Digitech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor  

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The Vocalist Live 5 adds up to four additional warm, natural-sounding harmonies to your lead vocals. The Live 5 automatically follows your vocals and chord progression using patented musIQ technology ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Vocalist Live 5 adds up to four additional warm, natural-sounding harmonies to your lead vocals. The Live 5 automatically follows your vocals and chord progression using patented musIQ technology so you don't have to program a song's key or key changes. Just step on the footswitch while you're playing to fill the room with pitch-perfect backup vocals. You can even have the harmonies sound male or female, and increase their human factor for an organic, realistic sound.

The Live 5 also keeps your song right on target with built-in pitch correction and a variety of useful and intuitive effects like warmth, compression, a noise gate and a two-band EQ. Add in reverb, delay, and a built-in tuner, and you've got an indispensable tool that will have you turning heads and inspiring applause like never before.

musIQ Makes The Live 5 So Easy To Use
musIQ is a revolutionary technology that eliminates the need program a song's key or changes to create accurate harmonies. musIQ analyzes your lead vocals as well as the chords and notes played on a guitar in real-time to automatically generate perfect vocal harmonies. Simply plug into the Live 5, play your guitar and sing. The musIQ technology will ensure the harmonies are always right on.

The Live 5 Gives You More
¢ Intelligent 5-part harmony, your voice plus 4 more
¢ Vocal effects: up to 5 parameters of Preamp, compressor/gate, lead effects, harmony, reverb, echo/delay
¢ Guitar effects: Reverb, Chorus, Flange
¢ Mix Vocal, Harmony and guitar effects
¢ Gender controls allows you to give the harmonies a male or female voice
¢ Humanize adjust the natural sound of the harmonies from loose to tight
¢ 100 Presets to save vocal effects and harmony settings, each with an A and B parts for quick, easy changes on-stage
¢ Real-time Chromatic Pitch Correction
¢ Built-in Guitar Tuner
¢ Updated industrial design with 5 metal vacuum switches
¢ Staggered button footswitch layout - footswitches are staggered on 2 tier making it easier to use on stage, ensuring you don't hit the wrong button

Features
  • Automatically follows your guitar chords to generate the correct vocal harmonies using musIQ
  • Add up to 4 additional voices of harmony
  • Gender control allows you to give the harmonies a male and/or female voice
  • Humanize adjusts the natural sound of the harmonies from loose to tight
  • Adjustable/Natural sounding, real-time pitch correction
  • Add different kinds of vocal effects from radio, delay, distortion, and more.
  • Staggered button footswitch layout
  • 5 metal vacuum switches
  • Sturdy and durable black metal chassis
  • Bright, easy-to-read LED display
  • 100 Presets
  • A/B Patch per preset
  • A/B Patch footswitch
Specifications
  • Frequency Response:

    Line Level Inputs and Outputs: +0, -3dB 30Hz to 20kHz
    Distortion (THD+IMD):

    Line-Level Inputs to Line-Level Outputs < 0.03%
    Input Level at max, 0dBu 1kHz tone.
    Analog Inputs

    Guitar Input and Thru
    Connectors: 1/4" unbalanced TS connectors
    Max input level: 3.4 Vrms
    Impedance: 3M Ohms unbalanced
    Mic Input

    Connector: XLR female
    Max input level, gain at max: -27dBu (-12.5dBu in limit)
    Max input level, gain at min: -1.5dBu
    Impedance: 1.3k Ohms balanced
    Line Input

    Connector: 1/4" unbalanced TS connector
    Max input level, gain at max: -8dBu (+5.5dBu in limit)
    Max input level, gain at min: +18.5dBu
    Impedance: 12k Ohms unbalanced
    Aux Input

    Connector: 3.5mm unbalanced stereo TRS connector
    Impedance: 33k Ohms unbalanced
    Converters

    24-bit Analog to Digital Converter
    Dynamic Range: >97dB, A-weighted, -60dB fullscale input
    Crosstalk: -85dB @ 1kHz
    Sample Rate: 44.1kHz
    24-bit Digital to Analog Converter
    Dynamic Range: >110dB, A-weighted, -60dB fullscale input
    Crosstalk: -130dB @ 1kHz
    Sample Rate: 44.1kHz
    Analog Outputs

