Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Your student has been working hard on their vocal technique and they jumped at an opportunity to go into a local recording studio to lay down some tracks. The engineer had a wide range of audio effects at their disposal and processed the vocals with different effects on each track. However, this has created somewhat of a problem – the student doesn’t actually sound that way live because the recording was created electronically. So what do you do? You grab a TC-Helicon vocal processor.
TC-Helicon is a Canadian company whose sole focus is the singing voice. The company is the industry leader in what I call digital voice processors. The best way to show you what their equipment does is with a video.
As you can see, their units are capable of some pretty extreme effects. Not every singer is going to want to go this far, but their are many options that are less extreme and very helpful for most singers. For instance, you can purchase single pedals that add compression or reverb. You can link several single pedals together or you can purchase an entry level multi-effects processor such as the VoiceLive Play. If your student gigs a lot, they may want to check out the VoiceLive 3, which allows the artist to customize presets for each song. If they want to make adjustments in the middle of a song, they can setup separate effects chains for the verse, bridge, chorus, etc. If the student wants to add harmonies instead of hiring back-up singers, there is an option for that. If they want to sound like T-Pain when performing a rap song, there is an option for that too.
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