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Compact, enriched vocal processing effect that will have you loving the way you sound.

No matter if you're a seasoned professional singer, or if you're just at the start of your career, the VoiceLive Play from TC Helicon will deliver impacting results that will not only enhance your performance, it will boost your confidence level too. With a host of professional features like harmony and pitch correction, sing along, and a very useful practice mode, the VoiceLive Play will have you sounding your best in no time. The unit is compact in size compared to the other VoiceLive units, but it still packs the same power and professional results.

Sound like the pros
You can have instant and incredibly, intuitive access to vocal effects that come straight from our VoiceLive range. Featuring automatic backing harmonies, vocal double tracking, pristine EQ and compression, lush reverbs, hard-tuned robo-voice, the list goes on - all of the goose-bumps-on-your-arms effects that make today's billboard hit vocals "pop".

Perfect Harmonies & Correction
VoiceLive Play listens to your music. Using Auto Key technology it senses and adapts to your MP3 recordings using the aux input or the built in RoomSense microphones so that harmonies and pitch correction fit perfectly with your music.

Pick a Genre, any Genre
The Genre function is there to help you browse the massive palette of 200+ vocal presets in VoiceLive Play. Press the Genre button and search by music genre or effect type. If you've never used effects before, you'll quickly learn how to find the sound you're looking for using this method.

Make It a Hit
HIT is a performance-inspired feature for building intensity into any vocal performance. Every preset has a base level effect that you can build upon by pressing the HIT button that adds effects on top. For example, you could start with a simple reverb and tight doubling then select the "HIT" feature in the chorus to add harmonies and a megaphone - all from one preset.

Practice makes Perfect
Use PRACTICE to bring up an intelligent pitch display and your singing stats. Then you will be able to monitor your performance in real-time to see what notes you're hitting too sharp, and which ones you're coming up a bit flat on. As you improve, you'll notice your accuracy score getting better.

Sing Along
Plug in and practice using the Vocal Cancel function and your MP3 player. You can then record and play back your singing using the USB connection to your computer.

Loop Around
The VLOOP performance looper allows you to create a loop instantly, so you can have an astounding layered effect with the ability to turn effects on and off, creating a completely unique performance.

A Good Set of Ears
Embedded stereo RoomSense mics can control your harmonies from instruments nearby, replace the cabled mic for headphone practice or add a bit of room ambience to your headphone mix.

Adaptive Tone
TC-Helicon's adaptive tone technology intelligently controls Shape EQ and Dynamics (Compression & De-ess) to provide the perfect tonal balance and add smooth dynamic control to fit in any mix. Best of all it's easy - just set and forget. An adaptive gate can also be added to help suppress feedback and reduce bleed.

FEATURES
  • Complete vocal path including Tone, Harmony, HardTune, Reverb, Double and more
  • Get perfect harmonies using Auto Key Detection
  • Plug in and practice with your MP3 player, or stream tracks and record over USB including a vocal cancel function
  • Compatible with the MP-75 Modern Performance Vocal Microphone with Mic Control
  • Global adaptive EQ, Compression, De-ess, Gate & pitch correction
  • 2 Voices of NaturalPlay Harmonies, and 2 voices of humanized Doubling
  • VLOOP performance looper with undo/redo
  • RoomSense microphones for Auto Key, monitoring and practicing
  • Override the key manually using the footswitches or the Effects menu
  • Navigate over 200 presets by Genre and mark Favorites
  • Practice function with intelligent pitch display tracks and singing stats
  • Simple effects customizing with styles and icons
  • Low-noise Mic-preamp with Mic Control
  • Stereo XLR outputs
  • Aux input for connecting an MP3 player
  • Headphone output
  • USB for audio streaming and connection to VoiceSupport
  • Optional Switch-3 and MP-75 for more performance control

Get ready to fall in love with your voice, and order the VoiceLive Play today.

