TC-Helicon sets October release for VoiceLive Rack for studio, live sound applications
(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-09-17)
TC-Helicon made a splash last year with its VoiceLive effects boxes for vocalists, and the company is now upping the ante with the issue of VoiceLive Rack, which makes the technology available to recording studios as well as bands that need a permanent vocal effects solution for live appearances.
VoiceLive Rack is based on the renowned effects engine that also powers TC-Helicon's VoiceLive Touch and VoiceLive 2. Featured effects for vocals include µMod (detune, chorus, flange); Echo & Delay; Reverb; Harmony; HardTune & Correction; Doubling; Transducer (distortion & megaphone); Rhythmic (stutter, tremolo, etc.); and Tone (Adaptive EQ, compression, de-esser, etc.).
Setting up a vocal sound is fast and easy and includes digtal recall of a complete Mic Channel with gain and phantom settings.
Control plays a major part in all singers’ possibility to express themselves, and VoiceLive Rack comes with a TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone that allows the singer to control the effects of VoiceLive Rack directly from the microphone. In a live setting this offers the obvious advantage of freedom to explore every corner of the stage while controlling effects, and in the studio, both the engineer and the performer can access the effects – a never-before-seen flexibility that makes spontaneous creativity while tracking and mixing an actual option. For hardcore control freaks, VoiceLive Rack can also be controlled via a footswitch.
Program and Recall
With the extremely versatile collection of pristine vocal effects, the possibilities are virtually endless. Fresh from the factory, VoiceLive Rack comes with an impressive 238 presets, but there is memory for an impressive 400 presets in total. Everything is stored – even the gain setting of the cutting-edge, digitally-controlled analog mic preamp.
Versatile Harmony Control
VoiceLive Rack can generate vocal harmonies controlled by a real-time, analog signal by a guitar, with MIDI data from a keyboard or by setting key and scale. Using the MIDI option, users gain 100% control over the added harmonies, but as singers all over the world has been experiencing over the last decade, TC-Helicon’s harmony algorithms hardly need any help creating divine-sounding vocal harmonies! Pre production VoiceLive Rack units are already in rehearsals for major touring acts coming in the Fall. For instance, VoiceLive Rack is already sitting comfortably in George Michael's current touring rig!
VoiceLive Rack will be available in October 2011 at an estimated retail price of $799 USD (€799 EUR)
VoiceLive Rack Features
• MP-75 Microphone with integrated control switch included.
• Based on the renowned VoiceLive 2 and VoiceLive Touch effects engine.
• Pristine microphone preamp with digital control for storing gain settings.
• 238 Factory Presets.
• Memory for 400 presets.
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