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Re: vocal effects processors?

Hey all -- Wanted to thank you for the suggestions for a vocal processor. 
Matt -- I had just bought a Mic Mechanic right before your message 
arrived. After a little more research it seemed closest to what I needed, 
sans the distortion and programmability....

My brief review:
You get a small number of reverb & reverb+echo presets, including kind of 
a neato slapback. The only adjustable parameters are the wet/dry, the 
tempo of the echo (using the tap button), and the echo feedback. Good 
enough for now...

There's a somewhat frightening "tone" button with option of being either 
on or off, and that's it. This is a pre-designed combination of eq, active 
compression and de-essing, supposedly one-size-fits-all. 
Dare I say: the tone enhancement was better than I had anticipated. It 
removes a bit more low end than I'd like, but for cutting through a rock 
band it was actually just the ticket. The compression is gentle and 
transparent, and there remains some warmth even with the low cut.

There's an auto-tune option that I kept in the middle position during the 
gig, and it, too, was less offensive than you might think. Rather than 
force my voice unnaturally it added a slight chorusing effect to even out 
the pitch. As much as I hate auto-tune, it actually gave me a tad more 
confidence during the difficult listening situation of singing with a loud 
band behind me. For more intimate situations I'd turn it off.

A few more basic effects and this thing would be perfect, but for the 
price -- very affordable -- I'm happy. And it's cute, and red.

 -- Amy

On Jul 29, 2015, at 9:09 AM, Matt Connell wrote:

> Hi Amy, my name is Matt and I work for TC-Helicon, so perhaps I may be 
> able to offer some good insight here.
> First off, the VL2 is a great suggestion, but it does indeed have 
> perhaps more than you are looking for. Also, to be clear there is the 
> VoiceLive 2 (a floor unit) and the VoiceLive Touch 2 (the mic stand 
> mount unit). Both are great, but offer some different features. One item 
> you may be interested in taking a look at from TCH is the "Mic 
> Mechanic". It overs a simple set of reverbs and delays, and some great 
> vocal tone enhancement. It does also do pitch correction, but that can 
> easily be turned off.
> You can check out more about the mic mechanic here:
> http://www.tc-helicon.com/en/products/mic-mechanic/http://www.tc-helicon.com/en/products/mic-mechanic/
> We also have an app called Voice Rack Effects. If you have an iPad, this 
> can be used live to achieve different vocal sounds from reverbs to 
> delays to distortions, to some other more wacky effects. The presets are 
> not editable, but for a $5 app, it's hella powerful and can hold it's 
> own for a live performance no problem.
> Matt Connell
> TC-Helicon Music On Mobile
> TC Group
> 335 Gage Avenue, Suite 1
> Kitchener ON  N2M 5E1
> Canada
> Phone: +1 (519) 745 1158 x237
> Cell: +1 (519) 835-7262
> matt.connell@tc-helicon.com
> http://musiconmobile.tc-helicon.com
> ________________________________
> From: Sam Rogers [onemouthband@gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:54 AM
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: RE: vocal effects processors?
> Per's VL2 suggestion is certainly a good one. The microphone stand 
> mounted touch interface is probably good for your act, Amy. But it also 
> provides a lot more firepower/effects than you’re looking for (good 
> thing? bad thing?).
> An alternative, simpler pedal that sounds great is the Flashback (also 
> TC Helicon):
> http://www.tcelectronic.com/flashback-delay/
> It’s essentially just a delay pedal, but the knobs make it very easy to 
> get all the sound support you’re looking for — without lots of confusing 
> extras (though it does have a simple looping function too). There are 
> two other versions of the Flashback (mini, X4, Triple), but this 
> mid-grade one is likely the one you want.
> I’ve used this nifty little thing to turn my signal to stereo and send 
> it to my RC3 looper for many solo vocal gigs. Very simple & compact, 
> very full sound, very nice price ($100 bucks). Hope that helps!
> Sam Rogers
> http://OneMouthBand.com/
> From: Amy X Neuburg 
> <amyx@isproductions.com<mailto:amyx@isproductions.com>>
> Subject: vocal effects processors?
> Date: July 25, 2015 at 12:59:42 AM MDT
> To: 
> Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com<mailto:Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> I bet you folks will have some suggestions for inexpensive live vocal 
> processor pedals.
> For those rare gigs where I’m just singing (not schlepping all my gear), 
> I like a little reverb on my voice, and occasionally a tube distortion 
> effect or a delay. Many of the little art houses where I frequently play 
> have no effects in-house, so I bring my old Dynachord rack unit and hook 
> it up to their mixer as a send. Sounds great.
> But this is a pain, and I can’t change effects from the stage, so I’m 
> thinking about a pedal or other small device to use like an insert. This 
> will color the sound, I realize, so I wonder if anyone knows of a 
> particularly clean one. I’m okay without huge programming capability — 
> some good presets with a few adjustable parameters would be fine.  Do 
> not need looper, do not need harmonizer, do not need auto-tune (blech!). 
> Does something this simple even exist?
> I see a TC Helicon Single R1 that does ONLY reverb. That’s TOO simple.
> Thanks!
> — Amy
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> Amy X Neuburg
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Amy X Neuburg