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    Smarter than the average vocal processor.

    DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 is a harmony processor that features an onboard mixer and footswitches for easy use by singing guitarists. Vocalist Live 4 also features breakthrough musIQ technology to make it more intelligent. 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 2 different chords (for example, a C sung in the melody over a C maj / F maj chord sequence) is going to confound conventional harmonizing devices.

    Vocalist Live 4's musIQ technology allows it 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, Vocalist will shift to the C# because like any good harmony singer, it listens to the guitar!

    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 hybrid of traditional chordal and scalic harmony modes means that Vocalist Live 4 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

    • 3- or 4-part vocal harmony with no programming
    • Groundbreaking musIQ technology do the rest
    • Selectable voicing: unison, 3rd, 5th-above or below your lead vocal
    • Built-in mixer with Vocal, Harmony and Guitar level controls
    • Pitch correction with four adjustable parameters
    • Guitar Reverb and Chorus with four adjustable parameters
    • Vocal enhancement effects matrix lets you adjust up to five parameters of Preamp, Compressor/Gate, EQ, Lead Effects, Harmony, Reverb, Echo Delay and Guitar effects
    • Store and recall up to 50 User presets; and select from 50 Factory presets
    • 2+10-character LED display
    • Major/Minor and Key Change Up/Down buttons with LED display
    • Harmony, Effects and Preset Up/Down pedals
    • On-board guitar tuner
    • XLR mic/line input with level adjustment, low-noise high-headroom preamp and 48V phantom power
    • 1/4" guitar input, 1/4" guitar pass-through and Guitar Ground Lift switch
    • 1/4" line input and 1⁄8" AUX input for CD or
    • MP3 players
    • 1⁄8" headphone jack
    • Stereo 1/4" line out and balanced stereo XLR line outs
    • Stereo/mono output selector
    • Road-rugged, all-metal chassis
    • Power supply included

    Order the Vocalist Live 4 today and add harmony singers who work for free.

     
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    DigiTechVocalist Live 4 Harmony Processor
     
    4.7

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    The Next Best Thing to Real Backup Singers

    I use the VL4 in my British Invasion tribute band, where I sing lead vocals and play rhythm guitar. Since my guys don't off much in the way of backing vocals, it's been...Read complete review

    I use the VL4 in my British Invasion tribute band, where I sing lead vocals and play rhythm guitar. Since my guys don't off much in the way of backing vocals, it's been a lifesaver (since virtually every song in our genre is harmony-dependent).A lot can be - and has been - said about the VL4. If you want answers to every possible question about it under the sun, track down the Harmony Central forum dedicated to it. It's fair to say that the dedicated users of the VLR on that forum - who have created quite a volume of useful information - are extremely pleased with it.Here are some tips for people considering the VL4:1. Short of real back-up singers, this is the best harmonizer available for most users. The TC Helicon unit reportedly has more authentic sounding harmonies, but is also much more difficult to use.2. The VL4 is very user friendly, but still requires some commitment of time to figure out how to maximize its potential.3. Expect the harmonies to sound less than completely authentic and somewhat digital because ... well, they are. As the name suggests, the VL4 is best suited for live use, rather than recording.4. Don't expect pitch correction to make you a good singer if you can't sing already. With proper adjusting, it will correct your mildly flat notes, but it's not going to magically make a non-singer sound like Bono.5. This unit is best suited for rhythm guitar players who sing lead vocals. The Music IQ system forms the harmonies based on the chords you play. This is what makes it so easy to use. While it's possible for a lead vocalist who doesn't play guitar to set the key for each song individually, it would be a lot of trouble to do that - and virtually impossible for songs that change keys.6. You'll have to learn to adjust your singing to fit the unit. To get proper harmonies requires a strong and steady lead voice. If you waiver on the lead, your harmonies will sound drunken and untrue. The VL4 works best with straight-ahead vocals. It doesn't respond well to dipsy styling.7. While the VL4 comes loaded with presets, most basic rock harmonies are a third up. I use a third up setting for 90 percent of our songs.If you've been looking for a vocal harmonizer, you're going to love this product.

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    DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 lives up to expectations

    Over the years I have owned 2 different and older versions of harmonizers from Digitech. The older versions were good but limited. According to Digitech the new vocalist live series promised to address the...Read complete review

    Over the years I have owned 2 different and older versions of harmonizers from Digitech. The older versions were good but limited. According to Digitech the new vocalist live series promised to address the problem of staying in tune, by sampling the guitar to find the proper key. I had to wait a month and was tearing at the bit to get my hands on the Vocalist 4. It finally arrived days ago. I have already spent hours with it and it is wonderful. I was worried that it would rob tone from my guitar but it does not. Digitech promised so much that I thought there must be trade offs in some areas. I am happy to say I was wrong. The effects are teriffic and laid out well. The harmony presets are incredible and I have not heard one out of tune note. I am glad I ordered the higher end vocalist 4, instead of the vocalist 2. My wife is a music teacher and arrived home the other day stunned to find only me in our studio belting out tunes. The Digitech Vocalist Live 4 is a great tool and technology at it's finest hour. I don't want to perform without one.

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    4.0

    Great device, bad power supply

    By dlpittenger

    from Wisconsin

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    This device worked great out of the box. I hooked it up for a family get-together, and similar to a Karaoke machine everyone flocked to it and began singing to hear the cool affects and harmonies. It was fun while it lasted. After about an hour, the unit went dead. Turns out the power supply died. After a quick Internet search I found that the reliability of this particular, (and unique), power supply is awful. Some people have already went through 3 of them! So although I like the unit, I wouldn't highly recommend it if you need it as part of your professional gig. Too unreliable.

