Synth Manual V1-2.qxd - TC

Synth Manual V1-2.qxd - TC
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PRODUCT MANUAL
ENGLISH VERSION
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Front Panel Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-16
Back Panel Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Using VoiceTone Synth
Loading Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Understanding the Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Creating HardTune Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Using the Lead Mix Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Vocoder Basics & Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Creating Vocoder Effects with Your Instrument . . . .20
Creating Vocoder Effects with the Onboard Synth .21
Vocoder Synth Sound Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
TC-Helicon Vocal Technologies Inc.
[email protected]
Using the Rez Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Creating Transducer Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Using the Modify Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
For Advanced Users
Choosing Alternate Tone Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Advanced HardTune & Vocoder Style Selection . . .24
Performing a Factory Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Changing the Tuning Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Changing the Number of Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
MIDI patch change and channel select over USB . .25
FAQ and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Presets and Style Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Manual revision 1.2
Prod. No: E60513011English Version
Introduction
Welcome to VoiceTone Synth
Features:
VoiceTone Synth was designed to meet the demands of
all genres of singing artists for a portable, high quality
vocoder and HardTune pitch shifting effect with exciting
new sonic possibilities.
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HardTune processor with options for octave shift
and gender processing.
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Vocoder effect with options for an external carrier
input or various onboard synthesizer flavors.
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Transducer effects to create megaphones and
distortions in series with HardTune and Vocoder.
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Tone processing with adaptive compression, Shape
EQ and de-ess.
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Clean, studio quality mic preamp with phantom
power.
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10 user editable presets with footswitch selection.
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XLR mono output with separate, dry-only output.
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USB Connectivity for updates, back-up and more
VoiceTone Synth presents a selection of 10
professionally authored presets. When out-of-the-box
sounds aren't enough, Synth provides editing controls to
customize the presets to your preference.
Product information is updated regularly, so be sure to
check www.tc-helicon.com for the latest news.
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Introduction
About TC-Helicon
At TC-Helicon we truly believe that the voice is the
world's most beautiful instrument. We don't mean to
degrade other beautiful instruments, but the singing
voice is the anthropological source for all things melodic.
vocalist. Our products focus on removing barriers and
inspiring creativity in performance. That's why our
products range from near-field personal vocal monitors
to floor-based vocal multi-effects pedals.
You should know there is a dedicated group of
engineers, researchers and product specialists based in
Victoria BC, Canada, who spend every waking moment
of their working lives listening, talking, singing, and
interacting with singers and those who have passion for
the singing voice.
Enjoy!
The TC-Helicon Team
a TC Group company
All this knowledge and experience is used to design
products respecting and empowering the modern
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Quick Start
Step 1:
Step 2:
Connect your microphone to a mic cable.
Connect the mic cable to the Mic Input on Synth.
NOTE:
Make sure Synth is not powered at this time.
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Quick Start
Step 3:
Step 4:
While you’re connecting and setting up, lower the fader
on your mixer channel to off. Connect a mic cable from
the Mono Out to a mic input on your sound system.
Connect a 1/4” cable from your guitar or instrument to
to the Inst in. Connect the Thru to your amp, if you want
your guitar or instrument sound passed unprocessed to
your amp.
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Quick Start
Step 5:
Step 6:
Set the Input Knob fully left.
Connect Synth's power adapter to main power and to
the Power Input on Synth.There is no power switch so
plugging it in automatically turns Synth on.
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Quick Start
Step 7:
Step 8:
While singing through your microphone, raise the Input
Knob until the Input Light turns green, sometimes
orange on louder parts, but never red.
For your first listen, check that the LEDs conform to the
status shown in the boxes below. Press the button
associated with the LEDs to change them if necessary.
Select preset 1 or 2 with the Preset footswitch.
Press to
light LED
Press so
LED is ON
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Quick Start
Step 9:
Slowly raise the fader on your mixer channel as you sing
into your mic. Once you’ve reached a comfortable
listening level you should hear your voice through the
HardTune or Vocoder sound in preset 1 or 2
respectively.
