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Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor   

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Who says stompboxes are just for guitarists? The easy-to-use BOSS VE-20 has been designed from the ground up for singers, featuring some of the fines...Read More

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A vocal effects stompbox that adds layers, loops, harmonies, effects, and lots of fun to your singing.

Who says stompboxes are just for guitarists? The easy-to-use BOSS VE-20 has been designed from the ground up for singers, featuring some of the finest vocal-effects technology on the market. With the click of a footswitch, you can instantly add lush vocal layers and harmonies to your singing, add realtime pitch-correction, and you can show your creative side with special effects like distortion, radio, and strobe. You can even create loops and layers in real time with the onboard Phrase Looper. Perform anywhere with the VE-20 since it runs on AC or battery power (sold separately).

Simple quality
The BOSS VE-20 vocal effects pedal takes your voice to a whole new level with essential effects in an incredibly user-friendly interface that lets you take total control of your vocal sound. Simply dial in your favorite setting and sing with no programming required. The VE-20 is a practical vocal effects processor even for first-timers. Of course, if you want to roll your sleeves up and create, the Boss VE-20 has a variety of editing tools onboard too.

Harmony factory
Add lush harmonies to your lead vocals instantly as you sing. Select the harmony interval of your choice, or create multipart stacks, such as upper third and lower fifth, and save them for instant recall. You can also thicken your vocals with Double Track. Best of all, this BOSS pedal is incredibly easy to use: there's no need for programming, and you don't need to input notes from a keyboard as you do with a Vocoder; you simply sing and let the VE-20 vocal pedal do the rest.

Phrase loop
Sing, record, loop, and overdub with the onboard Phrase Looper, inherited from Boss's popular RE-20XL Loop Station. You get 38 seconds of mono record time to loop and layer phrases, and you can do it all in real time onstage. From doo-wop to human-beatbox, this tool will wow audiences.

Special effects
In addition to its harmony and pitch-correction tools, the BOSS VE-20 vocal pedal offers a colorful and expressive collection of special effects, including: electric, robot, strobe, distortion, chorus, and reverb.

Road-tough design
With the same solid-metal construction as other BOSS stompboxes, the VE-20 is built to last. Its footprint is identical to Boss Twin-Series pedals, ensuring that it will fit perfectly into existing multi-pedal BOSS pedal boards and travel cases.

FEATURES
  • Specialized effects for vocalists, including: harmony, double-track, dynamics, reverb, delay, and more
  • Create the total of 3-part harmonies and layers
  • Realtime pitch-correction tools
  • Special FX, including Distortion, Radio and Strobe
  • Phrase Looper with 38 seconds (mono) of recording time
  • Phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Runs on six AA-batteries or AC adaptor -PSA (not included)

Order this vocal effects processor today and take your vocals to new levels of fun and technology.

SPECIFICATIONS

VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor

  • Nominal input level: Input: -40 dBu (Microphone Sensitivity = 40)
    Input impedance: Input: 4 kOhms
    Nominal Output Level: Output: -40 dBu, Phones/Line: -25 dBu
    Output impedance: Output: 600 Ohms, Phones/Line: 66 Ohms
    Memory: Sound: 30 (Preset) + 50 (User)
    Phrase Loop: Mono 38 seconds
    Display: 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
    Connectors: Input jack: XLR type (balanced, phantom power +48 V), 1/4 inch TRS phone type (balanced), Output jacks (L/MONO, R): XLR type, Phones/Line jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type, DC In jack
    Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry battery LR6/R6 (AA) type x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA series)
    Current Draw: 190 mA (9 V max.)
    Expected battery life under continuous use: 2 hours (Carbon), 8 hours (Alkaline) (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
    Accessories: owner's manual, leaflet (using the unit safely, important notes, and information), dry battery LR6 (AA) type (alkaline) x 6
    Option: AC adaptor (PSA series) (sold separately)
    Dimensions: 2-1/4" H x 6-13/16" W x 6-1/4" D
    Weight: 2 lb., 7 oz.
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BossVE-20 Vocal Effects Processor
 
