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  • #31
    Craig,

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Although the VL2 sounds like it is a great unit, the inability to change harmony parameters without bending down and hitting buttons seems to make it not very user friendly for live performances. Would there be any way to run external footswitches that could be on the floor and have the unit itself mounted at waist height (like on a mic stand), similar to my Vocalist Performer?

    Also, does the VL2 have a bass setting where the original sung note is reproduced an octave lower? This is a great feature on the VP and I use it a lot. Sounds especially cool when I use it for the intro to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man".
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    • #32
      Although the VL2 sounds like it is a great unit, the inability to change harmony parameters without bending down and hitting buttons seems to make it not very user friendly for live performances. Would there be any way to run external footswitches that could be on the floor and have the unit itself mounted at waist height (like on a mic stand), similar to my Vocalist Performer?


      I suggest you hold off for a bit and see what the DigiTech VL4 brings. As I recall from NAMM, it's more along the lines of what you want, although it's also more expensive...my take is that the VL2 is the "cheap and cheerful" box that everyone can afford, while the VL4 is for more advanced users.

      Can someone from DigiTech chime in with some details on what to expect from the VL4?
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      • #33
        My local GC told me they have them on route and my name is on one... Maybe it'll make a singer outa me. And I have a couple woman lined up to try it.
        Also the VL4 may have pitch correction (though not sure) which would beneifit many on an off night.

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        • #34
          Here's a question for ya. I run my acoustic guitar through an Aura. It has an XLR out that I run to the PA and also a 1/4" that I currently don't use. Can I just run a line form the 1/4" out to the Digitech and not have to run a line from the 1/4" out of the Digitech to the PA or would it be best to run a 1/4" out from the Aura and a 1/4" out to the PA and not use the XLR from the Aura? I'm just concerned with adding extra noise running both units in-line.
          I have a Digitech VOcalist performer that my acoustic duo only use on a few songs because no matter how I program or change keys, it will invariably go to a wrong note sowewhere in the song. WOrks great on "Seven Bridges Road" because the whole song is 3rds and 5ths. FOrget it on "Suite Judy BLue Eyes". This new unit may be the ticket, although I may opt for the 4.
          We are pretty good at singing in tune but you are right, if you are slightly off it is magnified 3 times. The pitch correction my come in handy, although the unit looks much more complicated for live gigging.
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          • #35
            Dang! Pretty cool. Can this unit create female voice harmonies with male voice input or vice versa?


            The Vocalist Live 4 offers gender and grene based voices. Just select and play!

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            • #36
              Here's a question for ya. I run my acoustic guitar through an Aura. It has an XLR out that I run to the PA and also a 1/4" that I currently don't use. Can I just run a line form the 1/4" out to the Digitech and not have to run a line from the 1/4" out of the Digitech to the PA or would it be best to run a 1/4" out from the Aura and a 1/4" out to the PA and not use the XLR from the Aura? I'm just concerned with adding extra noise running both units in-line.
              I have a Digitech VOcalist performer that my acoustic duo only use on a few songs because no matter how I program or change keys, it will invariably go to a wrong note sowewhere in the song. WOrks great on "Seven Bridges Road" because the whole song is 3rds and 5ths. FOrget it on "Suite Judy BLue Eyes". This new unit may be the ticket, although I may opt for the 4.
              We are pretty good at singing in tune but you are right, if you are slightly off it is magnified 3 times. The pitch correction my come in handy, although the unit looks much more complicated for live gigging.

              The VL2 will recognize your 1/4" input signal regardless if you pass the signal out. So if you like the XLR from your guitar direct to the board, cool. It is important though to check the guitar signal LED to make sure you are feeding something into the box and that you are properly tuned.

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              • #37
                My local GC told me they have them on route and my name is on one... Maybe it'll make a singer outa me. And I have a couple woman lined up to try it.
                Also the VL4 may have pitch correction (though not sure) which would beneifit many on an off night.

                I have found that the VL2 does make you work to become a better singer. The VL4 will also with it's pitch correction.

