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DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor   

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Multi-FX foot-controlled vocal processor.

The Vocalist Live FX is a next generation vocal effect processor with studio quality vocal effects and Live Adapt listening technology. When you're on stage you need the same high performance and superior audio quality you're accustomed to from the studio. The Vocalist Live FX puts professional studio grade vocal effect processing at your feet on stage. Licensed Lexicon reverb, dbx compression, and Automatic Feedback Supression give you powerful tools to make every vocal performance powerful captivative, and engaging to your audience.

During the performance, the Live Adapt feature can automatically detect your song's tempo, key, and scale to automatically adjust for the best vocal sound. The Gold Channel allows you to engage the channel strip with the press of a button so you can sound good in an instant. The Anti-Feedback button automatically sets filters to eliminate feedback and help ensure you're not caught holding the mic while feedback decimates the audience.

Features include:

Live Adapt: New performance adaptive technology listens to your voice and the band to set tempo, noise gate levels, and harmony settings.

Gold Channel: global effect for a solid sonic foundation
Sound Check: Simple phrase repeater that allows you to record once and play back continiously while you dial in your effect settings or adjust the PA

True Studio Quality Effects: Although many of our competitors make the same claim, the Live FX uses liscensed dbx compression and Lexicon reverb. You'll find dbx and Lexicon gear in virtually every major recording studio around the world.

dbx Automatic Feedback Supression: using industry-leading dbx technology, the Live FX automatically listens calibrates up to 12 different filters to eliminate feedback. Nothing is worse than seeing your audience throw their hands up to cover their ears during your performance. The Live FX works to ensure you never experience that.

FEATURES
  • Studio Quality Vocal Effects
  • Harmony, Pitch/FX,Distortion/Filter, Modulation, Delay, and Reverb
  • Gold Channel Mic Pre
  • dbx Compression
  • dbx Automatic Feedback Suppression
  • Lexicon Reverbs
  • 70 second looper
  • Sound Check
  • Live Adapt Effects Control
  • Simple Preset Editing
  • Set Lists
  • Phantom Power
  • Preset Management Software for PC/Mac

Any singer instantly sounds better with the Live FX processor. Order today.

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DigiTechVocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (14)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Professional functions (10)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beta breakthrough

I love this pedal! The Live Adapt feature is one of the best technological advances in music I've experienced. The harmonies sound more authentic than my TC Helicon VoiceLive (the original, I haven't...Read complete review

I love this pedal! The Live Adapt feature is one of the best technological advances in music I've experienced. The harmonies sound more authentic than my TC Helicon VoiceLive (the original, I haven't tried their later versions but they're far pricier regardless). Sound Check is invaluable as is the looper. To me, it beats out the competition as it is, however, there are a few hardware or firmware improvements Digitech might consider to take it to an even higher level.
1) Jamsync or having the FS3X (using a splitter) to trigger the same functions as the soloxt in order to sync the loops from both or other digitech pedals (or midi for nonproprietary units)
2) More tweekability (where TC is better) and/or options of effects. Or maybe an insert for external effects? I just was a bit underwhelmed with the distortion and delay options (though I have to commend it for including multiple ducking delays that so many units outright ignore). To get a good megaphone sound you have to use the filter to cut frequencies, but it also unfortunately cuts volume which kind of defeats the purpose. Maybe a separate gain boost in this effect?
3) Ability to have different effects (such as delay time) within the a/b function instead of just turning them off or on. Yes, there's a workaround with an expression pedal or program change but it's less convenient. Speaking of the expression pedal (and I've only used a volume pedal for it so far so it may be because of that) but there are at least 2 issues I've come across - it's minimum is in full heel down or up while the maximum is anywhere inbetween which is just odd, the other is that while it works on changing non-adjacent delay times, it won't change between 1x and 2x.
4) Eliminate redundancy in the harmony options. For example, you have both 8up8down and 8down8up with no noticeable difference in mix or anything. It's probably not taking up enough memory space to otherwise add another feature but it just seems silly. Adding a separate reverb or just a dedicated output to the harmonies would also help create a better sense of space.
Anyway, I do love this product and though know many of these suggestions may not be feasible (at least at this price point), I wouldn't have bothered suggesting them to anything with less potential. Good job!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, bad and the ugly...not a clear cut answer here.

This is a tough one. I have used the Vocalist 3 for a few years and wanted a spare in case it would break. I ordered two of these, one for me, one...Read complete review

This is a tough one. I have used the Vocalist 3 for a few years and wanted a spare in case it would break. I ordered two of these, one for me, one for the drummer. No manual, had to print it...about 3/8 " thick of note paper! That was a clue it would take a lot to set it up, and that it was probably more sophisticated than I thought it was.

