Best Vocal Harmonizer Pedal – 2017

What are the best Vocal Harmonizer pedals for live use in 2017?

Well, let’s talk about them!

Vocal Harmonizer pedals are great for singers looking to create additional vocal harmonies in their live performances, which are perfectly in tune with the lead vocal. These vocal harmonizer pedals are suitable for solo singers and bands, where either, there aren’t any backing singers or the other band members cannot sing.

Vocal Harmonizer effects pedals are widely used by the majority of current music industry artists looking to recreate their studio recording sound, within their live performance. We realise that singer/musicians can be highly critical about the sound quality of their vocals, particularly for a solo singer, who cannot afford the privilege of hiding behind a lead guitar part.

Therefore, each of the voice harmonizer pedals we have provided, give the ability for the user to make detailed adjustments and tweaks to the overall vocal sound. Some of the pedals featured, also integrate with the singer’s secondary instrument (guitar, keyboard) to follow the chords played, accounting for key changes.

We have meticulously researched all of the most up-to-date, best vocal harmonizer pedals in 2017, to create the following list featured below.

 Top 5 Vocal Harmonizer Pedals for vocalists

Product Model Manufacturer
TC Electronics Singles VoiceTone H1 Vocal Effects Processor 996012005 TC Electronics
Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer Vocal Processor Pedal w/ Power Supply VE-20 BUNDLE BOSS
TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 Vocal Effects Processor Harmony Singer 2 TC Helicon
TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT Vocal Effects Processor 996000905 TC Electronics
Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist & PigHog PP9V PowerPig 9V DC 1000ma Power Supply Bundle VE-2 N/A

 

 

Sustain Punch’s – Best Vocal Harmonizer Pedals

1- VoiceTone H1 – Vocal Harmony

VoiceTone H1 – Vocal Harmony: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5)

VoiceTone H1 - Vocal Harmony Pedal, Is it the Best Harmonizing pedal for vocalists?

 

Main Features/Benefits

  • 2 Key controls – Guitar/Instrument or Key/Scale
  • Don’t need an instrument to use
  • Up to 2 harmony voices at any time

Disadvantages

  • No Pitch Correction
  • No other vocal effects compared to other pedals

The VoiceTone H1 is one of the cheapest Vocal Harmonizer Pedals, however just because it’s lower in price doesn’t mean it’s lower in quality. In fact, this pedal gives some great sounding vocal harmonies, as you can hear on the demonstration video below. The user has access to three turnable knobs, giving the ability to choose the songs musical key for the pedal to use, alongside the precise vocal interval for the backing harmony accompaniment. The final knob controls the volume level of which the accompanying harmonies can be heard, relative to the lead vocals.

The main disadvantage of this pedal, against its competitors, is that it’s still as expensive as other pedals on the market, which have more functions. Also, considering the price, although it is more than half the price of some harmonizer effects pedals featured here, through paying the extra money, you can get an all-in-one vocal solutions pedal which could save you money in the long-run, if you were considering purchasing each vocal effect separately.

For a real look, please refer to the demonstration video below.

2- BOSS VE-20 Vocal Performer

Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer: 4.25 Stars (4.25 / 5)

BOSS VE 20 Vocal Performance Pedal, best harmony pedal for vocals

 

Main Features/Benefits

  • All-in-one Vocal Solution (Harmonies, Delay, Doubler, Creative Effects, Phantom Power )
  • Great solution for someone after a single pedal (less gear to carry) for live shows
  • Battery Operated
  • Real-time pitch correction
  • 38-second (mono) loop recording

Disadvantages

  • Been around for nearly 10 years, hardware is slightly outdated
  • Doenst automatically detect musical key changes
  • Doesnt come with power adapter (purchased additionally – find out best price here)

The BOSS VE 20 Vocal Performer is not primarily a vocal harmonizer, it’s essentially an All-in-One vocal stompbox, and being designed and produced by Boss, you know it’s high quality. Being 1.6kg it’s not the lightest pedal in the world, but it more than makes up for it in its ability to add multiple layers of vocal harmonies, add creative vocal effects such as distortion, strobe and radio effect. It allows singers to also use real-time pitch-correction, which is highly important, to make sure the vocal harmonies are in tune with the lead vocal.

The BOSS VE 20 is also a live autotune pedal for vocals. This pitch correction function is highly important, to make sure the vocal harmonies are in tune with the lead vocal. Also allowing 38 seconds (mono) of looped recording, which is useful for singer-songwriters looking for a creative, innovative way to build up the instrumentation, layer by later to their live song, directly in front of their crowd.

The pedal includes Phantom Power, so it is able to power condenser microphones, such as the Rode NT2A.

For a real look, please refer to the demonstration video below.

3- TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 Review, best harmony pedal for vocals

 

Main Features/Benefits

  • All-in-one Vocal Solution (EQ, Compressor, De-Esser, Gate )
  • Great solution for someone after a single pedal (less gear to carry) for live shows
  • Battery Operated
  • Nearest semitone pitch correction

Disadvantages

  • Cannot be used without an instrument plugged in, to follow chords.
  • Doesn’t include autotune, as other pedals do.

The TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 is a harmonizer pedal, devoted entirely for singer/songwriters and singers in bands. For this pedal’s harmony functions to operate, an instrument must be plugged in so that it can follow the chord progressions. The pedal has three main turnable knobs located on the front, ‘Harmony’, ‘Level’ and ‘Reverb’. Harmony refers to the specific pitch interval you wish to set, Level refers to the volume level to which these additional harmonies can be heard, and finally Reverb. The pedal sounds extremely versatile in the way it can be used for different kinds of music, from Metalica & Iron Maiden to The Beach Boys.

The Singer 2 vocal harmonizer is different from its predecessor in it’s updated hardware and the addition of battery-powered usability. Although, if you’re worried about the batteries running out whilst on-stage, don’t worry! It does take a 9v power adaptor plug, which is fantastic news for guitar players because it can instantly synchronize with their guitar pedal setup. The pedal has a fully automated sound enhancement function

The pedal has a fully automated sound enhancement function, at the click of a button (Tone). This includes Equalisation, Compressing, De-Esser and a Noise Gate, all of these brighten up the vocal sound, whilst maintaining a nice level of dynamics to studio polish the live performance.

For a real look, please refer to the demonstration video below. As you can see, the tc helicon vocal harmonizer pedal is particularly impressive.

4- TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT

TC Helicon Voice Tone Harmony-G XT: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT Review, a very good vocal harmony pedal for singers

 

Main Features/Benefits

  • All-in-one Vocal Solution (Harmony, Doubling, Reverb, Pitch Correction, Voice Tone – EQ)
  • Great solution for someone after a single pedal (less gear to carry) for live shows
  • Autotune (Pitch Correction on lead VOX)

Disadvantages

  • Slightly heavier than other pedals
  • Sensitive to external noise

The VoiceTone Harmony-G XT is more than just a harmonizer pedal, it’s an entire vocal solution for singers. It includes a range of harmony options, vocal doubling effects, reverb, pitch correction (auto-tune), vocal tone control (EQ) and A/B switching between saved vocal effects. Certainly a heavier pedal than other options, at 1.3kg, but it’s wide range functions certainly makes this extra weight perfectly acceptable.

The benefit of this stompbox is that it provides real-time vocal pitch correction. This prevents the audience hearing an out-of-tune lead vocal, which could be emphasised with hearing a perfectly in-tune harmony vocal line alongside an untuned lead vocal. Thank-fully VoiceTone has carefully thought about this product, creating a fantastic sounding all-in-one vocal harmonizer pedal.

For a real look, please refer to the demonstration video below.

5- Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist PedalOur Recommendation for users (Even suitable for users without an instrument)

Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist Pedal Review, Vocal harmonizer pedal for singers

 

Main Features/Benefits

  • Great sounding (See Demonstration)
  • Easy to use
  • Integration with Instrument (XLR, 1/4 Jack)
  • Auto ‘Harmony’ Key tracking ability
  • Battery-Powered
  • Can be used without an instrument (Harmony function enabled)

Disadvantages

  • Slightly heavier than other
  • Not got as many features as other pedals (However, don’t get me wrong, this is an ace vocal harmonizer pedal.

Let’s save the best until last, the Boss VE-2 harmonizer pedal is last addition to this list. It combines the sounds of Boss/Roland VE range, providing a high quality, studio-like vocal sound for your live performance (Take a listen to the demonstration video below). The Boss VE-2 pedal is highly portable and easily stored, being only 600g in weight and relatively small in size.

Alongside the physical aspects of this pedal, making it a great choice due to its portability, it also has the ability to be used entirely on battery power.

A battery-powered stompbox is especially helpful in the live show environment. Whether or not you are busking on a street corner, or playing a staged show, mains plug sockets can be rare to come by, often being reserved by the excessive amount of pedals used by the lead guitarist and bassist.

Now, let’s get to the pedal’s usability features. There are two main pitch settings to keep harmonies synchronised with your lead vocal. The pedal naturally listens to the chords that you’re playing with your guitar or keyboard, and it can also be manually set to a specific key. Combining these two features will give you the most reliable results. However, if you have a song which includes a key change, we advise that you do not input the specific key. The Auto-Harmony function is a great addition to this pedal, as we know full well that technicalities should be left to the side once you hit the stage… That’s the time to give your performance!

For a real look, please refer to the demonstration video below.

Verdict – The best Vocal Harmonizer pedal

In summary, here is the list of each pedal, with the star rating.

VoiceTone H1 – Vocal Harmony: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5) – Check Current Price

Boss VE 20 Vocal Performer: 4.25 Stars (4.25 / 5) – Check Current Price

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5) – Check Current Price

Voice Tone Harmony-G XT: 5 Stars (5 / 5) – Check Current Price

Boss VE-2 Vocal Harmonist: 5 Stars (5 / 5) – Our Recommendation for users (Even suitable for users without an instrument)Check Current Price

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