TC Helicon VoiceLive Play Vocal Effects Processor Pedal

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GEARANK

88 out of 100. Incorporating 1050+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$279
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Gearank Recommendation

This appeared on our recommended list for Vocal Effects Pedals / Processors from October 2021 until March 2022.

Note that we are currently recommending the TC Helicon VoiceLive Play Acoustic which is a similar effects unit that also includes additional features for acoustic guitarists.

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VoiceLive Play Overview

TC Helicon continues to be the go to brand when it comes to vocal processors, the VoiceLive Play in particular is a pedal meant specifically for singers who want hands-free control over their effects.

This unit comes with a wide variety of effects, including different types of modulation, pitch correction and it even comes with smart harmony that can detect chords via the Aux input or by listening to other instruments via the mic you've plugged in.

It also allows you to load up or save your own settings into presets.

TC Helicon even threw in a looper that can be used live thanks to its floor pedal form factor and it allows for unlimited overdubs.

It even comes with a practice function that scores your singing based on pitch accuracy with its intelligent pitch display, very useful for training and for keeping your vocal chords in good shape.

We've even seen reports of people using the voice effects in their home recording projects to good effect despite it being primarily designed for live use.

While its versatility is one of the reasons why so many people love this pedal, with all these features there is a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

Specifications

  • Harmony: Smart Harmony
  • Pitch Correction: Auto Chromatic, Hard Tune
  • Effects: µMod (Modulation), Transducer (Synth), Doubler, Reverb, Delay, Adaptive Tone (Smart EQ, De-essing and Compression)
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
  • USB Port: Direct Recording, Update and Control
  • Power: DC Power Supply

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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.