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…
During his recent solo tour “Mouthtronica” Shlomo has been using the VoiceLive 2 and VoiceTone Synth extensively – “I’m just finishing a theatrical one-man show which has been amazing, mostly playing in 400-600 capacity theatres. Over the summer I play at festivals, often more like 10,000 – 50,000 people which is a totally different game. I’m using the VoiceLive 2 mainly for EQ and compression.
Boldly going where no solo vocalist has gone before, Mister Tim is a solo vocal live-looping singer, songwriter, and performer who actively pushes the boundaries of the size and scope of sound and stylistic impact that can be produced by just one person and one microphone. Mr Tim proudly uses the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 and VoiceLive Touch to complete his sound and inspire new directions.
Reggie Watts is renowned for his improvised vocal performances and “on the fly” compositions involving looping and effects as key elements to his sound. Having used instrumentally aimed and marketed loopers to perform this vocally layered style of music in the past; it’s only natural that when he heard about the arrival of TC-Helicon’s vocalist
Lucy Love has been using the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 recently “My producer and band member Yo Akim told me about it and the thought of an all in one voice machine sounded amazing. We are using the VoiceLive 2 mainly on lead vocals to simulate the different processed vocals from our recordings. It has given us many options when performing live because of its huge range of effects.”