Giant Steps Monsters of Melodica

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  • #2012
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    I am using a Hammond 44 Hyper on this solo. at times it sounds more like a soprano sax than a melodica. For the intro (verse) it is a combination of many melodicas including bass. (see credits at end for the melodicas used) This group of melodicas work well together. I will be uploading another Monsters of Melodica Video soon where the original Hammond 44 Melodica is featured in the solo. The sound is completely different. The use of different melodicas is necessary depending on the type of music or even the song it self. I have found that combining melodicas can really make the sound full.
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    #2014
    AvatarKevin
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    Yoy’re not kidding it sounded like a soprano sax Melodica-Me.
    I caught this on youtube last night and for a little bit I thought someone might be having me on with a MIDI sax sample or some such. Then I saw your familiar profile pic flash on screen and I knew it must be you. That’s quite a performance. Did you record the hyper directly from it’s output? Is that part of that sax-like sound?

    #2015
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Thanks Kevin, the Hammond Hyper was recorded with a Neumann TLM 103 microphone from the side. I really like this melodica a lot. it is very responsive and the air chamber is very tight so you can play longer before you need to pull more air in, very important when soloing at 300 beats per minute. I tried to record with the direct output but was not at all happy with the sound a matter of fact, it sounded horrible. I am going to get a tube preamp and run it through that to boost the volume and see if the sound quality will improve. When I first heard the recording it blew me away, I thought it was a soprano sax in its upper register. note that there is no EQ added during the the recording or mix. It does have a little echo and reverb so it could fit into the track better and not stand out to much.

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    #2018
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    Very impressive.

    #2019
    AvatarLowboy
    Participant

    Wicked, bodacious playing Melodica-Me.

    Lowboy

    #2022
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Thanks Lowboy, thanks Alan, looking to add some more videos soon.
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    #2024
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    I agree that the Hammond sounds like a soprano sax in parts of the Monsters video, but I think what’s most impressive is the demonstration of virtuosity that one doesn’t expect or even think possible on a melodica. We marvel at it on a sax, but we are not shocked by it, because we know the instrument has those capabilities even if most players don’t. Melodicas have their own sound. I’m impressed by hearing them made to sound like a harmonica or a saxophone. But hearing someone do kinds of things that these other instruments do is what really blows me away and should astound people who think the melodica is just a toy. I love Toots Thielemans. I like to hear a melodica sounding like a chromatic harmonica, and I make my feeble efforts to get that sound. But the real question is about the extent to which it might be possible to do the kinds of things on a melodica that Toots does on his harmonica. If I hear somebody actually doing so, I know it can be done. And it seems to me that this is the real significance of this video.

    Bluesette, anyone?

    #2038
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Can’t seam to post this video, but here is the link
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    #2058
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    #2154
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
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    Lovely stuff Melodica-Me!!

    I think the reason you can’t post the video is because the address you’re using is for youtube mobile?

    Here’s a post with the standard address:

    #2157
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Thanks Troy, I was wondering what I was doing wrong.
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