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Vocal Harmony & Effect Pedal

  • Complete signal chain: Tone, Harmony, HardTune, Reverb, Double and more
  • 3.5 mm Stereo jack input for external devices (MP3 player etc.)
  • USB interface to play and record with the computer
  • Compatible with TC MP-75 microphone (not included)
  • EQ
  • Compressor
  • De-Esser
  • Gate and Pitch correction
  • 2 Voices NaturalPlay harmonies and 2 voices for doubles
  • VLoop performance looper with undo/redo
  • Built-in microphones for automatic pitch detection, monitoring and training purposes
  • Over 200 preset frequencies
  • Exercise function with pitches display
  • XLR microphone input for dynamic and condenser microphones
  • Stereo output: 2x XLR
  • Headphone connector/jack
  • USB port
  • Dimensions: 45 x 200 x 200 mm
  • Weight: 0.95 kg
  • Incl. USB cable
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Effects ok, compressor deficient, EQ missing.
Antestor, 17.01.2014
I am a singer in a metal band and use the device for rehearsals and live performances.

The processing looks very solid, the only thing is annoying is the outsourced power supply, which is quickly pulled out in case of carelessness. The connection possibilities are great. The device also offers the possibility to loop through the raw signal.

To the effects:
Unfortunately, very often, there are far too many effects in this device, which neither sound nor use. The harmony sounds, for example, sound far too artificial and of high quality not enough in my opinion. Likewise there are too many gimmicks without practical purpose, for example Pirch-Shift. What singer does that use? Delay and reverb are good for me. With the delay, I find excellent that the BPM number can be adjusted. The effects can either be applied to the complete preset or can be activated with the hit button if, for example, a harmony voice is required for a refrain.

Service:
The operation of the device I find in order. There is a main menu for basic settings and then the effect settings for each preset. The service I found intuitive and not as bad as often criticized! Only of the software I would have expected more, for example, that I can edit the settings of the presets also on the PC. There you can only manage or delete presets.

Let's get to the things I find bad:
1. The unit does not provide a way to control the output volume. Very weak!
2. Effects can only be applied to the main press or the HIT button. This is annoying. For a song, for example, I need a 1/4 delay in the chorus. This means that I can not use a delay in the actual preset. Weakened.
3. The unit does not provide EQ, even height or depth can be adjusted.
4. The most serious blunders and the main reason for the moderate evaluation: the setting possibilities for the compressor. I write briefly what the compressor can: There are 3 options: "Off", "Normal", "More Comp". That was it. No Attack, Release, or Ratio settings. And these options can only be set globally in the device. There are no settings for the compressor in the presets. The defective compressor does not make itself unfortunately after some sessions with the device noticeable. The unit is not suitable for singers with a large dynamic range. For songs with mixing voice and belting, the compressor setting is simply not correct. For longer bobbing parts, the release time is so sluggish that you can formally hear how the signal fades. Very irritating.

What TC Helicon thinks on the one hand, to provide countless effects gadgets, on the other hand, with such an important device as a compressor only 3 global presets, I can not understand.

I have now switched a separate preamp with compressor before the device, but that is not sense of the thing, if I buy a multi-effect device.
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A true artist!
Andreas126, 29.07.2012
Thomann sold me this device before the performance at the Musikmesse. And I'm still totally excited. All the necessary effects for the voice in a device and in an incredible quality at a very fair price.
After only a few minutes, I was able to edit, store and save my first effects according to my ideas, without having to use the operating instructions. Simple and logical.
I actually wanted "just" a little compressor, and some reverb and light pitch correct. Since there is hardly any other device in this combination, my decision was quickly clear. I got a very pleasant compressor, which worked out the subtleties in the voice and made for presence in the quiet area, viewed for a whole evening, the singing substantially facilitated. Pitch Correction of the individual setting, when I need Him. Improper cleanliness for longer tones is corrected, keeping pitch changes. And probably the best reverb you can buy at the moment, if you know where to extend it, since all the presets got too little of it. A matter of taste. A really good idea is to adjust the effect amount globally depending on the event, stage and space for all programs at once. Very good!
Special effects such as Hardtune in my "Hangover" setting regularly provide for astonished listeners and my Radioperformance with "Video killed the radiostar" I will not miss any more. How could I get rid of this part earlier?

What I did not want to believe and now would not have been so important to me is the very natural sounding choral / vocalist function. The blue box has its own ears and finds the right harmony without midicabel! If you are accustomed to a slight reckoning-time delay, which probably only the singer has noticed, incredibly well! All in all, I no longer give the TC-Helicon VL Play, it has become part of my performance and my good feeling on stage. Absolute purchase recommendation for each singer!
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