TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effects Processor | KC S.
TC-Helicon’s VoiceLive 2 is the vocal effects stompbox you’ve been looking for. I’ve seen rack mounts that should have been stompboxes and stompboxes that wouldv’e been better served as more full-featured rack mounts, but the VoiceLive2 offers the full-feature versatility of a rack mount with the stompbox ease of use.
Vocalists in the market for a powerful vocal effects processor can count on VoiceLive 2 to produce creative, even eccentric and artsy vocal effects for your studio or live applications. The user interface provides fluid navigation and convenient tools for you to get started right out of the box. A wizard button helps you locate the preset you’re looking for with one-touch access to tone, pitch and effects. Parameters can be easily edited and VoiceLive 2 is compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems.
Now, the list price for the VoiceLive 2 was around $400 at its height. It’s since been discontinued. But if you can find one of these gems, you can count getting a good selection of effects that can be applied to vocals, guitars, basses and other instruments. I used the VoiceLive 2 in a vocal application. Whenever I’ve done digital vocal pitch modulations, particularly stacking 3, 4 or 5 part harmonies, I tend to sing the middle tone and digitize everything else if I can to avoid recording all the vocals myself, especially if I’m just messing around with demos. Inevitably, the highs come out sounding very chipmunk, computerized and tinny. The lows sound clouded and cottony. The VoiceLive 2 minimized a lot of the typical problems I got with modulating pitches. It can produce up to 8 voices – 4 doubled harmonies – all with a very natural sound.
Effects are available for building vintage-sounding vocal harmonies as well as modern sounds. Very cool if you’re into retro music or play throwback music (think Amy Winehouse, Dap Kings, Nicole Wilson). You get the typical processor effects like reverb, tone, tap, pitch correction, guitar FX and delay. As well, you can count on effects blocks for vocoder, megaphone and distortion. The microphone gain control is accessed with a simple tap of the foot.
VoiceLive 2 is designed pretty well. The foot control is angled with recessed rubber handles, rubber knobs and an LCD panel that is easy to read. It has a microphone or line input with gain control, stereo 1/8-inch input, XLR ¼-inch and headphone output, MIDI I/O, and a USB connector for downloading updates.
TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effects Processor Connections
As a vocalist, this isn’t one of those pieces that I cannot live without. My band mates sing pretty well, but if you’re in a setting where you don’t want to deal with other singers or are recording or even performing solo, the VoiceLive 2 is a cool little gadget to have.