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The Latest Gear For Vocalists – Pt. 1

VoiceCouncil brings you the new product highlights from the 2013 Winter NAMM trade show.

NAMM is one of the largest music product trade shows of the year and a prime opportunity for manufactures to show off their latest products. Going through some of the hundreds of new and exciting products on display we have brought you our top selection of gear which will soon be hitting the shops. We plan to review of some of these new and exciting products in the near future.

TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2
TC-Helicon has announced an update to their popular VoiceLive Touch vocal effects unit. The VoiceLive Touch 2 provides a complete suite of production-quality vocal effects as well as harmony generation and live looping. It features a new Touch Matrix interface with Slider FX™ that allows precise real-time control and modulation, and added functionality to the VLOOP™ Performance Looper.


Roland VT-12
Roland have launched their VT-12 Vocal Trainer. It features a tuner made specifically for vocals to help you improve your vocal pitch, rehearse vocal harmony parts, and polish your performances. The VT-12 also comes with a textbook of vocal training and warm-up exercises to help get you ready before your gig.


Blue Nessie
Blue have created the low-cost Nessie microphone to make it quick and easy for users with limited technical knowledge to record vocal demos and podcasts at home. The Nessie automatically adapts to whatever you’re recording, applying professional studio processing (EQ, de-essing & compression) combined with a built-in pop filter and internal shock-mount to produce expertly finished sound, without the need for additional mixing or editing. The Nessie is expected to cost around $99 US.


SE Electronics Reflexion-X
SE Electionics have announced a low-cost version of their popular Reflexion Fliter that is designed to improve your vocal recordings when working in untreated acoustic environments. Using the same US patented design technology as the RF-Pro, the new RF-X has been concieved to answer the needs of the discerning recording artist working on a budget. With a new lightweight body and re-designed lightweight clamp assembly the RF-X is simplicity itself, providing unbeatable performance and ease-of-use.


Behringer iQ Series Speakers
BEHRINGER has launched the all-new flagship iQ Series of live loudspeakers. Boasting networking and signal processing technologies from Klark Teknik, acoustic design by Turbosound, and built around Behringer’s iNuke Class-D amplifiers; the iQ series sets a new standards for precision and performance than found on previous Behringer models. There is a range of active speaker sizes depending on the type of venues you usually perform at with each speaker packing and impressive 2500watts and professional grade connections.


Focusrite Scarlett Studio Bundle
The Focusrite Scarlett Studio aims to be a complete solution for users building a basic home recording setup. At the centre of this package is theScarlett 2i2 USB interface that features dual preamps and a simple-to-use front panel that quickly gets you up and running. The Scarlett Studio Bundle also comes with a Red Focusrite Sacrlett condenser microphone, a pair of Focusrite Scarlett Headphones, an XLR cable and a copy of Cubase LE recording software – all for around $249.


Radial Voco-Loco, Vocal Preamp and Effects Loop
The Voco-Loco is a unique device that lets you add guitar effects pedals to a live vocal performance! The design begins with a high performance, low noise mic preamp that is equipped with both high and low EQ settings. The Voco-Loco generates 48V phantom power, thus making it work with both dynamic and condenser mics. The signal is then sent through a send & receive loop where various guitar pedals may be connected.



Tascam’s new PocketStudio Recorders
Tascam has announced two new offerings in its Pocketstudio range of portable recorders: the new DP-006 and DP-008EX. The battery-powered units are described as ‘Music Sketch Pads’ and allow for quick and easy recording of musical ideas and even full songs. The recorders feature two condenser microphones directly in the front of the units allowing users to record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or set-up time.

About The Author:
Chris Kennedy is the principle product reviewer for VoiceCouncil Magazine. He is also a singer-songwriter and composer, performing and writing in a range of styles from rock to jazz. Chris has released several albums as a solo artist and with his group The New Inventions. When he isn’t performing live, Chris also works as a live sound engineer and writes and records film music in his studio. You can find more about him on his website: http://www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk