Tommy Rombouts

Tech-no-logy artist
Audiovisual content creator connecting old and new technologies. On a mission to push music culture forward.

Archive 1999: Recording with Ibanez Talking Machine

Remixing “Everybody’s Weird” by dEUS under the artist name Cinérex.

Tools used:

  • Ibanez VOCTM-776
  • AKAI S-3000
  • Atari St
  • D&R Dayner desk
  • Tascam DA-88

File under:

  • Music production
  • Cinérex
  • Remix
  • dEUS
  • End nineties

The Ibanez VOC TM-776 Talking Machine allows you to vocalize your guitar sound with your mouth. With a little practice you’ll be able to make your guitar actually “speak”.
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora used the sound of the Talk box in many of the band’s songs, including 1986’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”.
You can hear it also in: Just a Girl by No Doubt, Larger Than Life by The Backstreet Boys.
The Ibanez TM-776 VOC Talking Machine was produced in 1975-1977. We used it in 1999 when remixing Everybody’s weird by dEUS.

The recording was done on Tascam DA-88 and 38. This modular, digital multitrack device uses tape as the recording medium and could record up to eight tracks simultaneously. It also allowed multiple DA-88 devices to be combined to record 16 or more tracks.

In 1995, the TASCAM DA-88 won the Emmy award for technical excellence.

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