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The VoiceLive 2 floor-based vocal processor from TC Helicon makes it easier to lead your own vocal backup group while sounding rich and authentically human at the same time. It starts with a guitar, M... Read More

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Overview

The VoiceLive 2 floor-based vocal processor from TC Helicon makes it easier to lead your own vocal backup group while sounding rich and authentically human at the same time. It starts with a guitar, MIDI keyboard, or aux-input controlled vocal harmony algorithm with four intervals, each of which can be unison-doubled, or 8 discrete voices controlled by your MIDI keyboard playing. And when you want to tap into your gospel soul, VoiceLive 2 effects pedal gives singers a Choir algorithm that creates the massive multi-voice group vocal sound to bring home those classic choruses.

Vocal effects pedal with more automatic features
When you're worrying about parameter settings, you spend less time focusing on your music. So when TC Helicon set out to build VoiceLive 2, they automated several of its features.

•Auto Mic-Gain Set the mic gain from a standing position just by singing. Once this is done there are no knobs to be jostled in transit and you can still do manual tweaks if you feel you'd like to.
•Auto Gate-Feedback a problem? An all-new Auto Gate listens to you and adjusts to reduce feedback and effects leak-through while you're not singing.
•Adaptive Tone-A single push of the Tone button engages studio-quality Shape EQ, compression, and de-essing that adapts to the tonal range of your singing style and voice for increased impact and smoothed dynamics. Finally, your live singing can have that studio polish.
•Reverb and Delay-ducking Increase the sustaining tail of your reverb and delay effects while carving out plenty of room for your lyrics with ducking. The level of the effects is reduced while you sing and then subtly increases after your last syllable for a paradoxical deeper ambience with enhanced intelligibility. Of course, this is all automatic-just select a ducking reverb or delay style, and VoiceLive 2 does the rest.

A vocal effects powerhouse
All the processing power in VoiceLive 2 is available simultaneously to take your voice, your performances, and your music over the top. In addition to vocal harmony, you can construct or select preset effect chains containing effects to:

•Distort your voice-Grunge is good. Make a statement with the Transducer block that also has 4 pole filters for great megaphone and telephone effects.
•Clone your voice-Employ up to 4 voices of humanized unison overdubs in addition to the harmony voices. This sound has been used since recording began to fatten vocals. Now it's your turn.
•Expand your space-A completely new reverb algorithm envelops your voice in dense ambiances from teeny live rooms to concert halls and bright plate simulations. Don't forget the delay block can serve to add depth or become a highlight effect whether it's using tap tempo or tape delay styles.
•Mod ya later-The full μMod block brings lush chorus, slick microtuning, swooshing flange, and more to the party. Those half-time bridge sections never sounded more psychedelic.

Random access
Having a large chain of effects won't do as much good if you can't add and remove links in the chain when the mood strikes. The individual stompbox footswitches for Harmony, Doubling, μMod, Reverb, Delay, and FX give you the flexibility to layer or simplify at will. Also, there's a Shortcut footswitch that can be assigned to add other interesting features such as tap tempo, harmony hold, and others. There is no separation between Song mode and Preset mode as there was in the original VoiceLive; each preset can have up to 50 steps each of which can contain a different preset or a simple modification of the main preset. Go ahead, get dirty, and start creating now.

