Let the Digitech Vocalist Live 3 triple your voice with warm, natural sounding harmonies to really connect with an audience and capture their attention. The Live 3 vocal harmony processor automaticall... Read More
Let the Digitech Vocalist Live 3 triple your voice with warm, natural sounding harmonies to really connect with an audience and capture their attention. The Live 3 vocal harmony processor automatically follows your vocals and chord progression using patented musIQ technology no matter what you play. Just step on the footswitch while you're playing to fill the room with pitch-perfect backup vocals. This Digitech effect pedal can even have the harmonies sound male or female, and increase their human factor for an organic, realistic sound.
The Digitech Vocalist Live 3 vocal pedal 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 2-band EQ. Add in reverb, delay, and a built-in tuner, and singers have an indispensable tool that will have you turning heads and inspiring applause like never before.
musIQ makes the Digitech Vocalist Live 3 vocal pedal easy to use
musIQ is a revolutionary technology that eliminates the need to 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 3, play your guitar, and sing. The musIQ technology will ensure the harmonies are always right on.
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Best vocal pedal on the market
This pedal outperforms the TC Helicon pedals significantly. Though it can sound a little digital if not set up right, a little tweaking will have you singing your favorite songs with a full background...Read complete review
This pedal outperforms the TC Helicon pedals significantly. Though it can sound a little digital if not set up right, a little tweaking will have you singing your favorite songs with a full background of harmonies. Make sure you plug your guitar in, as it reads your chords to determine the key of harmonies. I suggest putting the pitch correction at about 2, Humanize at 5 and Harmony at 3 (if stereo; if mono at 4).
Most Liked Negative Review
If you like robotic/flanged backup vocals...
I read the reviews and drove in to Guitarcenter yesterday to buy this. Needless to say from the reviews on this site, I was pretty pumped. Upon unboxing it, the box is very...Read complete review
I read the reviews and drove in to Guitarcenter yesterday to buy this. Needless to say from the reviews on this site, I was pretty pumped. Upon unboxing it, the box is very solid and the construction looks like it would hold up for gigging. The issue I had with this is that once I plugged it in, there are some very large limitations with this pedal that I would have expected Digitech to fix. The main two issues I have are 1) if you are only playing chords (such as C, G, D, A, E, F, etc. - your normal chords), the pedal doesn't sound bad when you actually turn both the genders to male and keep the mix mainly your voice with a small bit of backup. Once you start picking, the pedal acts wonky. If you are trying to play as if you have 3 part harmony on a picking section, you are more than likely going to hear notes that the fake voice matches that are out of key from what you are actually singing. It is very odd. I'm surprised this was missed. 2) The female voices sound VERY VERY flanged and quite robotic. I thought this would be one of those products that gets it right (b/c it does look awesome in the box and on the NAMM demos (but those guys are from R+D and know exactly how to play the songs that sound great (this does not apply to all songs on a gig list!!)). Put it this way. If you need this product to spice up your acoustic set and play just chords and have a somewhat weak voice, this might help. If you actually have a voice, I'd recommend getting a TC Helicon or something of that nature to beef up your own sound. People that gig all the time won't find this useful on 50% of the songs they play and like I said, the pitch match while playing odd chords and picking is lackluster.
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First, if you cant sing, this will not fix your voice. It is not just plug and play, you will need to tweek it and adjust to it. I use mine for vocal arrangements on my the songs I write mostly. I love it and really like the tone it gives my Gibson. Nice to be able to have one line out to my GenzBenz Compac300. I really havent found anything about this unit I dont like. I understand it is a processor, but it is good at getting harmonies that are very usable.
I owned this unit for 5 months and handled it gently. Then it just stopped outputting. Digitech is slow to send parts to my local repair shop, so I've been without it over a month. If you buy this unit, go ahead and spend the extra money for an easy exchange warranty program. Good luck!
Love this pedal!!! I love to sing harmony, but this pedal can reach high harmonies that have to be heard to be believed. The only complaint I have is that the harmony pedal doesn't lock down sometimes and I have to hold it down.
I'm still on the front-end of the learning curve, but already pleasantly surprised that I can play crunchy electric guitar through the device without distorting my vocals (at least any worse than normal). It could be more intuitive; selecting harmony variations is still a trial and error exercise, but I'm catching on and having fun in the process. The manufacturer should consider replacing the manual with a video. Perhaps there is a YouTube demo up on the web. The product works as promised.
I bought the Vocalist Live 3 recently after having my Vocalist Live 2 stolen along with my cargo van and half of my musical equiptment. The Live 2 had plastic pedals, one of which was broken but still functioned enough to use. The Live 3 has metal switches which I beleive is a definate upgrade. I perform mainly as a single and was using it with one extra part, the third. I've recently started using it for three parts and it sounds great. People comment on how good the harmonies are. I'm finding myself working up more vocal group numbers now. If you have a band and can't get good harmonies out of the other people in the group, this thing does the job. I would much rather use this than have somebody who may be a good musician but cannot sing...messing up the overall sound just (trying) to sing parts. Also two good vocalists can sound even better with one doing all the backup parts. I haven't used all of the functions like pitch correction, etc. Now that I have had a vocal group by myself...I would not want to go back to just doing boring one part vocals. I also like that it's live...and not pre-recorded stuff. I play guitar, harmonica, bass pedals and sing. The Vocalist Live 3 adds yet another dimension to my "live" one man group.
