Whats the frequency kenneth

djdrdave

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How do they get that hyper tremolo sound in whats the frequency kenneth by rem. I wondered for years but never looked it up.
 

djdrdave

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Is that how REM does it. Out of luck i guess since no les paul or equivalent right now and cant get my tremolo effect to sound right

Thanks for the tips though.
 

DANOCASTER

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having seen them LIVE and having never seem them do that correctly , my guess it was done in the studio - probably a gate being opened / closed by a click or loop

Or I guess it could've been done ONCE perfectly and then flown around in ProTools for the master

but it would be difficult to do that tightly over and over

that's a cool trick - and I use it myself - but it's usually not in a "locked to grid" type rhythm like in that REM song.. more often at the end of a song or solo where tight subdivisions aren't as crucial
 

JimmyR

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Well I read in an interview that Peter Buck had just got himself a (gasp!) Mesa Boogie Tremoverb or whatever it's called and used the trem all over that album. I don't know if that's the effect you mean but I know that's the amp he used.
 

art_z

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Well I read in an interview that Peter Buck had just got himself a (gasp!) Mesa Boogie Tremoverb or whatever it's called and used the trem all over that album. I don't know if that's the effect you mean but I know that's the amp he used.
This. I remember the same interview.

When I saw them live on that tour it was the pickup selector switch to toggles the pickups, I watched him do it.
 

teleking36

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i would think that cranking the depth on a square wave pattern would get that. i can get real close to it with my Diamond Trem on that setting. Close enough where I'm not concerned about needing a guitar with a 3-way toggle just to do it!
 

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MuseCafeChris

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Well I read in an interview that Peter Buck had just got himself a (gasp!) Mesa Boogie Tremoverb or whatever it's called and used the trem all over that album. I don't know if that's the effect you mean but I know that's the amp he used.
Hmmm. I have a Tremoverb and had no idea it was capable of that type of stuttering trem. Looks like I might have to experiment with it more. "Crush with Eyeliner" is loaded with it too.

Makes me feel better about owning a T-Verb, though. Great guitar tones on "Monster."
 

screamtone

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Well I read in an interview that Peter Buck had just got himself a (gasp!) Mesa Boogie Tremoverb or whatever it's called and used the trem all over that album. I don't know if that's the effect you mean but I know that's the amp he used.
This. I remember the same interview.

When I saw them live on that tour it was the pickup selector switch to toggles the pickups, I watched him do it.
Yep. Tremoverb.

I got in an argument with Tag about this a few years back.
 

mike shaw

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FWIW, REM was playing live on some tv program and the toggle switch thing was how it was done. At least how it was done at that time!
 

TNJ

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Yep,
I had a '94 Tremoverb 212 combo, and could do a spot on version of
'What's the frequency...'.

GREAT AMP,
S>
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enocaster

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I recall an article saying that during the sessions they sent an assistant out to a guitar store to get a certain type of pedal and they bought the wrong one - he came back with a trem pedal (Boss TR-2?) and they ended up using the square wave setting for that tune.
 

THiwaTT

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I can get a pretty close approximation with the square wave tremelo on my Modfactor

I think ZVex might have some sort of crazy trem pedal that does this as well
 




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