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Digitech Vocalist Live 4 Harmony Processor

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DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 is a harmony processor that features an onboard mixer and footswitches for easy use by singing guitarists. Vocalist Live 4 also features breakthrough musIQ technology to make ... Click To Read More About This Product

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DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 is a harmony processor that features an onboard mixer and footswitches for easy use by singing guitarists. Vocalist Live 4 also features breakthrough musIQ technology to make it more intelligent. 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 2 different chords (for example, a C sung in the melody over a C maj / F maj chord sequence) is going to confound conventional harmonizing devices.

Vocalist Live 4's musIQ technology allows it 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, Vocalist will shift to the C# because like any good harmony singer, it listens to the guitar!

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 hybrid of traditional chordal and scalic harmony modes means that Vocalist Live 4 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

3- or 4-part vocal harmony with no programming 
Groundbreaking musIQ technology do the rest
Selectable voicing: unison, 3rd, 5th-above or below your lead vocal
Built-in mixer with Vocal, Harmony and Guitar level controls
Pitch correction with four adjustable parameters
Guitar Reverb and Chorus with four adjustable parameters
Vocal enhancement effects matrix lets you adjust up to five parameters of Preamp, Compressor/Gate, EQ, Lead Effects, Harmony, Reverb, Echo Delay and Guitar effects
Store and recall up to 50 User presets; and select from 50 Factory presets
2+10-character LED display
Major/Minor and Key Change Up/Down buttons with LED display
Harmony, Effects and Preset Up/Down pedals
On-board guitar tuner
XLR mic/line input with level adjustment, low-noise high-headroom preamp and 48V phantom power
1/4" guitar input, 1/4" guitar pass-through and Guitar Ground Lift switch
1/4" line input and 1?8" AUX input for CD or
MP3 players
1?8" headphone jack
Stereo 1/4" line out and balanced stereo XLR line outs
Stereo/mono output selector
Road-rugged, all-metal chassis
Power supply included
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty. 6 year extended warranty for X series if registered by customer.


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4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet Piece

WOW, I purchased Vocalist live 4 about 1 month ago. I am very impressed with the sound it produces. It makes my vocals sound studio quality and even makes my guitar sound great....Read complete review

WOW, I purchased Vocalist live 4 about 1 month ago. I am very impressed with the sound it produces. It makes my vocals sound studio quality and even makes my guitar sound great. Nice variety of presets and fairly simple to operate. Was set up and using in 15 minutes. Only took me a couple hours to really know what I was doing. Harmonies are great and pitch correction really does work if needed. Worth the money even without the AKG D5 mike, great sounding and really reduces feed back. My muscian friends are all drooling. Can�ۡ���t think of any criticism. Highly recommend to singer/guitar player

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Taking it back.

This thing is fun and kinda cool, but the sounds do not sound natural at all. I'll never use it live again. Too unpredictable. It also has a hard time keeping up with...Read complete review

This thing is fun and kinda cool, but the sounds do not sound natural at all. I'll never use it live again. Too unpredictable. It also has a hard time keeping up with chord changes when the Music IQ is on. The people giving this 5s either have no ears or work for DigiTech.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Piece

By Danny Guy

from Pasadena Maryland

WOW, I purchased Vocalist live 4 about 1 month ago. I am very impressed with the sound it produces. It makes my vocals sound studio quality and even makes my guitar sound great. Nice variety of presets and fairly simple to operate. Was set up and using in 15 minutes. Only took me a couple hours to really know what I was doing. Harmonies are great and pitch correction really does work if needed. Worth the money even without the AKG D5 mike, great sounding and really reduces feed back. My muscian friends are all drooling. Can�ۡ���t think of any criticism. Highly recommend to singer/guitar player

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Won't Perform without it.

