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Overview

Imagine the perfect sound engineer taking your vocals to awe-inspiring heights. Imagine the rich tones of a premium stomp box collection. Imagine a songwriting tool setting your creativity on fire, both when writing and performing. Now stop imagining. With VoiceLive 3 you get the ultimate 3-in-1 professional performance system for vocals, guitar and phrase looping - and it will rock your world! The VoiceLive was revolutionary when it debuted, and with this its second rethinking, the design has been expanded in terms of features and streamlined in terms of usability.

- A complete vocal sound with next generation harmony processing, effects and tonal quality.
- TC Electronic stomp box effects, Amp Tones and dedicated stereo amp outputs to integrate fully with your guitar rig.
- Powerful 3-phrase looping lets you create and store entire songs on-the-fly.

Your voice, front and center
Vocals are what we live for, and VoiceLive 3 is a true labor of love. With a mind-blowing vocal effects path more comprehensive than anything created before - featuring 11 independent effects blocks, over 180 different styles, and more than 200 factory presets available right out of the box (and 1000+ more available for free download) - VoiceLive 3 represents the absolute pinnacle of singer's technology and the perfect partner for your voice.

- NEW! Exciting new Harmony modes - Pedal, Fixed, and Mixed-Mode - for expanded voicing and musical possibilities.
- NEW! Authentic Vocoder with voice-controlled polyphonic synth and robot modes allow you play your voice like an instrument.
- Automatically and professionally produced vocal sound with enhanced Adaptive Tone.
- Improved suite of our renowned vocal effects, e.g. Doubling, Harmony, Echo, Reverb, HardTune, Flanger, Chopper, Choir, and more. Upgrades include new delay filters, new HardTune styles, better sounding doublings and even more realistic harmonies.
- 200+ factory presets, with onboard storage for 500 presets in total. Download and manage more presets via our free VoiceSupport app.

No-compromise Guitar FX and AmpTones
Our sister company is legendary guitar FX maker, TC Electronic, and by including some of the most popular sounds from their TonePrint pedals like Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Corona Chorus, and Vortex Flanger we've designed the Guitar section of VoiceLive 3 to rival even the most pristine pedal boards. Add to that the full gamut of great tone classics such as wah, octave, tremolo, and drive, and you've got an unbeatable guitar road kit.
- TC Electronic TonePrint FX styles from Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Corona Chorus and others.
- New Talk box, Chopper, Bass, Wah, and Drive guitar effects.
- A wide choice of amp emulations from vintage British to classic American, when bringing your own amp isn't practical.
- Acoustic Mode allows for quick set up of VoiceLive 3 for acoustic guitar.
- Guitar chords automatically guide vocal Harmony, HardTune, Synth and Vocoder effects.

Dedicated vocal PA and Guitar Out
What makes VoiceLive 3 stand out is the dedicated stereo vocal and stereo guitar amp outputs. Send your guitar sound directly to your favorite amp, completely independent of the vocal output going to the PA. The killer feature is that this also works if you're looping; the stereo vocal loops go to the PA while the stereo guitar loops go separately to the amps.

Building better songs with loops
VoiceLive 3's looping focuses allows you to experiment with real-time song creation or exciting loop jams. Arrange and re-arrange backing tracks with flexible verse-chorus-bridge switching. The LoopAssist function helps you make tighter loops effortlessly and auto-expands loops to allow different lengths. 45 minutes of looping time and infinite overdubs let you create entire sets of songs - and store them for instant recall.
- Powerful multi-track looper with intuitive control layout and infinite overdubs.
- 3 phrase looping with 4 selectable layering and serial techniques help you create intricate songs and on-the-spot re-arrangements.
- LoopAssist with multi-purpose metronome and quantize for perfectly synced loops.
- Auto expansion of loop length allows you to create long loops on top of short ones, and vice versa, without having to set up timing beforehand.
- Loops can be stored onboard and recalled together with presets.

