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Who says stompboxes are just for guitarists? The easy-to-use BOSS VE-20 has been designed from the ground up for singers, featuring some of the finest vocal-effects technology on the market. With the ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Who says stompboxes are just for guitarists? The easy-to-use BOSS VE-20 has been designed from the ground up for singers, featuring some of the finest vocal-effects technology on the market. With the click of a footswitch, you can instantly add lush vocal layers and harmonies to your singing, add realtime pitch-correction, and you can show your creative side with special effects like distortion, radio, and strobe. You can even create loops and layers in real time with the onboard Phrase Looper. Perform anywhere with the VE-20 since it runs on AC or battery power (sold separately).

Simple quality
The BOSS VE-20 vocal effects pedal takes your voice to a whole new level with essential effects in an incredibly user-friendly interface that lets you take total control of your vocal sound. Simply dial in your favorite setting and sing with no programming required. The VE-20 is a practical vocal effects processor even for first-timers. Of course, if you want to roll your sleeves up and create, the Boss VE-20 has a variety of editing tools onboard too.

Harmony factory
Add lush harmonies to your lead vocals instantly as you sing. Select the harmony interval of your choice, or create multipart stacks, such as upper third and lower fifth, and save them for instant recall. You can also thicken your vocals with Double Track. Best of all, this BOSS pedal is incredibly easy to use: there's no need for programming, and you don't need to input notes from a keyboard as you do with a Vocoder; you simply sing and let the VE-20 vocal pedal do the rest.

Phrase loop
Sing, record, loop, and overdub with the onboard Phrase Looper, inherited from Boss's popular RE-20XL Loop Station. You get 38 seconds of mono record time to loop and layer phrases, and you can do it all in real time onstage. From doo-wop to human-beatbox, this tool will wow audiences.

Special effects
In addition to its harmony and pitch-correction tools, the BOSS VE-20 vocal pedal offers a colorful and expressive collection of special effects, including: electric, robot, strobe, distortion, chorus, and reverb.

Road-tough design
With the same solid-metal construction as other BOSS stompboxes, the VE-20 is built to last. Its footprint is identical to Boss Twin-Series pedals, ensuring that it will fit perfectly into existing multi-pedal BOSS pedal boards and travel cases.

  • Specialized effects for vocalists, including: harmony, double-track, dynamics, reverb, delay, and more
  • Create the total of 3-part harmonies and layers
  • Realtime pitch-correction tools
  • Special FX, including Distortion, Radio and Strobe
  • Phrase Looper with 38 seconds (mono) of recording time
  • Phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Runs on six AA-batteries or AC adaptor -PSA (not included)
  • Nominal input level: Input: -40 dBu (Microphone Sensitivity = 40)
    Input impedance: Input: 4 kOhms
    Nominal Output Level: Output: -40 dBu, Phones/Line: -25 dBu
    Output impedance: Output: 600 Ohms, Phones/Line: 66 Ohms
    Memory: Sound: 30 (Preset) + 50 (User)
    Phrase Loop: Mono 38 seconds
    Display: 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
    Connectors: Input jack: XLR type (balanced, phantom power +48 V), 1/4 inch TRS phone type (balanced), Output jacks (L/MONO, R): XLR type, Phones/Line jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type, DC In jack
    Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry battery LR6/R6 (AA) type x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA series)
    Current Draw: 190 mA (9 V max.)
    Expected battery life under continuous use: 2 hours (Carbon), 8 hours (Alkaline) (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
    Accessories: owner's manual, leaflet (using the unit safely, important notes, and information), dry battery LR6 (AA) type (alkaline) x 6
    Option: AC adaptor (PSA series) (sold separately)
    Dimensions: 2-1/4" H x 6-13/16" W x 6-1/4" D
    Weight: 2 lb., 7 oz.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


a great addition - literally

By Tomidge

from Bucyrus, Ohio

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    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    This is a great product. My wife and I sing together . I have her mic running through the VE-20, add harmonies or double. Depending on what we want in the song. I add a lower part and together we have a full vocal band.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


    experienced user

    By roxie

    from Mt ORab Ohio

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    While a nice unit Boss has short cut the true user friendly ability to make this unit truly outstanding, the presets should be able to be altered and stored they are not and the user functions are extremely limited as a active player for playing live this unit is very limited. Sounds are good but the user if a live band are extremely limited! If just for a recording studio good unit for live performance look elsewhere! Digitech perhaps I have a Live 5 much more user friendly and able to use at live gigs easily!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Right Out Of The Box

    By Michael Woodruff

    from Ashburn, VA

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    Exactly what I was looking for! Easy to use and fills out my sound the way I was hoping for. It's got tons of effects, most of which I will never use, but they are there if/when I need them. I'm still playing with this, but I already found the basic settings I am looking for. The addition of harmonies is a big plus too. It would be great if you could change effects using your foot, but you change it with a dial knob. The left pedal turns the effect on and off. The right pedal adds the harmonies. Again, that is the simplicity I was looking for. There are lots of other tools with this processor that I will delve into at a later time. But for now I couldn't be more happy. Well, maybe if they included a power adapter so I don't have to run on batteries.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Super item!