This unit, unlike the Live 3, does not have a 1/4 guitar input jack to help w/ the pitch and harmonies. That may be a problem for some. It has "Live Adapt" which upon testing, seems to work ok. Have not tried in a real world, gig test w/ the whole band yet. The Live FX uses a built in mike to determine the key/pitch/tempo.

The other new unit the FX Harmony, DOES have the 1/4 jack, plus the ability to set each harmony independently. With the FX Live, you can set the harmony to a single voice of different notes, or two voices of different notes, but cannot set each voice to male/female. You set the gender and it is for both voices.

All three units, the Vocalist Live 3, the Live FX, and the FX Harmony have advantages and trade offs. Even the digitech customer service could not tell me which unit was really better for my use, just the differences. I could/would like to get both and test them, but that is an inconvenience to me and to the place I buy them from (MF) since I will not keep both. Maybe MF would send me both as a courtesy to test them and check quality!

I think, if you sing, you will appreciate and use either one, it will just be tough to figure out which is the better one for your needs. If units did not arrive defective, I would tell others to buy.

As for loose XLR jacks, I tried my good cables, and ones from the MF 10 pack they sell, and some of the cheap connectors on them, will crackle or even come out when wiggled. All of my good cables (I use those to play out) work as they should - tight. The MF cables have "Professional Low Noise Cable on them! A false claim! But they are cheap each when on sale. Good luck

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5.0

More realistic sound than Digitech LIVE 5

By zzzrain

from wisconsin

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

    I bought this on a whim from the stupid deal of the day because the price was right even though I have the LIVE 5 and some TC Helicon boxes that do the same thing. The TC Helicon boxes sound the most realistic but this one is also very good. The effects are alot more natural sounding than the LIVE 5, which always to me has a very digitized sound. The built in effects for artists, bands, and performers are very close to the sound of those artists, better than the LIVE5 was. It is easy to use the built in effects and the pedal design switching but to configure it will take some time as others have said. It does not come with MIC preamp turned on but there is an option to turn it on. At home I would use a true preamp but I planned on using this for my karaoke gigs since it's less boxes than the TC Helicon and smaller and better sounding than the LIVE 5. With the built in preamp, I would be able to set it up quickly and easily. It looks like these might be going away as MF doesn't show them new anymore. If you get a chance to get it for the stupid deal of the day price, just get it.

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    2.0

    The ugly got uglier..MF no help

    By Guitar Bob

    from Maryland

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

      After ordering two units (see 1st review) on the Stupid Deal, 99 doll. each. BOTH arrived defective. A call to M F got return labels, BUT they told me, "They were out, but had 50 more coming in. However, when they were gone, they would not sell these any more." The disturbing part was they said that, "They would have to fill new orders before they could send me mine!" Those are orders arriving after I had placed my orders.

      A Gearhead who read and responded to my first review, said they would "try to put mine to the front, but no guarantee." Last week, a unit arrived. An email came the next day stating, "they issued a refund for the other one, they sold out early."

      I called, to find out that happened to mine...surprise, they sold out, not one for me. After numerous emails with Digitech, and a M F supervisor, I was told I was out of luck. I could buy an "open box unit" if I wanted, but there were none avail from Digitech. The Digitech people were telling me they have units. Guitar center (who owns MF) is selling them today for 199. Sounds fishy to me. They could have gotten a unit from them. (all emails avail)

      Then, a M F Gearhead writes and tells me, "but for the time being, it isn't available through our company. It sounds like we've just seen too many issues with the item." The reponse from Digitech was that, "Here in repair and support, we have not seen any epidemic number of problems with the Live FX."

      You are free to draw your own conclusions here. I one unit and wanted two, and I am now trying to decide IF I should return the one I have, wondering what kind of service I would have from it. Speaking of which, I told the M F rep to, "Send me one of my units I returned, I can send it to Digitech to be repaired under warranty." They would not even do that. This has been one of the worst purchases from M F (or from anyone) I have made in a great while. I am tempted to write a letter to corporate headquarters, but they may not care! A disappointed Guitar Bob

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      3.0

      Way too complicated!

      By James

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Complicated, confusing instructions

      Best Uses

        Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

        I've only had this unit a week and have NOT used during a performance. The comments here are a result of experimenting with the Vocalist FX in my music room.

        I do a solo acoustic show in the small venue/coffee shop setting. I used the original Vocalist and switched to the Vocalist 2 when it came out. I really like the Vocalist 2 because it is super easy to use. The only thing missing is the old A/B button which allowed two different harmony settings you could switch between on the fly. I bought this Vocalist FX as a Stupid Deal at a ridiculously low price - way lower than the Vocalist 5 I was contemplating. My main reason was the return of the A/B button.

        Holy Cow! This thing comes with a 76 page book of instructions that you have to download! I don't want to become a sound engineer - I just want a 3rd & 5th above, a 3rd below with a 5th above, and doubling that I can switch between as I need. Throw in a little reverb, some compression and de-essing and I'm a happy boy!

