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  1. I first started singing in choir class in 8th grade, and I continued doing group choir throughout high school. I also occasionally did solos for choir or at church. But ever since I graduated high school, I have only performed once at a small recital for a singing class I was in, and even that was close to two years ago. I really enjoy performing, but for these past few years I've just been hyperfocused on technique. Originally my line of thinking was, "I'll start performing seriously when I'm good enough," or, "when I get the opportunity". But lately I've been thinking, I'm just screwing myself over. If this is what I really want to do (which it is) I need to start doing it now instead of waiting for things to just magically happen. The reason I came here is because I wanted to ask for suggestions on how to practice performance skills and find opportunities to perform for people, rather than just singing random phrases of songs and doing exercises in my car all the time. I've thought about making and recording covers of songs I like. I feel like it would be much more rewarding than just simply practicing all the time, and I could also post things I've recorded on here and get feedback. I'm just not sure where to start with it. I don't have any real recording equipment except for my phone, and though I have started playing guitar recently I'm not good at it yet. But basically what I'm getting at is, I want to start doing something more with my singing now. I'm just not really sure what would be the best option for me at this point. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. Recording plugins are some of the most essential and fun additions for any home recording. The quality and variety of recording plugins available today is simply miraculous. With the right choice of plugins, and a little bit of skill at home recording, an experienced home recording engineer can produce recordings that sound very professional! Plugins are not just for vocal effects. They are also available to simulate vintage preamps, compressors and even recording consoles like the famed SSL console system. In the world of plugins for digital audio work stations, (DAWs), there is no company that does a better job then waves. Visit www.waves.com and learn more about how you can make your home recordings sound professional! TOP RECOMMENDED WAVES PLUGINS FOR RECORDING VOCALS! CLICK HERE TO VISIT WAVES RECOMMENDED VOCAL PLUGINS AT WAVES: CLA VOCALS *JJP VOCALS *EDDIE KRAMER VOCAL CHANNELMASARATI VX1 *BUTCH VIG VOCALS *VOCAL RIDER *HR REVERBHR ECHOREAL ADTAPHEX VINTAGE AURAL EXCITERWAVES TUNEWAVES TUNE LTDOUBLER *DEBREATHDeEsserVITAMIN *RENAISSANCE VOXTHE KING'S MICROPHONESAND A LOT MORE...!* Honorable Mentions... essential! Other Vocal Gear Required for a Complete Home Recording Include The Following Recommendations: A digital Audio Workstation - DAWs: LogicProX, Reaper, ProTools.A digital audio interface: We recommend the Scarlett digital audio interfaces from focusrite.A recording, condenser microphone: RODE Microphones: NT1, K2Pearlman MicrophonesSee The Vocal Gear Store for more suggestions.Headphones: Extreme Isolation x-29s.See The Vocal Gear Store for more suggestions.A Reflextion Fliter: SE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro Ambience.A Pop Filter: See The Vocal Gear Store for more suggestions.
  3. *OPEN VOCALIST AUDITIONS*Impact Event is in search of a pop-rock vocalist. Female preferred, but open to all. Those interested please email impacteventrock@gmail.com"2114" can be listened to here:https://www.reverbnation.com/impactevent/song/23267096-2114 You can find out most information about the band on our website here:http://www.impacteventofficial.com/about.html
  4. Not sure if this fits here hope any ops will be kind enough to move it to a more appropriate place on forums. Hi today I am looking for a small portable mixing desk. With 2 or 4 channels and hopefully battery powered or at least 9v or 12v so I can mod it for battery when out and about. That said there is this Behringer XENYX 1002B This is kind of big for my portable busking setup but if it's the only option will save After thinking about things it would be handy if I could get a small desk that was usb as well as battery and having outputs for speakers too. Then I could use it for recording in pc ans take in my busking setup. Any ideas would help
  5. The "Win New Vocal Gear" page is a service we provide to our sponsor companies. TMV World sponsor companies work with TMV World to offer FREE product give-aways for our membership, in exchange to have an opportunity to share with the TMV World membership the benefits of their products and services for singers. TMV World ONLY works with the best companies in the world and in the last 7 years, we have given away hundreds of microphones, vocal pedals, vocal health products, headphones, accessories and services to lucky members of our community. Companies that have participated in the past include; RODE Microphones, TC-Helicon, Electro Harmonics, Singer's Tea, Electro Voice Microphones, Placid Audio Microphones, Heil Microphones, Extreme Isolation Headphones, Audix Microphones, Hercules Mic Stands and more! In the coming weeks we will have our new "Win New Vocal Gear" page set up and ready to go... at that time, we will begin inviting our sponsor companies to share what they have with us. Thank you for your patience as we put the final touches on our new community system and prepare to offer, not only our members, but our sponsor companies the best venue we can.
