In this free Issue of Guitar Interactive Magazine we have an exclusive live interview with Australian Guitar goddess, Orianthi. Plus we also meet jazz-fusion icon Mr.335, Larry Carlton as Tom Quayle offer's an in-depth 'Carlton Tech Session.' Issue 21 also features products from Music Man, Fender, Peerless, Levinson, Orange, Peavey, Matamp, XiTone cabs & Fret-King, TC-Electronic, Ernie Ball, Walrus and Two Notes Torpedo FX.
LIVE SOUND_PEDAL REVIEW
Facing solo gigs with no vocal backup? Band vocals lacking that professional sparkle? TCto
use box of magic that just might solve all your problems. Mick Wilson explains.
The Harmony Singer is the latest offering from TC-
Helicon, the vocal products side of the Danish TC
Electronic company, a manufacturer renowned for its
live and studio vocal effects. As the screen-printed logo
would suggest, the Harmony Singer is aimed squarely
at the singing guitarist, whether part of a band or a
The pedal is slightly larger than a standard stomp-box
and is better constructed than a lot that I’ve come
across. The chunky, rubberised bottom (no stick-on
feet) and heavy duty footswitch means this would
certainly withstand being thrown in and out of a gig
bag every week!
All the controls you would need to adjust during a gig
are on the top: Three rotary knobs for Harmony (eight
choices), Level (effect mix) and Reverb (Room/Club/
Hall) are a tad cramped, but very positive. A very solid
footswitch for effect on/off and bypass (talk mode) and
finally, a button labeled “Tone” which has an integral
LED when activated.
The mic connections are at the rear of the unit, both
on XLR with the input having phantom power to cater
for condenser mics. For optimum input level, there is
a Mic Gain pot on the left side and an LED on the top
right of the pedal to indicate clipping. Also on the top
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are the PSU and a mini USB socket to gain
‘Voice Support’ for firmware updates.
The instrument in and out sockets (used for
the tuning) are on either side of the pedal, s
sit nicely at the start of the chain on a pedal
TC describes the guitar input as a “Transpar
and I found no discernible loss of quality in
department. Also, there’s a ground lift switch
(nice touch), so I would quite happily leave
even when not using it.
Finally, there’s a button on the right side lab
Control’. When depressed, this allows remo
of the effects using either the TC-Helicon M
Sennheiser e835 fx microphones equipped w
control button and operates in exactly the sa
footswitch (see Mick’s review of the Sennheiser
also in this issue - Ed).
All this seems a heck of a lot to pack into su
unit and you may think it would be a tricky
to set up, but even though the review pedal
a different box and no manual, I was up and
in a minute. In essence, once you’ve got the
sorted, you just need to choose which harmo
want, how much of them and what reverb y