In this article we’re going to be discussing the best vocal distortion pedals in 2021.
However, before we jump into exactly what processors are featured within the list, we want to briefly talk about what exactly a vocal distortion processor does, and when one might be used.
So let’s get to it!
What are Vocal Distortion Pedals?
Vocal Distortion is a vocal effect used to muddy the sound of a vocal signal, for both live and studio vocal takes.
However, with that being said, Vocal Distortion Pedals are more commonly used for live vocal performances since they provide immediate vocal effects, with live performances not allowing the singer the luxury of singing multiple vocal takes to get the perfect sound.
Generally, vocal effects such as Vocal Delay, Vocal Compression are supporting vocal effects within multi-effect vocal processors. Therefore, we have provided the best vocal effects pedals that come with Vocal Distortion.
These kinds of processors are generally used within a live performance environment, with it being somewhat difficult to create this effect naturally, unless the actual vocal signal is overdrive, and hence feedback would likely occur.
It’s unlikely that this kind of unit would be used within a studio-environment, with it being easier to be achieved by a studio-quality rack-mountable processor or DAW. However, it may be useful for the ‘basement studio’ user who wants it for both live and studio recording use.
Simple to use Vocal Distortion Pedal controlled by ‘Drive’ knob
Ideal for someone who want’s to be able to plug ‘n’ play, with easy footswitch on/off functionality
Includes both vocal distortion and a megaphone effect, for a wider range of sounds
8 different vocal styles, which can be further modified through manipulation of the Drive knob (distortion) and the Filter knob (modifiying the EQ curve)
2 preset vocal distortion settings, which can be further changed with the pedal knobs [Refer to the video below for a demonstration]
Inability to save presets, therefore any modifications to these presets must be done via the on-pedal filter knobs.
Who is this pedal perfect for
This vocal distortion/megaphone effects unit is perfect for someone looking for a less expensive vocal distortion pedal, with the dual use of only distortion and megaphone effects, as opposed to a multi-effects pedal.
This vocal distortion processor is ideal for use in practices and small live performances. After the feedback we’ve received about this unit, we would recommend this to a hobbyist singer/songwriter/musician.
The BOSS VE 20 Vocal Performer is not primarily a vocal distortion pedal, it’s essentially an All-in-One solution, and is designed and produced by Boss, so you know it’s high quality.
The pedal is 1.6kg it’s not the lightest in the world, but it more than makes up for it in its ability to add such creative vocal effects such as radio effect, strobe and vocal distortion effects.
Allowing for 38 seconds (mono) of looped recording, which is useful for singer-songwriters looking for an innovative way to build up their song’s live instrumentation, layer by later, directly in front of their crowd.
The pedal also 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.
TC Helicon Voice Live Play Multi-Effects & Vocal Distortion Pedal
TC Helicon Play Electric – Multi-effects &Vocal Distortion Pedal
TC Helicon Play Acoustic – Multi-effects &Vocal Distortion Pedal
what exactly is the difference between all of these TC Helicon Play processors
Well, the core functionality is exactly the same,
Vocal Distortion Effects: Megaphone, Radio, Amplifier Emulation and more
Microphone Control Functionality with MP-75/56 and Sennheiser E 835 FX
However, the pedals differ in their guitar effect functionality, as you can see from the chart below.
VoiceLive Play VoiceLive Play Electric VoiceLive Play Acoustic
As you can see from the VoiceLive Play, Electric & Acoustic comparison chart. Despite the pedals looking very similar and having an identical core functionality, there is a huge difference in guitar effects functionality.
Therefore, for singers who play either the electric or acoustic guitar, the VoiceLive Play Electric or VoiceLive Play Acoustic is certainly the most appropriate processor to choose from.
The Behringer UM300 is the ideal multi-effect vocal solution for singers who are really serious about wanting to incorporate that studio refined sound within their live performance. The processor has over 500 loaded presets, including vocal distortion and many more features shown below