    Line Outputs
    Connectors: 1/4" balanced/unbalanced TRS, XLR balanced
    Max output level: +19.9dBu balanced, +13.9dBu unbalanced
    Impedance: 1560 Ohms balanced, 780 Ohms unbalanced
    Dynamic Range: >102dB, A-weighted
    THD+N: < 0.03% @ 1kHz
    Headphone Output
    Connector: 3.5mm unbalanced stereo TRS connector
    Max output level: +12.6dBu
    Impedance: 10 Ohms
    Expression Pedal:

    The Vocalist Live 5 can use either a standard passive guitar volume pedal or a resistance-based expression pedal. If using a standard guitar volume pedal, it should use a 250 kOhms or higher pot. If using an expression pedal, it must offer a TRS connection and offer a minimum resistance of 10kOhms.

    Signal Processing:

    Freescale DSP56367 DSP with custom firmware. All signal processing takes place at 44.1KHz sample rates, native.

    Power:

    US and Canada: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-120
    Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-100
    Europe: 230 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-230
    UK: 240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-240
    Dimensions:

    8.25" Length x 14.18" Width x 2.08" Height
    Weight:

    Approximately 3.3 lbs.
    Environment:

    Operating Temp: 32-104 degrees F, (0-40 C)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty. 6 year extended warranty for X series if registered by customer.


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DigiTechVocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor
 
3.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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33%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

MUST HAVE

I've already expressed more than most will care to read on how well I like this product.
The only reason I didn't give this a 10, it would be great if you...Read complete review

I've already expressed more than most will care to read on how well I like this product.
The only reason I didn't give this a 10, it would be great if you could use a keyboard in addition to a guitar. Having said that, there is nothing negative that I can think of concerning this product. Mine was purchased when they first came out, and I had to wait 6 months to receive it. Once received, I didn't mind the backorder in the least bit since I was so blown away by what it could do. Several months went by before I discovered certain solo presets, one allowing me to sing as low as any bass singer you can think of. The presets are so great, that I have done very little tweaking on my own. User friendly is not good enough to describe the use of this effects processor. In fact, I left it in the box for 2 weeks before I opened it due to the fear of not knowing how to use it. All you have to do is hook it up, then scroll through the presets to find a sound your looking for. Even though the processor doesn't use their name on the preset. It doesn't take a great deal to know that it is the tight harmony of the Eagles. There are so many things you can do with this processor, I don't have the time nor memory to think of all of the features. If you are a solo singer who plays and sings without backup vocals, YOU NEED THIS. If your a band that has no harmony singers for the person up front. Not only will it improve your vocals, it will improve your band. However, don't make the mistake and use more than one person singing through this processor. Keep in mind, the vocals you hear are all yours stacked up and down. If the lead vocal goes off pitch, all of the other vocal parts go off also. There is a pitch correction, but sometimes we go off so badly that nothing can help. If your wanting to make those your playing in front of think the whole band is singing when they can't. You would be better to have all the mics off but the lead singer, and have the other band members lip sink. The only people who would know that the harmony wasn't coming from the whole group, and a processor was being used. Would be someone like me who has played music for more than 45 years, and has a recording studio. Please listen when I tell you this, because it really sounds bad when several people are singing through this effects pedal. The solo pedal also has many things you can do to improve your vocals, or make them sound like a robot or some other creature. At the same time, it can make a metal singer have more scream in their vocals, more blues in a blues singer, and the list goes on. If something happened to my processor today, I would purchase another one within a couple of days. Out of all of the high dollar equipment I have (guitars, amps, recorders, keyboards, drums, etc), this one makes more of a difference than all of the others. For example; A song may call for a Gibson LP over my Marshall JVM410H half stack. Even so, I could get my PRS McCarty with some pedals and use my Fender Twin Reverb if I had to. Yes, I would loose some punch or other type of sound, but I could make it work. However, there is no way I can come up with 4 backup vocals at 2am on Monday night. As my title stated, this product is a must for any individual needing harmony with their singing
I have mine for a few years and have not had the first problem out of it.
It may seem high in price, but when you consider that a high quality guitar or amp will cost over 2 or 3 thousands dollars each. This is a small price to pay for the amount of music it will bring into your life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Faulty product from the start - Poor product support

