Review: TC-Helicon MP-76, Stage Microphone with Mic Control

This mic offers even more control of your sound on stage

Item: TC-Helicon MP-76, Stage Microphone with Mic Control

Price: $179 (US), £119 (UK)

Mic Rating: 5/5

At A Glance: Back in 2013, TC-Helicon brought out a revolutionary new microphone, the MP-75, which allowed you to switch on and off vocal effects via a button on the body of the microphone instead of needing to push a button on your effects unit. Now they have bought out the latest development of this “Mic Control” technology – the MP-76 – a microphone that offers even more controls than before, plus the addition of a LCD display. It is designed to work with a wide range of TC-Helicon vocal effects units and features the same great sound quality of the MP-70 and MP-75 microphones.

High Notes: With the MP-76, you get 4 mic control buttons that you can assign to be used in a range of different ways. For example, you could use the buttons to browse through your presets, have full control of your device’s looper function, or simply assign 4 different effects to the 4 buttons to access as and when you need them. The new LCD display shows the preset number and the “hit” status – so you do not need to be near your effects unit on stage throughout your performance. The microphone features a super-cardioid pattern for excellent isolation on stage and it comes with its own padded carry case to keep it protected in your gig bag.

Off Pitch: No wireless version is available. Also, the MP-76 is not fully compatible with all legacy TC-Helicon devices (current compatibility for 4-button use includes Voicelive 3, Voicelive 2 Touch, Play, Play Acoustic/Electric, VoiceSolo FX150 – check their website for full details).

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: As TC-Helicon’s MP-76 is based around their MP-75 microphone, it features the same high-output neodymium magnet, tight polar pattern for feedback rejection and an internal suspended shock-mount to minimize handling noise. You can hear the difference between the MP-75 and a Shure SM58 in our audio demo:

The ability of the MP-76 to control an increased number effects allows for a much greater creative uses of changing effects during a song on stage than before and the LCD display is a very useful addition. For singers interested in looping, being able to control all aspects of the looping effect via your microphone is a really exciting feature that will allow you to step away from your pedal and be free to move around on stage. The TC-Helicon MP-76 is a unique stage microphone that will no doubt be used to great creative effect by singers all over the world.

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