Digitech Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor  

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The DigiTech Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor uses breakthrough musIQ technology to directly analyze the output of any electric or pre-amplified acoustic guitar (no special MIDI guitars or hex-output... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DigiTech Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor uses breakthrough musIQ technology to directly analyze the output of any electric or pre-amplified acoustic guitar (no special MIDI guitars or hex-outputs needed). Then it generates the correct vocal harmony. For example, if you're singing an A over the chords that are generally found in the key of G, Vocalist will harmonize with a C. But, if you then play an A major, the Digitech Vocalist will shift to the C#...because like any good harmony singer, it listens to the guitar!

A surprising number of songs "fool" other harmony pedals because these songs just don't work with a single key/scale setting. In fact, any song that has the same note sung over two different chords (for example, a C sung in the melody over a C maj / F maj chord sequence) is going to confound conventional harmony pedals.

With musIQ, forget about the technology ” just sing and play! Skip complicated programming and having to analyze each song chord-by-chord; just 
1. Plug in your microphone and guitar;
2. Pick a 3rd or 5th-above or below harmony preset;
3. Sing and play ” when you want harmony, just step on the footswitch!

Patent-pending musIQ technology combines new Note Detection algorithms with state-of-the-art Harmony Generation. The Note Detection section analyzes complex guitar waveforms and determines which notes in each chord are critical to accurate harmony. This information is then fed to an advanced harmony engine that creates harmonies consistent with both the singer's melody and the underlying guitar accompaniment.

This totally new, musically-intelligent effects processor hybrid of traditional chordal and scalic harmony modes means that Vocalist Live musIQ harmonies stay true to not only the overall key and song scale, but also localized variations due to chords that aren't part of the global key. You've never heard anything like it!

Features
  • 2-part vocal harmony with no programming ” just sing, play and let Vocalist Live 2's groundbreaking MusIQ technology do the rest
  • Selectable voicing: unison, 3rd, 5th-above or below your lead vocal
  • Vocal enhancement effects matrix with separate
  • Compressor, Reverb and EQ/Enhance controls
  • Separate Harmony and Effects pedals
  • On-board guitar tuner
  • XLR mic /line input with level adjustment, low-noise preamp and 48V phantom power
  • 1/4" guitar input, 1/4" guitar pass-through and Guitar Ground Lift switch
  • Stereo 1/8" line out and mono XLR line out
  • Road-rugged, all-metal chassis
  • Power supply included
Specifications
  • 2-part vocal harmony with no programming ” just sing, play and let Vocalist Live 2's groundbreaking MusIQ technology do the rest
    Selectable voicing: unison, 3rd, 5th-above or below your lead vocal
    Vocal enhancement effects matrix with separate
    Compressor, Reverb and EQ/Enhance controls
    Separate Harmony and Effects pedals
    On-board guitar tuner
    XLR mic /line input with level adjustment, low-noise preamp and 48V phantom power
    1/4" guitar input, 1/4" guitar pass-through and Guitar Ground Lift switch
    Stereo 1/8" line out and mono XLR line out
    Road-rugged, all-metal chassis
    Power supply included
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty. 6 year extended warranty for X series if registered by customer.


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4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vocalist 2

Finally got this 2 days ago after seeing it advertised for several months. My first impression out of the box was that it might have been overpriced for the quality of harmonies, but after...Read complete review

Finally got this 2 days ago after seeing it advertised for several months. My first impression out of the box was that it might have been overpriced for the quality of harmonies, but after I got used to the settings I have to say it works really well. It seems to sound better on some songs than others. Some of the harmonies produced are not what I would naturally sing but some of them are dead on. Sometimes I'll even hear one of the harmonies shift on its own on a long note, which can really sound great. For the songs that the harmonies don't sound quite right, the Unison setting produces a pleasing effect although I've noticed that it can take awhile for it to kick in when I select it on a new song. My # (sharp) indicator on the tuner doesn't seem to work but it's not a big deal and I may just ignore it. So far I've just been playing around with it but I'll probably start to jot down the particular settings after I work them out for each song. Since I mostly solo, it's going to get alot of use to fill out my sound. It's not %100 for every song but for the price I'd definitely buy it again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's good but...