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                • #38
                  I suggest you hold off for a bit and see what the DigiTech VL4 brings. As I recall from NAMM, it's more along the lines of what you want, although it's also more expensive...my take is that the VL2 is the "cheap and cheerful" box that everyone can afford, while the VL4 is for more advanced users.

                  Can someone from DigiTech chime in with some details on what to expect from the VL4?

                  The VL4 has more! Up to 4 parts of harmony, 50 users and 50 factory presets with up/down footswitches, pitch correction, gender and genre voices, more vocal effects, guitar effects, the musIQ chord recognition can be turned off for manual key changes, built-in mixer, stereo XLR and 1/4" outs, aux in, headphone out, and more....

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                  • #39
                    Craig,

                    Thanks for the quick reply.

                    Although the VL2 sounds like it is a great unit, the inability to change harmony parameters without bending down and hitting buttons seems to make it not very user friendly for live performances. Would there be any way to run external footswitches that could be on the floor and have the unit itself mounted at waist height (like on a mic stand), similar to my Vocalist Performer?

                    Also, does the VL2 have a bass setting where the original sung note is reproduced an octave lower? This is a great feature on the VP and I use it a lot. Sounds especially cool when I use it for the intro to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man".

                    The VL2 offers two additional voices, a 3rd above or below, 5th above or below, two unison choices. The VL4 offers this plus an octave above or below.

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                    • #40
                      I got my Vocalist Live 2 today. After tuning to it, adjusting the levels and tweaking the compressor, reverb, and enhance settings I started playing songs. I played many chord melody arangements, sang and it found each interval perfectly. I started trying progressions and singing notes to see if I could fool it into choosing wrong notes. As long as I didnt get to far out it was right on. Once my chord voicing on a progression from C C/B A7/Bb A7 to G where I sang a D fooled it and it sang a Db over the G chord. I adjusted my voicing on the G chord and it picked the D (correct) note. The Digitech Vocalist Live 2 tracks very well and is much easier to use the original VHM5. I still use a couple of them on my recordings. You can hear an example on the song "Music Is My Life" on my myspace/garyingram. I will need to use the Vocalist Live 2 for a while to see how it will best fit into my live music. I don't want to overuse it just because it is so easy. No progamming, no midi, clean vocal tracking of my guitar. Quick, fun, plug in, play, sing, set your levels right and the Digitech Vocalist Live 2 is amazing.

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                      • #41
                        Craig,

                        Thanks for all the info on this new unit.

                        One more question. Looking at the pictures, it seems that the VL2 is a one-piece floor unit, meaning that it is controlled by stepping on footswitches. Does that mean that if I want to change the harmony parameters, for example, change it from a third and a fifth above to a third above and a fourth below, I'd need to bend down and hit some buttons on the unit?

                        This would be a definite turn off for me. I really don't want to do a live show where I'm constantly popping up and down on stage like a jack-in-the-box in between songs. One of the best things about my Vocalist Performer is that it is mounted on the mic stand right in front of me, but the harmonizing function is turned on and off via footswitch.


                        It sounds like the VL4 would be perfect for you. Just set your presets to the harmonies you like and step through them.

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                        • #42
                          Thanks "Unclenicksnacks" for representing DigiTech, as you can see sometimes we have questions that I can't really answer...like what the VL4 is all about.

                          If you have any cool tips, feel free to chime in with those as well.
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                          • #43
                            How does it compare to the TC Helicon voice live?
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                            • #44
                              Well for starters, the VL2 determines the harmony based on your guitar playing...that's a pretty fundamental difference. I don't have the TC Helicon Voice Live available for comparison, but I believe the DigiTech unit is the only unit out there (aside from the upcoming VL4) with this "follow-the-guitar" technology.
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                              • #45
                                I'll be looking for a review of the VL4.

                                On a side note, does anybody know why Digitech seems to have made the decision to drop the Vocalist Performer. Everybody I talk to says it's a great unit (I agree), especially for the price. So why did they decide to stop making it?
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