TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor  

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A completely redesigned user interface, a smoother algorithm, new reverb, and more for better vocals.

The VoiceLive 2 floor-based vocal processor from TC Helicon makes it easier to lead your own vocal backup group while sounding rich and authentically human at the same time. It starts with a guitar, MIDI keyboard, or aux-input controlled vocal harmony algorithm with four intervals, each of which can be unison-doubled, or 8 discrete voices controlled by your MIDI keyboard playing. And when you want to tap into your gospel soul, VoiceLive 2 effects pedal gives singers a Choir algorithm that creates the massive multi-voice group vocal sound to bring home those classic choruses.

Vocal effects pedal with more automatic features
When you're worrying about parameter settings, you spend less time focusing on your music. So when TC Helicon set out to build VoiceLive 2, they automated several of its features.

•Auto Mic—Gain Set the mic gain from a standing position just by singing. Once this is done there are no knobs to be jostled in transit and you can still do manual tweaks if you feel you'd like to.
•Auto Gate—Feedback a problem? An all-new Auto Gate listens to you and adjusts to reduce feedback and effects leak-through while you're not singing.
•Adaptive Tone—A single push of the Tone button engages studio-quality Shape EQ, compression, and de-essing that adapts to the tonal range of your singing style and voice for increased impact and smoothed dynamics. Finally, your live singing can have that studio polish.
•Reverb and Delay—ducking Increase the sustaining tail of your reverb and delay effects while carving out plenty of room for your lyrics with ducking. The level of the effects is reduced while you sing and then subtly increases after your last syllable for a paradoxical deeper ambience with enhanced intelligibility. Of course, this is all automatic—just select a ducking reverb or delay style, and VoiceLive 2 does the rest.

A vocal effects powerhouse
All the processing power in VoiceLive 2 is available simultaneously to take your voice, your performances, and your music over the top. In addition to vocal harmony, you can construct or select preset effect chains containing effects to:

•Distort your voice—Grunge is good. Make a statement with the Transducer block that also has 4 pole filters for great megaphone and telephone effects.
•Clone your voice—Employ up to 4 voices of humanized unison overdubs in addition to the harmony voices. This sound has been used since recording began to fatten vocals. Now it's your turn.
•Expand your space—A completely new reverb algorithm envelops your voice in dense ambiances from teeny live rooms to concert halls and bright plate simulations. Don't forget the delay block can serve to add depth or become a highlight effect whether it's using tap tempo or tape delay styles.
•Mod ya later—The full μMod block brings lush chorus, slick microtuning, swooshing flange, and more to the party. Those half-time bridge sections never sounded more psychedelic.

Random access
Having a large chain of effects won't do as much good if you can't add and remove links in the chain when the mood strikes. The individual stompbox footswitches for Harmony, Doubling, μMod, Reverb, Delay, and FX give you the flexibility to layer or simplify at will. Also, there's a Shortcut footswitch that can be assigned to add other interesting features such as tap tempo, harmony hold, and others. There is no separation between Song mode and Preset mode as there was in the original VoiceLive; each preset can have up to 50 steps each of which can contain a different preset or a simple modification of the main preset. Go ahead, get dirty, and start creating now.

Features
  • 5x processing power of typical floor processor
  • Separate harmony and doubling blocks
  • New reverb, tap delay, μMod
  • FX block for T-Pain effect, megaphone, distortion
  • Wizard button helps you find the right preset
  • Stompbox access to 6 effect blocks
  • One button access to global Tone, Pitch, and Guitar FX
  • Easy editing of all parameters
  • Simple preset chaining with Step feature
  • USB for updates, backups, and audio streaming
  • All effects can be used simultaneously
  • Tone tailors adaptive EQ, compression and de-ess to your voice
  • Adaptive gate reduces mic input when you're not singing
  • Mic or Line input with digital controlled mic gain
  • Control harmonies with guitar, MIDI, or MP3 input
  • Up to 8 voices with MIDI keyboard control or 4 doubled harmonies
  • All new algorithm is smooth and natural even for extreme vocal styles
  • Autosensing of harmony control instrument
  • Guitar input with auto-mix , Guitar FX, and transparent pass-thru
  • Stereo 1/8" (MP3 player) input
  • Stereo XLR, 1/4" and Headphone outputs
  • MIDI in, out, and thru
  • Expression pedal input
  • USB for updates, back-up and audio streaming
  • Digital mic-gain control is engaged with your feet
  • Natural curve puts footswitches at comfortable angle
  • Recessed rubberized handle
  • Bright LCD and large lettering
  • Rubberized end caps and edit/mix knobs
 

VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor Specifications:

  • Digital Inputs and Outputs
  • Connectors: RCA Phono (S/PDIF)
  • Formats: S/PDIF (24 bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 958
  • Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Analog Inputs
  • Connectors, balanced: Mic (XLR), Line (1/4" phone jack)
  • Impedance-Balanced/Unbalanced: Mic (2.14/1.07kOhm) Line (13/6,5kOhm)
  • Mic Input Level @ 0dBFS: -49dBu to +10dBu
  • Line Input Level @ -37dBu to +22dBu: -37dBu to +22dBu
  • EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150ohm: -126dBu
  • Mic/Line Input SNR: > 107dB
  • Guitar Input impedance: 1MOhm
  • Guitar Input Level @ 0 dBFS: 14 dBu to -4 dBu
  • Guitar Input SNR: >104dB
  • Aux Input Level @0dBu: +2dBu
  • A-to-D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110dB SNR A-weighted
  • Analog Outputs
  • D-to-A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115dB SNR A-weighted
  • Connectors, balanced: XLR, 1/4" phone jack
  • Output Impedance Balanced/ Unbalanced: 100/50ohm
  • Output Range (Line/Mic Level): 16dBu/0dBu
  • Dynamic Range: > 109dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response: +0/-0.3dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Headphone out: Mini phono stereo jack, 32ohm, +16dBu max. (180mW max)
  • EMC
  • Complies with EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
  • Safety
  • Certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA, IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA
  • Environment
  • Operating Temperature: 32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
  • Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
  • Control Interface
  • USB: USB-B
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru: 5-pin DIN
  • Pedal: 1/4" TRS phone jack
  • Supplementary
  • Display: 192 x 64 Blue STN LCD, White Back light
  • Dimensions: 13.8"W x 3"H x 8.5"D
  • Weight: 5lb.
  • External Power Supply Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60Hz (auto-select)
  • Power Consumption: <14W
  • Warranty parts and labor: 1 year
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Wow!

By rayzer

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Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

A great product that wont dissapoint! I was skeptical whenI bought the VoiceLive2, but I did not want to buy multiple vioce synths, so this package made sense. The features are excellent! The auto-voice tuning really works and the harmonies are wonderful. In addition, you can use this for some instrumentals instead of just vioce (such as sax or flute). The learning curve is not to bad for such a complex device and the on-line support pages and manual are very useful.

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5.0

A truly impressive product

By Barry Bisson

from Petaluma, CA

Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

The positive reviews helped me make this purchase decision, and now I have to add to them. This is a very well designed product. Expensive but worth it. The "quick start" features get you going immediately, and I am finding it easy to make adjustments. For example, when using the VL2 in an effects chain (mixer Aux channel), you can mute the lead vocal...which creates a more natural separation. The foot switches are light-touch but seem solid. The display is bright and easy to read on stage. The VL2 can take its reference input from guitar or keyboard (midi), automatically using the input it sees. I found 15 presets that were perfect for our sound, and I am thrilled with them. As with every product these days, there are tons of presets and many will not be useful depending on your style. Suggestions...though everyone will have a different way of using the VL2, depending on your style and sound. I found it best to remove reverb (one click does it), and to use the guitar "through". This just keeps things simple and separate for our stage monitoring. As mentioned, I am now using the VL2 connected to an Aux channel on our mixer, allowing it to be used with different vocalists (one at a time). We find the best results adding voices for a harmony singer, rather than for a lead singer. My one tiny "complaint" is that the guitar tuner is so sensitive it sees the initial sharpness of a plucked string, so you have to wait for the needle to settle. Most guitar tuners ignore this.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must have for vocalists

By Will-mp-Hw

from Birmingham, AL

Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

TC Helicon got this one right. I'm a keyboardist/guitarist/bassist. When you plug a midi keyboard into this thing, the things it does for your voice are nothing short of amazing. First, it autotunes and eq/de-esses/compresses/gates your voice without you even having to think about it. The harmonies are really unbelieveable. Crosby-Stills-Nash No Problem. Eagles - No Problem, even Beatle harmonies can be emulated with this thing. It's all just a matter of finding the correct preset. I'm kind of a gear junkie, but this is definitely the best effects pedal I have ever purchased. A complete vocal setup including reverb, delay, chorusing, you name it, all in one box. For me, it works best with a midi keyboard, but that's probably because I'm a little sloppy on guitar. I'm sure a decent guitarist would have no problems with this pedal. Great job TC! Oh yeah, this machine is also a living device, in other words, when TC adds new features, you simply download them and update the machine via a USB prot from your computer. This gives this machine a useful life well into the future!

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
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5 star hit with voiceLive 2

Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

Right out of the box this module is ready to go, and so user friendly that you are up and running in a matter of minutes. The display is large, bright and easy to read in darker settings. I thought the harmony G was great and easy until I began using this unit. Not only do you have more control over presets (less bending down to toggle editing) but you'll never run out of the onboard presets...it's all there from the start. Gender bending voices, choir funtions...all sound unbelievably natural. And if you are into editing your own sound, the possibilites are endless. All I can say is this is no hype...its the real thing, a must have. The only problem I have experienced is how to make more time to play with the unit! Get it now! You will be glad when you experience this yourself.

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