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  • BRymes
    Contributor - Level 2

    Hello, I have recently purchased a VoiceLive 3 Extreme.

    Can the stereo guitar input be used to provide 2 separate inputs from my piezo & humbucker equipped guitar?

    I have a PRS hollowbody that I would like to use for both acoustic and humbucker songs. I have recently purchased a Parker "Y" cable that combines the 2 mono guitar signals into a stereo input jack.

    Thank you.

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    • BRymes

      I don't see any way to do that, since the VL3 only has a single guitar input. The way to get around it, is to use an A/B box after the VL3, and run to different amps, or channels. I use a similar guitar, and there are enough tweaks in the VL3 to handle acoustic, and electric sounds without running separate amps. [disclaimer} I do NOT use a lot of distotion effects, as I'm mostly rhythm, and surf leads.

      • August 23, 2019
    • BRymes

      I realize that there is only 1 guitar input, but my understanding is that it's supposed to be a stereo jack. 

      The parker "Y" cable assigns the piezo to the to the tip of the sterio jack and assigns the humbucker to the ring of the sterio jack. (essentially 2 mono inputs in 1 stereo jack) 

      I would like to be able to set up my acoustic presets to draw from the pan left/tip input and the humbucker presets to draw from the pan right/ring of the sterio input jack.

      • August 23, 2019
    • BRymes



      Hi Bill, 


      The Guitar Input on the VL3X is a TS Mono not Stereo.  The 3.5mm Aux input next to it is a stereo input but that's for line level accessories such as an iPod, etc. 




      • August 23, 2019
  • michaelrtm
    Contributor - Level 2

    I'm looking to fill my classroom with TC Helicon Blenders for students to be able to practice along with a mix that I'm running to each unit. Keys, Bass, Electric Drum kit, Vocals etc - but I cannot find any information regarding the inputs and if I will need DIs.

    Considering I was looking at Roland HS-5's which are more complicated and triple the price, I'd love if I can just plug and play my basses, keys and microphones.

    Posted under Musicians tribe too. Sorry for the double post, just want to get a response!

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    • michaelrtm


      Hi Michael, welcome to the community.


      According to the Quick Start Guide , the inputs are stereo unbalanced with an impedance of 10K. They would not be suitable for direct connection of passive instrument pickups. You should be OK with adapter cables for Keys and E-Drums but you would need pre-amplification for passive instruments and microphones. I guess the reason the Roland HS-5 costs more is that the pre-amps are built in.

      • November 25, 2019
    • michaelrtm

      I'm a complete noob when it comes to the maths/science side of sound. Would an Active DI boost the signal enough? Would a Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 2-Channel DI-Box/Splitter do mics and basses etc? Still significantly cheaper than the HS-5 if I only need to get 1 of those per two signals.

      • November 25, 2019
    • michaelrtm

      @michaelrtm wrote:

      I'm a complete noob when it comes to the maths/science side of sound. Would an Active DI boost the signal enough? Would a Behringer Ultra-DI DI20 2-Channel DI-Box/Splitter do mics and basses etc? Still significantly cheaper than the HS-5 if I only need to get 1 of those per two signals.


      DI boxes will give you a high enough input impedance for passive pickups but they don't usually increase the signal level - they normally drop it to suit typical mic-level mixer inputs. You would be better using a guitar effects pedal that includes a buffer and boost function. Something like this should be OK. It has 1MOhm input impedance (good for most guitar pickups) and 1kOhm output impedance which would suit the Blender. You would also need a power supply for each pedal.


      Microphones don't need high input impedance but they do need more voltage gain. You can get separate mic preamps ( for example ) but it would probably be cheaper to buy small mixers like this for one mic or this one for two mics.


      I don't want to put you off the Blender but it wasn't designed for direct inputs from mics and passive pickups. It could be made to work with external preamps if you don't mind having several boxes at each station.

