Three new VoiceTone Singles vocal effects from TC-Helicon
(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-05-02)
Last month MGR had a lot of fun putting TC-Helicon's VoiceTone Singles pedals through their paces. Designed specifically for vocalists, these stompboxes let singers invade guitar territory with a range of useful -- and sometimes downright crazy -- effects that can be controlled by the singer, either using a footswitch or a specially designed TC-Helicon microphone.
Nor TC has added three more vocal effects boxes to the lineup:
VoiceTone H1: Vocal harmony in its simplest and most affordable form! TC-Helicon offers its renowned vocal harmony to a wider audience with VoiceTone H1 – a two part vocal harmony processor combining NaturalPlay guitar control and key/scale operation to allow vocalists of any musical background to get lush sounding background vocals. VoiceTone H1 is the ultimate in simplicity.
The NaturalPlay harmony algorithms come directly from TC-Helicon’s flagship vocal processor VoiceLive 2, so there is no compromise on sonic quality. “There is something addictive and fun about using such a small pedal to instantly produce pro sounding background vocals,” shares TC-Helicon Product Manager Tom Lang.
Controlling VoiceTone H1 is truly simple. Singers select from eight voicing combinations, then set harmony mix and choose between guitar control using the guitar pass-thru input or selecting a key and scale. Singers only have to turn their backup vocals on and off during the night using the footswitch or the optional MP-75 Modern Performance Vocal microphone with Mic Control.
VoiceTone H1 joins a growing list of chart-topping vocal effects in the VoiceTone Singles line including VoiceTone T1, C1, D1, E1, X1, and R1. Up to four VoiceTone Singles can be connected together with the Singles Connection Kit to form the ultimate custom vocal processing chain. The kit includes a 12V power supply, 3 x DC daisy-chaining connectors, 3 x short XLR cables.
VoiceTone H1 features:>
• Two voices of realistic harmony
• Eight pre-authored harmony voicings
• Guitar Control in and pass-thru
• Studio quality mic-pre with phantom power
• Balanced XLR output
• Recessed gain knob that prevents accidental bumps on stage
• USB for connecting to VoiceSupport for added tips, tricks, support and updates
• Die-cast steel design
• Rubberized base
• Audio performance to rival high-end front-of-house mixers
• Remote Mic Control with TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone
TC-Helicon has also added Delay, Distortion and Megaphones to VoiceTone Singles line of vocal stompbox effects. VoiceTone E1 – Echo & Tap Delay and VoiceTone X1 – Megaphone & Distortion.
VoiceTone E1 gives any vocalist simple access to delays and echos used in hit music production. Slapback, Echo, Tap Echo and FX styles can easily be selected and then tuned with the Feedback and Analog controls. Singers can tap song tempo and turn the effect on and off with the footswitch. Alternatively, on/off function can be operated with the Mic Control switch found on the optional MP-75 Modern Performance vocal microphone.
VoiceTone X1 borrows technology from TC-Helicon’s infamous Transducer block to emulate the sounds of telephones, distortions and amps to make vocals stand out in a mix. Each style can be tuned with dedicated Drive and Filter controls. It too can be controlled using the Mic Control feature of the MP-75 microphone.
VoiceTone Singles not only deliver the sound that vocalists dream of in a compact and easy to operate pedal, they also push the boundaries of innovation with the addition of Mic Control – TC-Helicon’s unique and innovative new technology that allows vocalists to switch the effects on and off from TC-Helicon’s brand new MP-75 Modern Performance vocal microphone.
Up to four VoiceTone Singles can be connected together with the Singles Connection Kit to form the ultimate vocal processing chain. The kit includes a 12V power supply, 3 x DC daisy-chaining connectors, and 3 x short XLR cables.
The new additions to the Voictone Singles lineup will be shipping in summer 2011 at street prices averaging $169.