TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Guitar/Vocal Effects Processor and Looper

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Guitar/Vocal Effects Processor and Looper

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Guitar/Vocal Effects Processor and Looper

B&H # TCVOICELIVE3 MFR # 996362005
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Product Highlights

  • Three-Phrase Looping
  • 45 Minutes of Looping Memory
  • Built-In Stompbox Guitar Effects
  • Vocal Harmony Processing
  • Guitar- and MIDI-Keyboard-Controlled
  • 4-Channel Stereo Outputs
  • Pedal-, Fixed-, and Mixed-Harmony modes
  • Vocoder With Polyphonic Synths
  • 180 Styles and Over 200 Factory Presets
  • Guitar Amplifier Emulations
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TC-Helicon 996362005 overview

  • 1Description

The TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Guitar/Vocal Effects Processor and Looper is designed for live performance and recording applications, providing extensive vocal effects, guitar stompbox effects, and 45 minutes of phrase looping in a durable extruded-aluminum footpedal chassis. The unit offers 11 independent effect blocks, over 180 different styles, and over 200 factory presets. It also provides storage for up to 500 presets and the option to download additional presets online for free.

Once you've tooled around with it, you'll find it a very powerful resource—more than enough to enliven a set of solo singer/songwriter material; and that's just one of its many uses. 

On the vocal side, the pedal can be used to correct pitch, adjust tone, gate, compress, EQ, add reverb, and add harmonies. Three different harmony modes allow you to control the specifics of harmonization. Moreover, harmonies can be generated based on a variety input signals, such as built-in room microphones, a 1/4" input jack, a stereo 3.5mm input jack, a 5-pin DIN MIDI connection, and more. This allows you to create realistic three-part harmonies as determined by the chords you're playing on a guitar, a piano, backup track, or a MIDI instrument; it also allows for a degree of improvisation and exploratory meandering in musical motifs. 

For guitar, the unit includes extensive stompbox effects like delay, reverb, chorus, talk box, chopper, bass wah, and drive effects. The unit also includes a wide range of amplifier emulations, from vintage British to classic American amps. These amplifier simulations can be tweaked in depth via the UI.

The pedal can also be used to loop both guitar and vocal phrases with quantization to a metronome, infinite overdubs, recallable presets, and up to 45 minutes of non-volatile memory. It offers three-phrase looping, allowing you to build different sections of a song as you go along—particularly useful if you'd like to alternate between verses, choruses, and bridges in your live music. With the three-phrase looper, you can play such songs while building up the arrangement as the song progresses. 

The pedal features dedicated stereo vocal and separate stereo guitar amplifier outputs for connecting to a PA and guitar amplifier respectively. A specially designed guitar and headphone cable allows for connection to an in-ear monitoring system and enables practice without the need for an external amplifier.

Vocal Effects & Three Harmony Modes

Fixed-Harmony Mode
Sings the desired note regardless of the chord
Pedal-Harmony Mode
Sings an interval from each chord
Mixed-Harmony Mode
Blends fixed, pedal, natural-play, scale, and shift harmonies
Improved Harmony Hold
Holds harmonies with greater accuracy
Improved Portamento
Humanizes voices to make harmony sound more realistic
Improved Shifter Range
Allows ±3 octave shifts
Various Vocal Effects
Includes µMod, echo & delay, reverb, harmony, double, transducer, rhythmic, hardtune & correction, choir, stutter, vocoder, and adaptive tone

Guitar, Synthesis, More

Guitar Effects
Includes amp modeling, drive, delay, reverb, compression, resonant filter, µMod (flange, chorus, de-tune), shifter, rhythmic/tremolo, talkbox (part of vocoder)
3iC Power Platform
Utilizes three independent cores to doubles the processing power of the previous model, the VoiceLive 2
Polyphonic Vocal Synth and Vocoder
Enables voice-controlled synthesizer with on-board waveforms and vocoder sounds such as robot and guitar talkbox
RoomSense Microphones
Control harmony from room sound such as a live band and add ambience to monitor mix
Improved Hard-Tune Functionality
Enables more or less noticeable degrees of tune correction and features separate buttons for control over hard-tune and transducer transitions
Improved Doubling
Provides more accurate and better sound quality when doubling
Half-Note Delay Divisions
Allows choice of delay divisions
Hit Button
Turns on/off multiple vocal and guitar effects
Expands EQ range and precision for voice and instrument
Multiple Guitar-Output Paths
Allows the user to specify the output sends for guitar/instrument signal

Looping & Loop Storage

3-Phrase Loops
Allows song-building through looping with three independent phrases
Helps user timing when pressing loop button for seamless looping
Loop Storage
Saves loops in up to 10 independent loop sessions with all performances settings and up to three loop tracks per session for a total of 30 total loop tracks and 45 minutes of non-volatile loop storage
Separate Output for Voice and Guitar Looping
Sends vocal loops to stereo/mono XLR outputs and guitar to stereo/mono TRS with loop level controls
Additional Metronome Sounds
Provides kick drum, stick, shaker, tambourine, and cowbell samples for metronome


