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TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A completely redesigned user interface, a smoother algorithm, new reverb, and more for better vocals.

The VoiceLive 2 floor-based vocal processor from TC Helicon makes it easier to lead your own vocal backup group while sounding rich and authentically human at the same time. It starts with a guitar, MIDI keyboard, or aux-input controlled vocal harmony algorithm with four intervals, each of which can be unison-doubled, or 8 discrete voices controlled by your MIDI keyboard playing. And when you want to tap into your gospel soul, VoiceLive 2 effects pedal gives singers a Choir algorithm that creates the massive multi-voice group vocal sound to bring home those classic choruses.

Vocal effects pedal with more automatic features
When you're worrying about parameter settings, you spend less time focusing on your music. So when TC Helicon set out to build VoiceLive 2, they automated several of its features.

Auto Mic - Gain Set the mic gain from a standing position just by singing. Once this is done there are no knobs to be jostled in transit and you can still do manual tweaks if you feel you'd like to.
Auto Gate - Feedback a problem? An all-new Auto Gate listens to you and adjusts to reduce feedback and effects leak-through while you're not singing.
Adaptive Tone - A single push of the Tone button engages studio-quality Shape EQ, compression, and de-essing that adapts to the tonal range of your singing style and voice for increased impact and smoothed dynamics. Finally, your live singing can have that studio polish.
Reverb and Delay - Increase the sustaining tail of your reverb and delay effects while carving out plenty of room for your lyrics with ducking. The level of the effects is reduced while you sing and then subtly increases after your last syllable for a paradoxical deeper ambience with enhanced intelligibility. Of course, this is all automatic-just select a ducking reverb or delay style, and VoiceLive 2 does the rest.

A vocal effects powerhouse
All the processing power in VoiceLive 2 is available simultaneously to take your voice, your performances, and your music over the top. In addition to vocal harmony, you can construct or select preset effect chains containing effects to:

Distort your voice - Grunge is good. Make a statement with the Transducer block that also has four pole filters for great megaphone and telephone effects.
Clone your voice - Employ up to 4 voices of humanized unison overdubs in addition to the harmony voices. This sound has been used since recording began to fatten vocals. Now it's your turn.
Expand your space - A completely new reverb algorithm envelops your voice in dense ambiances from teeny live rooms to concert halls and bright plate simulations. Don't forget the delay block can serve to add depth or become a highlight effect whether it's using tap tempo or tape delay styles.
Mod ya later - The full ?Mod block brings lush chorus, slick microtuning, swooshing flange, and more to the party. Those half-time bridge sections never sounded more psychedelic.

Random access
Having a large chain of effects won't do as much good if you can't add and remove links in the chain when the mood strikes. The individual stompbox footswitches for Harmony, Doubling, ?Mod, Reverb, Delay, and FX give you the flexibility to layer or simplify at will. Also, there's a Shortcut footswitch that can be assigned to add other interesting features such as tap tempo, harmony hold, and others. There is no separation between Song mode and Preset mode as there was in the original VoiceLive; each preset can have up to 50 steps each of which can contain a different preset or a simple modification of the main preset. Go ahead, get dirty, and start creating now.

