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Vocal Processor from TC-Helicon belonging to the VoiceTone series

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Published on 12/26/10 at 13:35
In large compressor / EQ automatic, and effects (reverb / delay / distortion ..) adjustable.
For a detailed description, see the website of TC.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is simple?

The general setup is quite complex because the device has lots of settings and possibilities, with quite a few buttons, so the grip requires patience and instruction.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

The manual is clear, but as the device is complex, it does not immediately all the possibilities (I do not know if I am clear!).

Editing sounds and effects is easy?

Once the pedal control, it is easy to edit an effect.

HOWEVER, and this is true (only?) Failure of the equipment, effects presets not work non-modifiable at will, let me explain.

When you select the preset distortion, we can control the amount / intensity of distortion, reverb, delay, etc. ... but you can change the type of reverb or delay. If the preset distortion is assigned a short delay, we can not assign a tap tempo delay.

In 95% of cases, it's not embarrassing, but we know only its big brother the VoiceLive that allows unlimited edition.

Buying a footswitch is debatable, seeing as required for use.
It can turn off the effect without changing preset. Example: Enable / disable the delay on the preset distortion, without having to save a preset "distortion alone" and a preset "distortion + delay".

SOUND QUALITY

Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?

The key "tone" is very effective. This applies gentle compression, and equalization which allows out of the mix. The sound is cleaner and clearer.

Reverb and delay on top. TC's reputation is second to none in this area.

For effects "accessory" use a lot of distortion and megaphone. Obviously the distortion does not sound as though a very good pre-amp tube pushed up, but she filled her role very well for the live.

OVERALL OPINION

For how long have you been using it?

I use it for 6 months. Roughly thirty hours.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?

No, but I have listened to the demos on the internet and the reputation of the TC on this kind of pedals (and effects in general) have convinced me.

I had the opportunity to hear (in real life, not on the net) the kind of pedal digitech VX400 which seems cheap and sounds cheap (in fact when you see one suspects that it messes up the more the sound that something else, and when we hear it is confirmed), and the EV-20 boss who seems much less cheap, but the overall sound reproduction is a notch below the TC.

What thing do you like most/least about it?

The -: The failure to change the type of effect for a given preset. Its only flaw for me.

The +: everything else

What is your opinion about the value for the price?

Very good. Produces well-built, affordable for small budgets, including all effects are quality.

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?

With the same budget (250th in July 30th of 2010 + footswitch) and the same needs (wholesale switch to a raw sound compression, equalization, reverb, and sometimes with a delay or a distortion), I do it again this election .

TC now has a wide range of pedals and pedal (quality) for singers, so much to learn about the range, to choose the best according to his needs.
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