“Learn who you are as a singer and know what you want out of your voice. Most people tend to model their voices after their favorite singers and artist that have influenced them however; many of those artists are not singing correctly either. So the key is to take the influence and inspiration and translate that into something that is sustainable and replicatable over time. This is a major component to good technique. Technique is king and I’m not ashamed to say that this year I will turn 48 in December and my singing has never been better.”
Andy shares, “The new band, Days of May is somewhere between Velvet Underground and the Stones with some synths thrown in. It’s the first time I’ve been a lead singer and TC-Helicon’s VoiceLive 2 has given me the confidence to go for it!”
Me Myself and I refer to their style as simply “voice controlled music”. It seems to be an extremely appropriate description as with the aid of their TC-Helicon products they can regularly use more than 10 additional voices as harmony or doubles live! After a series of experiments with different effects and vocal processors they’ve established their own system where TC-Helicon gear plays a major part. “At the moment we currently use 3 separate Voice Live 2’s on stage, some of the Voice Tone effects such as Correct and the good old Voice Works which Michael uses for his synth bass part. Recently, we’ve also decided to use VoiceLive Touch for solo looping and improvisation. We definitely stretch the products to their limits.”
Billy Morrison has played with some of the biggest names in rock. From his time with The Cult to Camp Freddy (with Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch and Matt Sorum) and his recent addition to the Billy Idol band, he’s played some of the biggest and best venues across the world. Recently, Billy started using the TC-Helicon VoicePro for his vocal processing.
TC-Helicon recently had the opportunity to catch up with legendary Guns and Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum at his studio in LA. Matt is currently working on a new “Top Secret” project and VoiceLive 2 is an important part of this. See below for Matt giving us a quick overview on why he likes the VoiceLive 2 so much!
In my music I always have a very strong vocal component that tends to carry the whole production. I’m very interested in vocal sounds and effects so the VoiceLive Touch is in many ways the perfect gadget for me as I can really illustrate that element in my songwriting and music. Being able to play parts of my songs without backing singers or a whole bunch of gear is fantastic. I can do so many things with just this one unit like reverbs, delays and harmonies at the push of a button.
Recently, TC-Helicon had the opportunity to visit a recording studio in London where none other than legendary vocalist George Michael has been tracking for his new album said to be released early 2012.
Whilst we can’t give away any specifics on exactly what effects are being used from the VoiceLive 2 on the album just yet, it’s use can certainly be heard on his recently released single “True Faith”.
Recently, Clara has begun performing regularly using the TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch… “The VoiceLive Touch is a great looping device which comes in handy because I loop regularly throughout my set layering different instruments and vocals. Also, I love the different effects that are available because it really gives my songs character while I perform them. The VoiceLive Touch has really allowed me to think outside the box. There are so many possibilities available with it! Also, it’s taught me to be even more rehearsed and skilled at multi-tasking since I’m constantly stepping on the foot switch and playing with the touch pad.
“TC-Helicon has played an important role in this amplified, “mics in hand” methodology. TVS lessons are live and we do a lot of coaching on my students music, so when we migrate from the technique to the coaching of songs, I always give my students the “secret sauce” and hand over the wireless transmitter so they can enjoy the processing. Without TC-Helicon’s VoiceTone pedals, I would be left with old springy reverb and that just isn’t as cool.”
Coming from a musical family (her Grandfather a famous Jewish liturgical singer and her father an accomplished jazz pianist), Valerie Vigoda’s career as a songwriter and performer came in to focus at the age of 26. Then in 1997 she quit her job to tour with Cyndi Lauper followed by Joe Jackson. Since then she has been on a non-stop musical adventure balancing her band (GrooveLily), her songwriting (with husband Brendan) and her wildly growing career writing musicals with her husband also.
We managed to speak to Valerie following her recent win in TC-Helicon’s Love Songs Competition…