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Product Specialist for over 2 years.
Musician for 30 years and vocalist since I could draw a breath. Getting me to talk and sing was easy, getting me to shut up was the real challenge.
"stomp box harmonizer technology is getting better and this one is definitely a benchmark to be measured by..."
As a live stage performer I have performed in groups from two to two hundred and learned the value of listening to the person next to me in order to harmonize well. There is nothing sweeter than the blending of vocal harmonies (if done right) and there is nothing worse than a harmony gone wrong. You sit there and listen to the song disintegrate as someone climbs up and down the scale searching for the right note. Or even worse, they sing like they are in perfect sync while you cringe wishing you were somewhere else, anywhere else and you feel nothing but sympathy for any sharp eared canines in the vicinity.
The TC Helicon Voice Tone Harmony G changes that scene completely. Now you don't have to rely on your vocally challenged bass player to fill the gap. Let's face it, nothing sounds better to you than well...you and the Harmony G is multiple you's blending in perfect harmony. Set up is easy and operation is intuitive and simple. The manual is well laid out and leaves out the guesswork.
When I started using the Harmony G I found I had to get used to hearing myself in harmony... with myself. It's odd, to say the least, but once I got over myself ...hmmm...I started to engage in some very nice 3 part and 2 part harmonies. I gravitated more to the high and higher parts to compliment my melodies since I am a tenor but the lower voices and the Barry White-esque bass with the octave was truly room rumbling. The Tone switch engages the Live Engineer Effects that will modify your voice and add brightness and smoothness to your voice. When I activated the Double Voice effect I was beside myself …at least it sounded like it making my voice fuller and thicker. You have lots of control and lots of options and the room effects make a great contribution to the over all sound. All in all, I’d say stomp box harmonizer technology is getting better and this one is definitely a benchmark to be measured by.
Tech Specialist for over 8 years.
I do not remember exactly when I first started playing but some of my first childhood memories involve music.
Vocalist/Guitarist for a punk rock quartet for 10+ years.
"Easy to use harmonies right at your feet and it even has a built-in tuner. Seriously... what more could you need?"
This pedal was a little intimidating when I first pulled it out of the box. The face of the pedal has multiple controls that make it appear to be much more difficult to work with than it actually is. Once I got it all hooked up to the PA, it was as simple a pedal to use as I could have asked for.
The Harmony G pedal allows for easy preset access by just clicking through with the left button and a quick switch of the right toggles the extra voices on and off. I could see this pedal being an incredible aid to solo acoustic players who gig in intimate settings and want to add a new dynamic to their vocals to enhance their overall stage performance.
Both the male and female voices are quite realistic with just a tinge of an electronic tone that might go unnoticed to someone who had never heard a harmony processor before. The doubling feature itself is almost a good enough reason to pick up this pedal giving your voice a nice thickness that some vocalists find to be an incredible onstage asset, although TC Helicon's Double Pedal would probably better suit that purpose if you didn't need the additional backup harmonies.
The only drawback I could find wasn't really even a drawback in my opinion. When you're holding a note (sustaining a vocal) and then change chords on the guitar you can hear a slight delay as the Harmony G adjusts, but this creates an interesting late entry to the harmony that adds what feels like a smooth intentional dynamic that gives the harmony more personality and less of an electronic feel.
I think that TC Helicon has outdone themselves (and many others) on the release of this pedal. Easy to use harmonies right at your feet and it even has a built-in tuner. Seriously... what more could you need?
Tech Specialist for over 14 years.
I have been gigging for over 30 years and still love every minute of it! My first drum set was a set of pots and pans at the age of 4. I have since upgraded. I also play guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and do live sound for local bands.
"It is built like a tank and ready for use night after night..."
Vocal harmonizers have been around for a long time. I remember using some of the first models that came out years ago. They were pretty cool for the time but they lacked the human feel and tone of the real thing. They sounded sterile and cold but they were still better than nothing.
That was then, this is now. The HarmonyG by TC Helicon uses the latest technology to create smooth great sounding harmonies. This stomp box sized vocal effects pedal is more like a small mixer with built in effects and 2-part harmony. The HarmonyG chooses the harmony based on the guitar signal that passes through the box. You can choose 2 harmony arrangements either above or below your voice or a combination. There is an XLR mic input and a 1/4" guitar input. Reverb/delay effects can be routed to both mic and guitar inputs as well as volume control for both. The Mic input also has phantom power available to it.
I could not wait to get this home and try it out. I heard it demonstrated at the NAMM show this year so I knew what it could do but as they say, the proof is in the pudding! Well, the HarmonyG did not disappoint. This unit is very easy to use, no programming is necessary. I like the background harmonies that it produces, they sound full and blend nicely with the lead vocals. I also like the fact that I can add reverb or delay to fill out my normally thin sounding vocals. And the fact that you can add reverb to your guitar as well, truly makes it an all in one pedal and adds depth to your guitar as well.
I mainly used the upper harmonies, those worked best for the music I was doing and for my voice. The harmonies really have a human quality to them and that is a very important aspect to any vocal harmonizer. The mic preamp is great quality as well as the effects. It is built like a tank and ready for use night after night.
As you can tell I really like this harmonizer. It is easy and fun to use. I also like simple and this fits the bill perfectly. I’ve been looking for a good harmonizer to use live and for some simple studio demos that I want to put together. I think I’ve found it!