TC Helicon VoiceWorks Vocal Processor  

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The TC Helicon VoiceWorks Vocal Processor is hands-down the best harmony generator in its class. Creates 4-voice harmonies and 4 harmony modes and provides transparent pitch correction and fat automat... Click To Read More About This Product

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The TC Helicon VoiceWorks Vocal Processor is hands-down the best harmony generator in its class. Creates 4-voice harmonies and 4 harmony modes and provides transparent pitch correction and fat automatic double-tracking, all so realistic you can solo them with confidence. It also includes superb T.C. Electronic effects and new HarmonyHold which lets you freeze your backing harmonies while you sing over them. Add a quality mic preamp, compression, EQ, tap-tempo delay, and reverbs and you have a complete vocal channel with 100 user presets.

Features
  • HybridShift harmony generation for smooth, natural sound
  • 4 independent harmony voices, 4 distinct harmony modes: scale, chord, shift, and MIDI notes
  • 2 lead-voice thickening voices ” one above, one below
  • Humanization of harmony voices using FlexTime, vibrato, inflection, pitch randomization, and portamento
  • T.C. Electronic compressor/gate
  • T.C. Electronic reverb/tap-tempo delay
  • Song mode for live performance allows you to save internal sequences of up to 50 songs with 30 user presets per song
  • MIDI CC control over all parameters
  • Selectable equal-tempered and just tuning for harmonies
  • HarmonyHold
  • Scale-based pitch correction for studio and live performance
  • Fully adjustable gender and voicing per voice
  • High-quality mic preamp with 48V phantom power
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4.1

(based on 42 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth the money

I use this live every week. Back in 2000 I bought the Digitech Vocalist, but after a year of trying everything possible to make it "good", I gave up,...Read complete review

I use this live every week. Back in 2000 I bought the Digitech Vocalist, but after a year of trying everything possible to make it "good", I gave up, and 5 years later bought Voice Works. Voice Works' harmonies are impressive at first, but I found that the more I looked at them with a critical eye, the more I realized that these harmonies could only be used sparingly. I have spent many hours tweaking each parameter in Voice Works, and there are a lot of them. I've meticulously "A-B'd" different settings, and recorded everything, and listened back many times so as to really be able to hear what happens when different parameters are changed. After all that work (months of it) I came to conclusions as to which parameter settings sound best for me ... but still, it's not really a "panacea" for not having other live vocalists. Nevertheless, I do use the harmonies on occasion every week, because it's a fun effect. But "effect" it is; it's still not good enough for me to really boast about (and I really wish I could boast about them!) I'll mention that since I'm doing live work, I considered the footpedal version "Voice Live" or whatever -- my advice is to go with this one instead. For me, playing keys, I already don't have enough room for a big foot pedal box. My keyboard stand needs some room, too, as does my sustain pedal. Furthermore, with some reading and experimenting, I was able to configure 4 of my keyboard's faders to send out MIDI-cc messages to Voice Works, so I can control the MIDI volume of the 4 Voice Works voices -- live, dynamically, in real time. That's very nice! Also, I configured a separate 3-switch foot switch to enable me to turn the harmonies on/off and to increment or decrement the Vocal Works patch number, so that I can program different patches with different harmony voices and switch them in real time. With this switching capability, it pretty-much makes "Voice Live" unnecessary, I feel. Now, I will say that in spite of my being only partially thrilled with the harmonies, I still think that Voice Works is worth the money! I could have returned mine, but no way. Why? Because of 3 things: 1.) the preamp. What's the big deal about that? All I can say is that when I sing through Voice Works, even with no harmonies or doubling or special effects, the sound is significantly "warmer" than without it. In fact, it's beautiful. 2.) the voice-correction. My friends and wife are happy to remind me that my voice needs some tweaking (and some think seriously-so). Although I think their judgment is off-base, I'll say this: when I put on voice-correction (which itself has several tuneable parameters which I tweaked for weeks) it adds a "detuning" effect to my own voice which fattens it. Presumably, the Voice Works version of my voice is the accurate one and my real voice is the "detuned" version, I suppose. It's not quite like a guitar phaser, but has just a tinge of that quality -- but it is not "weird". I have sung through digital phasers and chorus units, and I know what they sound like. This is much more natural than that, and is not distracting. In fact, it gives my voice a more "studio" sound quality. It's great. 3.) the voice doubler -- I only use this on occassion, just like the harmony voices. I use it because I want to really kick through the clutter around me. And it does it. It's like having a superhuman voice that can mow down the "forest" of noise and audio competition around you. I wouldn't advise using it constantly, like any effect, but judiciously. It's another excellent weapon in the arsenal. Also, by the way, I've experimented with using Voice Works as an effects-loop processor as well. It works OK, but to do this means you lose out on its preamp capability, which is only available if you plug the mic directly into it. Hey, buy this for yourself -- not for your band. Treat yourself good for once and plug your mic directly into it, which means you won't be sharing it with anyone else, and take some time to really experiment with it. By the way... for keyboard players ... it's important to realize that you'll probably need to adjust your keyboard playing so as to make Voice Works sound right. Specifically, most keyboardists seem to practically STAND ON their sustain pedal. If you do this, you're gonna be sorry with Voice Works. You'll need to learn to release the sustain pedal each time you change chords -- because Voice Works bases its harmonies on the chords you are playing ... and if you have the sustain pedal down, even though the previous chord may have faded out from your hearing, it's still playing at an electronic (MIDI) level, and so that previous chord + the new chord will both be playing simultaneously as far as Voice Works' circuitry is concerned, so you'll get harmonies which are messed up -- they're based on both chords, and not on the chord that you "think" you are playing. Like I say, there's some work to do to make this thing sound best ... but it's worth it. If you only play "presets" on your keyboard (like as if it were a Casio), then this Voice Works' sound may suffer because you may be too lazy to dig into it to make it sound best! Having good vocals, however, is an investment which has potentially huge paybacks, so in my books, it's worth taking the time to really work on. Don't expect this thing to just be plug-and-play. You didn't learn to play your instrument by taking it out of the box and plugging it in, so don't be unrealistic in assessing the investment to make your vocals the best they can be.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Field Failures for Manufacturer to Fix