      • November 25, 2019
    • michaelrtm

      Hi @michaelrtm , thanks for considering the Blender to be a part of your classroom! The missing part of the puzzle here would be two products from our Go Series; the Go Guitar and Go Vocal. Both harness the power of a mobile device, iOS or Android, to process the signal and send it back to the Blender using a TRS 3.5mm aux cable.
      Here's a demo featuring the Go Guitar 

      • January 27, 2020
  • Cstotland
    Contributor - Level 3

    Can anyone tell me the maximum supported DC voltage input for a VL3?  I need to run it from batteries.   Can it take a 13.6VDC input and not let the smoke out?  I'm looking to run it off a 12.8 vdc LFP battery,  which can start as high as 13.6 fully charged.  It would be a plus if the VL3 can accept up to 15VDC.

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    • Cstotland

      I still need an answer to this.

      Someone please respond with answer.

      • April 28, 2020
    • Cstotland

      I would add a power regulator to the battery to provide regulated 12V DC.

      It's the only way to be sure and safe.

      • May 1, 2020
    Contributor - Level 1

    Hello dear all, 

    I am looking for the ways to separate dry and wet microphone signals on VL3X in order to have only-wet and only-dry signals coming out separately. I also wonder whether one could do it via the expression pedal? Basically have a dry signal and add all the effects into the mix via expression pedal.

    Also I know one can separate dry and wet signals via mono, yet I still hear the dry sound of my voice in the Right/Effects channel. Are these the remains of what is not being covered by the effects? Even on the hard-tune-harmonizer I still hear the base sound of my voice though...

    Curious whether there is something one could do?

    Many thanks in advance!


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  • BigangboBonanno
    Contributor - Level 3

    I am looking for information on what each parameter means under the Harmony and Double voice choices  ??? For example < Gender , has quite a few choices but no explanation of what each one is suposed to do  ?  Porta ds? Smooth ?  Etc. There are many pages under Harmony as you scroll down and no where do I find explanations of each item I scroll down to > Yes some are self explanitory but quite a few I have no idea what they mean. On The Highs and Lows and Mid range areas it lists certain frequnceys but I I do not know where is a area I should be dialing in for , plus use on an outboard PA these adjustments to EQ mess them up too... . So confusing . Nothing in its booklet or downloads go over any of these parameters.... HELP ????  I tried using the presets given or downloaded but they need fine tuning for my voice. the more I play around and adjust the worse it gets... Does any one know the meaning of these parameters...  Last question is the double part used just to dowble your voice and not create a 2nd harmony for a Duo type song,  for Ex. Think Everly Brothers.  

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    • BigangboBonanno

      Hi @BigangboBonanno!

      I'm going to do my best to list all of the paramaters under Harmony and Doubling and give a brief explanation of what each does. If you have any further questions feel free to ask! I've also attached an eq cheat sheet which might help you to figure out which frequencies you may want to cut or boost. Try using the Voicelive's looper to record your harmonies, and listen to what you want to change about them. Then find that issue on the cheat sheet to determine which frequencies you need to cut or boost. Before changing the eq settings, I would make sure that in the "tone" tab of your Voicelive's setup menu you have the tone parameter set to on, and the shape, compress, and de-ess knobs are set to around 50. This will add adaptive eq and compression to your voice, and you may find that you don't need to add other eq in the harmony menu!

      - Lead level: volume of your lead vocal


      - Level: volume of harmony effect


      - Human Style: determines how the humanize parameter behaves. 


      - Humanize: varies the dynamics and pitch of the harmonies to sound more human. Depending on which humanize style you select and what percentage you dial in, this can create anything from subtle variation to an extreme effect. 


      - Vib Style: Determines the way that vibrato behaves, e.g. the attack/decay of the effect, the shape of the vibrato, the speed of the vibrato, etc.


      - Vibrato: Determines the depth of the pitch and amplitude modulation created by vibrato


      - Pan: Determines the stereo spread of the harmonies


      - Gender: shifts the formant and register of harmonies without effecting pitch. This control is bipolar; turning the knob left will make your voice sound more "male" and turning it right will make it sound more female. You get seperate control of the gender of each harmony and doubling voice, which is why you see "V1 Gender, V2 Gender, etc."


      - Porta (portatempo in double): Effects the amount that harmony notes "glide" between one another. With no porta notes will shift immediately, with porta there will be a glissando between notes. You get seperate control of portatempo on each harmony and doubling voice, which is why you see "V1 Porta, V2 Porta, etc."