This product continually let me down on stage. It would work in rehearsals or for limited periods, then have massive volumes fades. Screen would stay lit, but huge power drops in sound....Read complete review

This product continually let me down on stage. It would work in rehearsals or for limited periods, then have massive volumes fades. Screen would stay lit, but huge power drops in sound. When it was working and you could spend the time learning the functions it was awesome. Unfortunately it rarely worked. I would never recommend using one of these in a live setting. Far too risky.I originally recieved a repair (at the cost of the distributer). When I advised that it was again faulty, the new rep refused to fix it.

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5.0

I am never disappointed with the quality of their products.

By Snappy Pappy

from Nashville, TN

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

    My live 3 broke down but only after 4 or 5 years of hard use. I needed a replacement quickly and decided to move up to the live 5. My opinion is you can never go wrong with the quality they build into their products. Their engineers and designers are genius level folks.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Faulty product from the start - Poor product support

    By Ozmuso

    from Western Australia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

        This product continually let me down on stage. It would work in rehearsals or for limited periods, then have massive volumes fades. Screen would stay lit, but huge power drops in sound. When it was working and you could spend the time learning the functions it was awesome. Unfortunately it rarely worked. I would never recommend using one of these in a live setting. Far too risky.I originally recieved a repair (at the cost of the distributer). When I advised that it was again faulty, the new rep refused to fix it.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By KEVIN CAMPBELL

        from Flushing, Mi.

        Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

        I didn't know what to think when I purchased the Vocalist 5 but in the couple of years I've owned it, it has brought a whole new level to performance. The basic settings are fabulous and used on 50's through 80's music has added depth and dimension to my music. Can't praise it enough. One of these years I'll investigate the other functions and then look out. ..... but I cant pull myself away from the presets. Too much fun.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome, but...

        By MARK JOLLEY

        from Clearfield, UT

        Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

        You will have to take some time tweaking it. I suggest using the Drunk setting to make it sound more realistic and just mess with the amount (or it will really sound drunk). I found that if I didn't, it sounded very robotic. It's a lot of fun. I have used it in one rock gig and it sounded cool. One complaint that is probably something I'm doing wrong is that when I have effects turned on I get a lot of feedback.

        (7 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Vocal 300 is better

        By Abe-ik.8a

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lots of options
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Big drop in quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

          I have been using the vocal 300 for years and was hoping the live 5 would be a step up in quality aswell as options but after perchasing I relised that the sound quality was not as good, so I've gone back to using the vocal 300. The live 5 has a very tinny sound as if you were singing through a cheap mic.

          (52 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          MUST HAVE

          By WICKTANA-iV_Qz

          from Taylor, MI

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

          I've already expressed more than most will care to read on how well I like this product.
          The only reason I didn't give this a 10, it would be great if you could use a keyboard in addition to a guitar. Having said that, there is nothing negative that I can think of concerning this product. Mine was purchased when they first came out, and I had to wait 6 months to receive it. Once received, I didn't mind the backorder in the least bit since I was so blown away by what it could do. Several months went by before I discovered certain solo presets, one allowing me to sing as low as any bass singer you can think of. The presets are so great, that I have done very little tweaking on my own. User friendly is not good enough to describe the use of this effects processor. In fact, I left it in the box for 2 weeks before I opened it due to the fear of not knowing how to use it. All you have to do is hook it up, then scroll through the presets to find a sound your looking for. Even though the processor doesn't use their name on the preset. It doesn't take a great deal to know that it is the tight harmony of the Eagles. There are so many things you can do with this processor, I don't have the time nor memory to think of all of the features. If you are a solo singer who plays and sings without backup vocals, YOU NEED THIS. If your a band that has no harmony singers for the person up front. Not only will it improve your vocals, it will improve your band. However, don't make the mistake and use more than one person singing through this processor. Keep in mind, the vocals you hear are all yours stacked up and down. If the lead vocal goes off pitch, all of the other vocal parts go off also. There is a pitch correction, but sometimes we go off so badly that nothing can help. If your wanting to make those your playing in front of think the whole band is singing when they can't. You would be better to have all the mics off but the lead singer, and have the other band members lip sink. The only people who would know that the harmony wasn't coming from the whole group, and a processor was being used. Would be someone like me who has played music for more than 45 years, and has a recording studio. Please listen when I tell you this, because it really sounds bad when several people are singing through this effects pedal. The solo pedal also has many things you can do to improve your vocals, or make them sound like a robot or some other creature. At the same time, it can make a metal singer have more scream in their vocals, more blues in a blues singer, and the list goes on. If something happened to my processor today, I would purchase another one within a couple of days. Out of all of the high dollar equipment I have (guitars, amps, recorders, keyboards, drums, etc), this one makes more of a difference than all of the others. For example; A song may call for a Gibson LP over my Marshall JVM410H half stack. Even so, I could get my PRS McCarty with some pedals and use my Fender Twin Reverb if I had to. Yes, I would loose some punch or other type of sound, but I could make it work. However, there is no way I can come up with 4 backup vocals at 2am on Monday night. As my title stated, this product is a must for any individual needing harmony with their singing
          I have mine for a few years and have not had the first problem out of it.
          It may seem high in price, but when you consider that a high quality guitar or amp will cost over 2 or 3 thousands dollars each. This is a small price to pay for the amount of music it will bring into your life.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ..Great Job Vocalist 5

