TC Helicon Voicelive play provides a user with two hundred plus song & artist presets to choose from, helping a user create amazing vocals. Plug in theMP3 player and sing along with the favourite tracks or create instant HIT effects for a users own songs”.
TC Helicon Voicelive is smaller and lighter unit, but it is also a more up to date product. Size-wise it is 200mm wide x 156 mm deep x 45mm high, which equates to 7.9 inches x 6.1 inches x 1.8 inches and it only weighs 2.1 lb. (0.95 kg). As a user takes it out of the box a user will see that it is a bright retro-blue (dual die-cast clamshell design) metal floor pedal with just three footswitches for Preset Up/Down and a HIT switch. It appears to have a clear but simple LCD. Under the LCD is the main data knob and either side of this knob are forward and back arrow buttons and a ‘Back’ and ‘Store’ button.
VOICELIVE PLAY – MAKING CONNECTIONS
The Connections are very simple and obviously there are not as many as on the VoiveLive 2. From left to right a user has the 12V DC (0.4A max) power connection, a small USB-B port (for control, MIDI and audio I/O data exchange with a PC/Mac, managing presets and up-dating Firmware), a Headphone Out 1/8? mini stereo jack, ‘Main’ balanced Left and Right XLR outputs, a 1/4? pedal input (which allows a user to connect a TC Helicon Switch 3 pedal for control of looping, etc.), an Auxiliary 1/8? stereo mini jack socket for a user to connect things like an MP3 player (the VoiceLive Play will even try to figure out the key or scale of the music from the source – very clever, and lastly there is a singular XLR Mic Input.
VOICELIVE PLAY – TURNING HER ON
As soon as a user switches the VoiceLive Play on, a user will realise that he/she will never have trouble seeing the button names because they are very brightly backlit in white, making them very clear
The VoiceLive Play has a ‘Genre’ button, which allows a user to easily browse the many presets so that a user can quickly choose a suitable style. If a user just presses the ‘BACK’ button, it will return the user to the main window where he/she will be able to navigate through the presets of the selected Genre.
The VoiceLive Play has eight effect blocks, which are: µMod, Echo and Delay, Reverb, Harmony, Double, Transducer, Hard Tune/Correction and Tone. These effect blocks can be either ‘Off’, ‘On’, or assigned to the ‘Hit’ Switch or the Mic switch on TC’s own MP-75 Microphone. To assign these effects, a user need to use the ‘Control’ option, which a user will see when he/she presses the soft ‘Effects’ button.
• µMOD gives a user effects to modulate the sound with 24 styles covering Flange, Chorus, Pan and Phase.
• For ECHO and DELAY, a user has 18 styles and 13 filters to select from. The styles have pingpongs, multitaps, dots and slaps, whilst the filters give a user tape, analogue, digital, radio, low fi, megaphone, and high and low cuts.
• REVERB has 28 Styles to choose from, giving a user the usual spring, plates, halls, rooms, chambers, clubs and arena reverbs.
• HARMONY has four Key modes: Auto, Room Sense, Shift and Key. If a user selects ‘Auto’, it will get the key from either the AUX input (if a user has something connected), or from the currently set key if there is nothing connected.