By Ronny RIcks

from Athens Texas

I have been using the Vocalist live 4 for a little over a year now. I will not sing without it. The harmonies are very good and tight. The combinations are versatile and fit into just about any category I could think of. If you play the right chords and can carry a tune in a bucket this unit will make you sound great. For a soloist it is like having a background group you never have to feed. Just make sure and turn it off before talking, that is a bit strange if you don't. The footswitch operation makes it easy to do vocal arrangements on the fly. I love this piece of equipment.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nothing is perfect, but this thing is close enough

By wolfman63

from dayton, ohio

I've owned and used this unit for a couple of years. I've read five star reviews and agree with most of what they say. I find it hilarious that some folks have problems getting a good sound out of this piece of gear. Are you guys KIDDING? Tho I wouldn't take one of these to a gig without glancing at the manual, and spending a few minutes getting acquainted with it's controls and functions first, I find it hard to believe you could make it sound bad without having a few too many drinks, or being a life long rider of the "short bus". Mine works just as advertised, and I'm no rocket scientist.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I recommend this product

By Tommy

from Houston, Texas

The harmonies are great and realistic. The effects are some of the best i've heard. I like the way you can combine both or just press a foot switch and turn on or off one or both of them. If I had to give it a criticism, it would be that I wish the vocal and guitar channels were separate. The way it's configured is both voice and guitar come out the same output. It would be nice to use harmonies on vocals through the PA and effects on the guitar through the guitar amp. Other than that, if you are considering this product, I don't think you can go wrong with it. I am very pleased with mine.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great gear for solo act!

By jbuzz

from Dallas, Texas

I just bought this unit and was pretty skeptical about it at first. But after looking at all the reviews from You Tube and reading the reviews here and elsewhere I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet. I've been a solo act for years and have always tried to stay "raw" so to speak. However after purchasing this unit I was floored! Right out of the box it was so easy to set up and get to playing. I haven't even had time to tweak anything on it and it simply blows me away! The sound is so realistic and I can't wait to use it in my next gig. If you fly solo like I do you really need to check this thing out. It could be the co-pilot you're looking for. + you don't have to pay this guy but once!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

digitech vocalist live 4

By MO JO CRABTREE

from ormond beach.fla.

Got it'tryed it'within two hours of workin with it i knew that it would be right for me,The vocal harmony matching with my guitar cords was excellent' worth every dollar' went out the next day and got the digitech jam man looper hooked up my drummer in line with guitar put on record auto did one three cord turn around hit the switch and it did the rest.excellent tool for working musician.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must have for the recording I do

By Bill

from Taylor

I'm not sure why this product has only three stars. This has been the best piece of music that I have bought in years. The Vocalist 4 does just what it says it will do. One thing that you have to know in order to use this. Using the 50 presets that are programed on the machine. Not every preset will match the song you are trying to do. This is something that takes time to learn but is a must. The other day I tried to do a song on the preset of take 6-----it sucked. I had to find a setting that had a third under me, a third over me, and one voice that thickens my vocals. You have to use your guitar in order for the harmony to follow the chord progression. I even found a setting that could hang in there with the many chords of Hotel California. For those that don't care for it------------Sorry. As for me. If it was stollen today, I would buy another one in the morning.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vocalist Live 4 review

By Mike Westwood

from Potomac, Maryland

I upgraded to the VL4 from the VL2 last week, and I must say that i am happy I did. The VL4 has great effects, tons of presets, and is very easy to configure and store user presets as well. Once you know what you want, you will probably only have 4 or 5 presets that you use and you customize them exactly like you want them. The Personas which impersonate women or even a large male singer are unbelievable. I can finally sing the female vocal part in Gimme Shelter, and I will be able to do this by Crash Test Dummies by using the octave down setting. If this machine broke, I would replace it instantly. It is so much fun, I can't wait to play with it every day! All you need is a pair of powered speakers and the VL4, and you can gig perfectly - no mixer or outside effects required - it has it all.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Equipment

By Pilgrim

from Galloway, New Jersey

Built sturdy but longevity remains to be seen. All praises to the presets and harmonies, just make sure that your guitar is tuned or else... The lead effects will add new dimension to your singing abilities. You will sound great even plugging it in on somebody elses PA. I own the Vocalist Live 4 for 2 weeks now and have no intentions of returning it. Definitely recommended. God made this through the people from Digitech.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the gigging guitarist