4.4

(based on 49 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Professional functions (13)
  • Good power output (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best in class

To sum up, this unit is the easiest to operate/tweak of all the vocal harmonizers, especially since it offers the capacity to be operated by foot. Clearly Boss had singers in mind...Read complete review

To sum up, this unit is the easiest to operate/tweak of all the vocal harmonizers, especially since it offers the capacity to be operated by foot. Clearly Boss had singers in mind when they designed this instead of requiring the singers also be guitarists or keyboardists like Digitech and TC Helicon.
30 factory presets and 50 user editable patches make this unbeatable. This can do an added 3rd [for an Everly Brothers type vocal sound] an added fifth [for a Simon and Garfunkel sound], added 3rd +5th [for a basic 3-part harmony, an added 3rd + 6th [For an Eagles type sound], plus 2-, 3-, and 6- voice leads. Just having these available makes having this worthwhile. Add in all the vocal FX like Flanging, Chorus, Delay, and Reverb, plus some cool FX like "Strobe" [I'm going to have to work up an arrangement of the 60s classic "Crimson and Clover"] and "Robot" [Lurch sings the best of Rogers and Hammerstein], and it's not only a serious harmonizer, but something to have some fun with.
An even bigger plus is that it tracks the harmony parts off the vocal input without having to plug in a guitar or keyboard to provide reference tones.
Although this is the first Boss unit I've ever purchased, I have a friend who has been using the similarly constructed RC-20 Loop Station for the past three years without a problem.
Similarly priced to vocal harmonizers from Digitech and TC Helicon but I feel this unit has more flexibility--along with the capacity to operate it by foot.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A different take on this ultra limited unit

This unit has a lot of features for it's price range, but don't be fooled a lot is left out. The reverb for example only has settings for Type, Size, and Level -...Read complete review

This unit has a lot of features for it's price range, but don't be fooled a lot is left out. The reverb for example only has settings for Type, Size, and Level - there is no high/low cut or dampening at all so you're left with overly bright reverb that doesn't sit in with music. The Radio effect has no settings to adjust at all! It's just on or off. "Dynamics", which I'm guessing is compression, only has two settings - Depth and Enhance. That is way too limited for any real use. Add to all this the vocal harmonies sound incredibly fake. I had the Vocal Live 2 and the harmonies actually sounded quite real.

You get what you pay for. If you haven't a care in the world to actually tweak your sound and if you don't care if the vocals somehow don't seem to sit right in the music being there are so little options to adjust then you'll be fine with this unit. For it's price you get a lot, and you can stomp up and down patch numbers, but IMO what good is any of that if you can't fix what is wrong with the vocal sound since there are no options to do so? If you can save a bit more look for another unit. If you don't need harmonies I think you'd even be better off running through the effects of a guitar floor processor.

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5.0

Amazing sounds

By Scott

from undisclosed

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Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

Great product that can be used straight out of the box. The manual is brief and this pedal has a lot of adjustments to personalize settings if you don't use the pre-sets; thus far I haven't figured out how to lock them in or make major changes without it losing them. I'm sure it's a matter of experimenting. But for the musician wanting a very amazing sounding vocal pedal, this is worth every cent and can be used with pre-sets on day 1.

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5.0

Love it!

By Ticky

from Alabama

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good, natural voice sound quality.
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

      I realize that some of the Voice Effects products out there have a lot more features and might be more versatile for a Pro, but in my opinion, that often makes it difficult to use and complicated to program. I'm no professional musician and I mostly enjoy singing and playing for fun, sometimes entertaining family and friends at small gatherings. This unit by Boss is very user friendly and does the job! I also like the fact that it is driven solely by vocals not an instrument.

