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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 - 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 four 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 ?Mod 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, ?Mod, 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, ?Mod
  • 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
  • Extruded aluminum and steel chassis
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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TC HeliconVoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Professional functions (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

VoiceLive 2 with - Yamaha DGX 650 Keyboard

1. Works off audio input. - If not for this feature, I would not be able to use it with my keyboard.
2. You can customize perameters from the footswitches on...Read complete review

1. Works off audio input. - If not for this feature, I would not be able to use it with my keyboard.
2. You can customize perameters from the footswitches on the fly. Mic volume parameters, guitar tuner and other settings can be adjusted while standing over the unit.
3. More harmony voices. (From 1 harmony voice to a whole choir!)
4. Looping.
5. Good tutorial videos on YouTube.
6. Once you understand the product, you can adjust a host of parameters to make the VoiceLive 2 complement your style of singing/playing.
7. You can lock harmonies into a certain key and scale (maj/min etc) and save it as a preset.
Minus'
1. No 1/4" stereo inputs. The aux jack is too small for decent stereo cables. I also feel the headphone jack should be 1/8" too. Smaller cables are noisy and do not work well with the product because they produce a 60 cycle hum.
2. A lot of the presets have "latency" programed in them by default. This parameter was put in to add "realism" according the manufacturer. The problem is that the latency delay is too long (by default) in my opinion.
3. The manual is not clear. The English translation is confusing due to improper sentence structure.
4. Harmony tracking frequently gets lost. You need to really practice a lot (with each song) to make sure the unit does not lose tracking during your performances.
5. No volume knob for mic volume and mic sensitivity. (If you have a sensitive mic, the sound from your amp or instrument speakers will be picked up and sent through the harmonies.) I recommend a mic with a narrow pickup pattern to minimize this problem.
6. Does not pickup or use USB MIDI input from my keyboard (USB MIDI).
7. No "Manual" harmony setting (that I could find). This feature was on the TC-Helicon Harmony-M. It enabled the unit to track the chords played thereby locking in the harmonies.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

You won't be sorry!

By hotozdu

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

    I love the Voicelive 2. It's very easy to use and has a huge selection of useful presets at your fingertips (or foot) to use right out of the box. You should read the user manual as you will learn a great deal that is not obvious. My next challenge with it is to see if I can program the "voices" in combos that I could use at a live show. So far so good. I have been using the Vocalist Live 2 by Digitech for a decade and the VoiceLive 2 blows this one out of the water. If you're thinking of upgrading but are afraid of the technology associated with digital processors, this one is the right one for you. As you learn more about how to use it, you can start having a ton of fun and customize it to your need. Also it's very quiet, no noise, no hum or feedback.

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    4.0

    Pretty impressive effects in one package!

    By Al from NM

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • May have too many harmony features.

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

    I'm not taking it out until I'm fully comfortable with the operation. Incredible options so far. Pretty technical and a lot of reading but the quick start got me rolling. Definitely need to do dry runs before hitting the road. Impressive harmonies.

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    5.0

    I would buy another product from this brand name

    By son nguyen

    from annandale,VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

      good

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      4.0

      Better then most

      By Terrestrial

      from Dfw, tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

      I have the boss ve20 and in comparison it blows the boss out of the water. The tone strength delivered and versatile settings is very impressive. In comparison to other vocal processors I have used such as the boss ve20 and micmechanic it delivers semi professional to professional vocal qualities that you would other wise need through bulky setups or an audio engineer. This gives you all of the quality and none of the hastle. You will not have to rely on someone to ensure your mic is set right! Don't be an idiot buy this or voice live 3 and you won't regret not second guess the quality. This is the first product I have ever bought that I have ever wanted to rate and I hope that holds some weight.

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      4.0

      VoiceLive 2 with - Yamaha DGX 650 Keyboard

      By JoRiginal

      from Atlanta, GA.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good YouTube Tutorials
      • Versatile
      • Works off audio input.

      Cons

      • Manual is not clear.
      • Stereo input jack too small.

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Small venues

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

      1. Works off audio input. - If not for this feature, I would not be able to use it with my keyboard.
      2. You can customize perameters from the footswitches on the fly. Mic volume parameters, guitar tuner and other settings can be adjusted while standing over the unit.
      3. More harmony voices. (From 1 harmony voice to a whole choir!)
      4. Looping.
      5. Good tutorial videos on YouTube.
      6. Once you understand the product, you can adjust a host of parameters to make the VoiceLive 2 complement your style of singing/playing.
      7. You can lock harmonies into a certain key and scale (maj/min etc) and save it as a preset.
      Minus'
      1. No 1/4" stereo inputs. The aux jack is too small for decent stereo cables. I also feel the headphone jack should be 1/8" too. Smaller cables are noisy and do not work well with the product because they produce a 60 cycle hum.
      2. A lot of the presets have "latency" programed in them by default. This parameter was put in to add "realism" according the manufacturer. The problem is that the latency delay is too long (by default) in my opinion.
      3. The manual is not clear. The English translation is confusing due to improper sentence structure.
      4. Harmony tracking frequently gets lost. You need to really practice a lot (with each song) to make sure the unit does not lose tracking during your performances.
      5. No volume knob for mic volume and mic sensitivity. (If you have a sensitive mic, the sound from your amp or instrument speakers will be picked up and sent through the harmonies.) I recommend a mic with a narrow pickup pattern to minimize this problem.
      6. Does not pickup or use USB MIDI input from my keyboard (USB MIDI).
      7. No "Manual" harmony setting (that I could find). This feature was on the TC-Helicon Harmony-M. It enabled the unit to track the chords played thereby locking in the harmonies.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Voice Processor

      By Chief

      from Fort Polk, Louisiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Authentic Vocal Harmony
      • Clear Sound
      • Powerful
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile
      • Wide Selection Variety

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Solo Gig Performances

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        A "must-have" processor for creating rich vocal harmonies. Whether you are working as a solo act or in a band, his unit will definitely enhance your overall sound and vocal production. The footswitch arrangement permits quick adjustments to shaping your sound during its use. A true piece of very professional hardware!

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        5.0

        Makes me sound like a real singer! lol

        By pfran

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Large Footprint

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Live performance
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        I popped this thing out of the box and was delighted with the reults before even reading the manual or changing anything from the defaults. The reverb and delay sound crisp and clean, the harmonies were perfect for doing backup vocals, and the extra pitch correction on the doubler and harmonies make me sound like a lot better singer than I really am (I'm tryin' tho!). I've tried some other lower-line TC hamrmonizer pedals, and this totally beats them hands down. Note : I got this brand new on a 'Black Friday' 50% off discount, so it's a great product at this price... I probably wouldn't have bought it at the full pop, since I'm not the lead singer or a solo artist. Yet. But for my half-dozen songs that I sing lead on - hells yeah! It's definitely worth dragging this bad-boy out and plugging it in. :-)

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        5.0

        I don't gig without mine

        By Matt Iverson

        from Rosemount, MN

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        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

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        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

        Excellent for Guitar Player/Singers

        By PAUL TAUTKUS

        from Clinton, CT

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        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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