Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer Effects Processor

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

Street Price: 

$342
Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer - Red

Specifications

  • 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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Gearank Recommendation

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

Overview

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.

Hands On Reports

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.

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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About the Author

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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.