Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer Effects Processor


88 out of 100. Incorporating 350+ ratings and reviews.

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Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer - Red

The Boss VE-5 is a compact yet feature-packed vocal processor for different applications, with pitch correction, smart harmony, distortion, radio, strobe and other vocal effects.

It comes in a portable desktop / mic-stand-mountable profile that's meant for hands-on use, with phantom power support for condenser microphones, and it even has a built-in microphone for convenient practice or recording without the need for a mic.

And comes with a phrase looper for setting up your own harmonies or for creating vocal percussion or ambience.

Finally, this vocal processor can run on 4 AA batteries for up to 9 hours, making this a truly portable piece of gear for vocalists, particularly those that like to busk.

Key Features

  • Harmony: Key/Scale Based Harmonies (Not Smart Guitar Based)
  • Harmony Voices: Up to 2
  • Pitch Correction: Natural Pitch Correction, Chromatic, Robot, ElectricTune
  • Looper: 38-Second, Single Track
  • Effects: Dynamics, Doubling, Reverb, Delay, Distortion, Radio, Strobe, Chorus, Flanger, Robot
  • Phantom Power: 48V
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo, 1 x 1/8" (Aux in)
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/8" (Stereo line/Headphones)
  • USB Port: None
  • Power: DC Power Supply or 4 x AA Batteries


Owners are impressed with the sound quality they are getting from this compact processor. Portability is another key factor as to why the VE-5 continues to get good ratings. While many of the high ratings are from singers using the VE-5's to color, if not transform, their sound, there are some who are satisfied with how it performs when applying subtle effects.


Even with the many features it carries, there are still a few who wish for more, including real-time control options, like holding a button to hold the effect instead of having to push for engage and push for disengage.

Online Reviews

Source Author Rating Value
Voice Council Chris Kennedy 60/100
YouTube MoreThanGuitar 89/100

Supporting Information


When it comes to portability, the Boss VE-5 is hard to beat. Recommended for vocalists who want a versatile mobile vocal processor.

Alternative Option

Although it has the same Gearank Rating as of March 2022, I'm personally recommending the Zoom V3 as an alternative.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.