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  • TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor

    TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 ($800 street)

    Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor




    The VoiceLive 2 is TC-Helicon’s top-of-the-line vocal processor, incorporating selected technologies from the company’s entire product line of vocal-oriented effects. Though its name seems to designate it a successor to the original VoiceLive, the model 2 comes with significantly smoother and more powerful processing capabilities, many more features, a new form factor, and added workflow routines that include Live Engineering Effects and a search wizard.



    Before we get to the specifics of the VoiceLive 2—and to spare you the suspense—I can report that it is an other worldly experience to hear intelligent harmonization done so well. The VoiceLive 2 produces harmonies that are not only rich and accurate in all their chord-tone glory, but completely free of artifacts (noise, weird conversion glitches, etc.). The VoiceLive2’s extraordinarily realistic sound, ease of use, and powerful harmonizing intelligence put it at the top of hardware-based vocal processors—and make it completely addicting.




  • Russ From FL
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    just thought i'd give a 2014 update...I bought my VL2 over a year ago. used a regular cardioid mic and it picked up my acoustic way too much. i replaced it with a DPA supercardioid and the difference is striking. this machine still has it over all other's that i've seen come out in the meantime. the Helicon forum has a person who programmed an editor for the box. it's very useful. if /when you get a chance, give a listen to some of Josie Charlwood's (from England) work. she's done some striking work with the VL2 and loopers. https://www.facebook.com/josiecharlwoodmusic. I love this machine - i record and play with a good friend of mine - we both have VL2's and each use them in different songs - we're working up to a point where we use them both in the same song. there's a lot of power to be had here. we found that using the external footpedal to turn harmony on/off is easier than trying to find the harmony button on the box when playing live.

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  • dug dog
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    I didn't even realize this product had been released.

    I'd be a Smiley Guy, too, if I were you.

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  • SmileyGuy
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    I just got a voicelive 2 extreme and I love it! Have waited a long time for something like this. I wasn't sold on the early harmonizers but this one is great. Only glitches were bad fingering technique on guitar. Forces you to play chords cleanly with the 3rd well presented. Have not tried the looper yet but will soon. I like the compressor. Smooths a lot but is not really noticeable.

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  • reify99
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    I am considering adding a vocal harmonizer to my gear and I've been looking at the Helicon Voice Live 2 for awhile.



    I use open tuning with my guitar songs almost exclusively but with my music background I find 9ths, diminished chords, secondary dominants, or something suitable pretty readily. The tuning is only 2 different notes, many duplicates and octaves, on an acoustic 12 string. G and D.



    I capo mightily.



    I am thinking that perhaps the VL2 machine would not be able to find the note I want from the tuning I use what with not all chord notes always being present, OR, with the presence of extraneous notes such as 9ths, etc that occur as drones.



    I know that the MIDI option should allow me to set specific harmony notes and I play keyboard so I can do that. (In reading over the past several years' entries I note that recording the lead vocal first, cleanly, with good note definition and THEN feeding this through VL2 to add MIDI harmonies has produced good results.) I want to have the freedom be able to program contrapuntal harmonies to the lead melody if that is what is called for.



    I'll use the VL2 mostly for recording but would like to save "presets" of specific harmonies I compose in the machine in order to perform them if the opportunity arises.

    (Or have some way of loading them back into the machine.)



    I'd appreciate any advice as to whether or not I'm on the right track or not. Any other ideas would be appreciated. From what I can tell the VL2 is the only product that will/might allow this. Right?



    TIA, Reify99



    And yes, I want the correcting, doubling, humanizing, etc. functions, too.

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  • Tore Leiren
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    I just bought me recently a VoiceLive 2 Vocal/Effect processor, and I have been into different forums to try figuring things out....



    What I wanna do is, to do like Tom Lang at TC Electronic does in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbWqgr6Ot0U



    This really amazes me, what this box really can do for me, as long as I can make it work....



    I really wanna do like Tom Lang does with this,he's using it as an insert processor....But here is where I am having some hard time.....

    This, I found on TC Electronic's homepage:



    http://www.tc-helicon.com/voicelive-...tutorial-pack/



    Go down to Video number 7, and then see what it says there....



    This is for the Cubase version...



    But then I found this on a site:



    http://www.emusician.com/keys/0779/s...plug-in/139460





    So, I am a little bit confused on what is going on, and how to make this work....



    Cuz, what happens is that, when I go ahead and create an external FX, all the Audio Device( AISO 4ALL) and Device Port ( VoiceLive2), turns to "NOT CONNECTED....So, I am not sure what is happening and what I have to do, in order to make this work....



