Hands-On Review:A super hot new vocal processor that puts the works in one box!
To give the VoicePrism a trial run, I joined up with my pal Steve. Steve has a deluxe sound system, a computer full of sequences, and a keyboard he uses for triggering harmonies. He plays gigs every weekend and uses a harmonizer to the max. If Steve approved, it would be a big endorsement. The result of our evening was a big two thumbs up. Steve has placed his order. And here are the main reasons why Steve was willing to shell out the bucks:
More Than a Harmony Processor
Really, the VoicePrism is a full vocal channel that includes a sophisticated harmony module. It offers you four voice harmonies with individually adjustable parameters for each voice, along with separately adjustable thickening and doubling parameters for the lead voice. It offers you a wide choice of harmony modes and programming capability, with a high quality mic preamp, compression, gating, and full EQ; plus two blocks of super high quality chorus, reverbs (five kinds), delays (six kinds), and flanging. And they’re all highly adjustable via editing menus. The VoicePrism can be operated from the front panel or with a foot switch. Harmonies can be triggered from a keyboard or a MIDI sequencer. It also has a digital output for recording purposes.
Killer Sound Quality
As with any sound processing tool, the most important thing is the quality of its sound. The VoicePrism brings harmonizing into the 24-bit 44.1kHz world, and the difference between it and 16-bit predecessors is immediately apparent. It also has a very high-quality mic pre-amp, which, coupled with the excellence of the T.C. reverbs, delays, and chorus, make the VoicePrism shine. The first thing we did after plugging it in was hit the preview button. We were treated to a series of four sample presentations, first with the VoicePrism bypassed, and then with it turned on. Channeled through the VoicePrism, lead voices became fatter and more resonant. Single voices blossomed into big, rich harmonies.
A Great Display
Loads of Presets
The Human Factor
Once you get it figured it out, the controls are very quick, easy, and even helpful. Use the browser buttons to select harmony type and effects and then isolate the presets available to each particular button. That way, only the selected presets show up on the screen as you turn the data wheel. A great simplifying feature! Underneath the display window are four soft knobs that you can tweak to change the voices or effects showing on the screen above each knob. Just push the knob to get a submenu of parameters to select from, or turn the knob one way or the other to zip through a series of instant changes. All the changes are instantly applied in realtime so you hear the results as you edit.
I could go on about many more nifty details and features of the VoicePrism, but these are the main things that distinguish it as a truly state-of-the-art processor. One more feature is its price. For what it offers, it is surprisingly affordable and makes a great addition to performance systems or recording setups. Take Steve’s and my word for it. Whether you use the VoicePrism live or in the studio, it will be the star performer in your vocal setup.
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Include compression and dual parametric equalizers. Can be assigned to the lead channel, the harmony channel, or both.
The Lead Channel
Has a thickening algorithm to create double tracking effects. VoicePrism Upgrade Card (planned for 2001) will introduce additional Human Voice Modeling (HVM™ ) and other effects.
The Harmony Channel
Includes four independent, formant-corrected pitch shifters to create very natural harmonies. Humanizing parameters can be adjusted independently including: gender, vibrato, timing, randomizing, and scooping.
Two post effects blocks can be applied to lead and harmony voices: chorus, flange, delay, and reverb.
The AUX In
The aux in allows integration of additional material into the final effects blocks and mixing with the vocals.
VoicePrism comes standard with stereo 1/4” unbalanced/TRS balanced outputs plus S/PDIF stereo digital out. VoicePrism Upgrade Card (planned for 2001) also adds AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O.