I recently purchased this unit because I sing in a band in which, unfortunately, no one else sings. At all. Even heavy music needs harmonies sometimes! When the Vocalist Live 2 arrived...Read complete review

I recently purchased this unit because I sing in a band in which, unfortunately, no one else sings. At all. Even heavy music needs harmonies sometimes! When the Vocalist Live 2 arrived I was delighted! I plugged it in here at home and was amazed at what it could do and still am very happy with the quality and clarity of sound. It doesn't seem to have any affect on the guitar signal running through it. I played my Takameni Electric/Acoustic and heard no hum, hiss, buzz or any other extraneous evils affect it at all. And the harmonies! The rich, full harmonies that changed with the cords...and were breathtaking! No, I mean literally as I stopped singing twice to try to hear the harmonies better! (I know, DUH, right?) So far so good. Next I plugged in my Ibanez Strat, distortion, overdrive, the whole bit. Same results and I'm impressed except for one thing...no octave voicing. It has two double settings, neither of which is capable of producing a higher or lower octave. Hmmm... So I take it to practice and it sounds good, it's just a matter of playing with it a little to figure out which harmonies you want for which songs. When the volume level in the room gets loud the harmonies, not the guitar or the original vocal signal, get a bit fuzzy, but only with two harmonies selected. I suspect all the extra overtones and such give it too much information for it to process when producing two voices. When producing one it still sounds great though! So besides the octave bit, my only complaints are: 1)No pre-sets. At all. It's on/off for either (or both) the effects and the harmonies. Unless you have talented toes or otherwise manually manipulate the unit you cannot switch from one to two (or high to low to double or to anything but what is set and off), 2)And since I don't play guitar in my band I would not normally be anchored to any spot on the stage but now... These are the reasons I only gave it 3 stars. If I was using it as it was intended I would give it 5 all the way! It's an excellent product. Glad I bought it.

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(36 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Vocalist 2

By pd

from Chelmsford, MA

Finally got this 2 days ago after seeing it advertised for several months. My first impression out of the box was that it might have been overpriced for the quality of harmonies, but after I got used to the settings I have to say it works really well. It seems to sound better on some songs than others. Some of the harmonies produced are not what I would naturally sing but some of them are dead on. Sometimes I'll even hear one of the harmonies shift on its own on a long note, which can really sound great. For the songs that the harmonies don't sound quite right, the Unison setting produces a pleasing effect although I've noticed that it can take awhile for it to kick in when I select it on a new song. My # (sharp) indicator on the tuner doesn't seem to work but it's not a big deal and I may just ignore it. So far I've just been playing around with it but I'll probably start to jot down the particular settings after I work them out for each song. Since I mostly solo, it's going to get alot of use to fill out my sound. It's not %100 for every song but for the price I'd definitely buy it again.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Got it , tried it, love it!

By grandparocker

from Northwestern New Jersey

Just got the digitech vocalist 2 yesterday and if I had a choice i would not have left the house today. I just recently started playing in a band again as well as solo work and I can see it as a teaching tool for band harmonies and well as really filling out performing solo. Its a lot of fun and I am no kid. Paid a lot less than the posted price. Get it you won't be dissapointed.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is awesome!

By orbm1

from MICHIGAN

What a great device!!!! I am not what you can call a singer, I have been playing for the past 15 years but i just started singing 4 months ago, I am a little shy about singing, but with this machine, your confidence level will BOOST! I am geeting a lot of compliments and comments, about the "vocals" It is great... The only thing that I would add, would be a mute pedal for the vocals... other than that... GREAT!!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Waiting for the 4

By FSUGrad1999

from Atlanta, GA

Picked this up last night and played with it for a few hours. These reviews are dead on. It won't work with every song, but when you find one it does work on, man is it a lot of fun! Didn't notice much out of the unison either... Also, when choosing the low (3rd or 5th) harmony, they're much harder to hear in the mix than if you choose a higher harmony than your voice. The best settings can differ from song to song, so you gotta mess with it to figure out what works best. I even noticed that certain songs (for instance one with a bridge) may need 2 different settings on the different parts to sound the best. But that's only if you're super picky. However, from song to song changing the harmony on this thing, I could see how bending over after every song would get VERY old on stage. That reason, pitch correction, and guitar effects are why I'm waiting on the 4. Until then, I'll play with this one until I have to take it back!! Gotta love that 30days no hassle return! ;)

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Buy one today

By Guitabill111

from Austin, TX

Bought it. After waiting for 2 months for it to arrive due to being back ordered, it finally arrived yesterday. It is a great tool and does an awsome job. I have shown it to several of my singer song writer friends and all of them wanted to take it home. I am sure several of them will be ordering one of their own.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

amazing stuff

By Jesse Walker

from Madison WI

I have been using digitech vocalizer since they invented them way back when. I have used almost every type released in seach of the perfect hamonizer. I watched the both released videos of this product and was impressed. The proof will be in the pudding as they say. Anyone can make a product look good. The vocalist in the past have been barely usable with all kinds of artifacts and harshness that required tricks to make it work. In the end I used my vocalist during all live performances so it worked somehow. My biggest complaint is the fact Digitech keeps pushing the release date up over and over. I have been waiting and hoping for a great product. Looks like I'll have to wait a few more months but hopefully it will be worth the wait. Thomas