Before I purchased the VoiceWorks, I did what I thought was my due diligence researching the pros and cons. Overall, the reviews appeared positive, aside from the difficulty in programming which I expect...Read complete review

Before I purchased the VoiceWorks, I did what I thought was my due diligence researching the pros and cons. Overall, the reviews appeared positive, aside from the difficulty in programming which I expect from most effects modules, so I bought it. What surprised me was how quickly the module failed. I had two modules in a row with operational defects. The first module made intermittent loud digital static popping sounds that would spike my VU meters. I tried balanced cables (although the user manual said regular mono cables should work fine), line conditioning to ensure steady power, different mics, even NO mic at all. Still popped. I returned the defective module in exchange for another VoiceWorks. The second unit failed within 5 minutes of use. This time, it simply froze; no sound, no ability to scroll through presets, all I could do was power down. Powering up again, it worked fine...for 5 minutes, then froze again. After the 2nd power down the unit screeched horribly loud static noise. Needless to say, I returned it. It would appear TC Helicon has some problems either with their chipsets or software that should be addressed immediately. Failures like this, especially during a recording session, is unacceptible. Sorry guys, I'm going with Digitech next.

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5.0

Great for home or small studio

By Justinomarino

from Washington

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    I was suprised at how well this product worked. Some things you can't shine, but this product will help get as close as possible. However i would not suggest it for live applications. the interface is too simple, Which makes it slow to use.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Works Great But Cumbersome

    By Sweens

    from The Ville, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    great once you have it set up but it take a lot of planning to set it up. I recommend a foot switch of your going to use in a live performance

     
    5.0

    A Rack that Packs A Punch

    By Frank Chessar

    from Port Angeles WA.

    Right out of the box I was working the menus w/out the manual needed!!!!A Couple Tweaks Here & There & I was all set to go I'm still working out the MIDI end of it???For I am New to MIDI.No 3 position switch here.I am still experimenting w/ this thing & plan to use it for recording in a Live way.I highly Recommend an online purchase if in stock because the Back orders on these over the Phone are like 2 mos.This Item is a Must have for any Up & coming Artist that wants to create Lush Harmonic Vocals.

