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DigiTech Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor   

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Smarter than your average harmony pedal.

The DigiTech Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor uses breakthrough musIQ technology to directly analyze the output of any electric or pre-amplified acoustic guitar (no special MIDI guitars or hex-outputs needed). Then it generates the correct vocal harmony. For example, if you're singing an A over the chords that are generally found in the key of G, Vocalist will harmonize with a C. But, if you then play an A major, the Digitech Vocalist will shift to the C#...because like any good harmony singer, it listens to the guitar!

A surprising number of songs "fool" other harmony pedals because these songs just don't work with a single key/scale setting. In fact, any song that has the same note sung over two different chords (for example, a C sung in the melody over a C maj / F maj chord sequence) is going to confound conventional harmony pedals.

With musIQ, forget about the technology ” just sing and play! Skip complicated programming and having to analyze each song chord-by-chord; just 
1. Plug in your microphone and guitar;
2. Pick a 3rd or 5th-above or below harmony preset;
3. Sing and play ” when you want harmony, just step on the footswitch!

Patent-pending musIQ technology combines new Note Detection algorithms with state-of-the-art Harmony Generation. The Note Detection section analyzes complex guitar waveforms and determines which notes in each chord are critical to accurate harmony. This information is then fed to an advanced harmony engine that creates harmonies consistent with both the singer's melody and the underlying guitar accompaniment.

This totally new, musically-intelligent effects processor hybrid of traditional chordal and scalic harmony modes means that Vocalist Live musIQ harmonies stay true to not only the overall key and song scale, but also localized variations due to chords that aren't part of the global key. You've never heard anything like it!

FEATURES
  • 2-part vocal harmony with no programming ” just sing, play and let Vocalist Live 2's groundbreaking MusIQ technology do the rest
  • Selectable voicing: unison, 3rd, 5th-above or below your lead vocal
  • Vocal enhancement effects matrix with separate
  • Compressor, Reverb and EQ/Enhance controls
  • Separate Harmony and Effects pedals
  • On-board guitar tuner
  • XLR mic /line input with level adjustment, low-noise preamp and 48V phantom power
  • 1/4" guitar input, 1/4" guitar pass-through and Guitar Ground Lift switch
  • Stereo 1/8" line out and mono XLR line out
  • Road-rugged, all-metal chassis
  • Power supply included
SPECIFICATIONS

Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor

  • 2-part vocal harmony with no programming ” just sing, play and let Vocalist Live 2's groundbreaking MusIQ technology do the rest
    Selectable voicing: unison, 3rd, 5th-above or below your lead vocal
    Vocal enhancement effects matrix with separate
    Compressor, Reverb and EQ/Enhance controls
    Separate Harmony and Effects pedals
    On-board guitar tuner
    XLR mic /line input with level adjustment, low-noise preamp and 48V phantom power
    1/4" guitar input, 1/4" guitar pass-through and Guitar Ground Lift switch
    Stereo 1/8" line out and mono XLR line out
    Road-rugged, all-metal chassis
    Power supply included
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4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

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The magic mother of all boxes

I bought my Digitech Vocalist Live 2 about 8 months ago. I must say this is the best piece of equipment I?ve added to my arsenal. I?m a weekend singer/acoustic guitar...Read complete review

I bought my Digitech Vocalist Live 2 about 8 months ago. I must say this is the best piece of equipment I?ve added to my arsenal. I?m a weekend singer/acoustic guitar player in a very well known Northern Arizona resort town. The Vocalist 2 is everything most reviewers claim it is. Easy to use, constructed well, and sounds fantastic. I have an 85-plus song set list and use this pedal on maybe 25 songs. Like adding spices to a soup, you do not want to over use this thing. I mainly drop it in on the chorus, or on a choice couple of words or lines in a verse here and there. It just simply adds that special something that seems missing when you are a lone voice out there trying to get audience attention. And it truly does turn heads when you use it. People will come up and ask you what you are using. I will say that it won?t make a poor singer sound good, but it will take a decent singer and add a new dimension to your sound and open up possibilities by allowing you to do songs you normally would not do as a soloist. I think the reverb choices at first seem limited, but it is very easy to find a sweet spot and when you do, why change it? The compressor is simple, I know why some other reviewers don?t like it, but I like what it offers and it works effectively without quashing the sound of your voice. The enhancer (which is preset eq) gives you 3 choices and a mix knob that lets you dial in how much of it you want (the reverb has the same setup). I like to use the Resonance for songs I sing in my lower register, like Johnny Cash and several blues songs. The Clarity and Shine add mids/highs and sparkle and I use those as well for other songs. The choices for harmonies let you pick one or two parts in any combination, with a third up, fifth up, third down, fifth down, and two unison choices ? one follows your voice exactly and the other follows chromatically. I like using a third up and fifth up for country songs. A third up and fifth down works well on some blues songs. Using just a third up adds a nice simple harmony that fits with major key songs. A fifth up works well on edgy type songs with more minor chords. I?ve been doing Norwegian Wood for years, now when I get to the chorus I click it on and with a fifth up it?s sounds like Paul is right there singing with me! I?m not as fond of the unison voices, but on several songs I will use it with a third or a fifth and it fattens the harmonies. The neat thing is this pedal really does read your guitar chords and selects the harmony appropriate as in major or minor. I was skeptical at first, until I tested it, played a G-major chord, held a steady vocal tone and then switched to a G-minor and I could hear the harmonies drop a half step. VERY COOL! Overall I say this pedal is like magic if used right. It will take some practice, and a little time figuring out what combinations of choices to use with what songs and when, and then getting a simple notation system on your play list to remember it all. You will sound better, be more entertaining and turn heads, and you?ll be able to expand your playlist and do some different songs. No other pedal out there can do all that!