FEATURES
5x processing power of typical floor processor
Separate harmony and doubling blocks
New reverb, tap delay, ?Mod
FX block for T-Pain effect, megaphone, distortion
Wizard button helps you find the right preset
Stompbox access to 6 effect blocks
One button access to global Tone, Pitch, and Guitar FX
Easy editing of all parameters
Simple preset chaining with Step feature
USB for updates, backups, and audio streaming
All effects can be used simultaneously
Tone tailors adaptive EQ, compression and de-ess to your voice
Adaptive gate reduces mic input when you're not singing
Mic or Line input with digital controlled mic gain
Control harmonies with guitar, MIDI, or MP3 input
Up to 8 voices with MIDI keyboard control or 4 doubled harmonies
All new algorithm is smooth and natural even for extreme vocal styles
Autosensing of harmony control instrument
Guitar input with auto-mix , Guitar FX, and transparent pass-thru
Stereo 1/8" (MP3 player) input
Stereo XLR, 1/4" and Headphone outputs
MIDI in, out, and thru
Expression pedal input
USB for updates, back-up and audio streaming
Digital mic-gain control is engaged with your feet
Natural curve puts footswitches at comfortable angle
Recessed rubberized handle
Bright LCD and large lettering
Rubberized end caps and edit/mix knobs
Extruded aluminum and steel chassis
SPECIFICATIONS
Digital Inputs and Outputs
Connectors: RCA Phono (S/PDIF)
Formats: S/PDIF (24-bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 958
Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
Analog Inputs
Connectors, balanced: Mic (XLR), Line (1/4" phone jack)
Impedance-Balanced/Unbalanced: Mic (2.14/1.07kOhm) Line (13/6,5kOhm)
Mic Input Level @ 0dBFS: -49dBu to +10dBu
Line Input Level @ -37dBu to +22dBu: -37dBu to +22dBu
EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150ohm: -126dBu
Mic/Line Input SNR: > 107dB
Guitar Input impedance: 1MOhm
Guitar Input Level @ 0 dBFS: 14 dBu to -4 dBu
Guitar Input SNR: >104dB
Aux Input Level @0dBu: +2dBu
A-to-D Conversion: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110dB SNR A-weighted
Analog Outputs
D-to-A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115dB SNR A-weighted
Connectors, balanced: XLR, 1/4" phone jack
Output Impedance Balanced/ Unbalanced: 100/50ohm
Output Range (Line/Mic Level): 16dBu/0dBu
Dynamic Range: > 109dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Frequency Response: +0/-0.3dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Headphone out: Mini phono stereo jack, 32ohm, +16dBu max. (180mW max)
EMC
Complies with EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2, FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
Safety
Certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA, IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA
Environment
Operating Temperature: 32 F to 122 F (0 C to 50 C)
Storage Temperature: -22 F to 167 F (-30 C to 70 C)
Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
Control Interface
USB: USB-B
MIDI: In/Out/Thru: 5-pin DIN
Pedal: 1/4" TRS phone jack
Supplementary
Display: 192 x 64 Blue STN LCD, White Back light
Dimensions: 13.8"W x 3"H x 8.5"D
Weight: 5lb.
External Power Supply Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60Hz (auto-select)
Power Consumption: <14W
Warranty parts and labor: 1 year
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TC HeliconVoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor
 
4.4

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional functions (37)
  • Versatile (36)
  • Good audio (33)
  • Good power output (28)
  • Easy to use (23)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (33)
  • Home studio (28)
  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Professional recording (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (27), Experienced (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Grap This SPECIAL VoiceLive 2 and Don't Look Back

I've owned my VL2 since July '14 when it was going for a lot more money. Look, what goes in comes out. If you can hold a note while singing-then you could be...Read complete review

I've owned my VL2 since July '14 when it was going for a lot more money. Look, what goes in comes out. If you can hold a note while singing-then you could be your own Harmony group-this sounds THAT GOOD. I perform DooWop 50's & 60's & retro and with this beautiful well thought out machine, I can sound pretty darn good. I never have to rely on anyone's else's mood or sore throat not being able to perform.
I simply go MiDi out from my keyboard>Midi In to my VL2 and audition a setting. The company has also offered extra setting 4 you to DL. GREAT ! This is a must have especially at this GREAT price from Musician's' Friend.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Amazing Quality / Poor UI

The control over the harmonies, and lead vocals is amazing. Problem is, all modifications and creation of new 'patches' or 'presets' MUST be done through navigation of the onboard buttons and...Read complete review

The control over the harmonies, and lead vocals is amazing. Problem is, all modifications and creation of new 'patches' or 'presets' MUST be done through navigation of the onboard buttons and display. This thing will only be on the floor during shows -- otherwise, plan on buying a stand for this thing to be on while you configure it.
There were plans to have an Editor created by a third party, but that seems to have fallen through, at present a very basic Editor has been created by someone in the user community.
To have gotten it this close, and have no computer-based user interface (such as Line6, who has seemed to have gotten absolutely right with their POD products) is a huge swing and a miss.
Bottom line: Pros who are comfortable with detailed navigation of button-based menus, GET THIS!! However, if you are a mid-level user who is expecting a product to shine right out of the box without reading a single page of the user manual, give this one a pass.

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(22 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Performing Vocals with Perfection! Listen to the TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 with MP-75 microphone!