  6. HOME RECORDING BASICS - A FOUNDATION FROM WHICH TO START!   THE DAVID LYON SET-UP.     When it comes to recording any instrument, people always get way too caught up in gadgets. This is especially true of recording vocals, especially for do-it-yourself recording studios. People tend to think that a better gadget will always translate into a better recording, which occasionally is true, but rarely. Yes, the better tools and equipment do have certain advantages, but you shouldn't bother proceeding to buy (and potentially wasting your money on) the more expensive recording stuff until *AFTER* you have first mastered the basics of recording, because otherwise it won't really make much (if any) improvement in your recordings. My current vocal recording & mixing setup:   -- Dell Latitude E6420 laptop (almost 3 years old, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, Intel Core i5-2520M 2.5 GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM - In other words, nothing fancy or special) -- M-Audio FastTrack USB 2 (the cheapest DI that I could find at the time, less than $99) -- AKG Perception 120 condenser mic (a good quality mic, but also inexpensive at $99) -- Livewire Advantage 5' XLR microphone cable ($15) -- A cheap pop screen ($10?) -- A cheap tripod microphone boom stand ($20?) -- Reaper 32-bit DAW (Free if you want, I chose to support them, cost $60. I stuck with 32-bit Reaper even though I have 64 bit Windows, because more plugins are available for 32 than 64 bit) -- Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones (About $150. Don't buy the curly cord, get the straight cord!) -- A folding card table to set my laptop and M-Audio interface on. -- My basement family room (completely untreated - basic carpet, some couches, a TV on the wall, a cat weaving between my feet, etc.) That's it! What DOESN'T really matter:   1) Mac vs PC is mostly irrelevant. Digital is digital, so mixing and recording on a Mac vs PC is merely a matter of user interface preference, not results. I've personally found that Mac is the most "popular" platform recommended by musicians, but that Windows is the most "functional" platform that has the most plugins and recording/mixing software available for it. So I use Windows because I get more software options (plus it's much cheaper than Mac). 2) Condenser vs. Dynamic / Cardoid vs. Super-Cardoid / etc... is also mostly irrelevant. Actually these do matter a little bit, but not really for a beginner recording engineer. Different microphones will definitely have different "warmth" and "character", and also different sweet spots, but usually the difference is quite minor and very subjective. Just start out with a good quality mic and use it A LOT until you really know its quirks, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know a mic is like making a good friend - it takes a lot of time together to really know it. Over time, you can begin to work your way into other mics as you begin to learn the subtle nuances of each different mic. What DOES matter when studio recording:   1) Nothing replaces a good performance. Bad vocals recorded in a world-class professional studio are still bad vocals. Relax, have fun, and let your experience and training take the lead. 2) NO CLIPPING! If your microphone is clipping, you either have the gain turned up too high, or you are using the microphone incorrectly, or it's a sh*t/broken microphone that needs to be replaced. Every microphone has a "sweet spot", which will differ depending on the microphone and how loud you sing. Do some experimentation to find your microphone's sweet spot. Keep experimenting until you can record your vocals cleanly at about 60-70% max. In a modern digital recording and mixing environment, there is ABSOLUTELY NO advantage to recording at or near clip! That's an old paradigm from the analog recording days when the tape imparted some "hiss" moving over the heads, which no longer applies when recording and mixing digitally. So, record your tracks normalized to about 60-70% (leave lots of head room), and then adjust volumes to blend properly during the mixing phase, and worry about normalizing only for your master track after it's all said and done with mixing. 3) Use a microphone stand. Using a mic stand helps you keep your mouth in the microphone's sweet spot, and also creates a more consistent recording volume floor. It also eliminates extra noise created by bumping or holding the microphone, plus you can't really use a pop screen without a mic stand. When recording, to control volume for vocal dynamics (like when you're going to shift from a quieter to a significantly louder vocal projection, or vice versa), move your mouth, not the microphone (you can see me doing this on many of my videos, like SOAD - Toxicity). 4) Use a pop screen. This will help reduce the harshness and wind-blow noise from "plosives" - like "B", "F", "P", "T", etc. It can also serve as a convenient visual cue for where to place your mouth to stay in the microphone's sweet spot. Pop screens don't help much as a de-esser, but that's pretty easy to fix in mixing with some fairly simple EQ-ing or plugins. 