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TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony   

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Natural harmony sound, ease of use and now, ultimate affordability are yours in VoiceTone H1. Pros and hobbyists alike can achieve fuller-sounding vo...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The essentials for killer vocal harmonies in a simple to use stompbox.

Natural harmony sound, ease of use and now, ultimate affordability are yours in VoiceTone H1. Pros and hobbyists alike can achieve fuller-sounding vocal performances with this sturdy vocal harmony pedal.

Guitarist/singers can take advantage of H1²s uncanny guitar-sensing ability to keep your harmonies in tune. For non-guitarists, H1 has a key selector so you can dial-in harmonies that fit lots of songs.

As simple as plugging in your mic
Gaining access to the studio quality sounds and intelligent processing of VoiceTone singles is as simple as plugging in your mic and turning the effect on. Of course, you can always change the style or the amount of effect, but you shouldn't need to unfold the manual unless you're making a fire.

Strong family genes
Each VoiceTone single shares the same genes: a clean, quiet mic preamp that rivals high-end touring mixers, a die-cast metal case, rubberized no-slip base, studio quality analog to digital conversion, and the same quality processing you'd expect from our flagship vocal processors like VoiceLive 2.

All new Mic Control feature
The revolutionary and patent pending Mic Control circuit is built into each VoiceTone single pedal. This allows TC-Helicon's MP-75 (our sku# H70845) Modern Performance Vocal microphone˜s thumb switch to turn your VoiceTone single's effect on and off. Picture having the freedom to kick-in your vocal effect while working the stage, not gazing at your feet. It gets really cool when you chain multiple VoiceTone singles pedals together and control each one independently or turn them all on or off in combination.

Controls
Key/Auto selection
Harmony voicing
Harmony Mix
Footswitch on/off
Mic Control on/off

FEATURES
  • Adds one or two voices of realistic harmony to your voice
  • Both guitarists and non-guitarists can create musical harmonies
  • High quality signal path and tough enclosure
  • Can be chained to additional VoiceTone Singles
  • Mic-Control offers remote on/off via TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone

Vocal harmony has never been easier to use. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony

  • Size
    Height: 5.4 inches (140 mm)
    Width: 3.5 inches (90 mm)
    Depth: 2.3 inches (60 mm)
    Weight
    Weight: 0.92 lb. (0.42 kg)
    Construction
    Two part dies cast metal
    Rubberized base
    Connections
    Analog Inputs
    Connectors, balanced: Mic.: XLR
    Mic Input Level @ 0 dBFS: -42dBu to +1dBu
    EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150 Ohm: -126 dBu
    Mic input SNR: >104 dB
    Guitar Input impedance: 1 MOhm
    Guitar Input Level @ 0 dBFS: -7 dBU to 17 dBu
    Guitar Input SNR: >115dB
    Analog Outputs
    Output Impedance, Bal./Unbal.: 200/100 Ohm
    Output Full Scale: +1 dBu
    Dynamic Range: >104 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Frequency Response: +0/-0.3 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Control
    USB for firmware and control
    Mic Control using TC-Helicon MP-75
    Details
    Power
    Power Supply (Supplied): 12V .4A
    Power Consumption: 5.6W
    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: 32F to 122F (0C to 50C)
    Storage Temperature: -22F to 167F (-30C to 70C)
    Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
    Included with VoiceTone H1
    Region specific power supply
    USB cable
    User guide
    1 year warranty parts and labor
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TC HeliconVoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony
 
4.4

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Good audio (27)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Professional functions (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (30)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (22), Experienced (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The VoiceTone H1 is all you need!

Good work VoiceTone! You deserve a high score for this unit.
As a live rock singer & guitarist I have worked with a couple different Harmonizers over the years. If...Read complete review

Good work VoiceTone! You deserve a high score for this unit.
As a live rock singer & guitarist I have worked with a couple different Harmonizers over the years. If you want an Effects unit with Reverb, Delay, Pitch Correct, etc, this is not the pedal for you. But if you need a quality, stripped-down Harmonizer in a small package, this is the one!