      - Smooth: Smoothing effects the amount of pitch correction applied to the harmonies. When smoothing is at 100%, harmonies won't be pitch corrected at all, and notes will smoothly transition between one another as they are sung. When at 0%, the harmony notes will be fully pitch corrected and sound autotuned. The downside of 100% smoothing that if a singer is at all pitchy, the harmony notes will be pitchy as well. We've found that the most natural sounding smoothing settings for most singers is between 90-95%. Each voice has individual smoothing control, which is why you see ""V1 Smooth," "V2 Smooth," etc.


      Hope this helps!


      • July 5, 2019
    • BigangboBonanno

      @BigangboBonanno , to make simple doubling effects without creating new harmonies, try the "1 voice tight" setting in the "double" tab!

      • July 5, 2019
    • BigangboBonanno

      I thought I replied to you when I got this . But apparently it did not accept my reply. I Thank You so much.. I have been using your advice and yes it is getting better.  I have tone off due to when on it gets too distorted when I sing louder even though Green Light on unit stays well below the red , hardly goes into yellow in fact.  and the tone setting on the highs make me sound just too bright and squeaky and a bit of distortion comes in. This is regarless of using Adaptive or not. Yes I tried messing with EQs and I have to almost turn off the highs and bring up lows and mids to get close but still the squeaky ness I cannot get out. Turn tone off and all is better. Yes Tried different Mics. SM 58 , 57 the TC helicon mics and an Audio Technica SM58 Beta type. The shure SM 58 and 57 sound the best to me . I am a tenor but I can go somewhat lower range and can hit some very decent high notes too... I have not messed with the Gender for the ones set on the Harmony I chose are pretty good for me at the moment.  Yes using Natural Play for the guitar chord and my vocal , the pitch on harmony takes a second to catch up for some reason at some very hard times. I  only chose Natural Play for the first vocal and leave the rest alone with nothing on except unison or maybe an octave above.  If I put Natural play on rest of harmonies things go pretty bad.. Yes I tried to dial in the paratmeters , I took off auto tune in main menu , I sing on key prettly well , and left the smooth parameter setting at your suggestions and tried with close adustments there to dial in further but to no avail. Did not mess with Porta , VIb is off, Humanize I try on and off but does not help my issue.   I wiil keep trying. The song I am working on is called Let It Be Me by the Everly Brothers. I have it very very close.... thank you again.   Angelo 

      • July 10, 2019
    • BigangboBonanno

      Hi Angelo (@BigangboBonanno), 

      Let me know how it goes! I'm glad I could be of help. 

      Do use the auto mic gain settings on your voicelive? This might help you reduce the distortion you were speaking of. All you have to do is hold the setup button and sing into your mic at performance volume, then press the reverb button. This will set your gain to a level that doesn't clip. 

      All the best,


      • July 15, 2019
  • Pauldritsas6
    Contributor - Level 1

    Hi Guyz Im just wondering how to completely remove my imported backing tracks from the unit. I know how to remove a bt from preset. im just wondering if the bts can be removed entirely without a factory reset. Cheers

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    • Pauldritsas6

      Hi @Pauldritsas6 ,

      You should be able to do this by pressing store, going to "manage track", and selecting track # "all" (to the left of track #1) and deleting it. This should remove all backing tracks from the Voicelive without requiring a factory reset. 

      • February 5, 2020
  • Yisey1
    Newcomer - Level 1
    Hi, I have the play accoustic and would like to expand the controls. Is the switch 6 footstomp compatible with the play accoustic?
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  • New
    Contributor - Level 1

    Trying to use VL2 as interface to Ableton Live 10 Lite via USB, and record guitar and vocal simultaneously into 2 separate tracks.

    I have Digital In set to USB: Vox L / Instru R and Ableton tracks set as shown here:

    Not getting a signal....If I switch Digital In to USB: Stereo, it works but then it combines both signals in one track.

