I am going to buy either a Digitech Vocalist Live Pro Vocal Harmonizer or a TC Helicon Voiceworks Plus Vocal Pro. I am a lead singer and do not play any instruments. I have read the ease of use for the Digitech and the longer learning curve for the TC unit. Any suggestions or thought?? Thank you!!
I had a Digitech VL-4. Good unit, good effects. I went to a TC Helicon Harmony G (I'm a guitarist and vocalist). The G sounded way better to my ears and the pitch correction was mild and more natural, more like a nudge. The Digitech unit did allow you to set pitch correction levels and I used a low setting, preferring a nudge to a shove.
For my purposes, the TC Helicon unit was simpler and better sounding overall.
If you want to go with the convenience of having the pitch set by the chords or notes played by one of your instrumentalists - as well as footswtitch operation - then you can get one of the units intended for use with an instrument (Vocalist Live, VoiceLive, Harmony GXT, etc) and piggyback off of your guitar player or keyboard player's instrument.
You would plug your mic into the unit - and the guitar player's guitar. Then you don't have to worry about picking the key/scale - and you can engage the unit with your foot.
Check out page 30 in the VoiceLive 2 Manual:
“Borrowing” From Another Player
If you play with a guitarist or MIDI keyboard player, you can use their playing to guide the harmony voices in your VoiceLive 2.
Your guitarist can connect to the GUITAR IN and THRU then to their pedalboard or amp. Their guitar sound will remain the same and you can turn the harmonies on and off when you need them. The only limitation is the length of cable because high impedance signals lose signal over long cable runs. If this is an issue, you could use a preamp out or effects loop output from the amp.
Alternatively, you can run a MIDI cable from your keyboardist’s controller to your VoiceLive 2. This has no effect on the keyboard sound and cable runs are not a problem.
With either solution, you can co-ordinate with the player to make sure they are playing complete chords where you plan to use harmony.
I too find the Helicon products to be superior to the Digitech ones that I've used (VoiceLive 2, Harmony GXT and Vocalist Live 2).
AKA John O'Neil
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