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Tele295



Tiki Hut

Oct 31st, 2016 06:11 PM        

Looking for some harmony and reverb for live work.<br /> <br /> Does anybody have some insight on TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT and/or Digitech VLHM?



tdk



Finland

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Nov 1st, 2016 08:33 AM        

Hi, don't have specific insight on the models you speak of but I have been using and owned several models of each brand. <br /> <br /> I ended up not using any of those. I'm still looking for that ultimate stage multi effect for acoustic solo performance 1 guitar 1 vocal, killer effects, rugged and easy to use. <br /> <br /> My experience was that the harmony was not cutting it. I have a pretty good voice but the harmony did not bring anything great to the table. I have also been watching solo artists in bars and on cruising ships and they really don't need those crappy harmonies. I think that the harmonies in the pre programmed old Digitech units were much better than they are now. They were midi compatible but not through analogue guitar signal. Maybe Im wrong. Please tell me I am. <br /> <br /> We are singing harmonies now with a beautiful young girl in a duo project which I'm trying to expand into something more serious. Gigging vice hahaa :)



Juice Nichols

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Nov 1st, 2016 09:12 AM        

I have a Digitech Voice Live III and it works well. Uses the guitar input to determine the key of the harmonies. Many different settings for the type of harmonies you want and has effects that can make your voice sound really weird if that's what you're after.<br /> <br /> Never used the TC Helicon, but I know it's a good piece of kit.<br /> <br /> I haven't used mine in a few years now.



Tele295



Tiki Hut

Nov 13th, 2016 02:08 PM        

Can it work off instruments other than guitar?



larryguitar19

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Nov 14th, 2016 09:54 PM        

I have the TC Helicon Voice Tone GXT. It's a great effect pedal. Once you sing through one and dial in your tone you won't want to go back to a dry signal. <br /> <br /> It serves as a doubler,reverb and harmonizer all in one unit.<br /> <br /> There is a downside. It's a bit of a hassle to set up at a live gig. Also it is prone to feedback at larger volume. So as a result I don't take it out on gigs much. Mostly it is a permanent part of the signal chain in my home studio/performance corner.<br /> <br /> Probably the better way to go if you only want to enhance the voice is to keep it simple and just get the doubler unit. It thickens the voice and warms it up a bit without being too overt.



Dolemite



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Dec 3rd, 2016 08:33 AM        

Love my Helicon Mic Mechanic. No harmony but does the biz for voice - adjustable pitch correction, verb/delay & combos, and mild compression & eq tweak all in a stompbox.



Cal-Woody



USA/California

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Dec 5th, 2016 07:36 PM        

I'm watching this thread also in the hope that someone mentions a unit that's been effective for them, as I too sing harmony and wish I had a third part to accompany on a few songs, but would like to be able to program the harmony part that is missing from some of the songs. <br /> For instance, if I am singing mostly a lower register portion the harmony, this piece of equipment would probably have to perform the third above the lead vocals. I have a very limited range of what I can sing and only go above the lead lines on a few songs. My lead singer has a great range but not a whole lot higher than mine and it would be nice to have the machine provide the third above his voice and leaving me to provide more of the register lines. <br /> So, in explaining this, it sounds like I would more than likely program the device to do harmonies with his voice and leave me to do the lower parts. <br /> I would like it to be easy to configure for any given song with just a main key introduced with a guitar chord and maybe a style of music to harmonize with. Does this thinking sound about right and if so, which unit has performed best as to the way I'm thinking?<br /> My 'Thanks in advance', and possibly suggest a device that has performed well for you and the method that has worked out nicely for you! <br /> Best regards, Woody



Juice Nichols

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Dec 6th, 2016 08:10 AM        

You can program most of them to take any part you want it to take Cal.<br /> <br /> Edit:<br /> The device determines it's key buy the instrument plugged into it, not the singer's voice.



Cal-Woody



USA/California

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Dec 6th, 2016 08:54 AM        

From what I have garnered here is that an instrument does need to be plugged in to set the key of the song and then program it to perform the harmony part/style. I understand this but which unit has performed best so far for you? I'm hoping that it can do the harmony with some realism and not too polyphonic. And of course, be able to adjust the volume level so that it is present but not too loud and funky. <br /> Upon some of the suggestions made here, I would then like to go and demo a couple of models and see which one will perform best and can be easily programmed. <br /> Thanks again for sharing your insight, Woody



Juice Nichols

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Dec 6th, 2016 10:13 AM        

"I'm hoping that it can do the harmony with some realism and not too polyphonic. And of course, be able to adjust the volume level so that it is present but not too loud and funky."<br /> <br /> The Digitech Vocalist Live will perform these functions very convincingly. Every parameter that you've stated that you want to be able to adjust, is adjustable on this unit. Want 5 part harmony? Program the unit and you'll sound like the friggin' Eagles up on stage. Not to mention a ton of vocal effects can be used.<br /> <br /> I haven't used the TC Helicon personally, but I have a few friends that use them and they sound great as well. <br /> <br /> I don't think you could go wrong with either unit.



Cal-Woody



USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Dec 6th, 2016 11:12 AM        

This is the very information I need and wanted to share with the band! Thank you for your efforts! <br /> Also, I just ordered a headset microphone, because I can't seem to stay on mic all the time while playing guitar and I think my bandmates will be happier for it. <br /> I've been needing the mic for a long time and have struggled to stay on point but when the mood hits you, I'm moving around to much and my vocals are gone! <br /> Got XLR wired AKG headset microphone to start with and if I'm comfortable with that, then I'll move up to a nice wireless unit. <br /> Bought it from Guitar Center for $79, and the wife was really good about it and even happy.



thumbpicker

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St. Louis

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Dec 19th, 2016 10:28 AM        

I use the Gxt and really like it. The harmonies are an added boost to choruses sac. Reverbs and delays are nice. It also has "vocal" compression etc. in it the can help you get a great vocal sound. It's switchable if you don't want to use this feature. <br /> Phantom power is there as well as guitar input with shared effects with the vocals. It does harmonies based on guitar input so no programming keys. <br /> If you like it has a guitar tuner built in. The harmonies are natural if used sparingly and you can sing on key. I can't comment on the others as I am unfamiliar with them.



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