TC-Helicon VoiceTone T1
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TC-Helicon VoiceTone T1

VoiceTone T1, Vocal Processor from TC-Helicon in the VoiceTone series.

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MGR/Dave Molter04/09/2011

MGR/Dave Molter's review"TC Helicon VoiceTone Singles"

TC-Helicon VoiceTone T1
Stompboxes for vocalists in four flavors.

These were review units provided to MGR by TC Helicon.
VoiceTone T1 - Adaptive EQ and Dynamics ($129 USD street)
VoiceTone C1 – HardTune and Correction ($169 USD street)
VoiceTone D1 – Doubling and Detune ($149 USD street)
VoiceTone R1 – Vocal Tuned Reverb ($149 USD street)

MGR used the Singles in a club setting using a common rhythm section but five different singers: a male who cut his teeth on metal and had a bit of a, shall we say, dynamics problem; a more blues-oriented singer with plenty of grit to his sound; and three females singers who ran the gamut from Sade sweet to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals raunchy.

As described above, our metal maven likes to perform full-out and peppered his vocals with some sludge metal gutteral utterings as well as some screams that would have made Robert Plant proud. Normally, a soundman would have to ride this singer's channel non-stop to avoid overload. But. connected between this singer's microphone and the snake, the VoiceTone T1 Adaptive EQ and Dynamics did a masterful job of not only keeping his vocals to manageable dynamic level, but also of giving them a very even tone. From croak to scream, the vocals sounded surprisingly even, yet still passionate.

Next up we installed the VoiceTone C1 HardTune and Correction on our Sade-clone female singer, who requested that we channel Cher's AutoTune vibe. This we accomplished with ease by tweaking what we quickly came to call the pedal's 'gender-bender' knob and using Hard Tune setting. A more subtle tuning correction effect is available by turning the tuning knob more counterclockwise, but in our case, we wanted over-the-top, and the VT supplied it.

By far the most fun we had with any of the Singles came when we plugged in the VoiceTone D1 Doubling and Detune. The D1 had us lining up to try our hand at its various settings, all of them based on doubling effect that has the added benefit of TC's research into the fine art of making one voice sound like two or more. Back in the 1970s, my band had one of the first vocal doubling units, and it was always a crapshoot to find a setting that added depth and thickness without being obvious. TC seems to have solved that problem with the D1, which includes not only standard double-tracking effects but also Octave Up, Octave Down, and a very cool Shout setting that must be heard to be appreciated.

Last up on the test platform was our old-school bluesman, who insisted that he had no use for AutoTune, doubling or EQ. 'Just give me reverb!' he demanded. And the VoiceTone R1 Vocal Tuned Reverb delivered. We all know what reverb sounds like, but the R1 took 'verb to new level with 'Vocal Tuned Reverb,' which optimizes eight preset reverbs for use on voice. Included verbs are Hall, Plate, Theater, Club, Room, Studio, Ambience and Arena. If you can't find your perfect reverb in the R1, chances are it doesn't exist.

No problems found. Easy to use and a variety of effects at affordable prices.

Standard heavy-duty style stompbox housing. heavy duty switching plus jacks plus power supply connector.

With the VoiceTone Singles line of stompbox effects pedals for vocalists, TC Helicon has hit a home run. Any singer -- from a rock band frontman who wants to experiment and control his own sound to a solo songbird who can't afford the luxury of a soundman to add effects to her voice -- will love these units. They're easy to use, rugged, yet attractive and affordable. But in this case, hearing is believing. We encourage you to visit the VoiceTone Singles website or a great NAMM video demo to hear them for yourself.

Up to four VoiceTone Singles can be connected together with the TC Helicon VoiceTone Singles Connection Kit to form the ultimate vocal processing chain. The kit includes a 12V power supply, 3 x DC daisy-chaining connectors, 3 x short XLR cables.

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This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
gno08/04/2011

gno's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Just Excellent!"

TC-Helicon VoiceTone T1
A pedal compressor / de-esser, which gives the dynamics and clarity to your voice.
Editable by PC via USB.
XLR input and output, a gain setting and a few buttons.
Its format allows it to slip it into a pedalboard with no worries.

UTILIZATION

You branches, you gain rules, you turn the knobs, it sounds ... what else?

SOUND QUALITY

The quality is top, it seems to remove a cover that is on the speakers of the sound: more dynamic, more clarity, one voice has.
Who am primarily a guitarist and singer, but after doing a few leads, it's just perfect, it helps me a lot and keeps me from forcing my voice on that I do not work necessarily.
I use it in conjunction with a D1 of the same brand, it's just excellent, my T1 is switched on continuously.

OVERALL OPINION

I have a few months, used about thirty times on a variety of live sound system (500 to 10000W) and it's great every time.
Low prices, high quality, efficient, no complaints, and for those who have acute programmite like me, fine.