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    5.0

    trouble shooting

    By pastor dave-gr9Vg

    from des moines, iowa

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    i play4-5 times weekly,,,,and it is plugged in/out and gets serious use....only problem is when the harmonies aren't coming out right and your guitar is in tune....make sure your volume is up on guitar so that the green light comes on the unit....if volume is too low,,,harmonies will distort,,,,also once my cable going into unit from guitar went bad,,,,harmonies went out of wack...new cable,,,no more problem..great unit,,,makes an average program,,,go up in value...

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    5.0

    performing musician

    By dogtownpaddy

    from St. Louis

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    I agree, GREAT gizmo.... the guy that said its difficult to programme???....... I've never programmed it, it has a100 presets..... who needs to programme........ and it does NOT sound robotic...... it's sounds like "you" in triplicate. If you have a problem with pitch yourself or your guitar is not tuned properly, it will only duplicate those flaws..... I wish it had a separate on/off switch for the harmonies... I often hit the wrong button by accident..... but other than that, it's fabulous!!

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    5.0

    Plug and play-harmony for anyone

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    This thing has a FANTASTIC mic preamp, which makes the vocals sound good even when not using any of the effects. If you get noise, check your cables, because I've had mine for 3 years and no problems in stereo or mono. Just with the presets I can cover 90% of vocal harmonies, and if I wanted to take the time and create my own presets, I could do just about anything. If you sing the right part, this thing covers all the rest. The only issue with Digitech is the high power draw and ac current adapters that make using the Boss pedal board stuff not possible (you will fry it with a dc!). My solution is to use the digitech ac adapter plugged in permanently into the ac outlet on my pedalboard. This is the best one out there for the money and if you don't want a steep learning curve. 3 Years of hard gigging on my pedal board- NO PROBLEMS!

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    5.0

    Too Much Fun

    By Earthtojohn

    from Au Sable Forks, NY

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    I've had the V4 for a week now, it is time to come up for air. Not since my first GB4 Session Trainer have I had so much fun with gear. I'm going to use it at a gig for the first time next week, my point being that if you spent just a little time with it you can confidently play in public in no time. The preset called BOB is a hoot! It really does sound like Bob Dylan backing you up. Would have loved a Janis preset but if you fiddle with this you can probably do that. If you Digitech engineers are reading these reviews I'd offer these humble suggestions: You really need to add a USB function that would allow me to reorder the preset list on my PC. Your set list is always going to be changing so it would be nice to move the presets quickly and save a series of set lists. VOX offers this feature on the Tonelab ST. It really would have been helpful to have a DVD of the programing features. While the unit is in practice simple enough to program the included instructions only add confusion. If Digitech does adopt these suggestion it would be nice if they sent me an updated V4. Try setting up a user preset that has no harmony but still adds pitch correction and guitar effects. Crazy useful, the box is worth the price for this feature alone. Good luck. J out!!

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    5.0

    Digitech VL4

    Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 Harmony Processor:

    I have been using my VL4 for several months now with very good results. The VL4 will make a "good" singer sound like a "great" singer. I have not had any problems with the unit. When set up correctly it gives no hum or noise. It offers many variations of set-up patchs that can be called up by simply pressing a foot switch. I would not part with my VL4 for twice the money.Thanks Digitech for another great product.

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    4.0

    Great but noise floor is too much!

    By hardtaildrummer

    from St. Louis

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    Great product, except the hiss that comes out of this thing is unbelievable. One other reviewer mentioned this, and like him, I tried every combination of cables and ground lifts, phantom power on/off, mics, XLR vs unbalanced, and came to the conclusion there is just a very high noise floor in the electronics. It sounds like single coil pickups on an old Tele (well, almost..). That is the only thing I have to say against it, but it is a substantial negative that everyone needs to know about. I thought maybe I had a bad unit, but then saw the other review, so my guess is that it is common. I highly recommend understanding the pitch correction feature, as it is not usually on in the presets - it helps to keep the harmonies solid, and as most people don't have perfect pitch, it helps the lead vocal too. Other than that, I pretty much agree with the other comments on this review page.

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    1.0

    Horrible Gadget

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    This thing is fantastic if you have loads of time to program it,and want to still sound like a robotic darth vader on estrogen. completely un realistic effect.

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    4.0

    It's just ok

    By JoeMama-OH0fD

    from Kansas

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    I researched this thoroughly & I read all the glowing reviews before buying it. There is hardly anything negative written about this, so I figured it must be the greatest thing in music history. I'll make it short and sweet: the actual vocal processing is very limited with regard to reverb and EQ. For EQ, you can choose bass, treble, mid, and adjust the mid range. Lame. The reverbs are servicable but sound very amateur. It's either too much or too little, I've yet to find that sweet spot in 7+ months of using this. And if you're buying this for the pitch correction & harmonies to save your bacon, you might want to spend the extra money on voice lessons or on hiring a backup singer. Save your money and buy the new TC Helicon. I saw another vocalist using it and it sounded amazing. The Vocalist 4 couldn't hold a candle to it.

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    5.0

    One of the best inventions in history

    Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live 4 Harmony Processor:

    I have had mine for about a week. It's one of the best inventions ever. I have used it in home recording and live. It sounds great. And because of the built in guitar effects, it's the only processor I need! It has simplified my setup, and sounds great.

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