Propellerhead Record + Reason: How to Make Talk Box and Auto-Wah Effects

By Line6Piper

Line6Piper (aka Matt Piper) teaches you how to simulate a Talk Box effect, and how to make a classic Auto-Wah effect. Matt is the in-house Propellerhead Product Specialist at Line 6, and the author of the acclaimed instructional guide, Reason 4 Ignite.

As a guitarist and a long-time user of Propellerhead Reason, I really enjoy all the doors that have been opened for me by Propellerhead Record thanks to the ability it gives me to process my guitar through the Reason devices (not to mention Record's built-in Line 6 Amp devices, which are also used in this tutorial). In the following video, you will learn how to make two effects that actually work in similar ways, which is why I included them both in the same tutorial. In each case, an envelope follower (built into Reason's Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit) detects the amplitude (volume) variations of an incoming guitar signal and converts them into (virtual) control voltage which is used to control a filter. So basically, the filter reacts to how hard you play your guitar. In the Auto-Wah effect, a band pass filter is used, while in the Talk Box effect, the Formant Filter built into Reason's Thor synthesizer is used.

I should say that the Talk Box effect is not a true Talk Box effect, in that it does not require you to put a rubber tube in your mouth and does not react to your voice. But it does sound really close, and it is probably less gross to share with your friends.

I've created ready-to-load Talk Box and Auto-Wah Combinator patches based on this tutorial. To download them, please click the link below.

Download Talk Box and Auto-Wah effects