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TC Electronic Voice Live Vocal Effects FX Processor
May 14, 2009 8:42 AM   Subscribe

TC Electronic Voice Live Vocal Effects FX Processor Pure cheese? or a genius tool for modern day sports bar minstrels? :49 See girl sound like all the Dixie Chicks 3:58 See Girl do cute Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation
posted by celerystick (42 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
DO WANT
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 8:46 AM on May 14, 2009


Pure cheese. This thread is closed.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:49 AM on May 14, 2009


This would make my muttering around my apartment much, much more meaningful.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 8:50 AM on May 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


Holy Shit. This explains Avril Lavigne and Nickelback.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:08 AM on May 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


Pure cheese? or a genius tool for modern day sports bar minstrels?

REDUNDANCYBOT HAS DETECTED SOMETHING
posted by DU at 9:13 AM on May 14, 2009 [8 favorites]


Digitech has had processors like this for a decade. Similar prices, similar features, even the guitar chord recognition is still there. I'd be interested if they weren't $600.
posted by mkb at 9:15 AM on May 14, 2009


"REDUNDANCYBOT HAS DETECTED SOMETHING"
haha
posted by celerystick at 9:23 AM on May 14, 2009


The girl/'boy' duet was terrible.
posted by Skorgu at 9:24 AM on May 14, 2009


TC Electronic Voice Live Vocal Effects FX Processor Blue.
posted by milnak at 9:26 AM on May 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


In 2012 Robin Williams will use one of these to do an impression of a jive talking Scotsman. This will be the birth of skynet. I'm pretty sure.
posted by I Foody at 9:32 AM on May 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


TC Electronic Voice Live Vocal Effects FX the News.
posted by defenestration at 9:39 AM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Isn't this in "Revelations" somewhere? THE END IS NIGH!

(Wait. I just noticed that I Foody has already covered this general area. Sorry, I Foody.)
posted by NedKoppel at 9:44 AM on May 14, 2009


The girl/'boy' duet was terrible.

But way better than I thought it would be.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:49 AM on May 14, 2009


I have this terrible fear that in the future, almost every single use of this effect will be preceded by the phrase "I think it would go something like this..."
posted by Spatch at 9:56 AM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'll take ten please
posted by poppo at 9:57 AM on May 14, 2009


Pure cheese. This thread is closed.

The thread appears to be still open. Maybe there's something wrong with your moderator status. Check with Matt.
posted by rocket88 at 9:57 AM on May 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


I HOPE YOU LEAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR MY FOLKSIE GUITAR BECAUSE I'M GOING TO RAM IT INTO YOUR STOMACH
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:58 AM on May 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


I enjoyed it. FWIW.
posted by grubi at 10:02 AM on May 14, 2009


That's pretty awesome. I mean, for low-end automated music making.
posted by GuyZero at 10:03 AM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Too bad she hides her really nice voice behind a screen of digital.
posted by ZaneJ. at 10:07 AM on May 14, 2009


Let me know when Willie buys one.
posted by Twang at 10:09 AM on May 14, 2009


They should make an "FX" box that alters the pitch of the music to a frequency that's inaudible to human ears.
posted by orme at 10:18 AM on May 14, 2009


Digitech has had processors like this for a decade. Similar prices, similar features, even the guitar chord recognition is still there. I'd be interested if they weren't $600.

You really do get what you pay for in this case. The Digitech processors are truly terrible in terms of build and sound quality, whereas the TC Helicon pedals are pretty exceptional.

Yes, it can be used to cheesy effect, but so can a piano. These pedals freaking rule.
posted by nosila at 10:21 AM on May 14, 2009


If you're havin' vocal problems, I feel bad for you son, I've got 99 presets and bein' a chipmunk ain't one.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:26 AM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


If this would make me suck less, it's worth whatever they charge. Will it work in the shower?
posted by cccorlew at 10:29 AM on May 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


I want one for my cat.
posted by pracowity at 10:46 AM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have this terrible fear that in the future, almost every single use of this effect will be preceded by the phrase "I think it would go something like this..."

I have a terrible fear that it will NOT be limited to these occasions.
posted by DU at 10:48 AM on May 14, 2009


Pepsi blues...
posted by splice at 10:53 AM on May 14, 2009


That reedy chick folk minor harmony thing always seemed so intimate, so personal, such a social experience. Now lonely people can have it too, thanks to the TC Harmonizer 2000.