5) Shut down any unnecessary applications or services on your laptop/workstation when recording. Maybe also temporarily disable Anti-Virus scanners if yours is processor heavy (many are). Definitely shut off email and browsers - you don't want those distractions anyway while recording. 6) Do multiple takes. I'm typically better on my 3-6th take than I am on the earlier takes (warmer, more relaxed, more familiar with what I'm going to do vocally, etc.). Tracks are free in your DAW, so don't be cheap! Make a new track for each new take, and save your work often. 7) Take your time. You are recording at home. It's not like you have to pay per hour for the studio or a recording engineer. If your voice just isn't cooperating with you today, come back and try again later today or tomorrow. 8) Avoid wireless microphones for recording. The conversion and transmission of a wireless signal, even on a really expensive high-quality wireless system, still results in lost fidelity. Use a good quality microphone cable (shorter is better) plugged directly into the mic and the DI. 9) Record tracks DRY with no effects! You can add all the crazy effects your heart could ever desire after the fact during the mixing process. By recording dry, raw tracks, you have unlimited flexibility to mix and add effects to it any way you want in the future. 10) Really, REALLY study and learn how to mix! This is a lifetime achievement goal, one you will definitely not master overnight, if ever... But the more you study, the more tutorials you watch on YouTube, the more real mixing you do, the better you will get at it. Learn what kinds (and what settings) of reverb or compression plugins sound best for your voice in different scenarios. Learn when and how to use a delay or a chorus plugin. Learn how to do doubling and layering of multiple takes. It all takes time, but the more you do it, the better you'll get at it. Those are the basics! Good luck!   Check out my videos on YouTube and Facebook, especially the more recent ones. I hope you'll see that a good quality recording can be made using very basic equipment. In fact, maybe check out some of my older recordings too, because the difference of recording and mixing experience becomes very clear when compared to my newer ones (my recording setup has stayed exactly the same, but my mixing experience continues to develop). I hope this is helpful! -- Dave     Some extra info: HOW TO AVOID CLIPPING:   1) Use a DAW to do your recording and monitoring. Reaper is a perfect one to start with because it's free, and it's probably perfect to stick with forever because it is as good (or maybe better) than almost any other DAW on the market (including ProTools, Studio One, Audacity, etc.). 2) Basically all decent USB Direct Interface ("DI") boxes have at least a Gain knob for the microphone, a master (headphone) volume knob, a Direct Monitoring switch, and a Phantom Power switch. Don't buy a DI for vocals that doesn't have at least these minimum requirements. 3) Plug your microphone and earphones into the DI. Turn ON the Direct Monitoring switch (this way the DI will send your microphone back to the earphones, so you can hear what you're singing, with zero delay). If you have a Dynamic mic, leave the phantom power OFF. If you have a Condenser mic, turn phantom power ON. 4) Launch your DAW, and create a test track to set your volume levels. Set the vocal recording test track to MUTE - you are already monitoring your voice via the DI's direct monitoring, so turn off feedback from the DAW because it will be slightly delayed. Sing into the microphone and watch the recording level indicator in the DAW. Adjust the gain knob on the DI until the recording level tops out at about 60-70% in the DAW (just barely above the "green" and into the "yellow", absolutely NO "red"!). IMPORTANT!! ONCE YOU HAVE BEGUN RECORDING, DON'T TOUCH THE GAIN KNOB AGAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR RECORDING SESSION, EXCEPT IF YOU FIND YOU ARE CLIPPING!!! 5) Import your instrumental music track (the song that you'll be singing/recording along with) into the DAW. It is critical to import the track into the recording session. Don't try to play it in one program while you record in a different program, or you will end up with lots of sync problems when you try to mix. Now, here's the magic, how you hear yourself while recording, without the microphone clipping. Remember, DO NOT TOUCH THE MICROPHONE GAIN KNOB!! 6) Start playing back the song from the DAW, and start singing along to it. Listen to your earphones. If your voice is too quiet, turn UP the master (headphone) volume knob (but *NOT* the microphone gain knob!!) on the DI box. If that makes the music too loud, turn DOWN either the master volume or the instrument track's volume in the DAW! Keep tweaking these two settings until you are able to hear yourself and the music at the same time at a reasonable volume. If you have done all of this correctly, you should now be able to hear both your own voice, and the music track in the earphones at adequate levels; and you should be able to sing as loud (or quiet) as you need to for the song, with the maximum volume in your vocal recording track maxing out at about 70% (nowhere near clip, just barely into the "yellow" area of the level meter, a little bit above "green"). There is (of course) more to it than just that, but that is the basic starting point from which to begin.
