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TC-Helicon and Beardyman Go Absolutely Loopy

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TC-Helicon has announced the ‘Gone Loopy’ competition, which runs from 30 June to 30 September.

TC-Helicon Gone Loopy competition
Requirements to participate: a TC-Helicon product with looping capability (VoiceLive Touch, VoiceLive 2 or VoiceJam app for iPhone), a personal YouTube account and an open, creative mind.

The grand prize of the ‘Gone Loopy’ competition is a US$1000 in cash plus a 45-minute lesson via Skype with the vocal looping master, Beardyman. Additionally, there are 5 runners up prizes – a ‘mystery’ TC-Helicon product – and the 5 perticipants who upload the most video entries will also be awarded with a TC-Helicon MP-75 Modern Performance Microphone.

To enter the competition, participants just have to complete 3 simple steps. First, they must record a video of themselves creating layers of vocal loops, using a TC-Helicon looping device. Second, upload the video to a personal YouTube video channel, making sure that ‘TC-Helicon Looping’ is included in the title of the video, and third, complete the online entry form on TC-Helicon’s website. To increase the chances of winning all participants are free to loop these 3 steps as many times as they want to – a new video must be submitted each time, of course.

All winners of the competition will be selected exclusively by the amazing voice loop and human beatbox master: Darren Foreman aka ‘Beardyman’. In a way, he could be seen as the personification of TC-Helicon’s overall goal: to support all singers’ natural right to express themselves in any way they feel like. Beardyman currently uses an impressive setup of looping devices and effects when creating his layers of vocals, including several pieces of gear from the TC-Helicon family of products.

More information: TC-Helicon / Gone Loopy competition


TC-Helicon announces VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition

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TC-Helicon has announced the VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition, a limited edition vocal processor unit.

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition

Apart from all the amazing features of the original VoiceLive 2, this new Extreme Edition offers twice the looping memory, an enhanced microphone preamp for ultimate transparancy, new breathtaking Extreme Edition presets and an appearance that is sure to make a major impact on any stage with its new, extruded aluminum chassis and artwork in the coolest of blue!

No matter what vocal effects are required, VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition will deliver: auto-adaptive compression & equalization, reverbs, delays, modulation effects, harmony processing, doubling, and more. All effects can be combined, tweaked and stored as personal presets for anything from ’smooth-producer-like’ sounds to ’dirty-and-in-your-face’ outrage to ’downright-spacious’ weirdness – or anything in between. At the end of the day, it’s all about every singers’ natural right to express themselves on the stage!

And to open creative vistas even further, VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition’s on-board looper now records for twice the loop time compared to the original version. This allows singers to build layers of vocal loops up to 30 seconds in stereo (60 seconds in mono) for instant enjoyment as well as for a source of endless inspiration.

VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition is not only extreme – it’s also a limited run. Only an exclusive and limited batch will be manufactured, and in the US, Musician’s Friend is the exclusive dealer of this jaw-dropping vocal effects monster. In fact, Musician’s Friend and its customers have been among the contributors – that also include professional singers and visual artists – who have provided TC-Helicon with inputs and feedback in the process of designing VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition. In the rest of the world, VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition will be available through regular TC-Helicon dealers.

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition

VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition features

  • Twice the looping memory (time) as the original VoiceLive 2.
  • Enhanced microphone preamp for ultimate transparancy.
  • New extruded aluminum chassis and artwork in the coolest of blue!
  • Based on the original VoiceLive 2 – having passed its real-world testing with flying colors.
  • Limited number of units – only one exclusive batch!

VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition will be available this July.

More information: TC-Helicon / VoiceLive 2 Extreme Edition


TC-Helicon VoiceLive H1, E1 and X1 vocal pedals now shipping

TC-Helicon has announced it is now shipping the VoiceLive H1, E1, and X1 vocal pedals.

TC-Helicon VoiceLive H1, E1 & X1

TC-Helicon offers its renowned vocal harmony to an even wider audience with VoiceTone H1 – a two-part vocal harmony processor combining NaturalPlay guitar control and key/scale operation to allow vocalists of any musical background to get lush sounding background vocals. VoiceTone H1 is the ultimate in simplicity and the NaturalPlay harmony algorithms come directly from TC-Helicon’s flagship vocal processor VoiceLive 2, so there is no compromise on sonic quality.

“There is something addictive and fun about using such a small pedal to instantly produce pro sounding background vocals,” shares TC-Helicon Product Manager Tom Lang.

Controlling VoiceTone H1 is truly simple. Singers select from eight voicing combinations, then set harmony mix and choose between guitar control using the guitar pass-thru input or selecting a key and scale.

VoiceTone E1 gives any vocalist simple access to delays and echos used in hit music production. Slapback, Echo, Tap Echo and FX styles can easily be selected and then tuned with the Feedback and Analog controls. Singers can tap song tempo and turn the effect on and off with the footswitch.

VoiceTone X1 borrows technology from TC-Helicon’s infamous Transducer block to emulate the sounds of telephones, distortions and amps to make vocals stand out in a mix, and each style can be tuned with dedicated Drive and Filter controls.

The VoiceLive pedals are available to purchase for $149 USD / €149 EUR (H1, E1) and $129 USD / €129 EUR (X1).

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TC-Helicon updates VoiceJam recording app to v1.2

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TC-Helicon VoiceJam

TC-Helicon has released version 1.2 of VoiceJam, a powerful iPhone, iPod and iPad app for creating music whilst on the move.