By Mark Powell

from Texas

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Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

Upon switching from a regular mic through the PA to my TC Helicon MP-75 mic enhanced with the VoiceLive 2, the first words from my sound techs' mouth were, "Wow, listen to how clear that is."
The audience sat up and took notice that my setup made the same crummy-sounding PA system sound much, much better...and that was with no tweaking done to the sound board on the PA itself...nor had any tweaking been done on the VL-2 except for having the TONE, and PITCH buttons on, and set to automatic! Woohooo!
Many of the upper grade PA systems like, Mackie, Soundcraft, PreSonus, and Yamaha, have pretty decent effects built into themselves. However, after hearing the TC Helicon VoiceLive 2's smooth, studio-like compression, de-essing, world-class reverb, and delays, every sound man and musician who was there the day I auditioned my TC Helicon VL-2 and MP-75 were just blown into the 21st century of state-of-the-art sound technology. Besides being blessed with a great voice, using the VoiceLive2 along with it's companion MP-75 microphone have given me an advantage over other singers that I never thought I'd ever have. The TC Helicon VL-2 and MP-75 has renewed in me an old self confidence I thought I'd lost a long time ago. I used to enjoy and depend upon that inner-confidence while singing. With my new equipment from TC Helicon, and lots of practice using it, my old self-confidence has begun showing up at my performances and even rehearsals, once again. My audiences are noticing my renewed self-confidence too, and I get more applause than ever. If you can afford a VoiceLive 2, and an MP-75 along with some quality cables, I urge you to go out and invest in yourself, and your equipment. It really can make the difference between sounding like a week end amateur, or a complete professional!
VoiceLive 2 gives us professional quality vocal effects in one attractive, durable floor unit. It has 10 foot push buttons on the unit itself (many with more than one function), 6 of those buttons are dedicated to simply turning particular effect blocks on or off (or setting tap tempo). There are foot switches for Harmony, Doubling, microModulation, Reverb, Delay, and FX. VL2 has a shortcut button that is assignable. One thing you can assign to it is the single button looper that can be used to loop voice or guitar, or both. Up to 15 seconds of stereo looping, or 30 of mono looping. A single button control for play, overdub, stop, undo, and erase. If you're using a TC Helicon MP-75, the control button on that mic can be used to trigger and control the looper feature, instead of the temporary button on the VL2! In fact, the control button on the TC Helicon MP-75 can control just about any of the effects found in the VL2. So cool, you have to try it!
The VL2 works very hard for any singer/ musician looking to improve their vocal reproduction and sound quality during any live gig or even studio recording session. It's designed specifically for performers to use during live performances, and gives the performing artists themselves more say and control in the final outcome of their voice in the mix. VL2 is packed with today's state-of-the-art vocal effects, and even a few more that you may have never heard of yet. The VL2 has it's own very accurate and easy to see guitar tuner, along with a dedicated guitar effects block section including all your favorite effects. Compression, a multi-band EQ, a modulation section (including chorus, detune and flange), and several high quality reverb to round out the guitar effects section. Phase reversal is also included in the guitar section for possibly reducing feedback. The separate guitar effects block seems to be geared more for acoustic-electric guitars as it has no distortion section, but I've made nice use of these effects with my electric double hum-bucker guitar.The guitar effects are global, and switching to new are not changed when changing presets for vocal songs.

The vocal section of the VL2 is crammed with vocal possiblities, and it's chock full with completely professional, adjustable, and programmable vocal effects. Automatic microphone volume adjustment. Phantom power Professional high quaility reverbs with ducking capability, tap-tempo capabable in the echoes and delays section also with ducking capabilities, micro-modulations such a detune, flangers, choruses are offered in the umod section. It features hardtune abilities, also. It's harmony section is extensive and inlcudes a "HOLD" feature that is foot-triggerable. One to four harmonies are available in any gender (eight with keyboard or MIDI, also gender adjustable), along with a separate and totally fantastic doubler effect that has many editable parameters (including 1 to 4 doubles, gender adjust for each double). It also features rhythmic and tone sections, Not only that, it has a USB port for future upgrades, or uploading or downloading other users' presets.Downloading presets to computers for future reference and recall has many benefits.
The VoiceLive2 has MIDI IN, OUT, and THRU for complete flexibility with computers, keyboards, and other MIDI-oriented equipment. Harmonies within the VL2 can be controlled by a connected GUITAR, MIDI IN, and AUXILIARY IN (such as mp3 or CD's). However, harmony can be derived strictly by using KEY &amp; SCALE mode. In KEY &amp; SCALE mode, the VL2 will ignore the AUTO INPUT SENSE and harmonies will be rendered . I AUTO INPUT SENSE the unit decided which of the guitar in MIDI IN, and AUX IN you are currently playing through so it derives it's harmonies from one of those. Inputs and outputs are very complete, and the unit produces stereo effects.


