July 10, 2011 8:38:20 PM EDT
Customizing a 70s flange sound and quick setup with the new expression pedal functionality.
Tip #1 – Expressing Yourself
If you’ve uploaded version 1.1 of VoiceLive 2 software (if not, just click the DOWNLOAD tab), then it’s time to add an expression pedal. There is fun expression pedal functionality in version 1.1 including the ability to assign different parameters per preset. For this month’s tip, we wanted to give you steps to the easiest and most practical use of the expression pedal.
1. Press Setup, navigate to the expression pedal page and calibrate your pedal
2. On the same menu, set the GLOBAL EXPR-PEDAL to VOICES
3. On the top Home screen set your VOICE mix to the loudest harmony level you’ll want during your performance
4. Now use the expression pedal to adjust your harmony level . You can also back them off a bit, swell them in, etc.
If you need an expression pedal, check out TC-Helicon Express-1.
Tip #2 Build a custom flange preset for a retro 70′s vocal sound
The default Flange styles for the µMod block are pretty cool but Product Manager Tom Lang offers some tips on how he has customized his flange effect.
“The key to a great flange is the amount of feedback (not the howling, screeching kind! – the delay regeneration kind), but if you add too much feedback to a flange style, the sound gets tubby and peaky. What I’ve found is that if you cut the low frequencies of the feedback, then you can crank it and get a really silky sound. Below are my personal Flange effect settings. Be careful with flange effect live, a little goes a long way and can cause the nasty kind of feedback if the level is too high.” Download the audio examples:
Custom settings for µMod block:
Out Phase: Off
Depth L/R: 90/90
Delay Time L/R: 0.8/0.8ms
Feedback L/R: 85/85
XFB L/R: 0/0
LowCut L/R: 553/553Hz
HiCut L/R: 20K/20K