  7. Hello my name is SilverStorm! I have a track that will be needing vocals. Unless you live in summerville, south carolina you will need your own mic and a metronome. I will handle all processing and i will give you a lot of credit. Here is the privet link to the song https://soundcloud.com/silver_stormmm/the-long-road-ahead-of-us-free-download contact me about doing vocals with me, my skype is: "kalibfrazier" Link again: https://soundcloud.com/silver_stormmm/the-long-road-ahead-of-us-free-download If the link does not work contact me on facebook: Kalib Dane Frazier https://www.facebook.com/kalib.frazier.1 or Skype: "kalibfrazier" Have a good one!
  8. I found this cool web site that offers bed tracks for Classical arias and art songs! Check it out! http://www.virtualorchestra.eu
  9. A really great deal on Nectar 2, an awesome plugin for your DAW... https://www.izotope.com/en/products/mixing-mastering/nectar/?&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=MailChimp&utm_campaign=2015-05+Nectar+2&utm_content=Nectar+2+Non+Owners
  10. Hi all I am a singer/songwriter musician who plays guitar, bass, ukulele etc and I go busking from time to time. sure i am in no way a professional at all. I have just made a neat amp from a sub woofer which has a mod added to the circuit which bypasses the low frequency filter in the sub. (for more info see Acoustic Amplifier where i got the idea i have the same 12v car sub at bottom of page) thsi amp can be powered by mains and battery and i intend to use it for busking. The amp sounds great especially for guitar/bass and my electric stompbox foot drum. only problem is the microphone is not quite loud enough by itself. into this amp i have a small portable microphone mixer pictured below. this just gives me 4 channels into the amp, with no effects, eq or boost. i need a boost for the microphone, a small battery powered pedal. it does not have to be an expensive unit. i am just wanting to see my options. on another note I have seen many professional microphone pedals by tc helicon, boss etc many which are not battery powered. so not sure what i could use at all. initially just needing a boost to the mic i am not against looking at other battery powered mic effects pedals if they are good and give vocal effects too. I am kind of on a Low budget so would love to know any low cost options first, Thanks for taking the time to read and apply to this post.
  11. Is there a big difference between D5 and D7?
  12. Hi. I'm in a new project/band and we just got a small practice space. 9ft x 13ft. There are 2 electric guitars, bass and drums and vocal PA. I have a Sennheiser e935 which I really like the sound of but it's not really able to deliver in this situation. It's a cardioid pick up pattern so not great with feedback. We're in such a small space that I can't really crank it to where I need it to be. In addition to that, I am not able to EQ it in a flattering way. I can't bump the treble up which my voice really benefits from.      When I bought the Sennheiser I tried out a couple of other mics including the EV ND767A. I thought that one was going to be the winner because I was looking for a really "airy" detailed, condenser-like signal. But the Sennheiser was sounding better that day so I bought it. I remember thinking the EV was a little brittle sounding but I was rushing through the process so who knows.       Anyway, I'm looking at the EV again as well as the Audix OM5 and the OM7. These are all either super cardioid or hyper cardioid which should help a lot with feedback rejection. The OM7 is the only one that is a low output mic. The others are considered high output. The OM7 is also the priciest and apparently the best for feedback problems.     Worth mentioning- I have what one might consider to be a bit of a "woofy" voice. Lots of bass....low mids. I'm working on that by the way.Resonance, twang etc.        But in the past I have had trouble cutting through the mix in situations like this one. So I guess I'm trying to solve two problems at once. .......being able to crank the mic without feedback in our practice space and being able to EQ the vocals in a more favorable way. Having a mic that already has an EQ bump in the higher frequencies seems like the way to go. Plus I like my voice with most large diaphragm condensers and hate it with an SM58.       So what do ya'll think? Should I get the EV? The Audix? Something else as long as it's not a 58?   
  13. Just curious to know if anyone else is using the VL2 for gigging (or recording)?     I've been using it live in my band for about 6 months and love it, however I've found the learning curve is a bit steep (coming from someone with no knowledge of how effects like harmonies or delays need to be programmed).   Wondering if anyone would be interested in sharing patches at all?
