A friend found this product for me at the most recent NAMM show in California. A demonstration was being given and one just had to drop what they were doing and be amazed. I got this product to help me go up a couple notches on the vocal ladder. I'm up there when it comes to a strong, heavy voice, but get winded by doing so after performing for extended periods. The Voice Works can help me get back to being full force by keeping me in tune, holding notes out while I start the next phrase, help with keeping the harmonies in line, and much more. It helps enhance what you already have. I paid around $400 for it and feel that it was a sound investment in my instrument. So if you're looking for more than a new "toy" and are serious about your voice, I would get the Voice Works should be your voice of choice.
I like the price value for the pro-quality. It's great for more than in the studio. A nice live tool that gives me an extra kick. It's easy to use and doesn't take nearly as long as similar products do to figure out.
I have not found anything yet about the unit that is undersireable.
The construction of the unit is the same as any basic rack mountable product: metal and plastic. It's solid and tight.
The Voice Works is truly the voice works. Yes it does! If you got it and now want to flaunt it, the Voice Works could be a good tool to aid your voice. I actually enjoy using this more than other similar products I've tried. New on the block, but ready to rock!
The TC Helicon Voice Works provides great clean vocal effects for your songs. No need to fish through all of your software effects if you can have it vintage style in hardware. Rack this thing up on your workstation . Don’t purchase this thinking that you can usb it up with your software though. You just flat out cant do that with this unit. I am not too sure why they didn’t make that available but maybe its because its older?
But we have used this several times and love using the chorus and reverb on a lot of the harmonies and backing vocals that we pan from side to side. If you use this right you can get some really clean and neat effects going on in your music..
Pretty simple to get up and running but not easy. I have been using these type of hardwares for almost 20 years so I fully understand how to use them. So hoping from one to the next really isn’t that difficult once you get 1 down you pretty much know them all.
The pitching on here really didn’t stick out to me though, Software pitch correction is way better than this unit could every be. You just don’t have as much control in pitch correction with this rack able unit. But as far is the chorus , flange and reverb go, its perfect! But if you are looking for great pitch correction don’t get this unit. The issue is that there are so many softwares out there that can do what this can do now.
Times have changed and I don’t see the need to purchase this unless you are all hardware and down plan on switching over to digital (which I don’t think that many people are using all hardware anymore) But all in all this is a classic voice processor and still gets a thumbs up from me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main effects in this unit are Vocal Harmonizing, voice doubling, pitch correction, Chorus effects, Some high quality reverbs, delays with tap tempo ability, a compressor, 3 band EQ and a Gate.
Yes, these effects can be edited through a downloadable plugin off of TC Helicon's website.
Yes, it is designed to be placed in a Effects rack.
Well, its analog in the sense that it takes in your voice but the insides are all digital. No tubes in this guy.
It has an XLR and a 1/4" input. Balanced 1/4" outputs, S/PDIF in/out, Midi in/out/thru and a pedal jack input.
Using just the hardware unit by itself, the editing can be a little bit of a pain. Its hard to really focus on one tiny LCD screen to accomplish a lot of work. Thankfully they have the Computer Plugin that makes is so much easier to do.
The general setup is somewhere in the middle between Easy and Hard. It has a lot of options to mess with, especially when dealing with harmonies. You definitely need to read the manual to get a feel for this guy. I also highly recommend using the computer plugin. Its almost a necessity.
The original manual, or Quick setup guide, doesn't give you nearly enough info to really open this unit up. Since its release, TC has uploaded a new, more in depth manual to its website. You need to download this. It is clear enough, but be prepared to do a lot of reading and learning if you want to master the Voice Works.
This is strictly for vocals. I have never tried to put another instrument into it and have no real need to ever try.
TC Helicon is famous for there work with Vocal Preamps and effects and this unit stands up to that reputation. I don't think my voice has sounded better than when I use this unit. The mics are faithfully reproduced and the Pre amp is very transparent. I also want to mention that it generates little to no noise into the signal chain.
The presets are fun to start off with, but if you really want to use this device, especially the harmonies, you need to program it. If you don't, your harmonies will sound off. You need to tell it what key, or what progression you are following.
I also own the Pedal that operates the unit. Having the foot pedal is my absolute favorite thing. You can use it to switch between patches, tap tempo effects and do something really cool...Harmony Hold. Basically you sing a note and have the harmonies come in. You hold down on the pedal and the harmonies hold their notes as you go on to others. What a brilliant Idea. It really adds a lot when doing a show and you are the only one that can sing.
What I like least is the amount of time you need to spend learning this device. Its not an unbelievable amount of time, but it has a decent learning curve. But in the end, the time you spend will be worth every minute.
The precision and quality is spot on. The reverbs are spectacular and the harmonies are extremely nice. A lot better than I expected actually, especially for the female reproductions.
No, this is the first harmonizer I have really used. As for reverbs and delays, yes, tons of them. For vocals, this unit provides the best I have used so far.
If something happened to this unit I would be very sad. At that point though, I would buy the new Voice Works Plus, just because of the added options.