HardTune™ & Vocoder-in-a-Pedal
Finally, the effects you’ve heard on chart topping tracks from artists pushing the envelope of vocal sounds are available in a pedal. VoiceTone Synth brings together a collection of exotic and current sonic mayhem including jagged HardTune effects, a MassiveBand Vocoder with voice-controlled synth and vocal distortion and megaphone effects. Now vocalists and anyone looking to add a modern edge to their live performances and studio productions can dial-in these effects instantly with the press of a footswitch.
HardTune effect with user-selectable key or instrument-sensing
Vocoder carrier is driven by internal voice-controlled synth or instrument input such as guitar
Transducer effects add megaphones, distortion and radio voices
All effects simultaneous
Tone feature smooths overall vocal sound with adaptive live engineer processing
Presets can be edited and stored
Instrument Thru allows normal instrument amplification
USB for connection to VoiceSupport application for updates, new sounds, tips & tricks
New Features in version 1.1
Chromatic mode allows complete vocal freedom with HardTune and voice-to-synth vocoder
Natural pitch correction styles available with HardTune block
Improved instrument vocoder presets for use by guitarist singers
Significantly lower lead voice latency
Improved megaphone styles
MIDI improvements over USB including patch change and channel select for those integrating Synth into their computer-centric electronic music setup.
User interface fixes and improvements
The jagged, stair-stepped vocal sound of key-based hard tuning is everywhere in contemporary R&B, Hip Hop and Electronica. This feature has eluded the majority of performing musicians until VoiceTone Synth came along. Now musicians can produce this effect live by simply recalling a preset and hitting the ‘On’ button. Easy key input methods include auto-instrument sensing or pushbuttons with a clear display of the current key. Other features of the HardTune effect include dry voice mixing, octave shift and character modification.
The vocoder in VoiceTone Synth is called ‘Massive-Band’ for a reason. It effectively scales resolution from ultra-clearly-enunciated Robot voices to the sound of the classic, analog low-band-count vocoders we all know and love. The benefit is that, while typical vocoders require a lot of pre-processing like distortion and EQ to hear the effect properly, with the VoiceTone Synth vocoder effect you can input signals such as clean acoustic guitar and vocode perfectly for sounds that until now have been impossible to achieve.
The Vocoder also features a voice-controlled synth mode – considered by many as the Holy Grail for vocoding. Prior to VoiceTone Synth, vocoding required your voice (the exciter), and an instrument input (the carrier) to make cool vocoded sounds. Of course VoiceTone Synth supports the dual input method, but for artists who don’t have another instrument or don’t play one, VoiceTone Synth can generate a synth part directly from your vocal and vocode that. The result? Generated vocoder parts with one input: your voice.
VoiceSupport is a Windows/Mac application that via USB connects your VoiceTone Synth with their support network. What can you expect?
Access to software updates
New preset downloads
Support feed shows latest tips & tricks on using product
Simple back-up and restoring of preset/setup data
TC Helicon's Voicetone Synth Specs:
Transducer, HardTune, Vocoder, Adaptive Tone
Mic Connector: Balanced XLR, input impedance 1kOhm
Mic Input Sensitivity @ 0dBFS: -44dBu to +2dBu
Mic Input Sensitivity @ 12dB: headroom -56dBu to -10dBu
Instrument Input Connector: Unbalanced 1/4″, input imp. 1MOhm
Instrument In Sensitivity: +15dBu @ 0dBFS
EIN: -126dBu @ max mic amp gain, Rg = 150 Ohm
Power Input: 12 VDC 300 mA, tip negative
Main Output Connectors: Balanced XLR
Output Impedance: 40 Ohm
Output Level: +2 dBu @ 0dBFS
Instrument Thru Connector: Unbalanced 1/4″ phone jack
Instrument Thru output impedance: 270 Ohm
Dynamic Range, Mic. @ Min gain >108dB: 20 Hz – 20kHz *A-weighted
Dynamic Range, Mic. @ -18dBu sensitivity > 104dB: 20hz – 20kHz*
THD+ Noise, Mic. @ Min gain: <-90dB
Frequency Response, max gain -1.5dB @ 40 Hz, +0/-0.3 dB: (200Hz to 20 kHz)
Instrument In to Thru Dynamic Range: >119dB
Tuning Mute Attenuation: >100dB
Sample Rate :48 kHz
Converter: AKM AK4620B
AD / DA Conversion: 24 bit, 128x oversampling bitstream
VoiceTone Synth dimensions:
Height: 5.25 inches (132 mm)
Width: 5 inches (130 mm)
Depth: 1.5 inches (41 mm)
Weight: 1.5 lb. (0.72 kg)
Die cast steel and anodized extruded aluminum with Ultra bright LEDs
6 styles for each effect block
Lead Mix, Rez and Modify controls for effects
Mic input level
Included with VoiceTone Synth:
USB: (for connection to VoiceSupport application)
Warranty Parts and labor: 1 year
- a very capable voice synth Review by monkeymike79
Value Quality Features
After some learning I have really got it down and enjoy the vocoder and hardtune effects.
It has a fairly natural sound but can be overdone as well.
It is a very well built pedal and I expect it will last for many years. (Posted on 6/6/2012)