TC-Helicon VoiceWorks
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TC-Helicon VoiceWorks

VoiceWorks, Vocal Processor from TC-Helicon in the VoiceWorks series.

James... 09/09/2011

TC-Helicon VoiceWorks : James...'s user review

"Solid vocal effects"
5

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Voice harmonies, gender based harmony, vocal effects, pitch correction, reverb, delay, chorus, flange, etc, compressor, gate, EQ, high quality preamps, stereo output. I like to think of this as a studio version of the TC voicelive, although I have used this unit in a live setting. I actually bought this after I had used Voicelive for some time and I liked it so much I wanted a rack version. The price was pretty reasonable so I sprang for the Voiceworks. This unit isn't PC capable. It's a very basic rack processor with high quality audio. Made to work in a studio or possibly live in that kind of signal path. Intended of vocals obviously. Kind of wish it did have USB or something though...it's 2011.

UTILIZATION

TC units are not exactly easy to dial in. Like the voicelive a lot of people will stick with the presets for lack of an ability to dial in the effects. The manual though, is pretty good for those who are willing to learn. The actual menu navigation is very easy and sensible. If you've used a rack effects unit you won't have trouble. Dialing it in properly is the real challenge. Just approach it like any other effects rack. It's a learning process.

SOUND QUALITY

The harmonies and pitching are above average. Honestly you aren't going to get realistic harmonies. It's more of a gimmick effect that bands like Cynic use. Not exactly an effect that will fool anyone. The pitch correction is okay. Not a full fledged autotune but it has its place. I really just use the reverbs most of the time. Which these are amazing. So lush and deep. A lot like the voicelive which is why I love it. Very configurable if you have the patience to get into the menu. The other effects are good although I rarely use them. Sound quality is fine and I don't notice any signal loss or any sort of that.

OVERALL OPINION

I actually use this live most of the time as a reverb and deesser. For that application it's great. I've tried a few units like the voiceworks and for my money I think it's the best. I'm sad that I don't use everything it offers. It's got a lot of horsepower for people who need some crazy vocal tasks to be done. In the studio or live it can deliver.