TC Helicon Voice Prism
Has anyone used the TC Helicon Voice Prism? I have been to their official website (quite a while ago), and I have seen a hand full of rave reviews, but I'd like to see what you guys think.
Briefly, it's a voice processor with lots of cool bells and whistles. It apparently does it's job better than other similar tools. It's fairly portable so it can be used live or in the studio.
No rush folx, I won't be buying equipment for a while yet. My wife just really seems hell-bent on this thing and I want to make sure it's not a waste of my hard earned dollar! :)
I owned one and got rid of it. I had the plus with the extra features and digital I/O. I was not impressed, and here is why:
The sound is great. Too great. It's downright perfect. It doesn't sound like a real harmonized group. Nothing can replace the sound of different voices mixing togehter. The reverbs are nice, but I won't keep it around just for that.
I got a TC Helicon VoiceWorks a few months ago, and it is really nice. It has the newest TC algorhythms, and can make the harmonies sound a bit more realistic. It also has pitch correction that works a charm (beats what I have seen with Auto-Tune by a long shot), Reverb, Echo, Compression, EQ (I have not tried the comp & EQ), plus it is actually a mic pre (not a bad one either!).
Great piece of gear!
I still agree with Tim that real voices are the way to go for "real stuff", but for my personal project stuff where I am just getting ideas down for a song, the VoiceWorks shines like a beacon!!! I can easily add harmonies at the touch of a button, and can even play with them to get ideas of what sounds best in a certain part. It is really wonderful for that!
It has its uses, but can also be overdone.
See, this is the kind of thing I like to see ... REAL reviews ;)
Thanks for your input. I do understand why she wants the machine ... it's hard to find other people in our area who are serious about laying down some tunes. Most of the people we know just wanna jam, they don't wanna record. Which to me is silly ... we record every little piece of tune, lyrics, riff, beat, etc. It's useful for future reference!
So I think we will get it, even just to experiment with and learn about. In the end, sure we might sell it on ebay for a slight loss, but I think it will be worth the $$ to try out.
Originally posted by Michael Ireland:
See, this is the kind of thing I like to see ... REAL reviews
Well, I would say those comments are more like "user feedback".. which is very cool! Tim and James both make great points and provide some useful info on the product in use.. Thanks guys.
A "review" would include a full description of the front and rear panels, specs, contact information and a full explanation of how the evaluations were run. I also like to include audio snips to let the readers hear the piece in action, many times along side a competing unit, so the reader can draw their own conclusions..
I researched these things to death, then didn't get any of them,,
not that i wouldn't mind one or two,,,
the Voice works is more suited to "Live" performances and ideas, with some quality pitch correction
the Voice ONE is strictly the Pitch tool and one a a time harmonizing tool, no mic pre, no effects,,
now this with a prism would make a nice combo for a full set up,,,
my two " shopping" cents after discussing it with most of the distributors, users, and sellers of them
Well, every tool has its use for someone, I guess, and it depends on what the intended use is. As long as the expectations are set correctly, then these tools can be extremely useful in certain situations.
I have not used my VoiceWorks for anything "real" yet, other then the reverb. Now I am not saying that I won't ever use it in that way, it is just that the correct opportunity has not come up yet.
And I would also respectfully disagree with Sanity that the VoiceWorks is "more suited to "Live" performances and ideas, with some quality pitch correction". Once again, everything is a matter of opinion...YMMV.
Hey Helix no problem
but I was comparing the Voiceone to the Voice works,,,
Voice one is a studio tool more so then the Voiceworks, according to the dealer, distributor and reviews i read,,
If i had a budget for only one , i'd go for the voiceworks to have a bit of it all, but if i wanted to just fix vocals, and create better harmonies, ( one track at a time) plus the voice modeling ( growl, breath tremolo effects) i'd go with the voiceONE
to me , the right set up is Voice One and a Prism ( gloryfied voice works)
I'm not saying you can't get quality from the Voiceworks either, i'm just saying i talked myself out of buying any of them because i wanted to play with the voiceworks, but wanted it to do what VoiceOne does,or vica versa,,
either way , i'm sure one of them will be in my rack one day ..