TC-Helicon Voicelive Play

For quite some time I’ve been wanting to add a hardware effects unit to my live show exclusively for vocals. While Ableton is an incredible live tool I don’t want to be fiddling with pixels while I sing (scream). Although I could have a dedicated MIDI controller set up just for my vocal effects I don’t want to complicate my set up further as I already have a controller for synth/drum parts and Ableton is running a HD video in sync with the live show. I’m a huge fan of TC-Helicon. If your a reader of the blog you know Voicemodler for Powercore was my favorite plug-in and I recently picked up a Voiceworks Plus in my studio. I had my eye on Helicon’s live voice boxes for a bit but honestly they seemed a little pricey and complicated or too large. I am at my very limit as far as suitcase weight goes. I overlooked a January Namm announcement they made for a box they are now selling called the Voicelive Play. What I really like about this box is that I can set up presets, name them and click through them easily as my show and songs progress through a live set. The great feature that made be buy the unit is the HIT button. Basically it’s a second layer of effect(s) that you turn on for say a chorus or break. Watch the smartly produced aka easy to watch and learn from online manual above to get into everything this $250 box can do. If your a Sound on Sound subscriber you can read their review of the Voicelive Play here: link. See you at the show!

“Whether you’re at the top of the charts – or just a dreamer with a microphone, VoiceLive Play gives you hundreds of song & artist presets to choose from, helping you create amazing vocals. Featuring automatic backing harmonies, vocal double tracking, pristine EQ and compression, lush reverbs, hard-tuned robo-voice – all the the goose-bumps-on-your-arm effects that make today’s Billboard hit vocals “pop”. If hundreds of presets wasn’t enough, you’ll be able to download new and exciting artist presets each month for free via VoiceSupport.” –

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8 thoughts on “TC-Helicon Voicelive Play”

    1. Yeah I think they have a winner hear… going for it price wise. Ease of use is huge for a stage product so I think this box is probably better/more actually useful than their more expensive ones.

    1. @slueshy: Actually, there is phantom power – you just have to enable it (and instructions are conveniently printed underneath, along with instructions for other useful functions.
      Jason Duerr: Im using with my trumpet / trombone and like it quite a bit!

  1. I want to use this unit stand alone going condenser mic in and xlr out to my interface and then into the computer to record vocals with efx and harmonies on my Quebase DAW WITHOUT having any tracks playing in the room (obviously since I’m using it for recording) and I also don’t want to have to input any music into it. The sales guy at TC said it would work great that way so I ordered it today…have doubts now that it will work like that so I will call and address this and maybe cancel. I just want this for digital recording. Anybody got any feedback? Thanks!

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