MESSE07: Control Vocal Harmonies With Guitar

US TC-Helicon debut Guitar-to-MIDI pedal for controlling vocal harmony processors      29/03/07

MESSE07: Control Vocal Harmonies With Guitar
Pedal Controls A VoiceLive Processor

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You may recall from our Winter NAMM coverage the Digitech vocal processors that could be controlled from a guitar signal. Now TC-Helicon has announced HarmonyControl |Guitar, a simple pedal that lets a guitarist control their vocal harmony in real time. The plug-and-play accessory is compatible with all TC-Helicon vocal harmony products and will also work with many other manufacturers’ harmony products that support MIDI input.
TC-Helicon say that the HarmonyControl pedal is easily integrated into a performance setup. A guitar is plugged into HarmonyControl. A guitar output allows it to integrate with other guitar pedals or an amplifier. A MIDI cable is connected between HarmonyControl and a harmony processor. With these connections made, the guitar sound controls the harmony voices.

The patent pending algorithms in HarmonyControl analyze a guitar signal and produce MIDI note and control information specific to vocal harmony processors. Guitarists have the freedom to play as they normally would, while benefiting from musically correct harmonies from their MIDI-equipped vocal processor.
Performing musicians who use TC-Helicon VoiceLive, VoiceWorks or VoiceWorksPlus get further harmony benefits through HarmonyControl’s unique control of Scale mode presets. A song’s key can be set from the guitar. If the musician doesn’t know the key, they can play the song and the correct key will be intelligently selected. Scale mode’s parallel harmonies are preserved as chord changes are sensed in real-time so there is no need for song stepping or programming.
The product is compatible with TC-Helicon vocal harmony products as well as the older Vocalist products with MIDI inputs.
Pricing and Availability:
HarmonyControl will be available in Summer 2007 and retail for EUR 190 excl. VAT.
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