By Andy

from Seattle

I gig with this and it's very good. I play a wide variety of styles but am currenbtly using it in a trio playing Cream numbers. Typically the 3rd above harmony is the main one used in this context but I've also used it in Beatles and Eagles songs too and found the harmonies great. As the other guys don't sing, it really adds a touch of class to be able to add the harmonies at the push of the button, though of course work-load goes up with all the pedal dancing to switch it in and out. I've found it tracks impecably and the harmonies are pretty convincing. It stores a few seconds of memory so even if you bum a chord it isn't thrown off key. For the extra money I'd recommend the Vocalist 4 because the guitar effects are handy, particularly in an acoustic solo performance and the ability to step through user patches is great. I can't really fault this box - it's the next best thing to having real harmonies!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Too Much Fun

By John Dobridge

from Au Sable Forks, NY

I've had the V4 for a week now, it is time to come up for air. Not since my first GB4 Session Trainer have I had so much fun with gear. I'm going to use it at a gig for the first time next week, my point being that if you spent just a little time with it you can confidently play in public. The preset called BOB is a hoot! It really does sound like Bob Dylan backing you up. Would have loved a Janis preset but if you fiddle with this you can probably do that. If you Digitech engineers are reading these reviews I'd offer these humble suggestions: You really need to add a USB function that would allow me to reorder the preset list on my PC. Your set list is always going to be changing so it would be nice to move the presets quickly and save a series of set lists. VOX offers this feature on the Tonelab ST. It really would have been helpful to have a DVD of the programing features. While the unit is in practice simple enough to program the included instructions only add confusion. If Digitech does adopt these suggestion it would be nice if they sent me an updated V4 to po box 901 12912. Try setting up a user preset that has no harmony but still adds pitch correction and guitar effects. Crazy useful, the box is worth the price for this feature alone. Good luck. J out!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get extended warranty

By Mark Moss

from Cedar Rapids, IA

This is a work-horse! I do about 100-120 gigs per year and run through this as a DI. I bought it to fatten vocals, add some subtle harmonies and effects and to "change it up" a bit so not every song sounds the same EQ and effect wise. The AUX input sealed the deal, with that you can run an iPod into the mixer for break music. For me I mixed down originals without guitars and vocals and play along (only slightly cheesier than bands playing with a sequence and not telling). It has lots of output power and you'll need to pad the input of any PA you're working with. The only downside was it started flaking out right after the 2 year warranty expired (of course) and sounded like a bad cable or something at first. The unit would all of a sudden "peak" and shut down for a half-second and fade back in. The PA clip detector light would flash when this happened. Replaced all cables to / from unit and that didn't help. Ran it in stereo instead of mono and seemed to help for a while but started to flake out again. I'll likely get another now that I'm used to it and haven't found a better work horse for the money. I have tried and tested other similar units which have failed miserably.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny

By Rubao

from Barrie, ON

Very nice device, for both fun and work. I got interested based on the reviews, that' s why I've bought the Live 4 instead Live 3. I also agree that having the guitar and vocal output separate would be definitive a plus. I have tested the Boss harmonizer but Live 4 beats shamelessly.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Taking it back.

By Jared

from Oklahoma City, OK

This thing is fun and kinda cool, but the sounds do not sound natural at all. I'll never use it live again. Too unpredictable. It also has a hard time keeping up with chord changes when the Music IQ is on. The people giving this 5s either have no ears or work for DigiTech.

 
4.0

Limited interval combinations

By Tim Hall

from Reno, NV

I'm also a trombone player and got this a month or so ago to essentially create a one-man brass section, and it does do the job incredibly! I think it even sounds better using a horn than the vocals, but both turn out awesome (I also play guitar and sing). The one problem I have is that for the sound I was looking for, I really needed to have voicings that were an octave higher combined with either an additional 5th or 3rd higher along with the octave, and also either a 3rd or 5th down. Unfortunately, the unit does not allow you to create custom voicing combinations, and only offers the octave by itself; octave plus both 3rd and 5th above, which gives somewhat of a tin sound; or the octave with other intervals below, which is too much low-end. Other combinations don't include the octave, which really adds a phenomenal lead-trumpet sound over my horn's original sound/range. I guess the vocalist-pro would have been better, although it looks like a rack mount which would make it difficult for my purposes, or, I've seen a new version not available at GC yet, the Vocalist Live-5. So anyway, just a little disappointed that the limitations were not explained before I purchased it. But for vocals, the options do indeed work & sound great.

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