Now you’re ready to hear Synth’s effects. If Vocoder is
turned on and set to Inst, you’ll need to connect an
instrument or audio device to the Inst input.
VoiceTone Synth is great for experimentation. Forget
everything you’ve learned about singing and focus on
being creative. Don’t be scared to sing, talk, and make
noises when you vocalize.
Make sure to install the VoiceSupport application. It
keeps VoiceTone Synth up to date with the latest
software as well as tips and tricks on using the product.
Visit www.tc-helicon.com/support if you need support.
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Setup: Singer Only
Connections
Connect your mic to the Mic Input. If you’re using a
condenser mic, press and hold the Vocoder & Trans
buttons to enable +48V phantom power. Connect the
Mono Out to a PA.
Getting the HardTune Effect
Select preset 1 which has only HardTune enabled. Select
the key of your song by pressing the Key button. Choose
Major or Minor for the scale type.
Getting Vocoder Effects
Select a preset that only has Vocoder enabled with Synth
1 to 4 or Robot selected.These presets use the internal
synth with your voice. Select the key of your song by
pressing the Key button. Choose Major or Minor as the
scale type.
TIP: for more styles of vocoding try varying the REZ
control, and see Advanced HardTune & Vocoder Style
Select in the For Advanced Users section.
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Setup: Singing Electronic Artist
Connections
Connect your mic to the Mic Input. If you’re using a
condenser mic, press and hold the Vocoder & Trans
buttons to enable +48V. In additon you need to connect
an instrument or audio source to the Inst in. Connect
the Mono Out to a PA.
Getting the HardTune Effect
Select preset 1 which has only HardTune enabled. If
there is polyphonic audio coming from your keyboard
or instrument, then select Auto by pressing and holding
the Major and Minor buttons. With Auto key and scale,
the HardTune effect will follow your music.
Vocoding Your Instrument
Select preset 0 that has Vocoder enabled. Vocalize
through your microphone while audio is being played
back from your instrument.
For more styles see Advanced HardTune & Vocoder
Style Select in For Advanced Users section.
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Setup: Singing Guitarist
Connections
Connect your mic to the Mic Input. If you’re using a
condenser mic, press and hold the Vocoder & Trans
buttons to enable +48V phantom power. In addition you
need to connect your guitar to the Inst in. Connect the
Mono Out to a PA.
Getting the HardTune Effect
Select preset 1 that has only HardTune enabled. If you’re
playing chords on your guitar, then select Auto by
pressing and holding the Major and Minor buttons. With
Auto key and scale, the HardTune effect will follow your
guitar chords.
Vocoding Your Guitar
Select a preset that has Vocoder enabled and select
Inst as the style.Vocalize through your microphone
while playing your guitar.
For more styles see Advanced HardTune & Vocoder
Style Select in the For Advanced Users section.
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Front Panel
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2
3
4
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3. Lead Mix Knob
Lead Mix controls the mix of the HardTune and Vocoder
effects. 12 o’clock is the default position for any
combination of these effects.Turning the knob right boosts
the effect. When two effects are on, the knob controls the
mix between the two.
4. Rez Knob
1. Input Knob and LED
Adjust the Input Knob so that while you sing, the LED
beside it flashes green, sometimes orange but never red.
2.Tone Button
This engages TC-Helicon’s Live Engineer Effects which
automatically modifies your voice and makes it sound
smoother and brighter. When engaged, these effects
remain active whether the On button is active or not.
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Modifies the vocoder effect by controlling the number of
filters or poles applied to the vocoder.This has the effect of
modifying intelligibility in a musically useful way.
5. Modify Knob
This control gives additional sonic flexibility to the
Transducer effects. Each effect has its own assignment of
parameters controlled by the Modify knob.
Note:The Lead Mix, Rez and Modify parameters are
stored with the preset. Changing them only affects the
current preset.
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Front Panel
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or Modify knobs are turned, this briefly displays their
numerical value.
