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  • cowbell-fever
    Contributor - Level 3
    2019-07-04

    Hi I'm a guitar player and recently purchased a TC Helicon Talkbox Synth about 2 months back, I have a classic Tube talkbox but wanted to get away from tube/microphone set up, after extensive research I like the Talkbox synth simplicity and pedal format - but in practice it is not a simple effect to use the way it is currently configured. 

    My main concern with this product versus the regular talkbox is the ability to sustain notes when not vocalizing or talking into the mic.

    My band plays Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith and the talkbox effect sound is good, but I cannot talk into the Microphone to trigger the talkbox synth for 40 seconds without taking a breath - is there a way to add a note sustain feature for a second or 2 seconds? 

    When using a regular talk box you have the Tube in your month and can play guitar and breath as needed and it will produce the talkbox sound, with the Talkbox synth if you are not talking into the mic or breathing the sound cuts out - not ideal and it's very abrupt. 

     

     

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    • cowbell-fever
      TomALang

      Good suggestion. I totally get where you're coming from and a hold feature would be useful for those long notes. I'll put a note in regarding it as we go forward with new products and implementations.

      • July 5, 2019
  • ChuckZah
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-07-03

    Before I try it I thought i\I'd ask if it can be used with an electric bass. Thanks. GREAT product 

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    • ChuckZah
      TCH-Rob

      Hi @ChuckZah,


      The play acoustic's guitar effects and amp modeling work fine for electric bass guitar, and you can get some really great tones with it. That said, the naturalplay vocal harmony engine likely won't work with a bass because it relies on tracking chords to accurately create harmonies, so if you're planning to use naturalplay with electric bass it won't work well. 

      • July 3, 2019
  • themomus
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-07-02

    I've been searching around and can't seem to find any definitive answers on this. Can you double the speed of your loop on the voicelive 3 or the voicelive 3 extreme? I use to use the Line 6 M9 stompbox for my looping and there was a halftime setting on it where you'd record your loop at half time then return it to normal speed doubling the tempo of the loop. Is this available on the voicelive 3s? Also, what about reverse? And is it possible to sync either pedal with any other loopers?

    What are the differences between the voicelive 3 and the voicelive 3 extreme?

    If these questions don't describe these pedals do you have any recommendations for me to look into? 

    THANKS!

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    • themomus
      TCH-Rob

      The Voicelive 3/Voicelive 3 extreme's loopers can both be synced via midi, but neither has time shifting or reverse capability. The Voicelive 3 extreme can do effect automation and backing tracks, and it also has more loop memory than the regular Voicelive 3. Other than that, the VL3 and VL3x have identical effects engines and interfaces. 


      Hope this helps!

      • July 2, 2019
  • sdrummato
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-06-29

    Hello eveyone, i just noticed a funny (yet frustrating) fact. I massively use loops in my sets, and I both use the looper integrated in the play Acoustic and another looper, the boss rc 30. Now, I noticed today that the play Acoustic looper kinda ruins the guitar sound, it's like it's filtered and is obviously different from the one i hear when i play, also it's completely different from the sound i get on the rc30, which is identical to the sound i hear. How is this possible? It's funny cause I didn't notice that before, but i need to understand it cause i need them both in my live sets. Thanks to anyone who is willing to help!

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    • sdrummato
      TCH-Rob

      The first thing I'd check is whether you have the speaker sim enabled on page 3 of the setup menu. This is designed to make your guitar sound like it's coming out of an electric guitar cab, which will colour your sound. Also double check that guitar amp fx are set to off. If neither of these solves the issue, it could be an issue with your setup. What does your signal flow look like? What order are your effects pedals in currently?


      Hope this helps!

      • July 2, 2019
  • TomHigginsom
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-06-28

    Hi,

    Anyone has a good advice?
    I bougth this unit a year ago, and now when I am IMG_20190628_150208.jpgswitching on, it turns off and on again, then shows the window message as on the pic.

    What should I do?

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    • TomHigginsom
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @TomHigginsom,
      Please get in contact with our support team, they'll be able to troubleshoot with you and discuss repairs if necessary.  Good luck!

      • June 28, 2019
    • TomHigginsom
      lana22

      Chuck the device and find a different f/x processor from a different company.

      It appears there is no fix for this and Music Tribe has scrubbed all the old forum posts about it.

      From my experience with my VoiceTouch 2, this blue/white screen issue is a random occurance. For me, it self-resolved, and now it's happened again and I can't fix it. 

      • July 8, 2019
    • TomHigginsom
      DennisDubeau

      A very lucky guess is that it looks like a contrast misadjustment... If the unit is out of warranty and if it was very impractical to have it serviced by a certified TC Helicon tech.. Before using the unit as a paper weight, I'd open the unit and try to locate a small potentiometer very close to the display.. I'd turn it a very slight bit, power up carefully and see if anything improves at all...