SPECIFICATIONS

VoiceLive Play

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 7-7/8" x 1-13/16" x 6-1/8" (200 x 45 x 156mm)
    Weight: 2.1 lb. (0.95 kg)
    ANALOG INPUTS
    Connectors, balanced: Mic.: XLR, Aux: 1/8³ stereo mini jack
    Impedance: Balanced/Unbalanced: Mic.: 2.14/1.07 kOhm
    Mic Input Level @ 0 dBFS: -42dBu to +13dBu
    EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150 Ohm : -127 dBu
    Mic SNR: > 104 dB
    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
    Output Impedance Balanced/ Unbalanced: 80/40 Ohm
    XLR Output 0dBFS: +2 dBu
    Dynamic Range: > 109 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Frequency Response: +0.30/-0 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Headphone Out: 1/8" Mini stereo jack
    CONTROL
    USB: USB-B (Firmware Updates, Preset Management, audio I/O)
    Pedal: 1/4" TRS phone jack
    POWER
    External Power Supply. Mains Voltage Input: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
    12V DC 0.4A max output
    Power Consumption: < 14 W
    SAFETY
    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
    OPERATING REQUIREMENTS
    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
    INCLUDED
    Region specific power supply
    USB cable
    User guide
    TC-Helicon Sticker
    1 year warranty parts and labor
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TC HeliconVoiceLive Play
 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (25)
  • Versatile (24)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Professional functions (19)
  • Good power output (16)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (30)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So much for so little!

I am so amazed by this "Blue Wonder"! I am a 43yr old musician who started singing in earnest when I was 8 or 9yrs old and started wanting a guitar...Read complete review

I am so amazed by this "Blue Wonder"! I am a 43yr old musician who started singing in earnest when I was 8 or 9yrs old and started wanting a guitar at about the same time. I wanted to believe that I was a good singer, but, I'm not. I have a few songs that I do pretty good, but, for the most I fall flat. Got my first guitar when I was 15yrs old and never looked back for the first 3 years of learning. I've come a long way after a lot of stop/start relations with music and thought I was going to be stuck doing mostly back up singing and learning someone else's style of singing. No more! I got my VoiceLive Play and started messing around with it today. I'm running it through my Phonic P.A. system that I also purchased through Musician's Friend and even the stock mic I got with my system sounds like a much higher-end version after being run through my VLP. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe the awesome potential behind this "blue marvel". First, I'll start by telling you this is a well built piece of technology. Judging by the weight I'd say aircraft aluminum. The foot switches are extremely quiet, smooth, heavy duty and well spaced. There are a total of 10 soft buttons and a rubberized infinate control knob. Everything is well placed and nothing seems like an after thought. I've bought and used a lot of pedals over these past 27yrs and recognize quality from qurap and this pedal quite simply could command twice the price due to excellent materials and workmanship alone. Then there's the sound. I'm shocked by the things that the VoiceLive Play is capable of and executes so well! I didn't bother with the instructions and ran through the presets. I can't believe that's me singing and the vocals now sound professional! I am so happy that I could play & sing and this room becomes filled with music that sounds good, even recorded. There are some voices for you to play around with and a few of them are over the top, but, amazingly they all sound pure and perfectly human and no lag times. Unless, you want to change ALL of your parameters. I can't wait for tomorrow when I'll experiment with creating new voicings and I need to see what voicings I can download! My ONLY complaint is that I have to send off for the free ME-75 microphone. It'll take 4-8 weeks to get it, but, it will be so worth having. I'll probably do a review on it. Lastly, if you have a wish to sound better when you sing then get the VoiceLive Play. This is the perfect Christmas present for anyone wanting the ultimate toolbox for thier vocals. T.C. Helicon VoiceLive Play ROCKS!!! PEACE

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Will give it another chance

The buttons responded well at first but a few weeks later they did not. I liked the price and what it could do so I decided to exchange it for the same unit. Hopefully...Read complete review

The buttons responded well at first but a few weeks later they did not. I liked the price and what it could do so I decided to exchange it for the same unit. Hopefully the one I get back will be trouble free. I do wish the instructions were more of a booklet or manual versus a pamphlet.