Features
  • 5x processing power of typical floor processor
  • Separate harmony and doubling blocks
  • New reverb, tap delay, μMod
  • FX block for T-Pain effect, megaphone, distortion
  • Wizard button helps you find the right preset
  • Stompbox access to 6 effect blocks
  • One button access to global Tone, Pitch, and Guitar FX
  • Easy editing of all parameters
  • Simple preset chaining with Step feature
  • USB for updates, backups, and audio streaming
  • All effects can be used simultaneously
  • Tone tailors adaptive EQ, compression and de-ess to your voice
  • Adaptive gate reduces mic input when you're not singing
  • Mic or Line input with digital controlled mic gain
  • Control harmonies with guitar, MIDI, or MP3 input
  • Up to 8 voices with MIDI keyboard control or 4 doubled harmonies
  • All new algorithm is smooth and natural even for extreme vocal styles
  • Autosensing of harmony control instrument
  • Guitar input with auto-mix , Guitar FX, and transparent pass-thru
  • Stereo 1/8" (MP3 player) input
  • Stereo XLR, 1/4" and Headphone outputs
  • MIDI in, out, and thru
  • Expression pedal input
  • USB for updates, back-up and audio streaming
  • Digital mic-gain control is engaged with your feet
  • Natural curve puts footswitches at comfortable angle
  • Recessed rubberized handle
  • Bright LCD and large lettering
  • Rubberized end caps and edit/mix knobs
Specifications
  • Digital Inputs and Outputs
  • Connectors: RCA Phono (S/PDIF)
  • Formats: S/PDIF (24 bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 958
  • Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Analog Inputs
  • Connectors, balanced: Mic (XLR), Line (1/4" phone jack)
  • Impedance-Balanced/Unbalanced: Mic (2.14/1.07kOhm) Line (13/6,5kOhm)
  • Mic Input Level @ 0dBFS: -49dBu to +10dBu
  • Line Input Level @ -37dBu to +22dBu: -37dBu to +22dBu
  • EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150ohm: -126dBu
  • Mic/Line Input SNR: > 107dB
  • Guitar Input impedance: 1MOhm
  • Guitar Input Level @ 0 dBFS: 14 dBu to -4 dBu
  • Guitar Input SNR: >104dB
  • Aux Input Level @0dBu: +2dBu
  • A-to-D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110dB SNR A-weighted
  • Analog Outputs
  • D-to-A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115dB SNR A-weighted
  • Connectors, balanced: XLR, 1/4" phone jack
  • Output Impedance Balanced/ Unbalanced: 100/50ohm
  • Output Range (Line/Mic Level): 16dBu/0dBu
  • Dynamic Range: > 109dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Frequency Response: +0/-0.3dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Headphone out: Mini phono stereo jack, 32ohm, +16dBu max. (180mW max)
  • EMC
  • Complies with EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
  • Safety
  • Certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA, IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA
  • Environment
  • Operating Temperature: 32° F to 122° F (0° C to 50° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -22° F to 167° F (-30° C to 70° C)
  • Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
  • Control Interface
  • USB: USB-B
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru: 5-pin DIN
  • Pedal: 1/4" TRS phone jack
  • Supplementary
  • Display: 192 x 64 Blue STN LCD, White Back light
  • Dimensions: 13.8"W x 3"H x 8.5"D
  • Weight: 5lb.
  • External Power Supply Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60Hz (auto-select)
  • Power Consumption: <14W
  • Warranty parts and labor: 1 year
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4.5

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IN AWE OF AMAZEMENT

I would give this product 6 stars if i could. I am truly blown away by the realism of the harmonies & depth of the quality of the sound. It sound better than...Read complete review

I would give this product 6 stars if i could. I am truly blown away by the realism of the harmonies & depth of the quality of the sound. It sound better than even some of the best plug ins that i have heard. TC Helicon Is truly Top of the line when it comes to there equipment. Voice live 2 is expensive but if you want superb high quality vocal recordings then it is worth every penny & then some. I had the original voice live 1 and when i heard the voice live 2 i got very envious and knew that i had to get it because of the superior enhancement in harmonies. If you truly want impressive top quality vocal recordings please save all your money to purchase this product. "Trust Me" & also remember that it has usb for digital plug in recording to take it a step further with your recording software. Take advantage of this product to turn heads for sure at every performance or recording. TC Helicon Voice live 2 will be very hard to compete with. "Keep up the great work TC Helicon". This Is a truly jaw dropping solid vocal/guitar processor that beats all the rest by far. I am sold baby. Peace all music lovers.

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Serious Problems in the software. CAUTION

First, when the VL2 is working it is an awesome tool. I like it. I wish I could keep it. But, it has serious software flaws that currently make it unusable in...Read complete review

