Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer Effects Processor


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Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer - Red

Gearank Recommendation

The VE-5 was on our recommended list for Vocal Effects Pedals / Processors from November 2020 until March 2021 when it was out-ranked by other models with higher ratings.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Voice Council Chris Kennedy 60/100
YouTube MoreThanGuitar 89/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


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.

It 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.

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


  • 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

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Alternative Option

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


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I have been writing about and researching music gear for many years, all while serving as a music director at my local church. I engage in guitar playing and singer-songwriter stints, in addition to mentoring young musicians and teaching guitar and bass.