Special effect: Pedal to make guitar sound like Mellotron flutes

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  1. mds

    mds Member

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    Hey guys,

    Im trying to cover some keyboard parts for a gig I'm on. The record has some mellotron flutes that sound really cool. I can kinda fake it by rolling back my tone knob and doing some swells, but I was wondering if anyone has some suggestions for a pedal that would get that sound.

    Thanks!

    Mike
     
  2. rosscoep

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    The Zvex lo-fi loop junky adds a nice warble that can add to the vibe but the loop is only 20 seconds.
     
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    Y'know, I just got myself a roland GR20 to cover covers and keyboard parts. Fits in a guitar case with the guitar and comes in handy now and then for stuff like stairway if I'm forced to play it at 4 am by mafiosos.....
     
  4. mds

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    I've done the guitar synth thing before, but its too much hassle, and I don't own one anymore. They are fun, though...I think I'm looking for something that would do a quick swell on every note so there was no attack...a little warble would be cool, but I could probably fake that with a tremolo or chorus pedal....
     
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    haha....somehow I don't think thats gonna be gig worthy.....very cool though!
     
  7. triplover64

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    Listen, you can get an amazing flute sound by using an ebow. The key is turning the tone knobs down and using the neck pickup - especially with single coils. It really, really sounds like a flute. You can do cello with an ebow too, just fiddle with the tone knobs. It's really something.
     
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    Exactly what I was going to say. I use that, my volume pedal and my delay and I get amazing flute, cello, wild and wooly sounds.
     
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    prescription electronics experience pedal, swell mode, singlecoil neck pickup with the tone rolled all the way off, and soft, deliberate picking way up at the end of the neck. I'd add an EH Wiggler for just a little warble.
     
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    you could try an ebow with an EH Hog....
     
  11. mds

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    I haven't used an ebow much. How hard is it to get chords out of one?
     
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    impossible. single notes only.
     
  13. fuzzinator

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    I used to use a fuzz and roll my tone back to cop flute sounds when
    I covered "Ruby Tuesday"
     
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    Neck pickup with tone rolled back --> OD -->volume pedal
    or substitute the Boss Slow Gear (auto volume swell) or ebow for volume pedal
     
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    I might try some of this stuff...but so far it looks like just a plain volume swell with a bit of tremelo is gonna have to do it...I might try out a slow gear type pedal at some point...or the EH micro synth...thanks guys.
     
  16. Indianrock

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    Did you check the videos out there for the Electro Harmonix POG ( not the micro pog ). The poly octave generator.
     
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    a bit of pitch vibrato would go a long way. as would turning the tone knob, i suspect.
     
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    I've been using the EBow a lot again recently, not just "esoteric" or atmospheric parts, but for various passages in recent top 40 & crossover type hits in a function / bar band - including the flute parts on "Whenever Wherever" (Shakira) as well as very convincing fiddle & cello parts on a few Shania Twain & Coors type numbers on live gigs.

    Although it takes a bit of practice & getting used to at first, the results can be spectacular - listen to some of the samples here : -
    http://ebow.com/ebow/sounds.htm

    If you add chorus & modulation with delay & /or loopers, the possibilities are virtually endless : -
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4392499974620844588

    (BTW, MusicToyz has these in stock at $85)
    http://www.musictoyz.com/guitar/gtrstuff/ebow.php

    Good luck!
     
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    unless you have a harmonizer...
     
  20. Whiskeyrebel

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    You can use a Rocktron HUSH to cut off the pick attack if you set the threshold high. Don't know about flute specifically, but I've gotten some cool brass sounds out of one using a high threshold setting, guitar tone rolled down, into a distorted amp and using a 'brushing' motion with the pick as opposed to a plucking or snapping motion.

    If you have one, or even another brand noise gate, try fooling with it.
     

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