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      4.0

      Practical tool for voice or instrument harmony

      By Silvertone

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

        Good tool for generating harmonies, but one should know the limitations before buying it. I use the harmonizer for creating a horn section out of a single saxophone during live performances. Easy to use and powerful, it works great but only on songs that remain in a single key. That includes most I IV V pop and blues tunes, but eliminates a large segment of the repertoire that doesn't stay inside a key. I also use a different harmonizer connected to our guitarist's output that changes chords with his playing. That also works well, but has it's own set of issues. I primarily use the Boss VE-20 whenever a song allows.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Unacceptable pitch correction problems

        By The Muffster

        from North Port, Florida

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        Pros

        • Multi-voice And Harmony
        • Numerous Effects

        Cons

        • Bad Pitch Correction
        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Effects
        • Harmony
        • Multi-voice

        Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

        Overall, I like this pedal. The multi-voice and harmony settings are great. I'd love it, except for one major problem.

        The reason for the low rating is the pitch correction. When I enable it, the octave of my voice varies very noticeably. The worst part is the "Octave" setting. When I set it to +1 to simulate female vocals, the sound crackles and distorts very badly. Sometimes, I can even hear the original male vocalist's voice pop in and out for a split second. Terrible.

        I've tried every setting I could find to correct this. I've also tried both studio condenser and dynamic stage microphones (both of which are normally crystal clear), different XLR cables, a mixer connection, recording the output, and connecting headphones directly into the unit. No dice.

        I then contacted Boss (Roland) customer service, and they didn't get back to me for 4 days. Their email response was worthless... "There are numerous effects that could potentially change the sound of your voice the way you (sic) referring to." No suggestions on what those settings might be, so zero help there.

        I originally got tired of waiting for their customer support people to respond when I first ran into this, so I exchanged the unit. The new one has exactly the same problem.

        So, yet another email is off to Boss support... Hopefully they can provide some actual help to fix the issue this time.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this unit

        By Digits

        from Gibsonburg Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

          My VE-20 was delivered at the end of a practice session before packing up to play a gig. I took two minutes to read the manual to learn how to control the doubler, reverb, and chorus functions. It was amazing and I used it all night. People told me it was the best I ever sounded.

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          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Get the frog out of your throat

          By Crust

          from Brockton, MA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

            Sing "off key" ?, can't "hold a tune"...get this...you'll be the next Pavoratti...

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Just what I was looking for

            By Mission Creep

            from Boston MA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Price Point
            • Good Sounds
            • Powerful
            • Professional Functions

            Cons

            • Awkward Program Select

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

            I'm actually using this on a horn (trumpet) not vocals doing a doubling and simple harmony effect to use live. After trying a few products out there (all were either too feature light or too feature heavy) this is the one! The only downside I could see is that if I were using it as a floor pedal as designed (I'm not as I have it stationed on a table at hand level) it could be awkward to change programs during a gig.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Product

            By Ladybug

            from China Spring, TX

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

              Fun and easy to use

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good For Vocals Only Focus

              By Lunk

              from Colorado Springs, CO

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              Pros

              • Augments Creative Vocals
              • Clear Sound
              • Good Backlit Display
              • Good Build Quality
              • Powerful
              • Professional Functions
              • Versatile
              • Xlr Outputs

              Cons

              • Can't Use With Guitar
              • Not Guitar Voice Box
              • Steep Learning Curve

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Great For Solo Acts
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

              I like the price of this versatile unit. I just wish it were more simple to setup for what I want to do. Still, it's not anywhere near lame. I bought a Condition 2 and it was brand new, packaging, manual, and all. MF sure does rate stuff more than fair when you buy used. I just wished I could use this as a talk box too, for my guitar! Great effects for being a home recorder who want that backing sound. Cool for club and DJ voices, House, etc...

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Vocal only proccessor

              By John

              from Crosby, Mn

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Adjust
              • Easy To Use
              • Pre Programmed
              • Professional Functions
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor:

              This unit sounds great. But it has to be tweaked whenever You play a song in different keys. It would be best to use it with a on/off pedal, so that you can have it within reach to make the necessary key change adjustments when performing live. If you're looking for a no hassle harmony pedal,go with a pedal that works off your guitar. This pedal is best used for studio recording.

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