PRIMARY FEATURES:
There is a Key Selector which can be manually set by the Performer or automatically set using Key Sensing Technology via the Guitar Thru jacks on the sides. Simply run your guitar thru the unit and it knows the key you are in at all times. Not only does this work amazingly, there is no tone or signal loss in your guitar chain! If you are a purist guitar player, as I am, this is absolutely a critical feature.

The Harmony Selector allows you to establish a 3rd or 5th up or down harmony with your main vocal. I always use 3rd up because most other harmonies sound manufactured or digitized. The 3rd up - and down for that matter - does not! I had the same results with the Digitech Vocalist Live unit so no knock against the H1. You can set a lot of different combinations using this know like 5 or 3&5 or 3 down or 3 or 3&5 or 5 up, etc... Again, the 3rd up is really natural.

The final adustment you can make is the Mix Selector that allows you to mix in the harmony with your own voice. This is a really strong unit so you may not need to go beyond 10 o'clock to get the right mix. That said, you can set this knob to completely eliminate the Primary vocal and just present a Harmony vocal by turning it to the far right position.

Compared to the Digitech Vocalist Live series, the H1 does not have near the features. However, the harmony controls and performance cannot be rivaled. If you want all the bells and whistles of the Digitech, it is a lot more money but well worth the investment if that is what you need. I don't. Additionally, those features are really only good in a practice space. No quality live Soundman is going to allow you to employ ANY features on your voice unit like other than Harmony anyway. And if you are attempting to use a Harmonizer in the studio you need to find some backup singers.
Built like a heavy duty stompbox. My only knock here is that the on/off stomp button does not click so I cant feel it when I am performing. I have to actually look at the light to see it is on. I was really shocked and disappointed because this is a no-brainer feature for any pro audio. This has got to be resolved with a Clicking On/Off Button! If the manufacturer reads this review, please please please replace this button!

That said, everything else on the unit is top notch! There is an easily removable rubber base that can be replaced with velcro if you have a pedalboard. You can see the lights in the day or night - a knock against Digitech because their lights are NOT easy to read in the daylight. Other than that it is a simple pedal.

My last knock is on the quality of the Harmonizer itself. First, understand the unit employs a Chromatic scale for its Harmonies. It grabs your note, places it into the key, and then determines where the 3rd or 5th harmony note is. As you sing up and down, the harmony changes with you according to the Chromatic Scale - which is like a piano, all half steps. If you sing out of key, it will sing out of key with you. It won't make you a better singer! With the Digitech I can "soften" the transition of the Harmony Notes so it doesnt sound like T-Pain. With the H1, there is no control over the harmony note transitions, so it sometimes sounds a little "pitch corrected" as it shifts notes. It does not happen enough to be concerned, but it is not perfect.
For the money, this unit is worth every penny and more! If you are a singer who needs harmonies, you must have this unit! Spend a whole lot more with the Digitech if you want additional features but don't complain when you have to lug around a HUGE stompbox when you only use the Harmonizer. Get the H1.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Simple setup, but poor quality harmony

I WAS very excited to get this product to replace my aging Akai Duobuddy... I like the small size, price and that it would determine that harmony I needed by the chord I...Read complete review

I WAS very excited to get this product to replace my aging Akai Duobuddy... I like the small size, price and that it would determine that harmony I needed by the chord I played on my guitar... I was getting tired of dancing around my old pedal to tap out the key I needed. I also didn't need any of the bells and whistles that come on the more expensive units (reverb, effect, etc.), so this seemed perfect.

Unfortunatly the harmonies when used with the guitar plugged in jumped, yodeled and sounded completely unnatural. It was a little better when you'd dial in the key on the rotary knob, but having to bend over and manually change keys defeats the whole purpose of a simple pedal.

Also I have dealt with TC's service deptartment in the past for my first generation VoiceLive and they were extremely slow (2 months to repair) and my original unit stopped working again within a month of getting it back... not very well built for a unit that originally cost eight hundred clams.

This unit seems tough, but sound wise it doesn't even come close to my 15 year old Akai DuoBuddy.

