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
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!
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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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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.
Reviewed by 79 customers
The Vocalist Live 2 is like having another member in the band, I almost feel like I should give it a name, like Bill or Bob. I am very impressed with it's ability to follow my voice loud and soft. The onboard effects are excellent. For the price I would highly recommend this product before adding another band member, no hassels, always at rehersal, shows up on time and is always in good voice.
I bought the Vocalist Live 2 2 yrs. ago after seeing what it could do on Digitech's website. I play 3 or 4 solo gigs each wk. (one hour each) using just my guitar & voice, a small PA and this pedal. If your vocals are spot on, this harmonizer rocks big time. I don't understand why some users complain about noise--I've used it in a 200w PA and a little 30w Yamaha PA, never had any hiss/background noise. The reverb & voice enhancenment is nice, but makes for a hot mike, so you've got to compensate by adjusting the master volume on your mixer or PA head. Big deal..piece o' cake. I've recommended this pedal enthusiastically to several of my guitar friends, & they have either the VL 2 or the VL 4.
I debated about getting the Vocalist 2 for a couple of months, having used a much more expensive harmonizer ($700) that never seemed natural to me. So how could this one be any better? But it is. The harmonies sound incredibly real, and that's the bottom line. I've used it with an acoustic AND a synth (which even had drums and bass going) - and it somehow sorted out the notes correctly. I'd seen some Youtube videos where people said it works on SOME songs, but not to overuse it. In my first session with it, it worked well on 75% of the material. Then I realized I hadn't even been changing the harmonies (High, Low, Higher, and Lower) to suit each song. Some CSNY songs need the higher harmonies. Some songs only need one harmony - usually the high harmony. It would be nice to be able to move the harmonies up or down and the fly, and I suppose if you take your shoes off, you might get the hang of it. But for the money - even twice the money, considering my experience with the $700 vocalizer - this thing has no equal. Haven't tried recording with it, but noise isn't an issue in a live setting.
This is the easiest multi effect processor you will ever use. To set up, or change settings is a breeze. You don't need to be a rocket scientist either. The harmonies sound great. At the 11 o'clock setting, with a third above and a third below harmonies, I sound like I have a back line of studio pros singing behind me. my hats off to digitech!
Wish that I had the Digitech long ago. I gig alone and get many complements with the Harmony effects on this little machine. Highly recommend for anyone that plays as a single. Pat
Here goes ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW for the DigiTech VL2..I'm having a blast with this thing! It's very simple to hook up and even easier to opperate. I'm not sure wich I like most, the Effects or the Harmony, both are outstanding. The only gripe I have is that the 4 knobs on the VL2 can only be adjusted by hand (bending over) during a gig. Other than that, I love this thing. My advice is BUY IT TODAY ! You wont be sorry.
I don't know what to say other than this thing is amazing. When I was in my band we couldn't get the harmony's to sound this good. Now when I do my solo gigs it will sound even more awesome.
I've had the product for a year. If you don't want a steady hiss coming from your speakers, better avoid this product at all costs. The harmonizer works great, but the noise is just too large a distraction.
I just received my DVL 2 for my 40th birthday, Wow I love this thing. This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's easy to use and a must have for vocalist that want to enhance their preformance. I will use it three times a week not including practices.
I've been using the VL 2 for two years now as a solo performer and to fill out harmonies in a classic rock/variety band. It fills the bill nicely in both situations. One thing I have found is it does produce a significant amount of "white noise" which is particulary noticeable when the effects section is not activated. As a solo performer I like to run it without the effects, as I find the compressor too "limiting" for some softer passages, and I have an external source for reverb. So, I just activate the effects until I start to sing, or just live with the noise, which works in a louder environment like a bar. As far as the harmonies go, they are spot on if you are. I find I rarely use the "higher" (a little chipmunk-y)section. A great piece of equipment, especially for a solo gig, or if your bandmates can't quite grasp the concept of "harmony" :)
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