Next-generation 3iC power platform
While the form factor of VoiceLive 3 continues the tradition for VoiceLive 2 and VoiceLive Rack, look under the hood and you'll discover an entirely different kind of beast. Sporting our new 3iC processing, VoiceLive 3 features cutting-edge hardware with 3 independent cores dedicated solely to vocals, guitar and looping. Match these with increased memory and lightning fast access and you're looking at more than double the processing power of our previous benchmark, VoiceLive 2.

Portable command center
We spent a lot of time figuring out the most effective I/O options to make VoiceLive 3 a flexible and extremely portable command center for your performance. On top of dedicated stereo PA and Guitar outputs you get separate monitor and headphone mix outputs, with a monitor mix input. Also included are our RoomSense microphones for controlling harmony and adding ambience to your monitor mix, as well as two control inputs for expression pedals or Switch-3.

- 4-channel stereo outputs with dedicated vocal and guitar channels.
- Independent headphone and monitor mix.- Combo Jack for Main inputs and automatic input/output sensing.
- Monitor mix input and pass-through to other monitors.

Total performance control
VoiceLive 3 is designed to empower you and your performance, giving you easy access to presets, sounds and switching between them, while providing complete customization of switch functions and deep edit control. Use the LAYER button to change between the vocals, guitar and loop control layers. Each mode gives you instant access to layer-specific functions via the footswitches, with the LCD display showing a clear view of which footswitch controls what effect.

- Consistent 3-layer UI philosophy. Vocals, Guitar and Looping each have their own 6-button layout.
- Stompbox-style access to individual effects and loop controls.
- LCD display shows current footswitch labels.
- Complete customization of footswitch assignments across layers to suit your personal style and requirements.

Guitar & Heaphone Cable
VoiceLive 3 comes with a specially designed combination guitar & headphone cable that facilitates in-ear monitoring and allows you to practice without an amp - and gives you ample freedom to move while you rock out.

But wait¦ there's more!
VoiceLive 3 literally has hundreds of additional features to make you stand out as a singer, guitar player and performer. And if you're upgrading from VoiceLive 2, there are dozens of new functions to discover and an army of upgrades and improvements.

Endless styles and genres
The GENRE feature allows you to easily browse hundreds of presets by style, effects type and artists. Choose a genre that suits you and VoiceLive 3 will list the presets that fit your preference. Perfect for when you're looking for that specific sound or need inspiration for your next song.

Make it a HIT
The HIT button turns on multiple effects at once to add effect layers or to create quick A/B scenes for each preset. Use it to add dazzling vocal effects for the chorus, or strip down a guitar part for the verse, or even a combination of both vocal and guitar effects changes - you decide!

Get loud, no clipping
The automatic Mic Gain feature takes the guesswork out of setting your input level properly. Simply sing your loudest into the mic and VoiceLive 3 will set your mic gain automatically for the best signal-to-noise ratio and freedom from nasty input distortion.

Control it from your mic
Add remote Mic Control with the TC-Helicon MP-75 or Sennheiser e 835 fx microphones for additional control of presets, performance, effects and looping while you're performing.

Features
  • Extensive vocal effects library
  • Extensive guitar effects and amp modeling
  • Multi-track looper
  • Fully programmable
Specifications
  • Vocal Effects
    Echo & Delay
    Reverb
    Harmony
    Double
    Transducer
    Rhythmic
    HardTune & Correction
    Choir
    Stutter
    Vocoder
    Adaptive Tone

    Looper
    Multi-track looper
    Layered for verse/chorus (B/C) over base loop A with infinite overdubs
    10 x three track loop storage
    45 minutes total loop time

    Guitar Effects
    Amp Modeling
    Drive
    Delay
    Reverb
    Compression
    Resonant Filter
    Wah
    Mod (Flange, Chorus, De-tune)
    Shifter
    Rhythmic/Tremolo
    Talkbox (part of Vocoder)

    Control
    250 factory presets
    Memory for 500 presets
    10 steps per preset
    10 footswitches
    6 preset-assignable footswitches for enabling/disabling FX blocks
    Detailed editing
    Genre and Styles preset categories