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5.0

Great piece of Equipment

By Cumberland Heights Bluegrass Band

from Dixon, Kentucky

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

    I ordered this harmonizer because our Bluegrass Band needed a more full, rich sound on some of the choruses. What a great piece of equipment. It is simple to hook up, is well made, and does not cost a huge amount of money. Best of all it works off of a microphone not an instrument. If back up or harmony is what you need, the H-1 will do the trick.

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    5.0

    Well Worth The $$$$$$$

    By Bob

    from Arizona

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

      I have used vocal harmonizers in the past and was never satisfied with the sounds. I stumbled across this one while browsing and I figured for the price I would give it a shot (after viewing the video). When I got it I was totally amazed at the assortment of sounds and harmony...NO MORE CHIPMONKS...
      I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have simple and good sounding harmony at an affordable price.

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      5.0

      Best $$$ I ever spent...!!!!

      By Bobby Z.

      from Phoenix, Arizona

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

        I was a bit apprehensive about this unit because of the price. I had used ones that cost 5X as much After firing it up, I was TOTALLY FLOORED by the versatility and the crispness of the voices. NO MORE CHIPMONKS...!!!! We went from a trio with 3 part harmony to a trio that has 6 or 7 voices.
        It is a MUST and now I have purchased a 2nd one just in case...LOL

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        5.0

        Good buy, great service

        By Old Hand

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

          Using judiciously, it adds body to existing 2 part harmonies. Warm and full - best results when backed off mic 5-8 inches. Using Shure 58B mic.

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          5.0

          Excellent value

          By Rus on bass

          from Manchester MD

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

            Used for the first time at a gig over the weekend. Only had two practice sessions to experiment before taking it out, but it performed well. Like any effect, the user needs to be diligent not to overdo it. For some songs, it is awesome. For others, it just sounded weird and I bypassed it immediately. For example, great for Eagles...not so much for Black Keys.

            Best thing it provides is a boost of confidence for this mediocre singer. I feel like I can belt it out a bit more now with my "backup" singers behind me. Overall great value for the price, and highly recommended.

            As others have mentioned, it pushes a hot signal and needs to be controlled a bit. For me that's a benefit, but when our lead singer got on my mike, we had feedback.

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            4.0

            Still learning

            By None

            from Iowa city ia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances

              Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

              Still learning. I don't run guitar through it. If song changes key it's only good for a verse or chorus.

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              5.0

              Love it!!!

              By Bizzy Bender

              from Meriden, CT

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Functions

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

                This product added so much to my last performances. The audiences all gave it a thumbs up. Other than not being able to switch the range of the harmony with your foot (you need to turn a dial to switch from low to high) it is great.

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                4.0

                Greata Pedal for the Money

                By Ozzy

                from Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

                It took a while to get this pedal to work well enough to perform for an audience. I use the guitar signal to tune the harmonies and sometimes the harmony quality would vary depending upon which guitar I used and the volume of the guitar. Also the signal coming from the H-1 to my guitar amp would sometimes color the magnetic signal. I solved this by installing a Fishman Power bridge and a stereo jack on my guitar. I use a stereo guitar cord, Now the H-1 gets a constant signal from the Powerbridge and I have a clean magnetic signal to my guitar amp. Works great now. Down side is you have to watch the selector switches. They seem to move by themselves and can throw off the harmonies.

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                5.0

                Great Harmonizer

                By JohnDoe99

                from Garlic Town, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

                  I play guitar & sing with a 3-piece group. My bass player has been using the H1 for a long time, and he can do nice back-ups when I'm singing lead... Since he sings lead most of the time, I had to get one too, so I can have good backgrounds for him. It can today, I hooked it up, sang along with a rehearsal recording. This thing is super easy to use, and it sounds awesome!

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                  4.0

                  VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony

                  By Old School

                  from Lake Havasu City, Az.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • No Instructions Included

                  Best Uses

                  • Added Voices To Singers
                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about TC Helicon VoiceTone Single H1 Intelligent Harmony:

                  Only used twice so still exspirmenting with unit. So far band seems to like it. Looking to use cable snake with it to switch to different mikes.

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