Starting with the upper left finger control buttons on top of the VL2...These are what TC Helicon refers to as their "live engineer". It's important to note that these TONE PITCH and GUITAR FX controls are global, that means they have an affect on all the sounds within the VL2, and affect the sounds in all the numbered presets! Although these controls can be used automatically (as designed), they can also be used in manual mode to override the automated engineering aspects of the VL2. In manual mode, there are several more options given for adjusting the equalizer settings, so some people (lik
e sound engineers), may find that useful, however for most of us ordinary users/singers, I urge you to let the automation we pay for in this item to do it's job...it's generally better than we are. After using the VL2 at several personal venues, I've yet to turn the automated features found in it to manual operation. It simply seems to work best in it's automated mode, making it a lot less likely for the sound to get messed up.
"TONE" button controls, Adaptive Shape EQ, Adaptive Compresssion, De-Ess, &amp; Adaptive Gate.I have never found a reason to turn off the "Tone" button, or even take it out of automated mode. It's simply wonderful technology that works hard, and well for me.
The compressor is wonderful, and makes my singing sound more musical. The compressor is adjustable if needed. I've yet to find a De-Esser that works better in an all-in-one unit such as this one. The "Pitch" button located directly to the right of the "Tone" button. Pressing the PITCH button activates auto chromatic pitch correction. It's automatic setting is at 50%, and is usually all that is required. There is no need to set Key or Scale, all notes that you sing in the 12 tone western chromatic scale are corrected to the nearest scale tone. **I've never heard it working when I sing, unless I increase the value above it's normal 50%.
I only gave features an 9 because something this expensive and important in a singer/musician equipment package should come standard with a protective storage case. Already, some VL2 users have come up with their own homemade padded and reinforced travel cases to withstand the rigors of traveling. I and many other VoiceLive 2 users have also found a cheap dust cover would have been a nice extra, and many of us have either built our own, or are using cheap plastic shower caps (which seem to work pretty well). I'm looking to TC Helicon to remedy these problems in the future, as they are an excellent company who really listens to their customers.
I would also love to see owner/customers/porgrammers program more classis cover songs into the TC Helicon website database for everyone to try.
Quality of build, effects, and quality of genius electronic engineering from the people at TC Helicon are either on par with the industry's very best, and an many cases go well beyond the accepted norms for excellence in the industry. TC Helicon sets the new bar for excellence in floor-based, user-controlled voice effects. The units are designed in Canada, but are manufactured in China (so I take off one point for that). I and many other VL2 users have noticed the effects foot switches are a bit loud during operation...making for awkward switching during quiet passages of music during live performance, and can be problematic in studio situations as well. I took off one point from being excellent because of the mechanically noisy switching. The noise is not electronic in nature. However, the switches are very heavy duty, and lighted, and should provide years of trouble-free switching even on dimly lit stage areas. On very loud stage environments these relatively noisy switches should not be a problem given all the other noises in live arenas and stages.
To me, even though the VoiceLive 2 MP-75 package seems a bit expensive at the retail level, TC Helicon's VoiceLive 2 makes certain you're getting what you pay for...top quality professional vocal effects (normally only found in the best of studios), placed in a heavy duty stage-ready case with multifunctional lights surrounding the stomp buttons, all in an attractive floor unit designed for use by singers during live performances. Singers, and sound people could pay thousands of dollars more for multi-effect units that don't perform as well, or have near the capabilities of the VoiceLive 2. A singer being able to control their own effects in real-time while performing is a great idea for many.
On the downside of value, if TC Helicon wanted to provide a bit more value for their customers who are already shelling out many hundreds of dollars for the VL-2, they should also either provide a custom-built expression pedal with the unit, or list it as an optional extra. I'd really like my expression pedal to cosmetically match my VL-2 and carry the TC Helicon trademark. Also, the whole expensive effects unit is completely worthy of a hard shell case made by TC Helicon and thrown into the the deal from the manufacturer from the get go. ...Not the little soft shell case currently being offered by TC Helicon's website to protect a several of their electronic items...I want one specifically made for the VL2! It's worth it!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Amazing Quality / Poor UI

By Wireless Musician

from San Diego, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Studio-quality Device
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No Computer-based Ui

Best Uses

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

Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

The control over the harmonies, and lead vocals is amazing. Problem is, all modifications and creation of new 'patches' or 'presets' MUST be done through navigation of the onboard buttons and display. This thing will only be on the floor during shows -- otherwise, plan on buying a stand for this thing to be on while you configure it.
There were plans to have an Editor created by a third party, but that seems to have fallen through, at present a very basic Editor has been created by someone in the user community.
To have gotten it this close, and have no computer-based user interface (such as Line6, who has seemed to have gotten absolutely right with their POD products) is a huge swing and a miss.
Bottom line: Pros who are comfortable with detailed navigation of button-based menus, GET THIS!! However, if you are a mid-level user who is expecting a product to shine right out of the box without reading a single page of the user manual, give this one a pass.