          By Cliff Payne

          from Grain Valley, Mo.

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

          ,,, Been in the business for 46 yrs. Love this unit has real harmony settings and warm tone..Always love little river band harmonies and so on this thing does them all well..Its worth the money and tme to learn how it works the right way..Some grumps say oh your cheating, well im not cheating my perfomance when people do take notice of your sound so there nay sayers...Love your product and so does my crowd..

          (13 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Vocalist Live Pedal Upgrade

          By Terry Taylor

          from Midwest

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

          The jury is still out until I learn how to use this thing.
          I've been using a VL 2 pedal for about three years and have been very happy with the performance in live gigs. The harmonies are great and its easy to set up and use thanks to the clear buttons and large pedal switches. After reading the features and specs on the VL 3 and 5 models I had to have one. In particular, I was looking for more voices, the humanizing effect and being able to add female voices to the mix.
          I bought the 5 for myself last week and am absolutely lost! I read the manual cover to cover but am still in the dark as to how to hook up an external volume or expression pedal.
          The selection of voice combinations is amazing but you must preset everything, ie. you cannot simply push buttons to set them up as you could on the VL2. Some of the presets are nice but most are not labeled as to which voices are included, (Example: 2 above / 1 below, etc.) so you have to memorize the names of multiple settings.
          I rehearsed this weekend with my group and kept hitting the wrong button thanks to the tiny silver switches that replaced the large black plastic ones.
          I've got a Vocal 300 pedal and think I will try to use it to control reverb, compression and volume and use the VL5 strictly for harmonies just to keep things straight when I'm performing.
          I'm going to look for some help on operating this thing on the internet. Like the GNX4 unit, you really need to take a class to be able to use it.
          If its like the VL2, it should be fine.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic vocals !

          By Daniel

          from dayton, ohio

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

          I bought this box for my wife and our band, tho Diana has a fantastic voice on her own this back up add so much depth to her voice it's amazing, it makes our band "ColVane" so much better with the added back up voicing, Im very happy with this magic box ! and everyone here at guitar center has been very helpful with all of our needs, in as much as one of their tech's came to our home to help setup some of the equipment we bought. % stars to Guitar-Center at the Dayton Mall !

          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I can now sing

          By Ray Morgan

          from Pennington Gap

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 5 Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor:

          I can now sing like 'an Angel' pardon the pun. With the DigiTech Vocalist V live, even my uneven vocal abilities are right on the nail. This unit provides full harmonies and single voice if wanted. The Pitch Correction (PC)is REALLY PERFECT, it locks your voice right on tune. It has all the standard processing functions, reverb, echo, flang, ETC. Plus added harmony voices of male or female gender or both. It allows you to customise the harmonies to provide slightly off key and/or other natural sounding variances like speed of PC lock-on or rate of lock-on. I can go on and on but if you want/need it, it is there. BUY IT and SING

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