The Alesis PlayMate Vocalist is a powerful vocal reducer and microphone processor with a built-in CD player. In addition to removing vocals from virtually any stereo CD, the PlayMate Vocalist can adjust music tempo and pitch independently. This lets singers sing any song in the optimal key, adjust the tempo to change the feel of the music, slow down complex passages for easy learning, and practice singing in different key ranges and tempos. The PlayMate Vocalist also includes 100 high-quality reverbs, so you can match the ambiance of the music. With all these sophisticated features packed into a straightforward design, the PlayMate Vocalist is the ultimate tool for vocal performance, music education, and karaoke applications. Use your entire CD library without buying another karaoke CD again.
Alesis Playmate Vocalist Features
- Sing along with any song, in any key, at any tempo
- Reduce vocals on any CD
- Built-in CD player with independent control over pitch and tempo
- Transpose music ±7 semitones (half-steps), and adjust pitch ±18%
- Adjust tempo from 50% to 150%
- Digital vocal effects processor with selection of reverbs to match any ambiance
- XLR microphone input
- 1/4" direct input (bypasses effects processing)
- 1/4" stereo line out
- Two 1/4" headphone outputs
- Microphone/CD balance control
- Intuitive loop operation
- Internal power supply
Alesis PlayMate Vocalist - What Is It?
The Alesis PlayMate Vocalists is a CD player that allows the user independent control of the key, pitch and tempo of any song on any CD. In addition, it also has a vocal reduction feature that allows the user to reduce the lead vocal on almost any CD (depending on how the CD was recorded).
How can a CD player remove vocals from any song on any CD?
Vocal reduction technology has been around for decades. By reversing the phase between the left and right channels and adding a complicated DSP equation, the center channel (where most lead vocals reside) is greatly reduced audibly.
On some songs, the vocals reduce 100% and on other songs the vocals only reduce a little or not at all. Why is this?
The varied results of the vocal reduction feature of the PlayMate Vocalists is totally dependent upon how the CD you are playing was recorded. CD’s where the lead vocal is recorded in the center channel, usually have great results. CD’s where the lead vocal is NOT in the center channel, often do not.
Why are there three different vocal reduction features on the PlayMate?
Just as all CD’s are recorded differently, the PlayMate Vocalist has 3 different vocal reduction programs to allow the user to try the program that works best with their CD. Each program has a different DSP algorithm and phase cancellation progam that allows the user different choices when experimenting with different recorded CD’s. Alesis recommends that you try each of the three vocal reduction programs to see which one works best with their specific CD.
When the vocals are removed why I do still hear some of the lead vocals in the background?
What you are probably hearing is the recorded processed lead vocal parts (reverb) of the song. The PlayMate Vocalist will remove the lead vocal in the center channel, but not processed vocal parts that are mixed in the stereo field. These parts are often background vocal parts, which most users would prefer not to remove.
Why does the music sound strange when I activate the vocal reduction feature?
This is what music often sounds like when you phase reverse the left and right channels. Once again, depending on how the song was recorded, the user will get different results when activating the vocal reduction feature. The PlayMate Vocalists is designed to sign along with. Therefore, when a singer sings along with the PlayMate, most listeners don’t notice that there has been a change in the music quality because they are listening to the new singer.
What applications are good for the PlayMate Vocalists?
The PlayMate Vocalist is an ideal vocal teaching assist tool. Traditionally, vocal teachers would have to transpose sheet music on the spot in order to allow their students to sing in the key that was best for the student. The problem is, most people cannot transpose sheet music on the spot. The PlayMate Vocalists allows music students to instantly transpose and sing along with their own CD’s in key at any speed.
What other applications can I use the PlayMate Vocalist for?
The PlayMate Vocalist can be used in any of the following applications: Kareoke performances, recording of demo songs, family or group sing-alongs, church performances, American Idol type contests, etc.
What is the Alesis Vocal Zapper?
The Vocal Zapper works on the same principal of the PlayMate Vocalist, but does not include a CD Player. The Vocal Zapper has 16 different vocal reduction programs (the PlayMate has 3) allowing the user a variety of choices when experimenting with different CD’s. The PlayMate Vocalist is contained in an ultra small, 1/4-rack mountable package.
How much can you pitch up and down a song on the PlayMate Vocalist?
You can adjust any song up or down by 7 semitones (or half steps). In addition, there is plus or minus 8% fine adjust pitch feature on the PlayMate Vocalist.