    Thanks in advance for any advice,


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    • GreggCagno
      PedroRodrigues Hi,GreggCagno,please consider that there are a few common methods of using VoiceLive 2 with a USB-connected computer and an audio application (DAW):
      Capturing a full mix of your performance
      Processing vocals from your DAW 3. Recording dry vocal and guitar tracks We assume you are familiar with configuring your audio application for input and output and that you understand connection of VoiceLive 2’s inputs and outputs.
      Method 1 - Capturing a full mix of your performance: Set VoiceLive 2’s I/O parameters as such:

      Connect your mic and headphones to VoiceLive2 and pick a preset you like. VoiceLive 2 will send the fully processed sound to your DAW and you’ll be able to monitor through your headphones or the analogue audio outputs of VoiceLive 2.
      In order to set VoiceLive 2’s sample rate, play a little bit of audio from your DAW before recording your vocal track.
      Method #2 - Processing vocals from your DAW:
      To use VoiceLive 2 as an effects insert, set the I/O parameters as such:
      Configure an aux send in your DAW to send the vocal track to VoiceLive 2’s left input and the instrument track to the right. You can monitor through VoiceLive’s headphone or main outputs. When playing back using VoiceLive 2 as the output audio device, don’t forget to set the

      Method #3 - Recording dry vocal and guitar tracks:
      You’ll need a fully dry mono vocal track and optionally, a dry instrument track (guitar or keyboard) or midi performance if you plan to use harmony. Set the I/O parameters as such:
      Connect your mic and a guitar to VoiceLive 2 and your headphones to the headphone out. Even though you’ll hear fully processed vocals and guitar (with Guitar FX) in the headphones, the output feeding your DAW will be separate dry vocal and guitar that you can process later with Method #2. Digital Input Notes:
      Sample rate is synchronized automatically to the incoming digital audio stream.
      There is no independent configuration of sample rate in VoiceLive 2.
      When processing an analogue input such as the MIC and sending to VoiceLive 2’s digital out, sending a short bit of audio from your recording application to either Digital in will set the sample rate.
      When DIGITAL IN is set to USB:
      - Or SPDIF:VOX L / INST R, the MIC and GUITAR IN are disabled.
      When DIGITALIN is set to USB (or SPDIF): STEREO, harmonies will follow the stereo audio coming from the selected digital input on presets where NATURALPLAY is set to AUX INPUT.
      Digital Output Notes:
      USB audio output will not function when either of the SPDIF: options is chosen for the DIGITALIN parameter.
      SPDIF digital output is always available regardless of DIGITAL IN or OUT settings.
      USB Audio And ASIO Applications
      PC-based ASIO apps such as Cubase may require you to install a WDM to ASIO “wrapper” such as ASIO4ALL which is available at in order for VoiceLive 2 to be recognized as an audio device.
      To select the audio device In the Mac and Windows operating systems, you can select VoiceLive 2’s audio device in your workstation program by name.
      In some Windows XP DAW apps, however, the name of the audio device may be “USB Audio Device”.
      To use VoiceLive 2’s MIDI IN jack for harmony, preset change or realtime control while USB is connected, enter the I/O tab in the SETUP menu and set USB CONTROL to OFF.
      USB audio will function normally but MIDI will only be accepted by VoiceLive 2’s through its MIDI IN port.
      To re-enable VoiceSupport’s features and reception of MIDI from your DAW, turn USB CONTROL to ON
      I hope this helps.
      • Feb 12
  • Jikairui
    Newcomer - Level 1
    I’m curious about the midi control on this. My band uses backing tracks, but we play them through a cymatics lp16, which does midi control out....I love how the vl3x can have a programmed set of harmonies and such to go along with a backing track, but if the backing track is coming off something else... and the vl3x does midi control in... I’m wondering if there’s a way to use this to start the playback on the vl3x (presumably using an empty backing track), thereby having all my harmonies and fx be in sync with my media player
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  • OlavRøssland
    Contributor - Level 3

    Playing techniques and guitar have a lot to say, but how to achieve the best possible (longest) guitar sustain on VoiceLive 3 extreme?

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    • OlavRøssland
      JasonB81 Hello Olav - I would make some adjustments with the compression settings for the guitar. With a slightly extreme setting you can really get some nice long sustain going.
      • August 27, 2020
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