Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by fish78, Apr 8, 2008.
How do you create this effect?
It's a very short delay effect with not too many repeats. The repeats are set just slightly below the volume of your orginal signal so it kind of sounds like playing in a smallish tiled room. Traditionally it was done with tape echo machines. You can replicate it with digital or analogue delay pedals. I know Scotty Moore - Elvis's guitarist who used a lot of slapback - in recent years has used a digital delay to get the echo and a chorus pedal to simulate the slight warble of tape echo devices. There are some dedicated slapback pedals. Danelectro makes a pedal in their Fab range called the Fab Echo that has a limited delay time just for slapback effects. But any regular delay device will get you slapback + longer delay times if you want them.
I think of slapback as a single repeat delayed by around 100ms. Not quite as loud as the original.
It's best when timed to an eighth or sixteenth note.
That was Elvis' trick.
It's easier to do if you run the snare track thru it, and get it right on the money.
I've heard of some using triplets..
For slapback I'm using an EH stereo memory man,
or an ancient boss dm3