(15 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NOT user-friendly at all!

By Jimmypagejunior

from Syracuse, NY

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Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

Again, not very impressed. got some nice-sounding harmonies to come out for a minute in practice, but they were muffled. It is extremely difficult to tell what the presets are. It is extremely difficult to see the buttons onstage. It is extremely difficult to read the display, especially on stage. I just can't see any reason why a musician would buy this unit when they can have a similar one with a really sweet sounding warm preamp, too. I am returning this to my friend today.
Pro gigging musician here. Read the manual several times- it is vague, incomplete, and poorly-written. I had this unit for several weeks to try to help a fellow musician figure it out. Could not even get it to work at all. I already have the digitech vocalist 4, which I was using several years ago the day I picked it up with no issues. According to the manual, it appears that you have to somehow calibrate this device to whatever system you are playing it thru via a vaguely described set of commands/button presses each time you use it. With a similar pedal, you plug and play, and the gain/output nobs are right there- simple. Why does the tc have to overcomplicate what should be a simple part of the process? And again, why does the manual leave out so much detail? How they are selling so many of these things is a mystery to me. A lot of them must be getting returned.
Anything that does not do what it is designed for gets a terrible rating. If an experienced musician cannot get to square one with this after 3 weeks, what does that tell ya?
A device that is unworkable is of no value.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Expensive, But It IS The Best

By Tao Mokoda

from Louisville, KY

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Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

Truthfully, I haven't tried other vocal processors, but can't imagine any surpassing the VoiceLive 2. Using it with no harmony, doubling, FX, etc., it's still a great tool for adding richness to your voice. While I can carry a tune, I've always been a little ashamed of my VOICE; I think it sounds almost boring and lifeless. But, with the VL2, I'm actually pretty blown away by what I'm hearing! As has been mentioned in other reviews, if you really can't sing (in tune) don't waste your money, spend it on singing lessons instead, seriously; this will not improve your singing, only your voice.

On the other hand, if you are a good singer but just don't have perfect intonation, the pitch correction compensates beautifully without that robotic sound so prevalent in a lot of R&amp;amp;B music today. But it's not that the VL2 can't do that, it can if that's what you want, I just don't like that sound personally.

The unit is easy to use, but it will take a bit of patience to learn to get the best settings and sounds for your particular tastes and style, and it's worth the little bit of work it takes. If you can't find what you need among the 200+ presets, it's pretty easy (and fun) creating your own, and you can control so many aspects of what comes out that it's amazing.

I chose the VL2 over other products because while I do play both guitar and keyboards, I don't play either well enough to play and sing (I'm a bass player really), so I needed a device that had the capability of setting a key to create harmonies. Even better is being able to play a music track from my digital recorder and have the VL2 build harmonies off of that, which are then fed back into the recorder for beautiful vocal tracks.

Now, the thing is expensive, almost prohibitively so, but if you can in any way swing it, I'd highly recommend it. As a recording musician only (I don't play live anymore), it's one of the best investments I have made for my studio. I recently needed a particular harmony sound for a song, and wound up creating a new preset, and it turned out so well that, honestly, I can't stop listening to the song because the harmony sounds like something a "professional" band would have done.

All in all, I'm pleased with the VL2 and doubt there is anything better on the market short of something a major recording studio might drop 3 grand on! The more I get into the settings, the more creative ideas and uses for it I come up with. About the only drawback is the temptation to overuse it.
Awesome features; multiple effects, harmony, doubling, delay, reverb and any or all can be on or off at will with the press of a button. Easy and detailed editing assure you can get almost any sound you may want vocally. Automatic voice EQ, compression and de-essing are excellent; gives your voice some "ooomph" without a pro-level engineer at your disposal.
Solidly built and looks beautiful. Large and easily readable display, intuitive button layout. Noiseless footswitches and buttons mean that if you use it desktop (like I do) those sounds don't get into the mix. Kinda chintzy AC power brick though.
It's expensive, and if you are not really serious about what your vocals sound like, especially as a solo or duet act, or if you really believe they are good enough, then it probably won't be worth it to you.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Grap This SPECIAL VoiceLive 2 and Don't Look Back

By Don Taylor Jr

from Vero Beach, Fl.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile
  • YOU SEE the SETTINGS-No Eye Strain

