Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Codemonkey, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    To make the forum look busy (when was this added?) I propose an inevitably brief discussion about Stylophones.

    In my limited experience with the newer models, the line out is incredibly noisy, the thing is a pain to play, requires proper tuning and the speaker adds additional noise to the output if you put your hand over it.

    However - it is good for practice with noise gating. Or you could eliminate the noise issues and place an SM57 upon the speaker.
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    From this wiki page;

    "Jon Spencer has used the Stylophone extensively on recordings with his band Blues Explosion, and has famously had problems bringing the device — described as "the world's most annoying musical instrument" — through airport security.[citation needed]"

    Lol, this gadget looks like a modders dream, the sky is the limit for mental things you could make this into.

    How about a huge one like the piano in the movie "Big", except you play it with a laser pointer?
  3. Feverdream

    Feverdream Guest

    I used a stylophone on one of my recordings (which isn't yet complete so I can't let you hear it :wink: ), which I layered up with harmonies so it sounded like some kind of bizzare electronic brass section. It's perfect for the song, although I haven't been able to put it to use anywhere else!

    The most annoying thing I found was the "click" when you slide between notes. I eventually managed to get rid of most of it with EQ and Multiband Compression though.
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    That's true...

    When I was messing around with mine, I found the line out to be really noisy.
    A noise gate with a slow attack tends to remove the leading click a little, but it's not much use changing between notes I guess.
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