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  • tch-tad
    Contributor - Level 2
    2019-12-04

    Hey Everyone,

    We'd like to know what your favorite vocal presets are from the VoiceLive Play series. This information will be used to help us create new presets for future products and will give us insight into what your favorite effects and settings are on the VoiceLive Play products. 

    If you've got a preset you love, PLEASE, let us know below!

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  • AndréAugustoSpi
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-12-04
    Hello TC Helicon lovers.
    I have a question and would like you can help.
     
    If I accidentally turn on Phantom Power on the xlr input of a mixer with my VoiceLive2 connected, could this damage the VL2?
     
    Thanks in advance.
     
    André Milanezi
    Brazil
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  • philip1
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-12-02
    Having trouble getting gender button to work. Keep on trying to recalibrate but top red and green light keeps flashing. Any suggestions please
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  • HarmonicaMan
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-11-29

    I'm wanting to know before I purchase a VL3, Can I play a Harmonica through it, and use most or all the effects. and can the Harmonies be used with out an instrument for vocals? If not can I play a Music track to set the Key for the harmonies?

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    • HarmonicaMan
      SimonBlakely

      Harmonica through the Vocal channel is generally not good - the Vocal pitch-tracking is intended for mono-timbral input, and the multi-timbral sound of a harmonica confuses the tracker and automatic pitch correction.


      The best option for harmonica is to use a preset step that disables most of those features/effects.
      You can still use reverb and delay, but not doubling/harmonisation.


      If you send a harmonica through the Guitar channel, everything should be OK and you will be able to use the guitar effects, but you will need to adjust the input level and impedence from the harmonica microphone to the guitar input. 


      NaturalPlay can obtain chord information for harmonies from the backing track or from the aux input (or from the inbuilt mic capturing the sound from the stage).

      • December 5, 2019
    • HarmonicaMan
      BigDogDaddyD

      Hey Harmonicaman...  I've used a VLT2 with my harps for several years now.  I use a Shure 57 and get some really great effects.  I also use little cheap lavalier microphones (lapel mic) when I play blues or Cajun style and want it to sound gritty.  I also play my guitar through the VLT2 as well.  I had to experiment a lot.  Sat down and just stepped through all the different vocal options in the box.  Some sounded great with the low end diatonics.  Others worked better with the high notes.  Have to admit some didn't sound too well at all.  Especially with the tremelo and echo harps.  Playing a 3 note chord with delay, reverb, and chorus with different settings can sound beautiful with one harp, and make the dogs want to attack you with another.  But I had the best results with single note playing.  Playing folk or classical with little or no chords seems to allow for a much broader use of all the options.  Hopes this helped.  Good luck with your journeys. 

      • January 20, 2020
  • AdrianaGarrido
    Contributor - Level 2
    2019-11-29

    hi, guys

    I'm using the morningstar MC6 controller to send midi clock to VL3X and to control other drum machine by footwitch. I followed the setup suggested on a BeatBuddy thread (bellow) but still couldn't get the looper totally in sync. I noticed that you really can't stop and start again the beat generator (BB or any other) because of the downclock, but even when I just let the beat playing along with the loop, it seems to slightly drift from the inicial tempo over a few bars.

    any thoughts? that's veeeery frustrating

    SETUP>MIDI
    Source: MIDI PORTS
    Midi Tempo: ON
    Input Channel: 1
    Output Channel: Off
    Input Filter: None
    Output Filter: None
    Transpose: O
    Pitchbend Range: 12
    Split Note C-1
    Split Direction: ABOVE
    Vibrato Boost: MANUEL
    SYSEX ID: 0

    LOOPER SETUP
    Current Slot: 1
    Mix Looper to NP: Off
    Auto Met On: On
    Auto Met Mute: On
    Odub Decay: 98%
    Queue Odub: Off
    Met Follows Playback: Off

    I'm running FW 2.2.00 BUILD 366

    Here is a video to demonstrate. Note that after a while, the metronome drifts from the original tempo, but if I stop the loop and start it again, it goes back to sync.

    https://youtu.be/MSqq-WKVUxM

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    • AdrianaGarrido
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @AdrianaGarrido,
      Sounds like you're pretty close to getting this working.  Which "Sync" setting are you using in the looper?  I'd recommend using the "Quantize" setting if you aren't already.  Page 153 of the manual has some relevant information on this topic too.  Cheers!

      • December 5, 2019
  • bdodoiu
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-11-29

    I want to do multitrack recording on an Android phone (OnePlus 6T specifically) and I am looking at the TC Helicon Blender to do this, but I am not sure if it is capable of doing that. 

    In some YouTube videos I see demos of multitrack recordings on an iPad, but nothing about Android devices.

    I tried recording on the mentioned phone (OnePlus 6T) using a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 and it works fine, so the phone/AndroidOS is capable of doing this, I am not sure if the Blender will work.

