If you’re an instrument player, you’ve probably heard of the company TC Electronics, as they are quite famous for their high-end guitar effect pedals like looper and overdrive pedals. TC Helicon, their subsidiary, seems to follow this tradition with some excellent vocal processors and some of the best vocal harmonizer pedal (spoiler alert: this isn’t their only product on my list).
The Harmony Singer is a compact harmony pedal that is highly rated. It is similar to the Harmony-G XT, but stripped down of extra features in favor of portability. It carries the same smart harmony effect that follows after guitar chord changes, but in a smaller foot print that is easier to carry and setup. It is simply the practical choice for singing guitarists who are looking to add harmonies without having to audition actual singers or carry bulky equipment.
TC-Helicon is probably one of the most popular brands when it comes to harmonizers. It’s not hard to see why when you take a look at Harmony Singer. This pedal features a compact yet a rigid body that can withstand use on and off the stage with ease. The top of the vocal pedal is where all of your controls are at, however, the front and either side is where you will find all the I/O ports.Right and left panels feature the instrument input and thru ports.
What’s awesome about TC Helicon Harmony Singer would have to be how intuitive the controls are. You will see three aligned knobs on the top panel which include Harmony, Level, and lastly Reverb. Harmony knob allows you to decide between four different types of voices, all featuring far and close setting. The range of the harmonizer effect is two voices above or below the input signal, with all of the other combinations available. When it comes to the Reverb feature, you’ve got four different options for this effect.
The pedal listens the chords you play and tracks your guitar, maintaining a perfect pitch. It’s simple to connect and set up, although it’s best if you keep it at the front of the chain if you have multiple pedals.
When the time comes to plug this vocal harmonizer pedal into your rig to give it a spin, you’ll pleasantly surprised by the resulting sounds. The first thing that catches your attention is the tone. It doesn’t present as being robotic like some other vocal harmonizers do, and it actually has a softness to it. The Close mode is a bit aggressive and in your face, but there are definitely applications where it works. The Far mode is a lot more subtle but still every bit as efficient.
At the end of the day, TC Helicon has created yet another great package for those who need little more girth in their music. The pedal works well, is very accurate and most importantly, simple to use. There are some quirks, but those are far from being a deal breaker.
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