November 20th, 2011 | by Chris Kennedy

Review: TC-Helicon’s VoiceLive Touch


Can this device from TC-Helicon help take your vocals to new creative areas and add excitement to your live performances?

Item: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch

Price: US $499, UK £415

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At A Glance: The TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch is a vocal processor that is designed for use both in a live setting and in the studio. It includes a multitude of vocal effects, as well as looping functions and harmony generation. The unit can be mounted onto your microphone stand, allowing you easy access to the controls whilst you are singing, or it can be used with a foot controller (sold separately) if you also play an instrument. It has an XLR input (with phantom power) for connecting your microphone as well as inputs for connecting a guitar, MIDI device and an AUX in.

High Notes: The device features up to 30 seconds of stereo looping that can be split into seperate phrases and turned on and off using the front panel. The interface is clear and simple, allowing fast recording, overdubs and undos. As well as looping your vocals, you can also loop your guitar or anything else that you chose to connect to the device. The VoiceLive Touch includes TC-Helicon’s Adaptive Tone detection feature which optimises your vocal sound by adjusting EQ, compression, and de-essing automatically when enabled. The unit also offers singers a large array of effects that are taken from their VoiceLive 2 including HardTune, µMod, tap delay, reverb, harmony, doubling, transducer and real-time harmony generation that can create up to 8 additional voices from your singing.

Off Pitch: If you are not interested in vocal looping or harmonies, you may find the unit’s large amount of functions and sounds may be a little too much for your needs. Also the unit cannot be battery powered, which may be an issue for some performers.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The VoiceLive Touch is a versatile vocal processor that offers a vast array of sounds and creative possibilities to spice up your vocals. It also includes useful additional functions such as a guitar tuner and a ‘talk’ function that temporarily turns off the effects so you can talk to the audience in between songs. It has great sound quality and all the inputs and outputs to fill the needs of most users. If you are a singer who wants to experiment with live looping or you just want to add some magic to your live vocals with different effects and harmony generation, then the VoiceLive Touch is certainly worth checking out.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.tc-helicon.com

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Review: TC-Helicon's VoiceLive Touch, 6.0 out of 10 based on 9 ratings

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  • alan page

    this is the perfect unit for an acoustic player that needs some adjustments to their vocals. I tried many different vocal effects but for a little more money than the others I got an arsenal of effects. I also bought the three way pedal and that has helped alot! durring the verses I use one setting then durring chorus’s I kick in the harmonies, chorus and reverb. Adding to a huge sound without having to use a band and back up singers.  Also I like the fact that I can put reverb on the guitar and some other effects. Hear me using the TC Helicon goto
    http://www.youtube.com/ajrockus

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  • Alexander

    I am using the VoiceLive Touch for a half of the year. It is a very good device.
    To make it perfect I’d like to have a “mute” button and to move a half of jacks from rear side to the left side of the device. Too many cables in one place.
    I opened the device and looked in. There is a lot of room inside! I wish the desiners will make it perfect in next model.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erkki-Koskimo/100001601423161 Erkki Koskimo

    Absolutely an amazing ‘instrument’. It even works quite nice with instruments – like with Trombone!

    I’ll share Alexanders comment on ‘some design modifications’ – but that’s maybe for the next generation hardware. The wanted ‘mute-feature’ can be easily programmed without any hw modifications to the existing equipment – and to be controlled exactly like any other effect eq. in using one of the foot switches.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erkki-Koskimo/100001601423161 Erkki Koskimo

    One more ‘mute’ comment to You Alexander.

    1. Use a microphone with on-off switch2. Route your mic cable via a simple (screened) on/off footswitch
    3. Let’s ask TC-Helicon sw gurus to program one more feature for the    TALK touch swith: so instead of going 1-3-1-3-1-3 … (on-off-on …)     1. touch = Talk            (switch led on)     2. touch = ‘Mute’          (switch led blinking)     3. touch = Off              (switch led off  - back to effects)

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