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Seems cool, but not so much.

I first saw this thing on youtube, and thought it was amazing. And though the harmonizing technology IS amazing, This thing has turned out to actually be quite useless. In a studio...Read complete review

I first saw this thing on youtube, and thought it was amazing. And though the harmonizing technology IS amazing, This thing has turned out to actually be quite useless. In a studio situation(which is 90% of the time for me) this thing just garbles a lead track. you loose tone and signal integrity, and the overall quality of the sound drops dramatically. The harmonies are cool, and yeah the plug and play is convenient, but For tracking/recording I would suggest the Antares plug-in exponentially over this thing. Live it can fill out a mix, but once again it simply sounds muddy and digitized (but the harmonies ARE dead on). However, if you are a solo acoustic artist with at least a country twist, going as far as blue grass, or you perform early sixties and late fifties stuff non professionally this will be right up your alley. Otherwise the harmonies will most likely sound antiquated (metal heads stay away!). Overall, I would say it is interesting technology, and a fun toy, but it is just that: A toy.

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4.0

I like it.

By Rich

from Utah

Ok, I don't get all the people that are buying this to use for recording. It use this live at my acoustic shows and in my band. When used right it sounds very authentic. Used wrong, it sounds like a robot. I always get people coming up after shows saying how amazing it sounds. You also need to know how to sing to use it, just a small tip, and the better the singer the better it will sound.

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5.0

GREAT!!! Investment

By Pastor Mitch

from Buffalo, Ky.

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I just received my DVL 2 for my 40th birthday, Wow I love this thing. This is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's easy to use and a must have for vocalist that want to enhance their preformance. I will use it three times a week not including practices.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It IS Amazing

By Smartinheimer

from Western Mass.

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I bought the Vocalist Live 2 2 yrs. ago after seeing what it could do on Digitech's website. I play 3 or 4 solo gigs each wk. (one hour each) using just my guitar & voice, a small PA and this pedal. If your vocals are spot on, this harmonizer rocks big time. I don't understand why some users complain about noise--I've used it in a 200w PA and a little 30w Yamaha PA, never had any hiss/background noise. The reverb & voice enhancenment is nice, but makes for a hot mike, so you've got to compensate by adjusting the master volume on your mixer or PA head. Big deal..piece o' cake. I've recommended this pedal enthusiastically to several of my guitar friends, & they have either the VL 2 or the VL 4.

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5.0

Love it!

By Karl Withaklay

from St. George, Utah

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I'm a solo acoustic performer. I'm always looking for something to fill up my sound a bit. This unit does the job. You unpack it, hook it all up and you're making harmonies with this baby. Easy as pie to operate. You can't go wrong with this unit.

 
5.0

Waiting a LOOONG Time

By Ron A.

from Lincolnton, NC

I have had this unit for about two weeks now and I just love it. I have been waiting a LOOOONG time for something like this pedal to come out. Very simple to use and it sounds really good.I would recommend it to anyone.

 
5.0

Amazing harmonies and easy to use

By DarkRaven

from Mississauga Ontario

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This little unit is so easy to use. I sing backing harmonies in our covers band, and having to always work out the different harmonies for different songs, as well as playing a Rythym guitar, starts to become work. With the vocaliser 2, I simply move the mix over to hear the harmonies, but not the root or fundamental, and wham, perfect two and three part harmony to back our lead singer. I just sing along with him on the root, for the sections that need harmonies, and no one even knows the difference. If you do the harmonies this way, be careful that you know the root really well, or your vocal will tend to wander up into the harmony, as you cannot hear what your own voice is doing as such. What a cool gadget. No more learning harmony sections, and figuring out 3rds and 5ths for me............This baby does it all. You gotta get this if you play any Eagles covers. The tuner works just great. Well worth the price.

 
5.0

you cant go wrong with the DigiTech Vocalist Live!

By MpJack101

from Orem, UT

i use the DigiTech Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor in my home studio as well as on stage. it works wonderfully in my studio..although when used through a condenser mic the harmonys can get a little off. I love how easy it is to use the difitech vocalist and i strongly encourage this purchase. it is perfect for a solo acoustic artist to a full rock band. you will not be dissatisfied

 
5.0

Very Impressive

By Beny

from Florida via NJ

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For the price, I believe this is a wonderful product, which if used correctly can add another demension to live performances. I've tried it at home with some solo numbers, and with our group. Once we get used to it, definetly will be used for performances. It does require some tweaking, and getting used to, but when used in the right context, adds alot to performances without a huge cash outlay. My (6yrs old) Grand daughter even sounded good-when it was tweaked. Overall, I'm impressed. Very nice item.

 
5.0

Acoustic Rock Duo

By November 11

from West Seneca, NY

Been playing and singing for many years. Presently in a 2 man acoustic rock duo - we both have a Vocalist 2 and are getting smarter every day about using our V2 sparingly - like a master chef. This is amazing technology that definitely belongs in a band setting. Because of this unit we can effortlessly perform Doobie Brothers 6 part harmonies, and Eagle 4 & 5 part harmonies. Well done Digitech - worth every penny! To those who are on the fence - read the manual first then watch the demo on the Digitech wedsite - then run to your local music store and play with it ... understand the 3rd Upper & Lower and Unison selection ... then learn about the 5th Upper & Lower and unison selection ... you want high harmonies PLUS higher harmonies ... amazing how the harmonies follow your chord changes. 4 Thumbs up ...VERY USER FRIENDLY PS my other buddy has the Vocalist 4 ... which he likes - but wishes he'd bought this instead)

 
5.0

Digitech get it right

By Strat &Marshall guy

from Missouri

I have used this product now for a few months and all I need to say is this is the BEST PRODUCT OF 2007 without a doubt...AMAZING.

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