the talk box using keyboards. So now they're used even to this day. So for this lesson, I'll be teaching you how to first set up the talk box, your keyboards. And then after that, I'll be teaching you the basics and how to talk through it. Now, yes, keep in mind, though you don't really need, like Beethoven or Mozart type of skills when using the keyboard. When you're doing it through talk box, you just need, you know, some amount of funk in your system. Okay, all right, so let's get started. The controller needs something else, like a computer or a laptop or a media device that has sound banks installed in it. So it's going to be controlling it externally, half a thumb deep, and you put inside your mouth because if you put it into deep, you'll hit your you villa and we wouldn't want you to puke while he was in the top box. What they do is they boiled the talk box to make it so that their rubber tube will soften that the keyboard is your voice. So if you want to say something on the top box, learn how to say it without using your actual voice, for example, I will say hello. So you say he just mouth the words and enunciate of the letters Now see, or listen to what it sounds like if I compress it on the higher or so. If I compress it on a lower active and, uh, see a loosen, it allowed her to see the difference there. So your throat adjustment will be depending on the quality of this sounds. Well, I loosen and tighten my throat every time. The no changes, you know, just to make sure my throat this loose, I'll show you an example. Theo 2. Things You'll Need to Set-up Your Talkbox: So first, let's do a quick run down and the things we need to get everything started. So first off, we will need your talk box of the talk box I'm using right now is the MX R M 222 and it already comes with a plastic tube and an A C power cable. Next, you'll also need your keyboards. Right now I'm having a Roland Juno, D I. But any keyboard can work out next. What you will need is a pl cable that's male to male. So these cables air found on your audio stores or maybe even hardware stores. So they're the cables that usually plug your guitars or keyboards and so amplifiers into. And if ever, though you're planning on using amedi controller for this, you will need extra stuff. So namely your media controller, your laptop or computer on audio interface to us me type two cables and one pl cable. So those are the things you need to get everything started. So before we continue to the next part, though, we will be cutting it into two parts, namely for set up for regular keyboards, the talk box and set up for me, the controllers to talk box all right, 3. How To Set-up Your Keyboard To Your Talkbox: So just a quick side note the difference between the media controller and the keyboard. So the keyboard, all they just have to do is plug it. And then you can already play it because it has already ah, lot of sound banks in it, while a musical shoulder needs something else, like a computer or a laptop, or a media device that has sound banks installed in it. So it's going to be controlling and externally. So now let's set up your keyboards to your talk box. So what you need to do first is you need to plug in your talk box into a power source. Then next get your pl male to male cable and plug it in on the input of your talk box, and then next you plug the other end on the output of your keyboards. Then what you need to do next is you need to plug in your microphone to your speakers, and then after that you put the plastic tube inside the audio sound hole of your top box. Then there you go. It's already all set up. You just have to look for a mono phonic sawtooth patch on your keyboards, and you're ready to get started. 4. How To Set-up Your Midi Controller To Your Talkbox: So next we will be setting up your talk box. If you're planning on using Imedi controller, first off, what you need to do is you need to plug in your talk box into a power source the next. Open up your computer or laptop or media device. And then, if you're planning on using a laptop or computer, open up your favorite day W and plug in your audio interface and your media controller. After that, you get your PL cable that's male to male, and you plug in the other end on the input of your talk box and the other one on your audio interface. After that in your day, W look for Amman, a phonic dry saw patch, and then what you need to do is you need to plug in the plastic tube on your talk box and then prepare your mic and speakers and there we go. You ready to get started in using ah, talk box for your media control 5. How To Use Your Talkbox: great now that we're done setting it up. What we need to do now is we need to learn how to use and practice with the talk box. So first off, we'll be learning how to put it in your mouth. So by putting it in your mouth will be putting it to the side of your mouth and not on the middle. The reason for that is if you put it