Jan 2

Well its that all important month for new products and here is one for the start of the month – the new Voicelive 3 from TC Helicon explained excellently by Tom Lang.

Vocals are the main ingrediant here and VoiceLive 3 has an arsenal of powerful vocal effects with 11 independent effects blocks and over 180 different styles. Preset, yes we love presets and the VoiceLive 3 provides you with over 250 and over 1000+ more can be downloaded for free.

It is packed with improvements and additions from its previous model the VoiceLive 2 with new Harmony modes – Pedal, Fixed, and Mixed-Mode – for expanded voicing and musical possibilities. There is also a new Authentic Vocoder with voice-controlled polyphonic synth and robot modes which allow you to play your voice like an instrument.

TC Helicon have also made improvements to its vocal effects with harmonies and doubling tones that sound better than before with use of new delay filters and hardTune styles.

Designed for vocal / guitarist it is also packed with guitar effects and amp simulations that will compete with the best guitar pedal boards out there.

Add to this an awesome looper with 45 minutes of loop time, you can get so creative with this. Have a look at the clip and try the VoiceLive 3 out at your nearest stockist.

Lets hope the rest of January brings more great new products. Bookmark me for further updates.
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Apr 10

It is a great privilege to be attending Musikmesse in Frankfurt this weekend. Already there has been a surprising announcement of new products – Korg Kross Synth, Novation Bass Station II, Roland RC-505 Looper, Native Instruments Komplete 9 software package, Avid Pro Tools 11 DAW, Arturia KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software, Genelec M Series Monitors, Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 software synth, Softube Console 1 hardware/software music mixing solution, TC Helicon Harmony Singer, Novation Launchpad S, Universal Audio Apollo 16 Audio Interface, Nord Drum 2 and Nord Pad, Nord Lead 4, Korg Volca analogue groove boxes, Nord Piano 2 HP, RME MADiface XT – the world’s first USB 3.0 audio interface, SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface & Controller, and at long last the Waldorf Pulse 2 Synth.

I am sure there are many others that will capture my heart and interest and possibly my wallet. I hope to bring back some great pictures and useful information to share with you

Jan 25

NAMM 2013 AND HERE IS SOMETHING NICE FROM TC-HELICON:-

No, I am talking about TC-HELICON VOICELIVE TOUCH2 – Have a look at this – Click on:- Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

INTRODUCING THE VOICETONE MIC MECHANIC

TC-Helicon need no introduction and for the world of vocals they have been slowly bringing more and more products onto the market to assist us both live and in the studio with achieving the vocal sound we are seeking. I am always intrigued to find out what they will do next and I did not have to wait long. At the Summer Namm show in Nashville this year they announced the release of the VoiceTone Mic Mechanic (I do love this name – excellent choice) which they tell us is a complete vocal toolbox in a pedal. The initial advertising seems to suggest they will be available in October, but I have got my hands on one and they seem to be available now – which is good. TC-Helicon describes their new pedal as a no-frills, compact effects pedal for vocalists who just want to sound great.
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Aug 22

Those generous guys at TC-Helicon are at it again and have some free presets to give you. You may remember that they have this new featured artist of the Month who have been creating free vocal presets for your VoiceLive 2, VoiceLive Rack, VoiceLive Touch, VoiceLive Play or VoiceLive Play GTX. Serj Tankian is the Featured Vocal Artist for August 2012. He is best known for his work with System of a Down.

He has provided eleven exclusive presets covering massive reverbs to distorted harmonies. Here is a list of the presets for you to download:-

Serj Corn 1 – Cornucopia, Serj Corn 2 – Cornucopia, Serj Figure – Figure It Out,
Serj Ching 1 – Ching Chime, Serj Ching 2 – Ching Chime, Serj Occupied – Occupied Tears,
Serj Deaf – Deafening Silence, Serj Reality – Reality TV, Serj Weave – Weave On,
Serj Democracy – Uneducated Democracy and Serj Tyrant – Tyrant’s Gratitude.

Jul 13

 

There have been a few announcements at this year’s Summer Namm show that have caught my eye. The first is a small pedal called the Mic Mechanic (Great Name) from TC-Helicon which is meant to be a toolbox for vocalists. It seems to have been designed with the basic promise of providing you quickly with a great sound, automatically adjusting EQ, Compression, De-Essing and Gating. It comes with Reverbs, Delays and Auto Chromatic Pitch Correction. I will not provide any more details at this time as I am about to review one. So in the next few weeks I will be putting one of these through its paces to provide you with a complete review of the results, so please bookmark this site.

Available now at Absolute Music

Mar 19

INTRODUCING THE TC HELICON VOICELIVE PLAY

On my last review we looked at a great vocal product from TC Helicon – The VoiceLive 2 vocal stomp-box. TC Helicon have decided to also market a product for those on a budget by providing us with the VoiceLive Play announced at NAMM 2012 last month and which is also available immediately which makes a very pleasant change from having to wait months. They seemed to have approached the product however from a slightly different angle by stating that “VoiceLive Play gives you two hundred plus song & artist presets to choose from, helping you create amazing vocals. Plug in your MP3 player and sing along with your favourite tracks or create instant HIT effects for your own songs”. Well if it still has that professional sound and allows you to get that vocal sound you love from your favourite artist, all at the third of the cost of VoiceLive 2, then I think I want to give this pedal a look.

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Mar 7

INTRODUCING THE TC HELICON VOICELIVE 2 VOCAL HARMONY BOARD

 

You can’t get away from the fact that Vocals are one of the most important aspects of music. There is nothing to compare with the Human Voice and we all wish we could sing and sound like our favourite artist whose recent recording has made them sound unbelievable but at the same time believable. These include artists like the lovely Imogen Heap who are continually pushing and shaping the vocal sound to new limits creatively using every form of effect processor out there, including many that were not designed for the voice and they demand new technologies to find their next new sound.

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