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Re: marimba, kalimba, steel drum sounds
>> <<Any suggestions
>> about effects that could be used to get these or related sounds from an
>> electric guitar or violin?>>
>> The VG-8 can provide excellent sounds of this type, as (I'm guessing
>> since I don't have one) can the various MIDI guitar rigs. You might
>> staccato notes into a ring modulator...
>Try weaving a lamp-type ball chain in and out of the strings, in parallel
>with a strip of felt or some other cloth damping. To get a real tuned
>percussion effect, avoid fretting notes... tune the guitar to the pitches
>you want, and play open strings. Alter your pick position or striking
>surface (like metal versus plastic picks) to get different tonalities.
>Another thing that works really well for a percussive tone is something
>stiff, like a pencil, between the strings and fretboard. Start at the
>12th fret, then move it around. Try picking on both sides of the object.
>Personally, I think prepared guitar sounds much more natural and true than
>trying to achieve those percussive sounds with electronics. A little fuzz
>or flanging can bring these things out, but ultimately the best sound
>comes from the guitar itself.
Using a really short delay (10ms or so) with high regeneration can also
help. I sometimes use a Whammy pedal before my preamp input, set to add