on the middle, you won't be able to say some words. Clearly. I'll show you an example. I'll be saying the letter L by putting it on the middle, i e. A. But if I put it to the side and say l and found See your tongue has room to move, so that's why we put it on the side next. What we need to do now is we need to gauge how deep the tube should be in your mouth. So usually it's around half a thumb deep, so half a thumb deep and you put inside your mouth because if you put it into deep, you'll hit your you villa, and we wouldn't want you to puke while he was in the top box and Then, while it's in your mouth, you have to bite on it. But not too hard. Just enough so that the tube won't fall while you're talking on it. Okay, so eventually, if you keep on doing it, you will master it without thinking. Just put in your mouth and you're good to go. So just a quick side note. If you're talk box is relatively new and your rubber tube is also knew like a top box, it's gonna be hard to bite on. So it's gonna be hurting your gums and your mouth. So a tip for professional top boxers, What they do is they boiled the talk box to make it so that their rubber tube will soften. But don't bull the entire thing. Just boil the end where you'll be biting onto it. Okay. All right. 6. How To Talk on The Talkbox: All right, So now that you've gotten the two position on your mouth ready to go, what we will be doing next is we will be learning how to talk and practice on the top box. So just keep in mind that the keyboard is your voice. So if you want to say something on the top box, learn how to say it without using your actual voice. For example, I will say hello. So you say you just mouth the words and enunciate of the letters. So, for example, I'll say, um, hello from the other side and from the air, they I see. No, I didn't use any of my voice there. I just mouth the words, and you'll also notice that your throat will adjust and you'll only adjust her throat, depending on how high or how low you'll be doing it. For example, if I want to say the word hello on the higher opted, you need to compress your throat like this one. A state lower. You loosen it like this. Now, see or listen to what it sounds like if I compress it on the higher or so. If I compress it on a lower opted Hanna see a loosen. It allowed her to see the difference there. So your throat adjustment will be depending on the quality of the sound as well. So a good way to practice the talk box and to mouth your words is by trying every letter of the alphabet, and you'll also notice that there are some letters, are difficult and might need a little extra effort. So namely, there are the letters H J, K, P, Q, S, T, V, W, X and Z. So, for example, for H you say OK, so you just need to enunciate the letters to be able to make them sound clearly. Al Demo. Every leather for you A B C D E T T o b Are you Do you? Why e So now that you're done practicing the letters, let's practice the syllables this time. And don't worry, this will be very easy. For the first part, we'll be practicing I e. Or Okay, All right, so let's do it like this, I e. So now that you know, we're already done practicing that over and over, let's combine it with a difficult to say letters. Don't worry, We'll leave a work down below just so you can keep on track. But try it like this. Okay? There's no work for the letter. H Hey, he so good for the leather J J three doom. And so far and so forth until you can master all those hard to say letters with the Cymbals together. And that's where the words there just a combination of syllables. And eventually you'll be able to say the words like happy like this have be so, um just keep on practicing. It takes time. And I myself also practicing to make sure that I will be able to sound clearer so that, you know, I'll be able to sound as good as Mr Talk Box or Mr Roger Trout Man and all those expert talk boxers. So, yeah, don't forget this. Keep on practicing. 7. How To Practice on The Talkbox: So speaking of practice, I have a little exercise for you guys. I tend to do this every time I want. I need to warm up before playing the talk box. So basically, I do a basic scale in hand in, you know, the one you do when you're a beginner pianist like this. So I do that. But I put the talk box on my mouth and I loosened and tightened my throat every time. No changes, you know, just to make sure my throat this loose. I'll show you an example, Theo. Oh, so just keep on doing that as your warm up before you start doing the top box. And just a quick reminder, though it might cost you a gag a lot, especially if you're just to begin there and you're not really used to doing it. But it's OK. Just keep on practicing and you'll be able to mail it. I'm sure 8. Talkbox Practice Exercises: a a a a way e e e e Yeah, e a a I see a day. A a a a Uh oh. Oh, e o ah! Uh oh. Hey, you e e o when you, uh Why? Why? Why? Why do you people day Teoh? I mean, they do you people, you