  14. The TMV World Vocal Gear Recommendations! This forum is designed to capture recommendations from the members of The Modern Vocalist World regarding vocal gear. Please share with the community your top recommendations regarding microphones, vocal effects, vocal pedals, home recording gear, DAWs, vocal health products and any other products and services that would be of interest for this singing community. Recommendations from the community will then be added to the customer built, TMV Vocal Gear Store. The Vocal Gear Store will save you time because all the products have been tried and tested by the TMV World Membership. Those that post and share their recommendations, we thank you for your time and contributions. Visit The Vocal Gear Store!
  15. Please participate in this poll... this "Poll" post has been opened up for discussion as well.   This is a hard question to answer... but for live work its a toss up between the Electro Voice 767a, Sennheiser e935... and live condensers, for sure the RODE M2.    Check all these mics out at the TMV World Vocal Gear Store, this is an original store we created for members here. It saves you time.   Here is a little interview I did on microphones on a show called "Gear Addicts".  
  16. Hello TMV World Forum Athletes;   I was invited to do an interview for a TV program that reviews musician gear. This was a segment for "vocal gear". I brought in my personal collection of hand held live microphones and stomper pedals and discussed it on the show. I think it is some what informative and a bit entertaining... I think its a good idea to get it posted on the forum here.   Enjoy!   Robert Lunte - Microphone and Vocal Pedal Reviews - Hard Rock Cafe         CLICK HERE   FOR PDF OF TVS/ROBERT VOCAL GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS     CLICK HERE   FOR THE TMV WORLD VOCAL GEAR STORE
  17. Hey all, This is an article I wrote recently for The Singer's Newsletter, and it's a first ever. There are gifts here that I still want!! You can sign up for it on my website (see below). Happy Holidays! -teri danz  recording artist/vocal coach   10 Best Gifts for Singers A Performing Microphone -  this is basic. A gift of this would make any singer jump for joy. Every singer needs their own microphone! Please, please, please, free singers from depending on the "club" microphone. The SN sponsor, Sennheiser, offers amazing mics at an affordable cost. The Sennheiser e835 or e935 (for bigger venues and bands) are excellent vocal mics, and the e935 is a standard professional vocal mic. Their wireless mics are exceptional, affordable and dependable. Amazing sound, great price, and the company continues to push the edge on all of their products. A Keyboard - It can be small and portable or a full 88 keys, but without one, it's difficult to know where you are in your range, what key you're in, etc... Every singer needs this as a tool. We're thrilled that Casio is onboard as a SN sponsor. They have a range of great products from beginner to professional (check out their award winning Privia Line). A Digital Recorder - From Tascam to Zoom, this is an essential part of a singer's arsenal. You have to record yourself to know what you sound like, and not only that, what you sound like when you do certain things. A Wireless Bluetooth speaker - A speaker is another go-to. Many recorders don't have speakers or their speakers are too small to hear clearly.  The Jawbone Jambox speaker is awesome to amplify your recording. It's clear, plenty loud and easy to use! It's made playback a dream (mine is in purple/white). Plus, it's offered through Groupon for a steal.   Other brands are available also. Bose has its SoundLink Mini; JBL has The Flip and The (larger) Charge; and of course, the Beats Pill by Dr. Dre. A New Mic Stand and/or Cup Holder for it - If you have to bring your own equipment, this is a no brainer. Mic stands have come of age - lightweight and sturdy, and gone are the days where you have to reach for a water bottle on the stage floor (and drop it)or behind the mixer, etc... A Vocal Exercise CD - Vocal exercises are key in any singer's arsenal - for warming up, expanding range, clearing congestion, maintaining vocal health.  Your New Best Vocal Exercise CD is a basic, but for more advanced CD's, check Amazon for pop vocal technique - no opera or classical. Pop technique is a very specific way to train your voice and your range. A Vocal Lesson, Vocal Package, or Workshop Gift Certificate - You, your band's or choir singer friend may not think they need lessons, but I guarantee you, if you buy them, they will come... and be grateful. A Working or Studio Session with an Arranger, Guitarist or Keyboardist - I know I would be thrilled to receive (yes, still!) a session to work out songs with a professional musician. You can never have too much help, input or time with your music. Sing Like A Pop Star Live! Workshop co-founder, Gaku Murata, offers sessions for singers on the both the musical and production sides. He does music charts, too! Local recording studios offer deals during the holiday, so look for them as well. A Massage Gift Certificate -  Yes! As a singer, your body is your instrument. Taking care of it is a top priority. Rest and rejuvenation is essential to a great performance. A Vocal Primer! Of course, now's a great time to get your favorite singer a vocal book with basics! Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great (by yours truly!) - buy at Hal Leonard and Amazon. Sign up for The Singer's Newsletter at teridanz.com or email vocalcoach@teridanz.com
  18. So we have been turning this house, obviously not my house lol (I am married to a fuddie duddy ha ha). But turning this house into a recording studio, rehearsal place, the one i have spoke about a few times. Anyways, ass holes broke in when no one was there. https://app.box.com/s/v4v85ta9ynj7kvmbkwet Right behind me is where they broke in https://app.box.com/s/z0qjip8xynw45iuyjk4m This sets things back some, least they were too st st stupid to take the expensive instruments.