    Another thing is that the TC-forums are saying that, "It would be solved if you get ext fx working and if you monitor through cubase, your live or playback could go to the VL2.



    What that usually requires for me is to find the actual physical input and output that my interface is using to connect to the device.

    Then delete any bus that's using those I/O in VSTconnections. Or you can leave the bus and just disconnect it from any source if you want to change it back later.



    Then when you make an External FX those ports will be available. For the VL2 my setup is S/Pdif in and S/Pdif out."...



    So, do you feel I am making the point for you? Does anything of the things here make any sense? Hope you'll give me an ok answer for this matter.

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  • abzurd
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    Here's a good example of hard tune live. Just a local small bar show. Recorded with a Presonus StudioLive. We have 3 songs that use hard tuning.

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  • TrickDog
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    I had the same problem when I first got the VL2 and like you, am no stranger to audio devices. Updating to the latest firmware fixed it for me. To ensure I wasn't just hearing what I wanted to, I performed a blind test with my bandmates. VL 2 with no processing VS mic alone. There was no discernable difference to their ears either.

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  • NuSkoolTone
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    I owned a VL2 briefly. What annoyed me is in bypass my voice still sounded effected, with like a latency too. Hard to describe. No matter what I did I couldn't make it sound like a "Straight wire" microphone and then add FX like in a studio or on a regular board. And believe me the technicalities of these devices are NOT a problem for me! I took it back. If it didn't have that issue I would have kept it cause it does some really neat things.

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  • fustercluk
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    A new software is in the works. This why I love the TC over the Digitech!!

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  • groovezilla
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    Jon,



    I have one and it is truly amazing! I use it for Eminem style doubling and background vocal autotune. Also the auto-compression and EQ really bring out the vocals in the mix and keep them silky smooth. This unit is worth every penny.



    Great review - extremely thorough and accurate. I'm posting it on GrooveZoo's Facebook page today!



    groovezilla

    www.groovezoo.com

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  • steve350
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    Have you tried sending the digital output from the VL2 to something else? Maybe you have a bad SPDIF cable. The SPDIF digital output is always available on the VL2, there are no settings.

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  • Jukebox Leako
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    I'm trying to use my VL2 to record and mix on my tascam 2488. I'm using the spdif as the output from the VL2......I either get a message from the tascam that it detects no digital signal or I get a message "Invalid Fs rate detected." Is there any way to lock the sample rate at 44.1? I'm completely baffled.



    Jukebox Leako

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  • abzurd
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve350
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    TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition

    Expanded memory, enhanced preamps and extra presets!

    They are saying that these will be a "limited run" of the Extreme Edition.



    I have been a loyal TC customer for years. These boxes do sound superior to the others.

    However, I have a couple of suggestions for TC Helicon, please put the Harmony foot switch on the far left of your product. I play keyboards and guitar and use the VoiceLive 2. In every Voice Live product I've owned, I have to use an External Foot Switch. Its too HARD to look down to make sure you are hitting the correct little foot switch to turn the Harmony on and off.

    One other suggestion, have a factory preset for a band that has loud stage volume. At least its a start for many of us who are not in a one man band. Show a demo of the next Voice Live in a 4-5 peice band.




    I agree about the footswitch and wrote it here somewhere in the thread. I've also emailed TC-Helicon about it. All they really need to do is put in the firmware an option to swap the button functionality. IMO, it was a pretty big gaff to put the most often used button dead center. I use an external sustain pedal, which actually has other advantages too in that I can tuck the harmonizer up against the monitor so the only thing out in space is the sustain pedal. It's much more discrete this way. It's also a larger surface to step on and can be kicked to other parts of the stage if needed. Like I may sit on a stool next to the guitar player for a song and will just relocated "kick" the sustain pedal over towards the guitar player and can do harmonies from there.

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  • steve350
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    TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition

    Expanded memory, enhanced preamps and extra presets!

    They are saying that these will be a "limited run" of the Extreme Edition.



    I have been a loyal TC customer for years. These boxes do sound superior to the others.

    However, I have a couple of suggestions for TC Helicon, please put the Harmony foot switch on the far left of your product. I play keyboards and guitar and use the VoiceLive 2. In every Voice Live product I've owned, I have to use an External Foot Switch. Its too HARD to look down to make sure you are hitting the correct little foot switch to turn the Harmony on and off.

    One other suggestion, have a factory preset for a band that has loud stage volume. At least its a start for many of us who are not in a one man band. Show a demo of the next Voice Live in a 4-5 peice band.

    Leave a comment:

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