First, when the VL2 is working it is an awesome tool. I like it. I wish I could keep it. But, it has serious software flaws that currently make it unusable in a performance situation. First, at unpredicatable times, always mid-song, it sends a loud click through the PA then freezes up - silence- and sends no sound to the PA. You're literally silenced mid-song. This usually happens after prolonged use...say in a two hour set or rehearsal it might happen once. But once is enough. It takes a reboot of the VL2 to clear the freeze. Second, the latest build of the firmware has a serious flaw, (the build that hopefully would solve the above freeze-up). Namely, it removed the chord change recognition from my midi keyboard. That's right, the fundamental function of the VL2 is to give you harmony that follows your chords, yet the rebuild of the firmware destroyed that function. After five days of back and forth with the support staff, I finally reinstalled the previous firmware, and I got my harmony back. C'mon guys. New software should solve problems, not create them. Also, some software signal changes the preset choice without my noticing it. Not a good thing to be expecting a choir sound and getting Popeye and Olive. Support says the latest firmware along with a MIDI choice in set-up should solve that, but of course I can't install the latest software because it destroys my harmony! Also, be careful of all those footpedal switches. Unless you want to spend all your time looking at your feet when you play you will need to set your foot over the harmony pedal to be ready. Unfortunately, if you mistakenly touch that pedal, or if you tap the wrong pedal...well lets just say, depending on your set-up settings, weird things can happen, and again, this is in the middle of your song...fine if you're doing a comedy act, but, not fun for a serious professional musician. In defense of the sound, and in responding to a previous reviewer who said the sound is metallic, I beg to differ. I demonstrated the VL2 to my son who is a legitimate Broadway singer (can you say title role in a hit musical) and he remarked that the harmony voices (in certain settings) sounded just like me. That's high praise for the sound of the VL2. However, at the present time, even if you have money to throw away, the VL2 is not ready for the professional market. It's just a high priced toy. My rating of 1 star is as a professional instrument. As a toy, it gets a 3. It's too complex to rate 4 or 5 as a toy.

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5.0

I don't gig without mine

By Matt Iverson

from Rosemount, MN

I have used several setups. I have been in the biz a long time now. I am picky as well. This thing is the heart of my vocal sound. I use an MP-75 mic with it as well (it works for my voice) and it is even better yet. Run the firmware updates (they fix 99.9% of the problems), play around with the preset downloads, have lots of fun!! TC-Helicon is quality stuff. I won't gig without mine.

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1.0

Serious Problems in the software. CAUTION

By Daniel Mills

from Florida

First, when the VL2 is working it is an awesome tool. I like it. I wish I could keep it. But, it has serious software flaws that currently make it unusable in a performance situation. First, at unpredicatable times, always mid-song, it sends a loud click through the PA then freezes up - silence- and sends no sound to the PA. You're literally silenced mid-song. This usually happens after prolonged use...say in a two hour set or rehearsal it might happen once. But once is enough. It takes a reboot of the VL2 to clear the freeze. Second, the latest build of the firmware has a serious flaw, (the build that hopefully would solve the above freeze-up). Namely, it removed the chord change recognition from my midi keyboard. That's right, the fundamental function of the VL2 is to give you harmony that follows your chords, yet the rebuild of the firmware destroyed that function. After five days of back and forth with the support staff, I finally reinstalled the previous firmware, and I got my harmony back. C'mon guys. New software should solve problems, not create them. Also, some software signal changes the preset choice without my noticing it. Not a good thing to be expecting a choir sound and getting Popeye and Olive. Support says the latest firmware along with a MIDI choice in set-up should solve that, but of course I can't install the latest software because it destroys my harmony! Also, be careful of all those footpedal switches. Unless you want to spend all your time looking at your feet when you play you will need to set your foot over the harmony pedal to be ready. Unfortunately, if you mistakenly touch that pedal, or if you tap the wrong pedal...well lets just say, depending on your set-up settings, weird things can happen, and again, this is in the middle of your song...fine if you're doing a comedy act, but, not fun for a serious professional musician. In defense of the sound, and in responding to a previous reviewer who said the sound is metallic, I beg to differ. I demonstrated the VL2 to my son who is a legitimate Broadway singer (can you say title role in a hit musical) and he remarked that the harmony voices (in certain settings) sounded just like me. That's high praise for the sound of the VL2. However, at the present time, even if you have money to throw away, the VL2 is not ready for the professional market. It's just a high priced toy. My rating of 1 star is as a professional instrument. As a toy, it gets a 3. It's too complex to rate 4 or 5 as a toy.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent for Guitar Player/Singers

By PAUL TAUTKUS

from Clinton, CT

If you're someone who likes having effect pedals for your guitar and want something for your voice, this is the best thing for the job. I plug my guitar in the guitar input jack then go out the guitar thru into my effect pedals so that I get good harmonies, without my guitar sound being tampered with. It works great!! The first unit I got had an issue where the harmony footswitch would get stuck in the on position when I would go to press it. (The issue has been fixed after exchanging for another one.) The only thing I had difficulty with was using the radio effect live. It feeds back very easily, but lowering the high cut of the effect gets rid of the problem. It is true that there is a lot to this pedal and takes about a solid day or two to fully understand it's workings, but when that's done, it's all experimenting from there!! I had a Boss VE-20 before this, and it isn't as user friendly for a guitar player as this one. You get what you pay for, and this is definitely worth it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Product