        Most of the presets sound over the top so to get useful sounds I have to spend a lot of time screwing with settings buried in the on screen menu. My needs are simple - as described above.

        This unit comes with a built-in mike which is supposed to pick up your guitar and adjust the harmonies. EXCEPT that on page 19 of the manual it says there is a problem when the mike picks up the guitar during instrumental portions of the song. So you really need to feed the guitar direct and turn off the mike. But there is no way to feed your guitar to the unit and your PA without the addition of a splitter - unless you want your guitar and voice on the same channel of your PA.

        The doubling seems pretty realistic. I haven't messed with the gender parameters so the doubled voice sounds like a guy to my ear. The harmonies seem a little off which may have been caused by the unit being in front of my practice amp - I don't have a big room.

        Most of what it does I don't need or want except the A/B button!

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        5.0

        Great Sounding Pedal!

        By Fretro

        from Nashville

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

          Quality sounding effects! Would buy again!

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          5.0

          The cooliest

          By Mikey

          from Chicago

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

            I have my own doowop group now, without having to put up with house guests. This gadget really does it all: pitch correction, effects and harmony. I plugged in a mic, ran a cord from the headphone jack to my amp's aux input and turned it on. The unit was set up right out of the box. I love it.

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            5.0

            Excellent value,surprisingly easy to use.

            By John

            from undisclosed

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

              I have a perfectly functional older Vocalist but liked the idea of a built in mic, eliminating a midi connection. The new version, along with a mic has a large array of additional functions and features. Easy to use and their claim that "any singer instantly sounds better" is absolutely true. I am not an accomplished singer and if this can make ME sound better, it is an engineering marvel.

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              5.0

              Best Ever....will recommend to everyone*****

              By RAYEGOMA THE FRUSTRATED CUSTOMER

              from JP MASS 02130

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful
              • Professional Functions
              • Served well to my requirement
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • NONE !

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Online karaoke sessions too
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

              I am a hobbyist I love to sing but not as professional, I enjoyed singing in various Chat rooms (ie PT OR BEY etc..) and at home, and this particular device give me excitement everytime I sing, this is my favorite device ever............... Great product and value.

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              3.0

              Good, bad and the ugly...not a clear cut answer here.

              By Guitar Bob

              from Maryland

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Powerful
              • Professional Functions
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

              This is a tough one. I have used the Vocalist 3 for a few years and wanted a spare in case it would break. I ordered two of these, one for me, one for the drummer. No manual, had to print it...about 3/8 " thick of note paper! That was a clue it would take a lot to set it up, and that it was probably more sophisticated than I thought it was.

              This unit, unlike the Live 3, does not have a 1/4 guitar input jack to help w/ the pitch and harmonies. That may be a problem for some. It has "Live Adapt" which upon testing, seems to work ok. Have not tried in a real world, gig test w/ the whole band yet. The Live FX uses a built in mike to determine the key/pitch/tempo.

              The other new unit the FX Harmony, DOES have the 1/4 jack, plus the ability to set each harmony independently. With the FX Live, you can set the harmony to a single voice of different notes, or two voices of different notes, but cannot set each voice to male/female. You set the gender and it is for both voices.

              All three units, the Vocalist Live 3, the Live FX, and the FX Harmony have advantages and trade offs. Even the digitech customer service could not tell me which unit was really better for my use, just the differences. I could/would like to get both and test them, but that is an inconvenience to me and to the place I buy them from (MF) since I will not keep both. Maybe MF would send me both as a courtesy to test them and check quality!

              I think, if you sing, you will appreciate and use either one, it will just be tough to figure out which is the better one for your needs. If units did not arrive defective, I would tell others to buy.

              As for loose XLR jacks, I tried my good cables, and ones from the MF 10 pack they sell, and some of the cheap connectors on them, will crackle or even come out when wiggled. All of my good cables (I use those to play out) work as they should - tight. The MF cables have "Professional Low Noise Cable on them! A false claim! But they are cheap each when on sale. Good luck

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              5.0

              Easy to very good effects processor!

              By Rajan

              from Troy, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

                Easy to use processor with very good sounds. Doesn't sound digital sounds like other expensive processors. I love this one.

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                4.0

                Solid, Go-to device

                By Andrew

                from undisclosed

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                Pros

                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about DigiTech Vocalist Live FX Vocal Effects Processor:

                  Although it's a bit bulky in size, it's very solidly built, so I think it should last over time.
                  I've had it's main competition - VoiceLive Play - and it was OK. But I think this is actually better.
                  So I'll use that as a comparison:
                  The layout of the individual effects on/off buttons is more convenient and intuitive.
                  The programming is easier.
                  The presets are good, and there are actually more functions you can adjust.
                  The adjustments for the mic input are easier to set.
                  The A/B switch is great idea for changes during a song.
                  The sound quality is as good as any of the other units out there.

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