Whats the frequency kenneth

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  1. djdrdave

    djdrdave Member

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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.
     
  2. mike shaw

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    On a LP turn the neck pup volume completely off then use the pup selector toggle switch and flip it back and forth between the live bridge pup and the dead neck pup.
     
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    ericjohnschwab Senior Member

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    yes, classic trick that I learned by listening to Ace Frehley on the Alive version of Cold Gin.
     
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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.
     
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    I always assumed that was a Vox AC30 with the amp tremolo going, but I could be wrong. It definitely does not sound like a Les Paul stutter to me, because the guitar sound is never muted all the way.
     
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    Just find a tremolo pedal with with a square wave option.
     
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    It sounds like a Vox AC30 trem to me.
     
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    DANOCASTER Silver Supporting Member

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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
     
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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.
     
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    art_z Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    I don't know how REM did it, but I can do it with my Empress Tremolo! :D
     
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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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    Is your Benzedrine?
     
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    +1

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=peter+buck+monster+tremolo&aq=f&aqi=&aql=f&oq=

    There is so much tremolo all over the Monster album that REM were contemplating calling the album Tremolo at first.
     
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    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."
     
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    Yep. Tremoverb.

    I got in an argument with Tag about this a few years back.
     
  17. 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!
     
  18. 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...'.

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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.
     
  20. 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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