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    • bdodoiu
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @bdodoiu,
      Yes it actually is!  The stability and latency will depend on the processing power of your phone, but I've been able to create multitrack recordings with Blender on an Android phone.  Which app you use is up to you, but I've been using n-Track which works great - the free version limits your recording time with USB audio but at least you could try that to get an idea of how well your phone performs before paying for it.  Cheers!

      • November 29, 2019
    • bdodoiu
      marko_m

      Sorry to hijack someone else's thread (but the topic is the more or less the same and it seems that the origiinal discussion ended)...  I am trying to use Blender with my new Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 but it doesn't seem to work at all.


      I connected my Blender to my tablet using an OTG USB-C adapter and it appears in the list of my audio devices (as expected). However, if I select it as a system audio device - I get no sound from any apps, just silence.  If I switch back to tablet audio device, I get sound again.  Select Blender -> silence...


      I tried the same approach with a couple of other class compliant devices that can act as an audio interface (mostly guitar MFX boards with a USB audio interface built in) and all of them show up in the "Media" (devices list).  However, (unlike Blender) when I select one of them, all the tablet audio is correctly routed through the connected/selected device.


      When I connect Blender again and select it -> silence...


      I also tried downloading Roland's ZenBeats but Blender does not appear in the list of audio devices (only "Android OpenSL").  If I select "Android Open SL" (and Blender is selected as a system audio device) - I get no sound.  Otherwise, if the system audio device is internal speakers or one of my other audio interfaces - I get sound out of ZenBeats.


      Finally, I also downloaded n-Track (seeing as it was mentioned here - although, I have no intention to actually use it).  However, in THAT program - I DO get some joy from Blender.  It appears to work (I can actually hear audio coming out) IF I select n-Track's own USB driver.  However, it usually crashes or freezes within a minute or two.


      Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated...


      Marko

      • January 8, 2020
  • jkrantman
    Contributor - Level 3
    2019-11-26

    Trying to do something odd.  On the preset Buzzin' Fly, it makes my voice sound like a buzzing fly.  Follows pitch, but doesn't sound like a voice.  My questions:

    1.  Where is the setting in the menu that turns the voice into buzzing?  I assume the presets involve settings in the regular menu system and not some inaccessible programming level.

    2.  Is there a setting by which I can control the sound of the buzzing fly voice?  In other words, can I configure the buzzing effects? (pitch, sound qualities, etc.)  What menu(s)?  

     

    3. Is there a way to get fly harmony?  I can get a 2nd voice there, but it's less fly-like.

    4.  The setting suppresses the lead voice (my voice) completely.  Sometimes I use this feature in lowering the gain on the lead voice, but I can't find a way to have my regular voice sing along with buzzing harmony-singing flies. (actually bees in the song) 

    By the way, I'm getting some cool swarm effects using delay.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Jerry

     

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    • jkrantman
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @jkrantman,



      1. The buzzing sound in preset 121 is caused by the "Synth" effect - this is in the "Vocal" menu

      2. Same answer as above, all the settings will be here

      3. No, you cannot use the Harmony effect on the Synth voice - this is because the Harmony effect is first in the effects chain so it's applied to your lead voice, and Synth is then later down the chain, and this order is hard-coded so you can't have the Synth effect first then feeding into the Harmony effect

      4. To bring your lead voice back into the mix I'd recommend using the "Double" effect with the "1 Voice Tight" style


      Hopefully that's helpful, cheers!

      • November 27, 2019
  • Montxo
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-11-26

    Hello,

    I suppose that the audio in the unit goes to the PC via USB? or not?

    So can I record the audio comming via USB in my PC windows?

    THanks in advance.

    Montxo

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    • Montxo
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @Montxo,
      Yes indeed just connect your Touch 2 to your computer via USB and it should automatically detect, you don't have to install any additional drivers.  This Knowledge Base article will have the info pertaining to what to expect from the USB audio channels.  Cheers!

      • November 26, 2019
  • michaelrtm
    Contributor - Level 2
    2019-11-26

    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
      RexBeckett

      @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
      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
      RexBeckett


      @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.





      @michaelrtm 


      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
      TCH-Aaron

      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
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyQB2AmRKHk 

      • January 27, 2020
  • BeePee
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-11-25

    I'm still happily using my original Voicelive Touch for gigs and home recording. I link it up via USB to an iPad to get the benefits of the excellent Loopy app, superior in many respects to the looper in the VLT. A question, if anyone's listening: Loopy gets the signal from the VLT fine and returns it without noticeable latency. However it seems only the main VLT signal is being recorded in Loopy via USB, not extras like harmonies etc. I can get them if I take an analogue signal from the main or headphone VLT outputs into the iPad via an iRig headphone input, but I want to retain the clean USB input. Any idea why only part of the signal (pre processing, without harmonies etc) is coming in via USB? Thanks, BeePee

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