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2.0

if you need a Vocal Processor....this may not be it

By Max

from Denver, CO

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

If you are a professional singer and or musician who wants or needs a vocal processor look else where. This is little more than a toy. Try the Live 2 or 3 or for that matter the Boss VE20 (still limited but more functional than this thing). TC Helicon makes some great products this just isn't one of them.

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4.0

Fantastic Product with a couple of flaws

By Frontman

from Austin, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

    This is a great vocal pedal, and I've tried several. The effects are solid, but when the harmonies are set right they're incredible. Two weaknesses that kept me from giving it a 5 star review.
    1) The Harmony pedal (the only one you actually use mid-song) is also the bypass pedal. If you tap it the harmonies turn on. If you hold it down for 1second (!?!) it bypasses all the effects and harmonies. While I understand wanting to bypass the effects inbetween songs, 1 second is WAY too short of a time to switch. I often hit it slightly too long and find my vocals dry, without harmonies, and way quieter than I should be. That's a design flaw.
    2) You can only set the key of a patch to major keys. It has trouble with minor keys. And while you can usually use a corresponding major key to fit most minor key songs, there are sometimes it won't work, nor does the internal mic accurately pick up the key of whatever your'e playing.

    I have found ways to work around these limitations and hope to upgrade to a newer, nicer version in the near future.

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    5.0

    great sounds in a blue box

    By Joe P

    from NYC

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

    sounds great, need time to learn all it can do

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    YES! Good product...

    By Dan

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

    Practicing, gigs etc.
    Great sounding, well made product.
    Easy to use once you learn how to use it! But the manual really sucks! The languages need to be separated & much better laid out for new users...
    I was able to go to YouTube to get 'schooled' without getting frustrated and sending it back!

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    5.0

    Nice addition

    By Indi

    from Jefferson City, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

      Would like to see a foot switch to control the hit button. So I could have the unit up off the floor to make adjustments on the fly without bending over and adjusting. But it's not a big deal.

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      5.0

      Excellent. A definitle mustmust have for any homehome studio

      By Eric

      from Jonesboro, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

        A definite must have for the serious music producer.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        VoiceLive is Cool!

        By Cary007

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lots of options
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Voice Cancel Is Mushy

        Best Uses

        • Adding Depth To The Band
        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

        I was excited to receive this in the mail. Instructions are minimal, but enough to get started. Watched some online videos for more info. Stayed up until after midnight playing with it!

        Lots of different voice flavors to pick from. Some are so similar that I'm not sure what the difference is. I selected 15 as my "favorites" and have been using them.

        The voice cancelation does not work like described. It muffles the voice from my MP3 songs, but never cancels. It also muffles a lot of the other instruments. This was dissapointing :-(

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        fun!

        By Zanderman

        from Whitefish, Montana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Simple

        Cons

        • No Christian Presets

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

        Even though I bought this as a b-stock, it is in excellent condition. It does what the description says it does. I wasn't too impressed with it in the headphones, but when I plugged it into the sound system at our church, I was amazed. It was phenomenal how much depth that was added to my vocals. The effects are numerous and loads of fun. During our last rehearsal, I had a little fun with some of the various effects. We got the biggest laugh when I used the Tinkerbell effect to sing a Barry White song.
        I see the VocalLive play and I performing together for many sets, not only in church, but in my freelance gigs as well. Excellent work TC-Helicon!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Will give it another chance

        By RP

        from SATX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

          The buttons responded well at first but a few weeks later they did not. I liked the price and what it could do so I decided to exchange it for the same unit. Hopefully the one I get back will be trouble free. I do wish the instructions were more of a booklet or manual versus a pamphlet.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great starter for voice effects

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          By RandyRandel

          from Tampa , FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about TC Helicon VoiceLive Play:

          The Hel-icon VoiceLive Play is a good starter voice machine,but you can get the experience with this and work up to Hel-icon 3.

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