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

    I've owned my VL2 since July '14 when it was going for a lot more money. Look, what goes in comes out. If you can hold a note while singing-then you could be your own Harmony group-this sounds THAT GOOD. I perform DooWop 50's & 60's & retro and with this beautiful well thought out machine, I can sound pretty darn good. I never have to rely on anyone's else's mood or sore throat not being able to perform.
    I simply go MiDi out from my keyboard>Midi In to my VL2 and audition a setting. The company has also offered extra setting 4 you to DL. GREAT ! This is a must have especially at this GREAT price from Musician's' Friend.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Sounds are overly processed

    By TEMO

    from Erie PA

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    Pros

    • Powerful
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        Did A/B comparison with my DigiTech Vocalist LIVE 3. The Voicelive has all the bells and whistles you could ask for. Lots of way cool applications to use. My one gripe, and it's a BIG one, (and was the deciding factor in my choosing to return the unit) was the harmonies and even my ORIGINAL voice sounded too digital, too processed. Wasn't noticeable right away until I unplugged the unit and used my old DigiTech LIVE 3 in the same set-up. Granted it doesn't have all the pre-sets, but since I'm looking for better QUALITY of the voice sound, I chose to keep using the Digitech.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        VoiceLive 2 worth the money!

        By Dc

        from Des Moines, IA

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        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        I can put the Digitech and the T.C.Helicon up side by side comparision the T.C. Helicon's effects are much better and pristine sounding delays and reverbs. The harmony in it is way faster and hits less errors when you use it with a guitar. Having presets is way nice too, you can go back and forth to different patches without any glitches pops or clicks. Every time I use it I find something new and interesting and it can be up graded to new versions of software , I can now do 15 second loops with it and do some creative things withit. There is a hold button where you can hold a chord the chooir is doing while you start singing something different. I can't wait to plug it in again and see what I will come up with next.
        This thing has about every vocal effect you can think of and sounds great too.
        It is built like a tank and the size of it really fits in my set-up nice. It has a handle built into it to carry it, they really thought this thing out well.
        Though the price is kind of high, you pay for what you get. I had a digitech vocalist Live3 and it worked pretty good but it is no match for the quality of T.C. Helicon's engineering. It sounds 10 times better.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Harmonies yes, but not human sounding ones

        By Urthstudio

        from St. Louis, MO

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        Pros

        • Professional Functions

        Cons

        • muffled harmonies

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        I had high hopes of this unit replacing the TC Helicon Voicetone Harmony G XT pedal I've used for a few years. After hours of trying to get the same effects with the VL2, which I expected to be even better, I must report that it is not. The harmony voices and my own voice have an unnatural sound and timbre, which is such a huge disappointment. My Voicetone Harmony pedal sounds like my actual voice doing harmonies, records well in the studio and is so much easier to operate. True, this has more effects inside, but they aren't of much use to me if the voices sound fake, not like munchkins, but electronically derived, if that makes sense. The idea of saveable patches is nice but having gone through all of them I was dissatisfied; especially compared to the less expensive, easier to operate Voicetone Harmony pedal (I use the models for guitar and MIDI). I am an optimist and tried and tried to find good reasons to justify what I thought was an upgrade. Maybe if you never had a harmonizer before and bought this, you would be amazed, but I am sticking with what I've been using; it is very clean and human sounding but this does not sound like human harmonies to me, sorry to say. I can't discern what words are being sung in harmony and they come out in harmony but not with clear enunciations. I hate to give this not so good review, but this is my true and accurate experience. Musicians Friend has an excellent return policy, so you can always give this a try for yourself. Non-musicians in the audience may still be amazed but to me, the quality and clarity of the harmonies are what counts, not an electronic facsimile.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Steroids for singers!

        By GatorGuitarist

        from Florida

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        This Voicelive 2 is unbelievable. Lets be honest most of us that play guitar are guitar players first and singers second. There are some great guitar playing singers out there to be sure but the rest of us usually fall into that "I'm okay. I can find the notes but I'm not good" category. Then we hear a recording of our voice and want to crawl in a hole! Well this product will change that and take your singing to the next level. (Disclaimor: If your tone deaf this product will not help you)Before I bought this product I played the same songs in my room thinking about how great it would be if I could play out somewhere but knowing my voice just wasn't good enough. With this product I play a solo acoustic set at a local bar once a week. I have people come up and ask for my card to play events and I assure you I am one of those "okay" singers! I wouldnt have dreamt of doing this before I bought this product (and I've made enough money to pay for this thing) Bottom line: As long as you are not tone deaf this product will take your voice to the next level.Pros:1. Ease of use: Plug it in, plug in your guitar and your ready. I use preset number 2 90% of the time without any adjustments. I go straight into the PA and the unit balances my guitar and vocals automatically2. Harmonies sound very natural, it does a great job of analyzing the chord you play and adding the appropriate harmony3. Amazing pitch correction. Its subtle not an "auto tune" (although you can get this effect). 4. Tone button: Just push this thing and your voice is thicker, balanced, compressed, and EQed. Its like having a sound guyCons:1. expensive2. Wall wart is a little cheapo3. No case/ protectionBuy this. You will enjoy your singing so much more (and so will everyone else!)