With an In-app purchase feature of the infamous HardTune pitch correction effect, and new core features including ‘Input meters’ and ‘Shots mode’, VoiceJam 1.2 is set to allow vocalists to loop, layer and record more exciting and more professional recordings. VoiceJam 1.2 uses the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch’s built-in microphone or any Apple certified external microphone to record and layer sound onto an evolving loop.

VoiceJam customers can add the HardTune pitch correction effect as an In-App purchase by touching the ‘info’ icon. The effect is an emulation of TC-Helicon’s VoiceTone C1 vocal stompbox. It allows everything from extreme auto pitch correction to more subtle tweaks to the singer’s pitch. There’s also a control for subtle to extreme gender-bending (male to female transformations and vice-versa).

Changes in VoiceJam v1.2

  • ‘In-app’ purchase – enables vocalists to buy pro-quality vocal effects from TC-Helicon’s stompbox effect pedals range, starting with the C1 HardTune pitch correction effect.
  • ‘Input metering’ – Singers can be sure they’re singing at ideal volume levels by watching the colour of the input waveform.
  • ‘Shots mode’ – allows a vocalist to instantly re-trigger loops like samples on a drum pad.
  • ‘Live Performance Flyover’ – includes the new loop mixer to non-destructively tweak the level of each loop, and offers other controls designed to aid customers during live performances.
  • ‘SoundCloud’ – a new uncompressed SoundCloud option allows for high quality uncompressed recordings to be instantly uploaded and shared.
  • ‘Share an idea’ – a link that gives vocalists the opportunity to share new feature ideas directly with TC-Helicon’s development team.

The VoiceJam version 1.2 upgrade is freely available to existing users. New users can download VoiceJam for $4.99 USD / £2.99 GBP / 3.99 EUR. The In-app purchase of C1 is $9.99 USD / £5.99 GBP / 7.99 EUR, but is 60% off until 15 May, 2011.

More information: TC-Helicon / VoiceJam


TC-Helicon introduces H1, E1 and X1 VoiceTone Single pedals

TC-Helicon VoiceTone H1

TC-Helicon has announced three new VoiceTone Single vocal effects pedals: H1, E1 and X1.

Natural harmony sound, ease of use and now, ultimate affordability are yours in VoiceTone H1. Pros and hobbyists alike can achieve fuller-sounding vocal performances with this sturdy vocal harmony pedal.

VoiceTone E1 offers singers the signature echo and slapback effects that evoke classic songs while putting effects control at their feet. Now, high quality, immersive echo effects for the stage are no longer just for guitarists.

VoiceTone X1 brings a modern “down and dirty” quality to live vocals with tinny megaphones and sharp vocal distortion effects under singers’ control.

Pricing and availability:

  • VoiceTone H1: US $149 estimated price / €149 SSP, shipping June 2011.
  • VoiceTone E1: US$149 estimated price / €149 SSP, shipping Summer 2011.
  • VoiceTone X1: US$129 estimated price / €129 SSP, shipping Summer 2011.

More information: TC-Helicon / VoiceTone H1 / VoiceTone E1 / VoiceTone X1


TC-Helicon MP-70 & MP-75 microphones now shipping

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TC-Helicon MP-70 / MP-75

TC-Helicon has announced that it is now shipping the MP-70 and MP-750, two handheld dynamic microphones.

Both microphones are handheld dynamics that deliver the superlative performance that vocalists have come to expect from a TC-Helicon product, but the MP-75 comes with one added feature that puts vocalists in control of their performance – Mic Control.

MP-70 / MP-75 features

  • Excellent pop and breath noise rejection.
  • Superior background noise rejection and resistance to feedback.
  • Super-cardioid pick-up pattern with 50Hz to 18kHz frequency response.
  • Lismer dynamic capsule voiced for ‘close-up’ mic technique.
  • Suspended dual shock mount for low handling noise.
  • Patent pending Mic Control circuit for controlling TC-Helicon vocal effects.
  • 100% custom design for ruggedness and ergonomics.
  • Ideal for use with TC-Helicon’s Adaptive Tone.
  • Both the MP-70 and MP-75 will work with non TC-Helicon products.

The MP-75 is available to purchase for $169 USD / 149 EUR SSP, the MP-70 is $129 USD / 109 EUR SSP.

More information: TC-Helicon / MP-70 /MP–75


TC-Helicon launches Love Songs Competition

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TC-Helicon Love Songs Competition

TC-Helicon has launched the Love Songs Competition, a chance to win prize packages for recording love songs.

On Valentine’s Day, TC-Helicon launched a competition for singers using TC-Helicon products.

The TC-Helicon Love Song Competition gives vocalists a chance to win TC-Helicon prize packages for recording love songs that feature any TC-Helicon product from VoiceLive 2 to the new VoiceTone Singles range.

Winners of the competition can win a Grand Prize of either a VoiceLive Touch or VoiceLive 2 and a MP-75 Modern Performance Vocal Microphone with Mic Control. Four runners-up will have their choice of any VoiceTone Singles stompbox for singers.

The competition runs from February 14 to March 31, 2011. Winners will be voted on by TC-Helicon staff based on quality, creativity, arrangement, talent and use of their TC-Helicon product.

All a musician has to do is record a video of a love song using a TC-Helicon product, post the video on YouTube and submit their entry at

More information: TC-Helicon / Love Songs Competition