Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Bodhisattva, Feb 16, 2009.
Anyone know of a pedal that can make your guitar sound like a sax?
I don't think so but if there is I'd buy it. The Sax is a beautiful sounding instrument.
There is a Trombone pedal in the manufacturer's emporium-I forgot his username. How about a guitar synth or Roland VG-99. You could also learn the sax like David Gilmour has done.
Yeah i'd like to learn the sax. Probably more satisfying in the long run than buying a pedal to approximate the sound.
Hire Dick Parry?
No really,wish I could help you mang.
Besides a guitar synth?
If you're not looking for a guitar synth then you will have to elaborate more on what your looking for. I personally feel that learning and emulating sax type lines in your playing would be a great experience. The timbre quality of all instruments is a complex composite of many different factors that create the unique sound quality / timbre of any given instrument. Synthesizer's when you used effectively can be fun and get you in the ball park of a specific intstrument's sound but you still have to be able to be fairly studied in the technical, musical and creative elements and devices utilized by the lineage of musicians that have played any specific instrument.
Anyone else, am I missing any obvious options, guitar synth aside?
Check out the clip on my soundclick (link in sig) called "Fuzz Leads"... That's me using a D*A*M 1966 fuzz and I think I'm getting some pretty saxish sounds on it. It's on during the first half. Let me know what you think.
I'd venture to say that a rich overdrive with a parked wah might get you a brassy round tone suggesting a sax, and then the rest would depend on sax-like playing. As for a real simulation, probably gonna have to go synth, I'm not all that impressed with synthesized sax sounds myself... good luck.
Allan Holdsworth in a box.
Check out Tomos CAF demo (it's somewhere in the clips archive and on youtube) I'd call it a sax like tone. A fuzz of some sort is the way to go i reckon, in the tonebender family of tones.
Except it's excrutiatingly hard to play rhythm sax while singing.
Forget Dick Parry, how about Bobby Keys-he has played and partied with The Stones for almost 40 years and has held up well.
Use an octave pedal, or an octave-fuzz. Playing higher notes with the octave down blended in gives you a really thick, almost sax like quality to your sound. Obviously it won't sound exactly like a sax, but it's closer!
Outside of a guitar to midi setup and Baritone sax samples there is nothing in my opinion synth, sample or fx based that even gets close to the real thing. I have tons of sample libraries and I stopped trying years ago for convincing tenor and alto sax. The bari samples work pretty well because the part is usually just scoops and hits. Soon as you sustain a note the jig is up. Nothing can wreck a good realistic production faster than a synth or sample based sax.
I can do it with no problems at all with my G10
I try my hardest to avoid using synthetic brass, no sample library I've heard comes even close.
If you are talking about "sax-like qualities" ie smooth attack, full body to the notes & singing quality: JTK Alchemy
the old Maestro Fuzz? Ever listened to Satisfaction?
plug into any old mesa mark and let the lead channel rip.
other than that, there are some fuzzboxes that do the sax thing pretty well. Si fuzzes have a sort of trumpet vibe going on. MKii tonebenders are more saxy.