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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!
Vocalist Live 2 Harmony Processor
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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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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.
I debated about getting the Vocalist 2 for a couple of months, having used a much more expensive harmonizer ($700) that never seemed natural to me. So how could this one be any better? But it is. The harmonies sound incredibly real, and that's the bottom line. I've used it with an acoustic AND a synth (which even had drums and bass going) - and it somehow sorted out the notes correctly. I'd seen some Youtube videos where people said it works on SOME songs, but not to overuse it. In my first session with it, it worked well on 75% of the material. Then I realized I hadn't even been changing the harmonies (High, Low, Higher, and Lower) to suit each song. Some CSNY songs need the higher harmonies. Some songs only need one harmony - usually the high harmony. It would be nice to be able to move the harmonies up or down and the fly, and I suppose if you take your shoes off, you might get the hang of it. But for the money - even twice the money, considering my experience with the $700 vocalizer - this thing has no equal. Haven't tried recording with it, but noise isn't an issue in a live setting.
I've had the product for a year. If you don't want a steady hiss coming from your speakers, better avoid this product at all costs. The harmonizer works great, but the noise is just too large a distraction.
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.
I've been using the VL 2 for two years now as a solo performer and to fill out harmonies in a classic rock/variety band. It fills the bill nicely in both situations. One thing I have found is it does produce a significant amount of "white noise" which is particulary noticeable when the effects section is not activated. As a solo performer I like to run it without the effects, as I find the compressor too "limiting" for some softer passages, and I have an external source for reverb. So, I just activate the effects until I start to sing, or just live with the noise, which works in a louder environment like a bar. As far as the harmonies go, they are spot on if you are. I find I rarely use the "higher" (a little chipmunk-y)section. A great piece of equipment, especially for a solo gig, or if your bandmates can't quite grasp the concept of "harmony" :)
I recently purchased the Digitech Harmony Live 2 vocal processor. I was totally blown away by the sound and performance,5 minutes from the box to playing a song and when the harmony kicked in I just sat there going WOW this is unbelievable. I play with just me and a guitar and this unit is perfect for my setup. The vocal effects are excellent and the harmonies are so nice its scary. I recommend this product to anyone who wants studio quality vocals on stage and top of the line harmonies without the hassle of dealing with extra people.
I am a long time Digitech Vocalist user and have been using a rack mount midi triggered version since the late 90's. This Vocalist trigger by my guitar is much easier to use and sounds great. I don't recommend it for recording but for those live vocals while playing it is excellent. I actually have two of them. I work a partner who is a drummer/singer while I play guitar and we work with midi background tracks. We both have a vocalist. I take the output of the first Vocalist and run it to a second Vocalist. My mic is in one unit my partners is in another and it works fine. If you do two just don't get crazy and try both at the same time. One thing to remember is that you inversions on the guitar play a big role in telling the Vocalist what octave to put the harmony in. These things are awesome and work right out of the box.
I just used this at band practice. I secretly used it while singing backup vocals. It really fills the sound without being obvious. And then, had a little fun with it doing harmony vocals inappropriately, (hope I spelled that right) It works very good and there's no programming. Very easy to use. Priced good. Works good. I'll try some recording with it SOON.
I really don't have much to say other than it is a soloists dream come true. And your background singers don't complain or show up to the gig intoxicated. And best of all you never have to pay them. YEAH! The late Dan Fogelberg who was famous for his own background vocals would of loved one of these. R.I.P. Dan. I rest my case.
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.