• David Gilmour’s Echoes seagull sound

    It’s been a while since I’ve done any videos on my Youtube channel but I’m back and this time we’re exploring one of David Gilmour’s more unique sounds – the Echoes seagull sound.

    Dating back to February 1970, the sound was first used during a mid section in the unreleased Embryo but later found itss way into Echoes during recordng sessions in early 1971.

    We’ll look at the setup and explore different techniques. Stay tuned for more reviews and videos soon!

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27 Responsesso far.

  1. I used this effect in music and sounddesign for an exhibition about Pompeji a few years ago – at Moesgaard Museum, Denmark. I had to, because of Pink Floyd live at pompeji…:-) the music is not out yet.

  2. Alphonse Post says:

    You should do a review of JAM pedals new Seagull pedal and compare it to an actual wah set up for seagull sounds.

  3. Hugo Romera says:

    Very clear explanation… thanks!!!!! Would be nice a video like this about the Talk Box.

  4. How do I get a buffered pedal that can do this and what type of specific vintage year vox or cry baby do I need?

  5. Simon says:

    Hi Bjørn! Thank you for the tutorial. I’m getting the feedback from my wha (Vox854) but it will not oscillate thus I’m not getting the laughing effect. My Strat has CS57/62 pickups, a 47nF orange TAD cap and 250K Tone controls. Do you have any suggestions what might be the issue?
    Best regards

  6. Rob Mika says:

    Another cool pedal I just picked up is the Analogman Albatross. Just put it as the first effect after your guitar and use the guitar tone control and it nails the seagull sounds to perfection.

  7. sharaku says:

    Nice to meet you, I am a Japanese who is a fan of this site.

    Let me ask you a question.

    The wah-wah pedal needed to make a seagull’s voice is …

    ? GCB95 … Is this a non-buffered product of 80 years?

    ? VOX845 … Is this a black housing that can be easily obtained even at apogee?

    I would love to try it, but I didn’t have much information, so I wanted to ask here.

    ? I am poor at English, so I apologize for “strange English” because I am using translation software ….

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi, yes these are the stock wah wah pedals that can be found anywhere. These will work for the effect given that you have passive pickups and vintage style routing on your guitar (volume and tone controls).

      • Sharaku says:

        thank you very much!

        After sending this question, I personally tested products from different manufacturers and from different times of manufacture.

        I’m finally going to get something that will satisfy me!

  8. Ali S says:

    Thank you for the most amazing site. Do you have any thoughts on the Color Sound Power Boost sold at Macaris versus the Colorsound Powerdriver with the extra volume knob on the side? If they are exactly the same things why the heck do they make them so the same?!!

    • Bjorn says:

      There are different versions of the Power Boost. The ones with 18V powering and master volume has more headroom or clean tone while 9V powering and no master, like the original version, has less headroom.

      • Haroun El Poussah says:

        No surprise the 18V version works better : the Powerboost BC169C transistor has a optimal Collector-Emitter Voltage of 20V, and of 30V for its BC184C.
        When it comes to stompboxes using integrated circuits, the optimal tension is -15V / 0V / +15V where 0V is the ground… In most of the stompboxes, a floating ground is created and the 9V becomes -4.5V/+4.5V. Although there are means to obtan such regulated voltages from lesser tensions, this is rarely the case, this is why racks usually sound better…
        Unless the 4 polarysed caps onboard the Power Boost are marked as not taking at least 18V, you absolutely can put two batteries in series

  9. Spencer says:

    Glad to have you back Bjorn! When I tried the seagull effect in a Guitar Center and freaked out the employees, the sales rep was convinced I was destroying the pedal. lol. I bought it so I guess he got over it!

  10. Alex Kithara says:

    Absolutely stunning casual effect! After reading some of old stories round that fact, I asked to my technician to converte an old Cry-Baby of mines (I have more than 1 of those) into a Seagull Machine and he added a little switch while I can press (or not) if I need to have seagulls (or not)…very very functional. The only problem is about the input voltage, cause if I use an EMG Red Strat or a buffer before the Wah it doesn’t work, probably cause to the lack (or overaboundance) of signal…but, hey what the heck! It’s work very well with the Black one! ?

    • Tom M says:

      The reason it won’t work with another pedal in front or with an active guitar is that the reversed wah produces the effect from direct interaction with the (passive) guitar circuit of pickup/s, tone control, and volume control.

      Different pickups and pots in the guitar (or bass!) would change how the circuit reacts, giving slightly different squeals and produce them at different settings of the guitar controls and wah.

      Another pedal or an active instrument doesn’t have the same _kind_ of circuit as a passive guitar and thus can’t produce the same effect.

      • Alex Kithara says:

        Ooh…wow! Thx for detailed explaining, I thought it was in a way very similar to this due to the differences of capacity of the various parts combined together…so I was right (more or less)! Anyway, I keep playing Echoes only with the Blak Strat! ?

    • Haroun El Poussah says:

      Why not considering customised pickups? A custom PU maker can e.g. have a Strat’71 stuck with the DG-20 neck PU, and e.g. a DM FS-1 or a SD SSL-1/6 with the bridge one?
      In some cases, you may just need to modify a pickguard for 5 single coil PUs, then not needing some custom PUs, just like with the infamous “pool” universal routing on end 80’s/early 90’s American Standard Strat as well as Strat+ or Strat-Ultra
      Depending on guitar you use, it may or may not need having a luthier doing a HSH routing where you have the classic SSS one.
      The Seymour-Duncan Triple-Shot PU rings can be very practical for switching purposes.
      Note that not having the DG-20 kit, IDK if there is a preamp between the PUs and the jack that needs to be bypassed,
      Note that DG’s Red Strat wasn’t mounted with the DG-20 kit but with the EMG early 80’s classic single coil.

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