    Size
    Height: 3" (76 mm)
    Width: 13.8" (350 mm)
    Depth: 8.5" (261 mm)

    Weight
    Weight: 5 lb. (2.3 kg)

    Construction
    anodized extruded aluminum and steel chassis
    Rubberized edit/mix knobs
    Recessed rubberized handle
    192 x 64 Blue STN LCD, White Back light display
    Tri-colored Footswitch Light ring
    Capacitive touch edit controls with LED indicators

    Analog Inputs
    VOICE
    Connector: Combo Balanced XLR/Balanced TRS 1/4? phone jack
    Input Impedance Balanced: 3.08 kOhm
    Mic Input Level @ 0 dBFS: -52 dBu to +7 dBu
    Line Input Level @0dBFS: -40 dBu to +19 dBu
    EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150 Ohm: -127 dBu
    Mic SNR >100 dB at typical Mic Input gain
    Phantom Power: +48V (on/off via setup menu)
    A to D Conversion 24 Bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110 dB SNR A-weighted

    GUITAR
    Connector: 1/4? phone jack
    Guitar Input Impedance: 1 MOhm
    Guitar Input Level @ 0 dBFS: -2 dBU to 14 dBu
    Guitar Input SNR >108 dB
    A to D Conversion 24 Bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110 dB SNR A-weighted

    MONITOR
    Connector: Balanced XLR
    Input Impedance Balanced: 25 kOhm
    Monitor Input Level @ 0 dBFS +16 dBu

    AUX
    Aux: 1/8? stereo mini jack
    Aux Input Level @ 0 dBFS +2 dBu
    Analog Outputs

    VOICE
    Connectors: balanced XLR
    Output Impedance Balanced/Unbalanced: 300/150 Ohm
    Output Range 0 dBFS Line Level: +14 dBu; Mic Level: - 2dBu
    Dynamic Range >109 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz/li>
    Frequency Response +0/-0.3 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    D to A Conversion 24 Bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115 dB SNR A-weighted

    GUITAR
    Connectors: 1/4? TRS phone jack
    Output Impedance Balanced/Unbalanced: 442/221 Ohm
    Output Range 0 dBFS Line Level: +14 dBu; Mic Level: - 2dBu
    Dynamic Range >101 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    D to A Conversion 24 Bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 106 dB SNR A-weighted

    HEADPHONE
    1/8? Mini stereo jack, 50 Ohm, +14 dBu max

    GUITAR THRU
    Buffered Guitar Input
    Connector: 1/4? TRS phone jack
    Output Impedance Bal/UnBal: 270/540 Ohms

    MONITOR THRU
    Direct connection to Monitor input
    Connector: Balanced XLR
    Control
    USB: USB A, Mini-B
    MIDI: In/Out: 5 Pin DIN
    Pedal: 1/4? TRS phone jack
    Mic Control using TC-Helicon MP-75 Microphone or Sennheiser e 835 fx mic


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TC HeliconVoiceLive 3
 
3.9

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Backup in a box

This thing is great. It's easy to use, and has enough useful patches right out of the box to cover most situations and styles, although they are spread out among all the...Read complete review

This thing is great. It's easy to use, and has enough useful patches right out of the box to cover most situations and styles, although they are spread out among all the patches.

I've tried harmonizer software and boxes over the years but they always fell short, and were difficult to achieve useful results with; the harmonies either sounded like munchkins or weird note choices made me sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Death. Not so here. Can one guy sound like the Eagles doing Seven Bridges Road? Try patch 47.

I tried this out at practice last week and with other humans singing their parts too, everything just sounds so natural. It's great to dial in a high 3rd and then step up to the mic to augment what the other guys are singing in places just to fatten things up and, I hate to say it, make us seem more polished.

The unit really needs a good harmonic reference (it listens to your guitar) to compute good harmonies. Plugging my guitar in to the Vocalive, and then sending the guitar through to my pedalboard works great. The vocals go from the XLR out to the board. At home I just use the monitor out to an amp if I'm feeling lazy. Room sense (as opposed to plugging your guitar in) doesn't always work as well.

