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dcon1111
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T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

I am on the verge of purchasing a vocal harmony processor. I have done a lot of research both online and with various music stores. I'm kinda on the fence as to whether the T.C. Helicon VoiceLive when used with their HarmonyControl/Guitar pedal or the Digitech Vocalist Live 4 would be the best choice. I read the comments and opinions that Rayman , Ted the Musician and others had posted but at that time I don't believe any one had been using the VoiceLive with the HarmonyControl/Guitar pedal which in theory would work very much like th e Digitech Vocalist Live 4. And if quality of the harmony voices compare favorably on these 2 units. And although the Helicon setup would be around $300 more, if the tracking and voice qualities were superior it would be worth it to me. I was wondering if anyone has played with and done enough tweaking with the Digitech Vovalist Live 4 to know whether the humanizing type functions are on par with the Helicon VoiceLive. It seems I've heard more than one person comment on the sense of realness that the Helicon produces. If anyone can help me with my quest it would be greatly appreciated.
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dandyman
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

Well, I have not USED the Digitech unit, but I have heard it (I use the Helicon VoiceLive with the Harmony Control Guitar units). The Helicon sounds much more like real voices (at least to my ear). The Harmonty Control Guitar works very well, but its not perfect... It has trouble tracking songs in 'D' (at least w/my guitars)... but it certainly cuts the 'button dancing' down to a minimum... for most songs, once you pick your preset, you don't even need to touch either of the units. (On a lot of songs with straight-forward third of fifth-type harmonies, I leave the HC guitar 'off' because its not needed... the VL unit handles the harmony changes.)

I don't know about the Digitech units, but among other things, the Helicon VL lets you customize and save scales for non-standard harmonies... you can also edit and save your presets to your computer.

The down-side to the Helicon VL is that there are so many options that the learning curve is fairly steep... but you can sound good (w/o customizing) right out of the box. YMMV 🙂

Dan
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

The VL4 has changed the way I do music.

It tracks the harmonies very well, and sounds good to my ears.

Listen to some of the harmonies on my You Tube Site, or on my myspace below.
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

Hey dcon...I know it's not really what you asked but I was also considering the same units that you mentioned and ultimately went with the Telicon HarmonyG.

Couldn't be happier. I thought I may need the programming capabilities available in the others and maybe the additional harmonies. Nope. The 2 part harmonies are right on the money for my band situation.

I also thought I'd need the pitch correction but it hasn't been an issue at all.

Don't rule out the cheaper TC HarmonyG...it may work for you

JD
dcon1111
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

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Originally posted by JD1:
Hey dcon...I know it's not really what you asked but I was also considering the same units that you mentioned and ultimately went with the Telicon HarmonyG.

Couldn't be happier. I thought I may need the programming capabilities available in the others and maybe the additional harmonies. Nope. The 2 part harmonies are right on the money for my band situation.

I also thought I'd need the pitch correction but it hasn't been an issue at all.

Don't rule out the cheaper TC HarmonyG...it may work for you

JD
dcon1111
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

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Originally posted by JD1:
Hey dcon...I know it's not really what you asked but I was also considering the same units that you mentioned and ultimately went with the Telicon HarmonyG.

Couldn't be happier. I thought I may need the programming capabilities available in the others and maybe the additional harmonies. Nope. The 2 part harmonies are right on the money for my band situation.

I also thought I'd need the pitch correction but it hasn't been an issue at all.

Don't rule out the cheaper TC HarmonyG...it may work for you

I had entertained the thought of getting the TC HarmonyG but wasn't sure I would be satisfied with having less options and features. Perhaps I should go demo one at my local music store. Thanks for the suggestion
JD
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

here is a link to a forum for the TC-helicon VoiceLive
VoiceLive forum
You might find some useful info over there.
I have one..it is very complex..many many options...great sound..very real..useable for recordings..there are reports of software problems...I have experienced this too....good info about all this on the voicelive forum.
...harry
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

Yeah, I had bought one. They are high quality but I lacked the patience and knowledge to use it. For a simple guy like me, the Vocalist Live is a better option.
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

I HIGHLY recommend TC Helicon Voicetone Harmony M and Harmony G..... they are inexpensive and sound STELLAR..... voicetone M follows midi chords. voicetone G follows guitar chords. I own BOTH.

THEY ARE DEAD SIMPLE TO OPERATE. I initially bought the Digitech voice live PRO.. it was too complex to figure out. TC Helicon voicetone's are highly recommended by me/
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Re: T.C. Helicon VoiceLive versus Digitech Vocalist Live 4

I don't know if I should post this here or not Maybe it shoul be a private message to Mysticradio because I think he's the only one mentioning that he has this but I have been looking at the VoiceTone Harmony-M. I'm not sure how I would use it thought because I am part of a duo. Here is my situation:

I use sequences on my Motif ES and leave out an instrument to play along with them, usualy piano or electric paino. I alo sing.

My wife has a PSR-2000 (I think). She doesn't play it that much... just a few little solos here and there and she sings as well.

We pride our selves on our two part harmony but I was looking at the Harmony-M for addition harmony as well as Ooos and Ahhs. We both woudn't need to use the harmony at the same time but I would like us to both have the benefits of the effects and vocal processing of the Harmony-M. Would I need two units to accomplish this. But then if I get two units, If there would be a song where my wife would be doing the harmonies, it wouldn't work because she would have the midi information from the Motif ES coming into her Harmony-M.

My apologies for this being kind of off topic but I learn so much from you all and you are my only source. Oh I also have an L1 Model 1 and a T1. in addition to the keyboards we use two SM58 Shure Mics.