       


      Good luck.


       


      PS: I am a tech myself but in no way connected to TC Helicon other than owning a unit myself. No issues so far.

      • August 1, 2019
    • TomHigginsom
      PureWinter

      Hi Tom,


      I have been gigging with VL3x for about 3 years now and this has happened to me twice. It's probably that the SD card become unseated. Fortunatly during rehersal or sound check. So the show went on. 


      If you unit is out of warrenty and you are somewhat of a handy person there are many video's online that can show you how to fix it. 


      video link of many.  blob:https://www.youtube.com/71fe5c17-c850-4251-a5ed-1e2b70a3d62a


      I have done it twice. I love my unit but this seems to be a common problem that TC Helicon should be addressing when if they ever update the unit. I hope they do because I'd love them to add midi mix control and more I.O. options. Non the less it has been working great for me so far.


      Good luck.


       


       


       


       

      • August 1, 2019
  • PictureMeFree
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-06-27

    Hi,

    when I power in my vl3x, the input meters show maxed out to the red even though nothing is plugged in. I tried plugging in a mic and a guitar- no change. Rebooted to factory settings- no change.

    unit has been kept in pristine studio condition, and is completely unusable at the moment. Any help would be appreciated! 

     

     

     

     

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    • PictureMeFree
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @PictureMeFree,
      Since the factory reset had no effect, there may be something physically wrong with your unit.  Please get in contact with our support team, they'll be able to troubleshoot further with you and discuss repairs if necessary.  Good luck!

      • June 28, 2019
    • PictureMeFree
      Chrodrig

      Did they ever solve this issue? I have the exact same problem. 

      • August 7, 2019
  • ToddPlesko
    Contributor - Level 2
    2019-06-26

    Hi, I have a need to enter bypass mode using Midi.  I use midi for many functions on the VL2, all using PC messages.  The manual indicates bypass can be enabled using CC#114.  I have tried multiple controllers, I know the unit is receiving the message (PC messages work fine and I can visually see the Midi indicator on the VL2 when I send the CC#114 message), so I am at a loss as to why it is not entering bypass mode.  I have tinkered with the CC Channel in setup (I am unsure exactly what that is and why it is different form the Midi Channel).

    Any idea why the 114 CC message is not turning on bypass mode?

    Thanks in advance!

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    • ToddPlesko
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @ToddPlesko,
      You've found a bug!  Well kind of... The good news is that CC 114 actually is working and is toggling the Bypass mode as it should, the bad news is that the footswitch LED isn't being toggled with the Bypass mode.  So you're right that the footswitch isn't lighting up or turning off with this CC, but if you listen to the VL2's output it actually is toggling Bypass.  Cheers!

      • June 27, 2019
  • DanielThompson
    Contributor - Level 2
    2019-06-11

    So if a teenager wanted to start beatboxing and looping in a live situation like for a school dance or gathering of friends. what TCH product(s) should I recommend? I've already told him about your amazing iPhone apps, but those are little hard to master in a live situation, I think. What else do you have?

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    • DanielThompson
      TCH-Paula

      Hi you have a couple of options! If you're looking for something really simple, then the Ditto Mic Looper is for you. If you're up for something that will give you a vocal effect or a kick or a snare built in, then go for Perform VE. I hope this helps! 



       


       
      • June 13, 2019
  • JohnShelley
    Contributor - Level 2
    2019-06-05

    I don't understand why this is not an easy answer to find.  I just hit "Backup All" in VoiceSupport2 which is hooked up to my VL3x... Where does the backup file go????

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    • JohnShelley
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @JohnShelley,
      In VoiceSupport 2 you'll find created backups in the "Presets" tab under "Backups" on the left.backups.png


      You can also use the "Import" and "Export" buttons in the top-right to manage backups.


      These backups also exist as pairs of files on your computer.  On a Windows machine they live in "C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\TC-Helicon\VoiceSupport 2\VoiceLive Play GTX\data" and each backup is a pair of files - a ".tch" file and a ".xml" file together create a backup.  The files are pretty useless outside of VoiceSupport 2, but nevertheless that's where they are.  Cheers!

      • June 20, 2019
  • deanzey
    Contributor - Level 1
    2019-06-03

    Hi. Just bought the C1 voicetone pedal. Red light keeps going off and on and the effect keeps turning itself off and on. Do I have a faulty pedal?

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    • deanzey
    • deanzey
      TCH-Spencer

      Hey @deanzey,
      Please ensure that the "Mic Control" button on the side of the pedal is turned off (pressed out).  If it's on and you aren't using a MP-75 or MCA100, then it's very likely your pedal will be confused and think that you're using a remote button to toggle the pedal when you really are not.  Cheers!

      • June 20, 2019
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