Even without the harmonies, it makes my vocals sound punchy and clear. I tried it with an ND967 and a Beta 58 and both mics sounded great. Can't wait for the free MP-75 to show up and try that out.

One of the nice surprises was just how useful the guitar effects section is. I already have some of the effects (a TC reverb, delay & chorus) on my regular pedal board, so I felt right at home. The overdrives are surprisingly useful. I'm a tube guy, not because you can't get any good sounds with a digital pedal, but because they generally don't respond to changes in guitar volume like tubes do. These mostly clean up pretty smoothly when you back off the guitar volume.

The hit button is great. You can turn on or off multiple effects in both the vocal and guitar sections at once just by tapping it.

I think with a little experimentation and programming, you could go play a job with just this, a volume pedal for the guitar, and an expression pedal for things like wah (yes it has that too). I'm not saying you could dial in all the exact sounds you get from your pedal board today, but you can create great sounds that will work for almost any situation.

I'd give it a five except for one thing (hope you're listening TC). While you can:
a) Dial in a great guitar sound in a global patch and use it with every vocal patch, or
b) Dial in the global patch and use it in some vocal patches, and individually program the guitar sounds that don't use the global guitar patch, or
c) individually program every patch (the way it comes from the factory, and manages to show off the versatility), but I'd like to see...
d) The ability to set up several global guitar patches and select from them for each vocal patch. Or, the ability to independently select guitar and vocal patches if I want. Maybe even have the hit button swap between two guitar patches.

Come to think of it, I have to tap several buttons and twist a few knobs on my pedalboard to do that, so maybe it deserves a 5.

Great box. Glad I bought it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

NOT user friendly

First off, I'm a HUGE TC Electronic/Helicon fan! I use several of their individual pedals and think they make amazing stuff! Now the bad news... The learning curve on this thing...Read complete review

First off, I'm a HUGE TC Electronic/Helicon fan! I use several of their individual pedals and think they make amazing stuff! Now the bad news... The learning curve on this thing SUCKS!!!! I was extremely frustrated and tortured myself for 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get the guitar effects to work. Never succeeded in doing that at all and this pedal made me feel very stupid. I consider myself a VERY tech savy guy and this was very, very, very hard to understand how to use so I gave up. Unless you're already familiar with the first two versions of this pedal (I'm not), prepare yourself for a lot of frustration. Unfortunately, I'll be sticking with stomp boxes and returning this to the store. Very bummed because I was really looking forward to taking my live performance to the next level. I really hope TC reads this because they need to stop making "all in one" pedals for people who only have NASA degrees. I'll give you the perfect example of a company who hit a home run with a very easy to use but VERY advanced product. The Line6 StageScape Mixer. The mixer is fully digital and works completely different than any other mixer in the world. Regardless of that, I mastered the use of the Line6 mixer within 15 minutes and learned how to access every part of it without reading a single word of the manual. TC should get one and copy how user friendly it is!! Lastly... having only 45 minutes of stored loops is NOTHING if you're a full time musician who plays 7 days a week and has over 500 songs in his/her catalogue. Really shocked they didn't add an SD card slot so you could have an endless amount of loops. They dropped the ball on that more than anything else. Well... that and the fact that I couldn't get it to work AT ALL. So disappointed =((

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5.0

Best Thing for Singers Since Discovery of Electricity

By John

from Clearfield, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • The harmony pitches are extremely accurate.
  • Versatile

Cons

  • The downlaadable manual is very poorly designed.

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

This is absolutely a great machine with true to life sounding harmonies. I have used this live with my band but it makes a great practice tool to let other singers hear the harmonies they need to learn if they are having a problem. The only downside that I discovered is that the manual is terrible as is their video instructions. They like to clown around to be friendly to their viewers but I want meat in my instructions and they miss that. I they would slow down their presentations and not only explain but show visuals of each step it would be much better. They never explain anywhere how you name a new preset and where you get that new number. I still don't know. This is absolutely a Great machine but they need to improve their instructions. If they did that there would be no need to have all these amateur videos on YouTube.

 
5.0

Loe the guitar effects!!