Also, Laurie Anderson brought the vocal harmonizing awesome 20 years ago.
posted by Nelson at 10:57 AM on May 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


You really do get what you pay for in this case. The Digitech processors are truly terrible in terms of build and sound quality, whereas the TC Helicon pedals are pretty exceptional.

Um, I just said they were at the same prices, although the Digitech model that's comparable is rackmounted, not a pedal.
posted by mkb at 11:03 AM on May 14, 2009


The Digitech processors are truly terrible in terms of build and sound quality

their guitar processors have been working very well for me - although i don't know about their voice stuff - there's a big difference between their cheaper models and their more expensive ones
posted by pyramid termite at 11:25 AM on May 14, 2009


Between this and Auto-Tune, the TALENT OPTIONAL flag has been set.

and this is whey, with the potential for cheddar. and I don't mean money, my brutha'.
posted by djrock3k at 12:42 PM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


It sounds surprisingly good, and I'd say there's certainly potential for creative use of this thing. You know, not just harmonizing folky, guitar-strummy singer/songwriters. I wouldn't mind having one of these to play around with.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:23 PM on May 14, 2009


fam -- there's certainly potential for creative use

Given that Autotune didn't hit its stride until people started really screwing around with it, beasties like this may well have an awesome future. Just wait til someone starts feeding one of them Yamaha voice-emulators through it...
posted by tspae at 6:52 PM on May 14, 2009


Perfect for people who lack natural talent and/or the desire to work to become good.

We are entertained by entertainers who never sing a word, but only lip-synch.

Sad.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:21 PM on May 14, 2009


Perfect for people who lack natural talent...

You know, that is really not true. It's a harmonizer for chrissakes. It doesn't make you sing in tune, it doesn't make you sing well. It just harmonizes with what you sing. You still need to be a decent singer, who can sing in tune, for this thing to produce an in-tune harmony. Sing out of tune and you'll get an out of tune harmony.

...and/or the desire to work to become good.

Right. If you work really hard, you can sing harmonies all by yourself!

We are entertained by entertainers who never sing a word, but only lip-synch.

Lip-synching has been around since movies, and really started kicking in since television, so lip-synching is nothing new. And, generally speaking, anyone lip-synching a song on TV has not "never sung a word". Outside of Milli Vanilli and perhaps a few others, people you see lip-synching have indeed at some point (like, uh, the original recording they're lip-synching) sung. And anyway, this device has nothing to do with lip-synching.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:33 PM on May 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


You should see if you can hunt up a copy of the BBC program where the original Beatles recording engineers took a bunch of pop singers and re-recorded the old tracks.

To say that some of Britain's top acts are fraudulent is being kind. Some of those people couldn't sing for shit: they completely rely on ProTools and Autotuning to convert their wretched hash into radio hits.

So sorry it upsets you, but I reserve my respect for people who actually have the goods.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:47 PM on May 14, 2009


Hate this demo, but TC makes very nice equipment.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:36 PM on May 14, 2009


So sorry it upsets you...

You give yourself far too much credit. Your comment didn't upset me one whit. I was merely pointing out several inconsistencies and mistakes in your logic and thinking as concerns this machine and what it does, and also pointing out that this machine has nothing to do with lip-synching.

...but I reserve my respect for people who actually have the goods.

Nor do I care, particularly, whom you respect or why. Although I don't disagree that there are people of little to no talent who are big stars. What, that's supposed to be news?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:50 PM on May 14, 2009


To say that some of Britain's top acts are fraudulent is being kind.

how is a certain sound fraudulent? do you mean to say that i only think i'm hearing it? if i load it up in wavelab, will the wave patterns disappear like pixie dust? if i have it on vinyl will the grooves flatten out at midnight and my turntable turn into mice running around a pumpkin?

i can generally tell when something's been autotuned to death, so i'm not sure how it could be fraudulent if i'm not fooled - in fact, it seems like most of the pop music you despise doesn't even try to hide that they're using it

i bet you think crosby stills and nash sang in tune all the time, too ... sure, after they did 50 fucking takes

how natural is that?
posted by pyramid termite at 1:07 AM on May 15, 2009


It sounds surprisingly good, and I'd say there's certainly potential for creative use of this thing.

i was thinking you could probably put guitars or synthesizers through it - but my various fx can do similar things already
posted by pyramid termite at 1:15 AM on May 15, 2009


It sounds surprisingly good, and I'd say there's certainly potential for creative use of this thing.

I agree! I don't take against tools, just their users.
posted by Wolof at 1:43 AM on May 15, 2009


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