$50 or FREE with your TalkStar purchase
The first and only comprehensive course for learning complex “talkbox” effect, made famous by Roger Troutman and Zapp, Byron Chambers aka Mr. Talkbox, Teddy Riley, Fingazz, Bosko, Daft Punk, Chromeo and many others.
You will be expertly instructed by Fingazz, with 20+ years of professional talkbox experience and a deep knowledge of it’s technology and history.
As an enrolled student, you will not only learn to play the talkbox, you will receive a $50 voucher on the purchase of an exclusive TalkStar talkbox (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for voucher).
You will also become a member of Talkbox World, our private community of talkbox players from around the world who share your passion for this unique skill. Here you can share your talkbox songs and videos, network, collaborate, and be part of exclusive events and contests. (coming soon)
Meet your instructor.
Meet your humble instructor, Fingazz aka Fingadelic, one of the premier talkbox performers in the world. Let’s find out why he’s more than qualified to teach you how to be a “talkstar”…
What will you learn in this course?
There’s a lot of elements that go into mastering the art of using the talkbox, so let’s start with a basic overview of this course.
What do you need for this course?
If you don’t already own a talkbox set up, here’s an explanation of what you will need in order to learn and complete this course.
Do you have the passion?
Talkbox is an extremely difficult skill to master. You must have the passion and drive to learn, and this course will get you there. Here’s a bit of motivation.
Talkbox vs. Vocoder vs. Auto-Tune
These days there are many different robotic sounding elements in popular songs, but which ones are which effect? And what’s the difference?
Hook it up.
Most talkbox manufacturers make talkbox “pedals” for guitars, so the instructions on how to get set up may be confusing. Learn the actual “signal flow” to hook up your keyboard talkbox rig.
Set the tone.
You need a synthesizer to create that talkbox sound, but there’s only certain tones that work well. Find out which ones and how to make them. Get ready…it’s about to get real nerdy!!
The talkbox tube is the lifeline of the sound. Find out where to put it what to do with that thing.
Now that you’re set up and ready to learn, take it slow and start with the easiest word…to give birth to your talkbox skill.
Cut the cords.
One of the most difficult and important aspects of using the talkbox is cutting off your vocal cords…and yes it’s as hard as it sounds!! Learn how and use these practice exercises to master this skill.
Find the balance.
Learn how to find the delicate balance between your synth tone and mouth articulations to perform proper, legible talkboxing.
Just like real singing, you must remember to breathe while using the talkbox. Learn some simple techniques that professional vocalists use as well, that can apply to your talkboxing.
Grab the wheel.
Now your getting the hang of saying the words on the talkbox, but let’s make ’em sound extra funky!! Learn how to use the synthesizer’s modulation and pitch wheels to add more flavor to your performance.
One of the main things that separate talkbox from other robotic vocal sound effects is the ‘slide’, ‘glide’, or ‘portamento’. Learn how to set it and use it on your synth to make your talkboxing unique.
The easiest thing to do on talkbox is make vowel sounds like ooo and ahhh, now let’s use them to our advantage!
The smaller synths typically used for talkboxing are funky, portable, and sound great…but what do you do when you run out of keys? Octave-ate!!
Tip the scales.
Here’s an important tip…learn the basic scales in order to understand the notes you’ll need to play. Unlike playing the piano, when talkboxing you only need play one note at a time, so I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!! A learning and practice resource is provided.
It’s not easy being graceful, but learn how to flavor up your performance using ‘grace notes’ and get your talkbox style points up.
What the ‘H’?
Some words are more difficult than others to say properly on talkbox, and the hardest ones of them all are words starting with the letter “H”. This lesson breaks down the technique of articulating these sounds and then master with a practice drill called “Hey Hot Honey”.
Now that you’ve got the tools to start talkboxing, it’s time to learn some other techniques to change the tone and ‘funktify” your performance.
Intro to recording & mixing.
Now it’s time for the fun stuff! Warm up your favorite DAW and let’s cook up something amazing – It’s time to record and mix your talkbox.
The right microphone and mic techniques will ensure that you get a great talkbox recording. Check it out!
Those damn cords!!!
Another reminder lesson on the importance of completely cutting off the vocal cords…and all the other weird noises the mic will pick up.
Throw it down.
It’s time to get that talkbox down and into your DAW. Fingazz creates and teaches you an original lesson song to record a funky talkbox performance.
Now that you’ve got that main talkbox lead sounding good, it’s time to learn how to stack those amazing harmonies on top. This requires a bit more basic music theory so resources are provided. Take time to learn this stuff…it’s worth it!!
Once you get the foundation of your song down, start adding accents to spice up your recording and take it to the next level!
Here are some of Fingazz personal techniques he’s developed over 25 years of talkboxing. This is the good stuff!!