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Who Know's

By Wayne Barker Jr

from Franklin, Ohio

I have been waiting and waiting, the date keep's getting pushed up, it make's me wonder how many click's they are working on which worries me, for you can only get it online, every store I have contacted say they will not have it in stock, the video you see sound's great, so who know's, one cant really rate something that you cant get

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Been Looking For This For 6 Years

By Mark

from canada

Yeah, that's right. I've always found that I was a better singer when I wasn't singing into a microphone. This has changed that. Even if I don't use the harmony feature and use the Unison1 and Unison2 buttons, coupled with the on board effects, I absolutely love what it does to my amplified voice. Having said that, the harmony feature is a blast. I play in a two piece acoustic act where we both sing so I'm using this as a third harmony which fills out the sound even more for us. I did some research (and I'm not very technically gifted) and found that this was the easiest one to use. And it is. My only reason for 4stars rather than 5 is I don't like that it's based as a foot pedal but you can't use your foot to change to the different presets, so you have to bend down to change the presets with your finger between each song. Annoying yes, but still better than having to program the key of the song in every time. Buy this box. It's worth every penny!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's good but...

By Stevee Ray

from Portland, OR

I recently purchased this unit because I sing in a band in which, unfortunately, no one else sings. At all. Even heavy music needs harmonies sometimes! When the Vocalist Live 2 arrived I was delighted! I plugged it in here at home and was amazed at what it could do and still am very happy with the quality and clarity of sound. It doesn't seem to have any affect on the guitar signal running through it. I played my Takameni Electric/Acoustic and heard no hum, hiss, buzz or any other extraneous evils affect it at all. And the harmonies! The rich, full harmonies that changed with the cords...and were breathtaking! No, I mean literally as I stopped singing twice to try to hear the harmonies better! (I know, DUH, right?) So far so good. Next I plugged in my Ibanez Strat, distortion, overdrive, the whole bit. Same results and I'm impressed except for one thing...no octave voicing. It has two double settings, neither of which is capable of producing a higher or lower octave. Hmmm... So I take it to practice and it sounds good, it's just a matter of playing with it a little to figure out which harmonies you want for which songs. When the volume level in the room gets loud the harmonies, not the guitar or the original vocal signal, get a bit fuzzy, but only with two harmonies selected. I suspect all the extra overtones and such give it too much information for it to process when producing two voices. When producing one it still sounds great though! So besides the octave bit, my only complaints are: 1)No pre-sets. At all. It's on/off for either (or both) the effects and the harmonies. Unless you have talented toes or otherwise manually manipulate the unit you cannot switch from one to two (or high to low to double or to anything but what is set and off), 2)And since I don't play guitar in my band I would not normally be anchored to any spot on the stage but now... These are the reasons I only gave it 3 stars. If I was using it as it was intended I would give it 5 all the way! It's an excellent product. Glad I bought it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It Works!

By Folkguy

from KC, MO

I read these reviews to help decide if I should buy so I guess I should write some too. I picked up the Digitech Vvocalist Live 2 a couple weeks ago, I wanted to wait on the review untill after I had taken it out live. I used it this weekend with the band and was very pleased. I had some issues with it causing my mic signal to be too hot going into the board but after I adjusted the gain on the pedal I was able to smooth that out. I ran the harm. knob at 11 per instructions, turned the compression all the way off, ran reverb at about 8, and enhance at about 8. In our band we have two better than averave vocalists who sing harmony really well so we had gotten to gether the week before to plan out the settings. Our weak spot has been on Journey tunes just because we don't have enough voices and this filled in the gaps really well. We only used it for harmony on a few tunes but I used the 2nd unison quite a bit and it seemed to help pitch which gave me more comfort and confidence, although I thought things sounded great a few times and looked down at the pedal ti find I had not turned it on, so it may have just helped my state of mind. However if you wonder if that feature works, earlier in the week I sat down with someone who I know who is working on improving their singing because they have really bad pitch problems. They sang through the mic on that setting while I played guitar and on songs she knew well it really helped her sound and confidence and gave her feedback from the speakers that helped her stay on better. However, it was not much help at all with songs she did not know well. So it will not do all the work for you, but it will help I think with confidence. I also used it with some teenagers and it was harder to get it to make much difference there, mostly because if you have an unsupported tone going in its still pretty weak coming out. If you are a pretty good singer already who playes guitar I think you will find it useful.

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