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent, but difficult to customize and the manual is poor

        By heydavemyers

        from eastern PA

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

        I've had this for a few years now and pretty much only use one or two of the many presets. I think the manual is really lacking in teaching you how to effectively use this complex piece of equipment. Plus, making simple changes to the presets is difficult. e.g., if you just want to reduce the amount of delay you have to enter a complex menu that offers a lot of attributes that are not adequately discussed in the manual. Maybe a pro sound guy or gal can handle this, but for me it's a challenge. I mostly use 1 voice third up harmony on my voice with delay and reverb, and the sound is awesome.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        expensive junk!

        By dleonard

        from new york, ny

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

          this is my third harmonizer. i have the eventide (the best of breed), the digitech, and i have the smaller TC electronics pedal, too. i have never had any trouble with any of these units, except for this voicelive2 floor unit. after about four or five months of gentle, rehearsal studio use, there was noise and an intermittent signal, making it unusable. i switched out a half dozen different cables, but it became clear that this unit was at fault. so, warranty issue, right? ok, so i contacted their service/tech support folks, and sent it in. that was a month ago. they told me that it's working fine and that they'd be returning it, and that, basically, i was stuck with this piece of junk that i spent so much money for. the customer service and tech support people are useless and smug. i'm contacting my credit card company, as i believe that that carry coverage on this. i am also doing my best to warn away my fellow musicians to stay away from this lousy thing. from a performance standpoint, it's completely over-engineered, too, which is probably why this connection issue happened. probably nothing more than a few solder joints, and yet, this pedal is unfixable, apparently.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best floor based vocal processor ever!!

          By MacMusic

          from Florida

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

            I owned vocal processors from other brands and I can tell that this is the best ever! Solid case, professional look, easy to use and the harmonies sound realistic. Very well done!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All that I needed ... AND MORE!

            By Dunbar Custom Sound

            from DFW, Texas

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            Pros

            • Easy Set-up
            • Intuitive
            • Powerful
            • Professional Functions
            • Robust Design
            • Sturdy
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Live Events
            • Live Looping
            • Live Productions
            • Live vocals
            • Performances
            • Post Production
            • Professional Recording
            • Professional Studio
            • Project studio
            • Studio Vocals

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

            Wow! What can I say? I should have bought this a Long time ago. I bout the VLT (Voice Live Touch) because is was a pole mount version of this unit that has a cool touch interface. BUT the only draw back was that it DID NOT have all the deep editing functions of the Voice Live 2. Don't get me wrong, I love both Units BUT the VL2 is on a whole other level.

            The VL2 has over 1000 sound presets available through the Voice Support App. And here is the kicker ... you can tweak each of them to your liking. This is KILLER news for a "twiddly knobs" guy like myself. That means I make the unit sound like me. It does what I want it to do. No limits to shaping MY sound. I added in the MP-75 Mic for additional functions (Loop, Harmony Hold, other Shortcuts) to free up my feet to dance. Am I loving this or what!

            Stop reading this review and buy this thing RIGHT NOW! You will be pleased. Your audience will be pleased. Why are you still reading this? Do it!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Amazing for shows

            By Sam

            from Montreal, Qc, Canada

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Questionable Effects
            • Reverbs Need Tweeking

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

            This is an amazing product, very versatile, with endless possibilities. TC Helicon have thought of pretty much everything you can think of in terms of personalization of every effect. It's amazing for live performances.
            The only problems I saw was that some important effects like reverbs are not yet fully great, which makes this pedal unusable for professional studio recording.
            Also, the harmonies need a lot of time spent programming for each different song.
            It is still the ultimate voice modulator available on the market so far. I would recommend it to anyone.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Yes, its amazing.