By Randy

from Newport News, VA

I've had the VL2 since last December when it came out, and all I can say is "This was awesome out of the box, but after some time with it, it just gets better"! TC Helicon is incredible with the updates and support for this product though I have not needed support. Very atypical for a company to continue to update a product with valuable upgrades after the purchase and at no charge! Like anything else, you get out of it what you put in!! Jump in, the water is as crystal clear as the sounds and harmonies from this product!!

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(7 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just OK

By justin

from edinburg texas

I got this from Guitar Center like two days ago. I had seen all the videos online that TC-Helicon put out about all the VoiceLive 2 can do. When I got it set up it sounds nothing like the demo videos online so don't go by that. Its a vocal processor so bottom line your still going to have that robot sound to it & there is a delay in it as well "slow to respond". It cuts out some times as your singing. Its ok but for the cash no. I will be taking mine back. I am a very good singer and this thing made me sound not so good!!

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IN AWE OF AMAZEMENT

By JW

from seattle, WA

I would give this product 6 stars if i could. I am truly blown away by the realism of the harmonies & depth of the quality of the sound. It sound better than even some of the best plug ins that i have heard. TC Helicon Is truly Top of the line when it comes to there equipment. Voice live 2 is expensive but if you want superb high quality vocal recordings then it is worth every penny & then some. I had the original voice live 1 and when i heard the voice live 2 i got very envious and knew that i had to get it because of the superior enhancement in harmonies. If you truly want impressive top quality vocal recordings please save all your money to purchase this product. "Trust Me" & also remember that it has usb for digital plug in recording to take it a step further with your recording software. Take advantage of this product to turn heads for sure at every performance or recording. TC Helicon Voice live 2 will be very hard to compete with. "Keep up the great work TC Helicon". This Is a truly jaw dropping solid vocal/guitar processor that beats all the rest by far. I am sold baby. Peace all music lovers.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TC Helicon VoiceLive 2

By John Smedley

from Aledo,Tx

I have the TC Helicon and a Digitech processor as well. The Helicon is by far the better processor in every way. The Digitech is a good basic processor with the Helicon being a more powerful and much more versital proceesor. It does so much that it takes a while to learn what it will do. I guess that's a good problem to have. I am still learning every day. The sound is fantastic with 205 factory presets that all can be adjusted to your needs. You will never run out of variations to work with. I highly recomend the TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 as the ultimate floor processor.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Vocalist Tool Ever

By Daniel

from Pompano Beach, Florida

I recently upgraded from the TC VoiceTone Correct & Create pedals because I wanted to add harmonies, but not another free floating box. I couldn't be happier. My vocals have more presence and depth than ever. The harmonies, when set up correctly, sound like real people to the audience and it's perfect for any situation. I'm the vocalist for a heavy Alt Rock Band, but I also have an acoustic cover project I do with our lead guitar player for money. Not only can I create unique FX & moodscapes for my own music, but I can dial in exactly what I need to re-create or re-imagine the mood of any cover song. USB updates & backups make things simple. Audio streaming from USB makes webstreaming and YouTubing super easy. This is an amazing product that works very well for people who don't know what they're doing and does unbelievable things when one takes a little time to understand the full flexibility of this device.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get one!

By Kramster

from Phoenix, Az

This thing actually makes me want to sing more and sound like a real singer. Tracks very well off my keyboard with midi and guitar straight in. I plug keys and guitar in at the same time. So good/easy to go back and forth. Sweet reverb can be put on the guitar too.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TC Helicon Voicelive 2 Vocal Processor

By Lee in Seattle

from Seattle WA

I found the Voicelive 2 to be a valuable asset in my home studio. It has given me the ability to add another dimension to my musical productions. Since I'm mostly a recording artist I can really benefit from the vast arsenal of sounds available in this unit.Its really easy to navigate through the parameters, and a breeze to program. I highly recommend this product to enhance creativity and performance. I would also like to see this available in a rack mount version.

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