Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine

Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine


This is HornFX’s favorite envelope filter that EHX produces. It is a complete and solidly designed pedal that produces great auto-wah funkiness with an easy and intuitive interface. It boasts some fantastic controls that will give you a lot of fun options for funky sounds. Sadly, the distortion function might not be a workable aspect of this pedal due to what will most likely be feedback issues. Plug this pedal in, explore, and get funky.

External Control: None
Cost: $

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HornFX Review

InterfaceVersatilityClarity of EffectLive ApplicationTotal Score
Complexity: Medium

Complexity: Medium

The Talking Machine is such a cool idea. All the various vowel sounds that it can make would surely add some intriguing individuality to your sound. Sadly, it falls short of its potential. The effects simply do not speak well and its controls are less than stellar. If you still feel the need to sound kind of like a person through your horn (a funky person obviously), definitely give this pedal a try despite its shortcomings. Hopefully you will be able to find some useful sounds on it.

External Control: EXP
Cost: $$

  • Vocal Vowel Filter w/ 7 vowel modes
  • Wah and Baseballs modes
  • Adjustable Sensitivity control allows both up and down filter sweeps
  • Attack and Decay knobs control the speed of the envelope follower while it sweeps the filters
  • External effects loop capability allows effects to be placed on the filters without changing the envelope follower's dynamics.
  • 9 Presets
  • 9 Volt power supply provided
  • Dimensions in inches: 4.75 (w) x 5.75 (l) x 2.5 (h)
  • Dimensions in mm: 146 (w) x 121 (l) x 64 (h)

Product info from the EHX website