Rocktron Banshee Amplified Talkbox

Amplified Talkbox Effect for Guitar with Gain, Tone, and Output controls, Bypass Footswitch, and Vinyl Tube
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Rock It Like You Talk It!

The Banshee gives the classic "Talk Box" a much-needed update! This is the Talk Box you know and love, just like the one you remember seeing on stage at that Aerosmith concert circa 1977, with the mouth tube. But unlike older Talk Boxes, the Banshee is extremely reliable. It features its own internal pre-amp, amp, and horn driver. Just plug in your Banshee and you're ready to make your guitar sing, talk, and create freaky sounds. Dial in a range of clean or dirty preamp tones with plenty of saturation if you want it. You can turn your pedal board into a great practice setup with enough volume to seriously crank it.

Bringing a cool, new twist to the outdated generation of complicated and risky talk boxes, the Banshee is a unique new product that gives classic rock touches to the 90's players. Although "talk boxes" have been used in the making of hit music (Aerosmith, Frampton, Joe Walsh, etc.) for years, many guitar players simply have not tried them because of their complicated and potentially damaging setup.

Leave it to the stomp box gurus at Rocktron. The Banshee rocks, simply and safely. What makes the Banshee so unique is that it contains its own internal preamp, amplifier, and horn driver. You simply plug into the Banshee like you would any common stomp box, and run the provided "tubing" up the mic stand and into your mouth. The rest is up to your own imagination as you get the most incredible sounds from your instrument. And no more risk of blowing up your favorite amp head, (always a possibility with talk boxes of old).

The Banshee's preamp section features controls for gain, tone, and output level. A wide range of clean and dirty preamp tones may be dialed in with plenty of saturation for those who desire lots of gain. Guitar World Magazine wrote: "The Banshee's high-gain preamp and focused tone control allow for excellent enunciation and sustain. With minimal practice, I was able to create clear words and open vowels, and I could readily see how anyone could become addicted to this effect."

Not only does the Banshee scream in the talkbox mode, but Rocktron has also included an extra jack for hookup with an extension pedal speaker. Plugging a speaker cabinet to this output turns your pedal board into a perfect practice setup with enough volume to do some pretty serious cranking!

NOTE: Due to the personal nature of this product it is non returnable.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Talkbox
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (Amp), 1 x 1/4" (Speaker)
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 3"
Width 8.5"
Depth 5"
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Power Supply Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 001-1254

Customer Reviews

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Nothing works as well for 'that' sound.

This is a one trick pony. You will not use it on every song or even on most songs. However, it's a really great trick, and when you do have a need for it, there's nothing like it. This unit is built to take abuse and has an amp and speaker driver built in. The internal overdrive/distortion sounds nice but there's an effects loop if you have your own favorite that you prefer. All in all, a very usable, not to mention fun, box that will give you 'that sound' when you need to live on a prayer or feel like we do. :)

Very Unique Effect

This is somewhat of a limited effect because you obviously won't use it all the time but, when you do be prepared to see heads roll and, eyes look your way. I have used just about every type and, kind of effect out there and, this one is just a type of effect that just cannot be modeled or synthed properly. Basicly any type of mouth movement will create a very unique type of sound, I mean the sky is the limit. I have used this effect in just about any type of rock song,blues, even a country song, it;s a blast! Simple to hook up and, use and, built like a Hum V, this thing is heavy. Kinda like a snowblower, you won't use it a lot but when you do it's enjoyable and, no other effect can simulate it. A wah pedal might come close but, it's just not going to get all the variations that you can control with your mouth.
Music background: active musician

A must have

I have to say that this thing is as solid as a rock. Literally! The build quality is off the chart. The sound is very usable and will only open up doors that you thought about knocking on.
Music background: Jack of all master of none

Not Just For Guitars...Great With Keyboards Too!

I got my hands on a Banshee after listening to a lot of Blackstreet. I was definitely pleased with the sound I got. Using the Banshee with my keyboard, I'm able to achieve sounds like those used by Teddy Riley (Blackstreet "Deep", "Don't Leave"), Polow Da Don (Ciara's "Promise") and Roger Troutman ("Computer Love"). It's significantly different than the "T-Pain" effect that's achieved using pitch correction software and adds another dimension to my productions. Definitely a great auxilary effect to have in the arsenal! Tip: Try using it with a saxophone sound on your keyboard. A plethora of lead synths work well, too.
Music background: Recording Engineer/Producer

Just what I wanted

Well, it'll be a while before I'm P-Thugg or Roger, but it isn't the fault of the Banshee. Great piece. Well built, loud, and has a nice little grind when you overdrive it. Using it with a Moog Voyager. It nails the classic synth/talkbox tone--perfect for my needs.
Music background: Touring artist, studio player, lousy engineer
See also: Wah Pedals, Rocktron, Rocktron Wahs and Filters