Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer Vocal Effects Processor (Discontinued)
While other processors cater to instruments like guitars, the Roland VT-3 does not worry about any of that, as it focuses all of its resources to vocal sound quality and effects.
Another important distinction is its tabletop profile, which is designed to complement the rigs of DJs and sound engineers.
Still In case you want hands-free control of bypassing/engaging the effect, you can plug in a standard footswitch pedal.
The VT-3 features 9 effects which include vocoder, auto-pitch, synth, megaphone, radio and more. There's also a "Robot" button that lets you instantly add robot like quality to your voice.
- Profile: Stand Mount
- Pitch Correction: Auto-C
- Effects: Robot, Synth, Lead, Bass, Megaphone, Radio, Scatter, Direct, Auto Pitch 1, Auto Pitch 2, Vocoder
- Phantom Power: 48V
- Inputs: 1 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/8", 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch)
- Outputs: 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
- USB Port: Direct Recording, Control and Update
For an advanced vocal processor, the interface of the Roland VT-3 looks very traditional, with a big knob for dialing the effect type, four sliders for parameter adjustments, along with buttons and small knobs. Many users commend this combination of mixer style controls and modern vocal effects, stating that it is very versatile and deep, yet fun to use. As expected, most of the recommendations and high ratings are from satisfied DJs, but there were a few singers and sound engineers who found it to be worth the money.
There were a few who wanted more control over the blending of the dry and wet signals, while others found some of the effects a little too out of this world for regular use. But this is to be expected, since the VT-3 is designed specifically for techno/dance/electronic music styles.
Unfortunately it's not sold new in many stores anymore, so if you're looking for a new voice effects unit then take a look at The Best Vocal Effects Pedal / Processor Guide.