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Slapback echo for vocal Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 18th May 2011
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Slapback echo for vocal

Can anybody help me, what should i use to make an slapback echo for my vocal?. I really like how the dude from The Dodos sounded like. I think he might use Line6 DL4 for his live-vocal. Can i use Space echo to do the justice?

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In the studio or live?
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a no-brainer for slap back echo is the Arion SD-3

Total analog sound
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a no-brainer for slap back echo is the Arion SD-3

Total analog sound
Thanks for the info, yeah i got Arion SAD-1 also cheap but awesome!

did you mean i should plug straight to the arion?
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There are millions of options - every DAW comes with a basic delay plugin that can do slapback. The trick is to get it to sound good - which basically means to dirty it up and roll of the highs. You can use a digital delay in combination with your choice of saturation, compression, eq etc. Or find a plugin that gives all these options ready made for you ...

For a single slapback, you could simply clone the track and shift it to create the echo - no plugin required.

A real slapback echo in nature comes from sound bouncing off a nearby wall or building etc. Due to the speed of sound, a noticeable delay (say 100ms) implies a reasonably large space, which is why it sounds good on a vocal.

In a real acoustic space, the sound traveling through air gets a bit distorted and the high frequencies lose their energy faster than the lows. There is usually some noise around too. This is why fairly "degraded" delays sound more natural than pristine digital copies.

You don't want your direct vocal sound to be as degraded though. Better to layer a distorted, noisy delay as a 100% wet send effect - rather than running the dry sound through a cheap box.

Analog "bucket brigade" delays sound fantastic because they basically pass the analog signal down a chain of thousands of capacitors, with a transistor amp between each stage (courtesy of a BBD chip which is all analog). That why the signal gets fairly distressed and noisy. Digital emulations struggle to capture the magic of this sound.

I would look for a BBD pedal or box that allows 100% wet sound, and then use reamping technology to layer the delay. You can also use plugins to tune or extend the delay time, or shape the sound either before or after the effect.

You could also use a cassette recorder to clone a track for a similar lo-fi delay.

Or maybe use a plugin delay and reamp through a guitar amp or something - there is no end of options. Some plugins sound good enough without resorting to analog tricks - it all depends on how much vibe or funk you need.
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