            By MDAC

            from Union, Missouri

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

            The only problem I've ever had with the Voicelive 2 is difficulty with sound levels at live performances. The harmonies, delays, etc are all awesome, but all seem to sound slightly different on the many sound systems I've used. It always seems difficult to tame the sound even on sound systems I am familiar and comfortable with. Besides that, this machine is amazing. The harmonies sound great along with the many other cool FX. This is a great buy, although make sure you check out the Voicelive touch. It has a lot of the same cool features with a great looper for half the price. It just depends what you are looking for.Good Luck,Matt

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for the unwashed

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

            I'm an old rocker.. love Beatles and also like new stuff.. Matt Kearney Pearl Jam, etc.. I've owned this box for over a year and use it 1 1/2 hours /day practice/performance. I have to say this thing is really FRIGGIN UNBELIEVABLE. I HAVE AN ok VOICE. IN TUNE SUITABLE FOR CHURCH. but with this box WOW.. When I use preset 91.. I am rubber soul. The presets are fantastic and the choir effect.. unbelievable. Lat week I just started playing a track at church and then put on the Harmony Choir and people stopped in their tracks and turned around to look.. the sound was so awesome. If you love harmonies and want to sound better as a solo performer. get my rig.. this box, the Rolland Boss 800 drum machine/guitar effects processor ( use 35 for acoutic guitar. great effect)...throw in a couple of Fishman fish sticks and a Senhauser wireless headset mic and most important of all... ROCK ON!!!

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Complicated, yes. Fun to play with, Yes

            By Vince

            from Weatherford, Texas

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            Pros

            • Professional Functions
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Playing around

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

            I'm 67 and have bee been playing "professionally" for over 50 years. I'm probably more of a semi-pro since I've never relied solely on my music to provide for my family. I believe there are a lot more of us out here than there are "full time" professionals. I bought this as an impulse, and although it really has nothing I can find in it that I can use in my music performances, it is fun to play with. I've been reading the manual (repeatedly) and am still trying to find out how to program sounds (voices) that I can actually use. The voices sound "electronic" (duh) and don't really fit in with my music. Regardless, I'm finally to the point in life where I can afford some "toys" I really don't have to have, but I simply want. I think my grand daughter who sings will probably get more out of it than I will. Unlike me, when she performs she sings a lot of material that has been written and recorded within the past 10 years. If you can afford to and want to have a fun little toy this is not a bad item. I however in good conscience would neither recommend or not recommend the purchase of the item for professional performing. Unless you have a high degree of proficiency in the use and programming of electronic devices (not just a TV recorder) using a manual not particularly written for us old pickers, it's a lot easier to just ask the audience to sing along when you need backup voices.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Meh....some great, some ok

            By BlackBelt

            from Memphis

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            • Professional Functions

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                Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

                I got this a few weeks ago and have been messing around with it a lot. It's controls are somewhat intuitive, and it's not as daunting of a task to operate it as it first seems when you look at the unit. It definitely has a "wow" factor when you first sing through it. After a couple of weeks of using it I got over the honeymoon phase with it and started noticing that it colored the sound of my vocals even when in bypass mode. And not in a good way. It wasn't bad or terrible, but it wasn't un-noticeable either. I watched the video tutorials available from TC Electronics and noticed that the guy that demo's the units voice is also colored in the same way by the tone of the unit. It's almost like a very subtle digital distortion that's hidden behind the vocal. With a nasal toned voice it would probably be hidden enough to be used without anyone noticing it. If you know what you're listening for you will hear it. I'm probably being too picky, but I'm what's called a "tone chaser" and look for purity in tone in my guitar and vocal sounds. I have been using the TC Electronic Harmony G pedal for a couple of years. To my ears the Harmony G has way less tonal coloring than the VoiceLive 2. These are the trade-offs in the vocal effects vs tone purity quest. The VoiceLive 2, while a fully functional and interesting machine, doesn't quite cut it for me to use professionally. It has its place, but for now on my stage I'll stick with the smaller, clearer Harmony G pedal for my harmony needs.

                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love this unit.

                By MDavid

                from Toronto, Canada

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Performances

                  Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

                  Simply the best at what it does. A great sounding floor unit for vocals. Well designed. Well thought out.

                  If you are considering something to give you control of your live vocals, I am convinced this is the best floor unit you can get.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very realistic true sounding harmonies,

                  By mikecan4

                  from Chicago

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 Floor-Based Vocal Processor:

                    Very realistic true sounding harmonies, just amazing!

                    Great for live bands that lack harmonies and want to sound fuller in over all performance. our drummer does some back up vocals but does not no hoe to harmonize and most time just sings along with the lead vocals in the same key, I singed lead/backup vocals in Beatles tribute band in 80's. I tried to teach others but some people just cant grasp. this is one amazing unit it allows me to and two or three part harmonies where needed and add fuller sound to our songs.

                    I would recommend it to anyone for live or recording.

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