Remappable Buttons
Allows for customization of the 6 footswitch functions
Backup to USB
Enables saving presets to USB memory stick for future recall
All Mute
Silences vocals and guitar for breaks
4-Channel Stereo Out (Guitar + Vocal)
Enables recording stereo vocals and guitar separately
Automatic Gain Control
Automatically adjusts gain level when user sings at loudest level
Remote Microphone Control
Enables control of vocal effects using the TC-Helicon MP-76 or Sennheiser e835 fx microphones
Input Sensing (Aux/Mon)
Automatically sets the correct level based on the source plugged into the input
Output Sensing (Guitar)
Automatically removes guitar signal from XLR outputs when plugging in guitar out
Programmable Hit Button
Turns on multiple effects at the same time, layers effects, and creates quick A/B scenes for each preset
Presets with FX Chains
Creates CHAINS of up to 10 effect changes for each preset
Independent Headphone Mix
Provides input for a headphone monitor mix and pass-through to other monitors
Included Guitar and Headphone Cable for IEM's
Combines guitar and headphone cables into one cable for easy setup
Capacitive-Touch Buttons
Provides easy touch interface for main menu buttons
Multi-Color Footswitch LEDs
Provides visual feedback of what effect or control is being accessed
Power-Cable Strain Relief
Prevents power cable from being pulled out during a show
Kensington Lock
Allows unit to be securely locked
In the Box
TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Guitar/Vocal Effects Processor and Looper
  • Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Guitar/Headphone Combo Cable
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    TC-Helicon 996362005 specs

    Control 200+ factory presets
    Memory for 500 presets
    10 steps per preset
    10 footswitches

    6 preset-assignable footswitches for enabling/disabling FX blocks
    Detailed editing
    Genre and Styles preset categories

    USB: USB Type-A, USB Mini-B
    MIDI: In/Out: 5-Pin DIN
    Pedal: 1/4" TRS phone jack
    Mic Control using TC-Helicon MP-76 Microphone or Sennheiser e835 fx mic
    Indicator Lights 192 x 64 Blue STN LCD, White Backlight display
    Tri-colored Footswitch Light ring
    Capacitive-touch edit controls with LED indicators
    Construction Anodized extruded-aluminum and steel chassis with rubberized edit/mix knobs
    Connector Vocal: combo balanced XLR/balanced TRS 1/4" (6.3 mm) phone jack
    Input Impedance Vocal: 3.08 kOhms
    Guitar: 1 MOhm
    Mic Input Level At 0 dBFS: -52 to +7 dBu
    Line Input Level Voice at 0 dBFS: -40 to +19 dBu
    Guitar at 0 dBFS: -2 to 14 dBu
    EIN At max microphone gain range = 150 ohms -127 dBu
    SNR Vocal: > 100 dB at typical microphone input gain
    Guitar: > 108 dB
    Phantom Power +48 V (on/off via setup menu)
    A/D Conversion Voice: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110 dB SNR A-weighted
    Guitar: 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110 dB SNR A-weighted
    Connector Balanced XLR
    Input Impedance 25 kOhms
    Input Level At 0 dBFS: +16 dBu
    AUX Section
    Connector 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack
    Input Level At 0 dBFs: +2 dBu
    Connectors Voice: balanced XLR

    Guitar: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS phone jack

    Guitar thru: 1/4" TRS (6.3 mm) phone connector

    Headphone: 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini stereo jack

    Monitor thru: balanced XLR
    Output Impedances Voice balanced/unbalanced: 300/150 ohms

    Guitar balanced/unbalanced: 442/221 ohms

    Guitar thru: 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS phone connector

    Headphone: 50 Ohms
    Output Range Voice 0 dBFS Line Level: +14 dBu
    Mic level: -2 dBu

    Guitar 0 dBFS line level: +14 dBu

    Headphone: +14 dBu max
    Dynamic Range Voice 20 Hz to 20 kHz: >109 dB
    Guitar 20 Hz to 20 kHz: >101 dB
    D/A Conversion Voice: 24-bit 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115 dB SNR A-weighted
    Guitar: 24-bit 128 x oversampling bitstream, 106dB SNR A-weighted
    Power Requirements 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
    Power Consumption < 14 W
    Operating Temperature 32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
    Storage Temperature -22 to 167°F (-30 to 70°C)
    Humidity Maximum 90% non-condensing
    Safety EMC-complies with: EN 55103-1: 2009, EN 55103-2:2009, FCC CFR 47 Part 15B and ICES-003:2004 4th Ed
    Safety-certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 3 x 13.8 x 8.5 (76 x 350 x 261 mm)
    Weight 5.0 lb (2.3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.4 x 10.8 x 6.0"

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