By Paul_E

from Lutz, FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

    Bought it mostly for the voice effects, but also needed for guitar effects.

     
    4.0

    Great presets. Quality voice doubling.

    By Dr Ken

    from Freehold, NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

      Use product for doubling of voice one octave higher

       
      2.0

      Was really digging the unit, until it stopped working!

      By Stevie

      from Wilmington DE

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Difficult To Use
      • Not Responsive
      • Unit freezes up...a lot!

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

      As a vocalist in a cover band, I was really excited to try out the VL3. First practice, tooling around with the unit was fun, but then it suddenly decided to reboot...ok, after that all was good. Next day I was home working with the unit and it just froze on the start up screen and there was nothing that I tried that would snap it out of this mode. I even tried to reboot via the System Maintenance mode and that screen froze. If you go on the TC-Helicon site, you will see MANY people have had the same issue noting the appearance of a Blue or White "screen of death" that they cannot recover from or if they do, they still have issues. This unit is too expensive to flake out so easily and so frequently as per the comments on the TC site! Sadly, I will be returning this unit to the store and not quite sure I will get another one, since my issues seems to be a recurring problem with the unit that does not seem to be addressed.

       
      5.0

      Keeps getting better and better

      By Eric

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

      The first one i received was defective, but the guys at Guitar Center on Colorado Blvd in Denver couldn't have been more helpful and they had a new one in my hands about 3 days later. The actual item, is awesome. I haven't had a lot of time to see what it can do but already used it to perform once and it was great. This is the 3rd in the line of TC Helicon that I have bought and they keep getting better and better.

       
      4.0

      Voice live 3 delivers!

      By Shakin' Abe

      from Rialto, California

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

        TC Helicon has made a great vocal harmonized and added some pretty cool guitar effects as well. The talk box feature is fun to use as well as many other guitar effects and sounds you can make. Super easy to in my home studio!

         
        5.0

        Great Rave

        By Miguel

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

        Excellent. Love it!

         
        5.0

        So good I got a second one!

        By stanzelrock

        from IOWA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • All-In-One.

        Cons

        • Some Learning Curve to Master

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

        I bought one of these for my Home studio and have loved it. Being new to the electric guitar i don't even own a pedal. I use my voice live instead. Gives me so many choices. I wish it had a recall/previous select feature (it may be in there and i just haven't discovered it yet). All in all I love to spend hours and hours messing with the different effects that i can control for my guitar and my vocals.

         
        3.0

        Very innovative design and selection of FX, but it has flaws

        By Mongolian the Hunted

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Clean Guitar Sounds
        • Huge Selection of Vocal Effects
        • Innovative Pedalboard Design with Layers
        • TC Guitar Pedal Effects

        Cons

        • Noticeable Vocal Latency Using Headphones
        • Very Confusing Guitar Amp Controls
        • Voice Gate and Compressio

        Best Uses

        • Live and Practice

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

        The VL3 does a great job with vocal effects and clean guitar sounds, but I'm returning it for the following reasons:

        - The vocal latency is very noticeable when you're singing with headphones and the more effects you add, the worse it gets. Even with just a few basic effects on, I can absolutely hear the slight delay when compared to my analog gear (mixer with outboard reverb).
        - The guitar amp settings are ridiculously confusing, instead of going with an amp modeling approach like Line 6, you need to adjust parametric eq settings to create your amp sound (without any visual guide). So unless you know exactly what frequencies you like to hear (I don't know a single guitarist who does), good luck getting the right sounding amp. And there's a very limited amount of distortion and lead tones available compared to Line 6 gear.
        - The VoiceSupport software honestly sucks. It constantly has trouble connecting to the device and even when it does, you can only do very basic things like copy and backup presets. Again, Line 6 is light years ahead of them in the software department (everything has a visual amp model you can adjust).

        Very cool concept device, but it doesn't justify the price tag just yet.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Don't judge a book by its cover

        By solo1

        from Hollywood fl

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Not Responsive

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 3:

        just bought it, very easy to operate but got some problem with the program.

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