    By Lynn Dezelon

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    Easy to figure out. I was looping tracks with 3 part harmony within 30 minutes of opening the box! My friend, who sings in a church choir, borrowed it the next day and hasn't returned it yet. It made a huge difference and sounded great..... They don't make it clear from description that you need to get power adaptor separately. Get the one specifically for this (made by Boss). Even though the zillion other adaptors I had fit perfectly, none of them worked. When running on just battery, you don't have a ton of time. Great product. Makes you sound great and easy to use. Fun. I still haven't played with all the bells & whistles.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Awesome gear!

    By matheus teles

    from New York

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    Very good product! THe only cons I see is that you can?t change the effects through the pedals, only through the manual button, which is a hand control. Despite of that, it?s the best vocal processor I?ve tried on. The sounds are huge, high quality and you can record any sound if you want.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    Own it use it live and in the studio

    By DB

    from New Jersey

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    I'm not the greatest singer, but good enough to perform live and record. The VE puts me in the pocket with the band. Get your own sound, no more sharing the reverb or delay settings with the rest of the band, seriously. The Ve is real easy to use, the harmony's and pitch correction can be set to the key your using maj/min scales, you don't get that crazy vocal pitch bend if your not spot on with the note. A drummer can now do harmony's too. The presets are standard for live shows and can be tweaked and saved to a user setting. Harmony volumes can be adjusted as wells your preamp, distortion, delay, reverb, pitch correction, dynamics, output volume, mix out stereo, mono or dry/mono ect. The electric, robot, strobe vocal effects are fun to use. I use the loop phrase for sound checks... I have Tc Helicon as well,the boss VE 20 is like having the TC Voice Create, TC Harmony GT and TC Voice Doubling. I give TC the edge on compression and adaptive eq over the VE, the TC also comes with the a/c adapter where as Boss continues its tradition by making its customers run it on batteries or pay the additional cost for one. But because the VE has more effects to choose from, in my opinion the overall value, especially the VE harmony's without using guitars chords like the Helicon makes Boss a better option for your dollars.

    (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)



    By Scott

    from Indianapolis, IN.

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    I received my Boss VE-20 about two weeks ago, and WOW... I owned the Digitech Vocalist Live 2 and it was O.K., then an EH Harmony Machine and it had better harmonies however, I still ran into the same problem, the guitar (or other instruments) had to run through it also to give the best harmony for each particular chord and neither seemed to track well with the changes resulting in less than desirable harmonies.....the Boss does not require an instrument to create lush harmonies with fully adjustable parameters, including, but not limited to, the key that your singing/playing in.....made all the difference !! Summary: Incredible 1,2,3 part harmonies, double and multi-voice effect, distortion, robot and radio voice effect, studio quality delay, reverb, chorus, flange...tone correct in Maj/Min key or Chromatic with soft to hard correct mode... and my personal can swap your settings around so that they are right next to each other or any order you wish and the pedal can be set to bypass or can be set to scroll up and down to change your saved settings without bending down to change them manually, which is great for live performances. Also the display is fully programable to personalize your setting names. I have not even used the loop feature yet, witch can be used to loop and layer your vocal harmonies.....One of the best effect pedals I have ever owned. FANTASTIC PEDAL, BOSS...YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN.

    (51 of 53 customers found this review helpful)


    Awesome versatile pedal - Great sounds

    By Laura

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    I love this pedal, I had the Electo harmonix (orange) vocal pedal, and there's no comparison. I recommend this pedal to anyone whose looking for a variety of effects that you can tweak and customize.

    (93 of 96 customers found this review helpful)


    Boss VE-20 is the Boss

    By Brent

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

    I received my VE-20 from Guitar Center two days ago and all I can say is WOW!!! The presets are great but once you get into the programming you can do what a number of my studio FX do on the road in a compact pedal configuration. The harmonies are top notch and no guitar or keyboard is required like many of the comparable TC Electronic pedals. I did a simple recording that sounded like I'd spent a lot of hours on. Crystal clear with little to no noise. I love the phrase looper..infinite layering of voices or instruments or both...the coffee house musicians dream (backup singers with the tap of a button). I haven't tapped all of the capabilities but it's amazed thus far. It's rugged, metal chassis will provide years of road use. It's straightforward--use the book when you want to program. Highly recommended.

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