    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    VoiceWorks Vocal Processor

    By james c. beseske

    from Washington State

    I like the features, get the foot switch makes life alot easier, howere one can use a midi foot control board to change presets as well, great for adding harmonies.
    Great features takes a little time to use and figure out but if you put in the time great results, Have owned one for about 8 to 10 years
    Have owned one for 10 years and just had a problem with the mic. input, bought a restocked one
    got a " Restocked" should of been labeled damaged the Data Wheel malfunctions frequently, seems like someone bent or damaged it, it works some of the time but not like it should, remember I have had this product and know what the data wheel should be doing.

    (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    A MUST HAVE IN THE STUDIO!

    By David Young

    from Hawaii

    The first unti i got was defected. Sent it back for another one. and wow. Im so glad i went through all that effort. This unit does everything vocals.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unless your vocals are flawless, you have to have this in your rack!

    By Jerry - Studio Engineer

    from Undisclosed

    I've been playing in bands and recording for 40 years. These days I spend a lot more time behind the desk recording than playing. I wish we had one of these 40 years ago. It really does a great job of tightening and cleaning up vocals. I am a minimalist when it comes to using processing and effects, but there are times when you need a little help. The Voiceworks unit is great both out of the box with the "suggested" user settings as well as for those that will take the time and have a good understanding of the theory behind it and can use it optimally. I'm still finding nuances and fine tuning settings. I love this unit. The quality is there. The depth of vocal processing is there. And its not hard to get what you want out of it, like many other multi-processors are. Plus, its at a great price point. Thank you T.C.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good harmonies

    By steven shewfelt

    from fairbanks alaska

    i like this lil addition to my studio i can now do harmonies without adding extra people in my studio. great little tool for demos and other cool stuff. still experimenting with the other settings but overall i love the presets. great for blues rock and other stuff. can't wait for the next generation processor that comes out.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Vocals - Finally

    By Salvatore

    from New York

    First tried this out with scales and got some really good octave back-up. Worked in the some 3rds and 5ths and the chordal mode was just superb. Excellent correction too. A great box.

    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This processor works as advertised

    By Frank

    from Pittsburgh Pa

    Prior to purchase, I'd read a ton of reviews on this unit. I was primarily concerned with how user-friendly it would be. My band currently records with a Tascam all-in-one unit. We've been able to get good results recording drums and instruments.......but the vocal sound has lagged far behind. No more. Adding Voiceworks has changed everything. It took us only ONE evening to figure out much of what we'll be using. The vocal thickening is excellent......we were amazed at the improvement in our leads.....warm and full.......and the unit-generated harmonies are smooth, and only sound "mechanical" if you want them to. We were easily able to hook up a remote midi keyboard and allow the harmonies to follow the key changes as they were played. Worked seamlessly. A pleasant surprise was that the unit can be tuned down or up a full-half step. This suited us perfectly, as our whole band tunes down a half step on everything we play. No need to transpose! Do yourself a favor.....download the software off the net and do your programming from a laptop. We did....and it worked perfectly. If you try to program from the unit display only, you will probably drive yourself crazy. We've only scratched the surface, but have already decided this unit is well-worth the cost. If you plan to use "Song" mode, or use the unit live, don't waste time........buy the footswitch. Bottom line here.........pony up the extra dough and get this unit......it's worth it. I can't supply info on customer service, as I haven't had to use it.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Active arranger/Recording engineer

    By SB

    from Bay Area, CA

    Unreliable. Bought new to learn and test it having 2 weeks ahead of the scheduled session with my songwriter. Day 1 - impressive! Day 2 - unit is down: no response to data wheel changes. Workaround: use midi interface and control the unit from pc. Works fine, but strange. Tech support suggests to reload software or send it for repairs. Soft reloaded. No improvement. Day 3 - trying to use digital in/out to play with previously recorded tracks. Works for 5-10 minutes then totaly gets frozen. Just display turns on/off when power button is pressed. Day 4 - packed the unit and returned.

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