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Live Sound for Singers – Bringing Vocal Effects to Your Gig

It’s possible for you to bring your own vocal effects, no longer solely relying on the sound technician at your gig -says Craig Fraser.

See Craig’s Video – ‘Gain is Not Volume’

See Craig’s Video – ‘Getting Heard’

150x150-craigfraserCraig Fraser is a Product Specialist at TC-Helicon Vocal Technologies. He is involved in product development,technical writing,customer service and videography. Prior to this, he was Director of Operations at Marble Wave Sound Design. www.tc-helicon.com

  • ChicagoJoe

    Thanks for the “getting heard” advice. The missing bit of understanding for me for many years was the impact of EQ on getting heard. I was regularly working with bands that had crappy PA’s and often no decent monitoring. The first TC-H pedal I purchased (a TC-H “Correct” – I’ve now owned 5 different TC-H processors over the years) was because of this frustration. I didn’t really want the pitch correction part, but I had read about the adaptive EQ. It made a huge difference – I could be heard better (and, importantly, hear myself better) at the same volume thanks to the improved EQ. At first I was concerned about using a pedal for EQ on which I had no control of the specific parameters. This turned out to be an advantage, actually, as I started to value what the TC-H EQ could do with no tampering. I think I’ve had some TC-H processor at nearly every gig since – if only for the EQ. Now I get asked about my mic all the time by other singers because the vocals are so clear. I usually suggest getting Mic Mechanic before replacing their mic (personally, I find that there is a wide variance of which mic best serves which voice type, gender, and style – I don’t even recommend mics though I love mine). To be entirely honest, I still don’t understand all the nuances of properly EQ-ing live vocals manually, but the TC-H adaptive EQ has helped a great deal.