Before I bought this two weeks ago, I tried it out at a friend's home. I play rhythm guitar and sing lead vocal, accompanied by a lead guitarist, at assisted living facilities, so I am not a professional musician. I had some initial difficulty hooking things up because the manual's diagram got me confused, but my friend helped me hook it up. I have had lots of fun playing songs with my newly found backup vocalists. For whatever reason, Beatles tunes seem to work very well. I still need time to get used to all of the settings. Initially, I had trouble hearing the vocals over my heavy strumming, but a little adjustment to the settings fixed that. Now, my biggest problem is that my tiny basement room has wires all over the floor because it doesn't pay to keep taking down and setting up the mic, amp and harmonizer. I havent tried this in a live setting yet and I believe that it will take some getting used to before I try it out on an audience. This is the first experience I have had with a foot pedal, but after about 15 minutes, I found myself getting into a rhythm and developing better timing, knowing when to step on the button in order to engage the backup vocals at the right moment in the song that I was playing. Remember to wear footwear when you use this unit..Im used to playing in my socks at home and the button would sometimes go between my toes! (Told you that I'm not a pro!) The harmonizer seems to work really well and you can set male and/or female backing vocals. You can also set the range of the backup vocals..ie higher, lower or double your vocal. There are also other effects for your guitar that I have yet to discover, but look forward to trying out. Overall, I am very satisfied with this unit so far. The big question will be whether I get enough confidence to use it in front of an audience or whether it stays a novelty item to be used when I jam in my basement. I think that I will eventually become good enough to use it in front of an audience and I think it will make a big difference. At the same time, if you arent a singer, I dont know that this will suddenly turn you into one. However, at the same time, if you can at least carry a tune like I can, it may give you more confidence to sing and it will definitely add to your performance. While the unit isn't exactly cheap, I believe that it is worth it if you are a solo vocalist/performer who performs in smaller settings. I am unsure how it would work in a band setting with multiple instruments.
I was able to get a great($)deal from GC. I decided on the Vocalist 3 after seeing some promotional and owner review videos on youtube. So far I love it. I'm not a big sound tech kinda guy, so I don't understand all the specs (noise gate and low cut filter) but anyone can adjust the basics to get a nice harmony out of this product. I love the fact it has 5 patch settings and two vocal settings on each of those. So you can produce pretty much any kind of 3 part harmony you need. Love the male and female gender settings and the 7 range settings for each of the two harmonies. I sing in a band and bought it with the idea of doing solo acoustic gigs to fill the week. Not 4 stars cause the only one who's heard it is me, so I'd like to see how an audience reacts to it. You'd have to be an overly extreme purist to not want one if you're doing a one man show (imho).
I just want to echo what has been said already about the Live 3. Went to my local GC to test drive this thing before I bought it. A shout out to my friend Jordan there and the pro sound staff, you guys are the stuff! Anyway, half way through singing some Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, I turned around and there was a crowd of people just smiling and listening to me sing through it, punching harmonies in and out! Yes, it sounds that freaking good! I'm not going to go into the technical side because its been covered, and if you're reading this review, you want to know how it performs. There are a few pointers I will confirm that have been stated by others but: 1. Your instrument MUST be in tune, it will work with some alternative tunings and I can confirm that drop-D works fine. But the instrument has to be in tune so that the unit can structure the harmony accurately. 2. It helps to be a reasonably good singer. By this I mean that you have to hit the notes in the songs you sing. If you have a habit of being off key (sharp/flat) the pitch correct will help you but the unit will NOT make you a good singer. It's not designed to do that. Get a singing coach if you need to (I did). 3. Pitch Correct & Humanize should be used sparingly to sound right, I never run either of these settings past nine or ten o clock max..above that level they can start sounding strange (at least to me) Performance in a Live Situation: The unit is very easy to use right out of the box and what's more is that its very easy to manage in a live situation, subtle and unobtrusive. Practice with it and in no time you will adjust to using it. Depending on your playing style you may have to adjust but I'm a rhythm guitarist playing an Ibanez AEG20 and a Stratocaster and it performs just as well with each. I can say that when you kick in the harmony, heads do and will turn, every time! This thing packs a lot of features in one box, nice useable delay and reverb as well as guitar effects including chorus. I use a Sennheiser 835 mic and it sounds sweet. I highly recommend purchasing the unit if you need reliable background vocals. It's probably the single best and most useful pieces of equipment I've bought in the last 10 years! Don't wait, sell a kidney if you have to, this thing is awesome!
If It Wasn't For Those LOUD Footswitches...this would be a great little unit. Picked it up Friday from Guitar Center in Richmond. I really like it...accept for those foot switches. There is a very loud double click that comes through like broken glass when recording. The 3rd & 5th harmonies are pretty good...the 7th's, and octaves, not so much. The higher harmonies are better than the lower ones, at least for my already deep voice. The pitch correction is OK I suppose if used at 50% or less. It's not really gonna create any magic for you anyway, but it will smooth things a bit...and won't sound over processed if you keep below that 50%. The gender bender doesn't work that well, again at least for my voice. If it wasn't for those footswitches, I'd give it 5...and keep this processor. But for my set up, and purpose...the switches are just too loud for recording, and is a little bit of an annoyance for folks listening as well. Perhaps if you're trying to use it with a full band, there would be enough ambient noise to cover it.
I have played for 25 years, but rarely sang. Recently started an acoustic project which needed an extra voice. I have to say that the vocalist live 3 was just what the doctor ordered. The auto tune feature is excellent and I find the harmonies excellent (as long as you are not looking for anything extreme) As a matter of fact after hearing me use the pedal my band partner (the lead singer) immediately ordered the same pedal. I can't say enough about how well this worked. I do agree if you are picking odd chords you will needs to reduce the harmony effect, however the color that it adds to your voice is excellent. I would purchase this pedal again if lost or stolen.
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