  19. INTRODUCING THE TC HELICON VOICE LIVE TOUCH 2 They call it a "Vocal-Designer". Interesting, I thought to myself while unpacking the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 from its box. As the name implies TC-Helicon has released a new version of its innovative 'Touch' series which builds upon the original Voice Live Touch. I'll be upfront and say that I never had the opportunity to try out the original Voice Live Touch so this review will strictly be based on my experience with the new unit: the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2. Gone are the colorful touch pads and diminutive LED screen. Instead, the Touch 2 is more serious wrapped in subdued grey with a much more usable LCD screen. Being this is a very menu driven device I imagine this is a welcome change to the original Touch users. TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2: Build This product can be purchased at The Vocal Gear Store. As with all TC-Helicon gear, the build quality of the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 makes it feel like every bit of its $500 street value. There are no manual knobs and buttons on the Touch 2. Instead, every control aside from a mic gain knob is a touch pad. It's an interesting design concept that is going to work for some but may be troublesome for others. The layout is generally straightforward and once you get a hold of the basics of how to drive into settings, the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 is fairly intuitive. I wish TC Helicon had given thought to backlighting their pads as I can see having issues in a dark club environment finding the right pad to hit, especially if you prefer as I do to not stand mount it. As a workaround, I highly recommend using their 3 button foot control available for purchase separately. TC Helicon touts the VL2 as giving singers "unprecedented creative control of their live sound with state-of-the-art vocal effects and performance looping in an intuitive touch layout." This I agree with. The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 packs an enormous catalog of preset effects to get you started sorted by genre such as Rock, Pop, Alternative etc. that mock the vocal effects used on a large v ariety of hit socks. If that isn't enough they are continually updating the catalog that is downloadable directly to the VLT2's using VoiceLive support. The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 In Practice The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 is pretty much ready to go out of the box. Built in is TC's fabulous adaptive tone which automagically applies adaptive EQ, compression and de-ess to your voice. It almost always sounds great and it certainly does on the Touch 2. Every effect is just about infinitely customizable on the Touch 2 including all the usual suspects of HardTune, tap delay, reverb, harmony, doubling, choir, and transducer. However, I generally found myself starting with one of the built-in presets and then customizing it to fit my sound. One of the more interesting features added on the Touch 2 is an effects "slider" that allows you to a choc tweak with your sound as you go. TC has come a long ways with their harmony algorithms by syncing them up with instrument input to ensure they are always on point and realistic sounding. The Touch 2 adds to the flexility of this by incorporating 8 total voices (more than you'd likely every need) and what they call "RoomSense". If one doesn't have an instrument to plug into the VoiceLive, the two onboard microphones take it the chord structures based off what its hearing in the room to decide how to apply the harmonies. I would argue there's no replacement for real harmonies, but this comes so damn close that admittedly even I have started using them. Another key feature to point out is the 6 track TC VLOOP performance looper. This is where things can really get creative with the ability to record your vocals on the fly for up to 30 seconds. The Touch 2 is so intelligent that it will even quantize those for you for perfect loops. One you have your loops you than then add Reverse, Filter, Slow Speed, Squeeze and Squeeze Auto to really make things interesting. Overall I felt that the looper was well done and simple enough that it could be used in a live situation. CONCLUSIONS about The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 is without question an extremely powerful tool. At the end of the day, it does however, cater itself slightly more towards the studio and solo artist than it does to more of a rocker like myself. I felt the menu-driven design and touch interface left me spending more time in trial and error before finding a sound than I would have spent flipping a knob or hitting a switch on the Voice Tone series pedals. In my opinion, though, TC has found a niche within a niche market with the VLT2. If this looks like it might be your kinda thing I recommend you check it out. View full articles