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8. Major / Minor Buttons and Auto LED
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10
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6. Key Select Button
This allows you to define a fixed key instead of autosensing a connected instrument to control the
HardTune and Vocoder effects. Press the Key button to
cycle through the 12 keys (C, C#, D... B). Sharp keys, e.g.
C# are shown by a dot in the lower right of the display.
7. Preset/Key Display
Shows the current preset number. When the Key or
Major/Minor buttons are pressed, the display will
momentarily change to show the current key and then
change back to the preset number.When the Lead Mix, Rez
The scale type may be Major, Minor or Chromatic (no
key). Hold both buttons for a moment to enter Auto
mode where musical information is derived from the
Inst input. Turn off both Major and Minor to enter
Chromatic mode.
9. HardTune Button and LEDs
Press to choose HardTune effects: Uni(son), Octave Up
and Down, Character effects and off (no LED lit).
10.Vocoder Button and LEDs
Press to select a Vocoder option shown above the
button and to turn the effect off (no LED). The Synth
and Robot options require either a key and scale to be
set or Auto on and an instrument playing. Inst requires
an external instrument for vocoding and will flash until
an instrument is connected to the Inst in.
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Front Panel
13. Preset Select Footswitch
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Tapping this footswitch will cycle forward through the 10
presets. Holding will store the current status of all effect
values to the current preset number.
14. On Footswitch
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11.Transducer Button and LEDs
Press to select Transducer options or effect off.
12. LED Indicator Bar
This translucent bar indicates the status of the On
footswitch and lights the location of the Preset
footswitch. The Preset LED will flash on a Store
operation. Both LEDs flashing indicates Key Set mode.
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Use the On footswitch to toggle the current preset’s
effects on and off. If Tone is on, its effects remain active
whether the On button is lit or not.
You can hold the On footswitch to set the key for the
HardTune and Synth effects from a standing position.The
On and Preset LEDs will flash. VoiceTone Synth can
recognize simple major or minor chords played on an
instrument connected to the Inst input or you can tap
the On and Preset buttons to cycle through Key and
Major/Minor options respectively. Hold the On
footswitch to exit Key Set mode when you’re done.
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Back Panel
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the preamplified Mic Input signal if needed for external
mixing.
4. Instrument In and Thru Connections
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3
4
5
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1. USB connector
Connects Synth to your computer for backup, restore
and editing of presets (install VoiceSupport from CD).
Connect an instrument here to provide the vocoder
carrier signal (“Inst” input only). A chordal instrument
connected here such as a guitar can also set key and
scale for the HardTune and Vocoder’s Synth and Robot
effects.This input is high impedance to accept single coil
guitar pickups. Plug a 1/4” cable from the Thru jack to
your first effect pedal or to your amplifier/PA.
5. Guitar Ground Lift
Connecting the power adaptor turns the unit on.
Push in to overcome buzzing that may occur when the
Thru jack connects to a different amplifier/PA than the
Mono Out. Leave out when Thru is not connected.
3. Outputs
6. Mic Input
2. Power Input
The output of Synth is mono only. Connect this to a mic
or line input of your PA system. The Dry output passes
Connect your mic here. When Vocoder is on, this input
is the modulator.
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Loading Presets
Creating HardTune Effects
Press the Preset button to load the next preset. The
numeric display will show the next number. Pressing
repeatedly will loop through all 10 presets (where 10 is
displayed as 0).
The HardTune effect quickly and un-naturally shifts the
pitch of your voice to the nearest scale tone while you
sing.This is the desired effect. It is important for the scale
tones to relate musically to your songs. In version 1.1 of
Synth, HardTune may also be used for “natural”
correction. Please see the Advanced HardTune &
Vocoder Style Select section.
Understanding the Presets
Presets are comprised of combinations of the
HardTune, Vocoder or Transducer effects and their
respective control knobs. The buttons for each effect
have LEDs to show which are active and then a row of
LEDs above to show which effect option is active.
If Transducer is the only effect LED lit, you only need to
turn the effect on with the On footswitch and vocalize.
When the HardTune and/or Vocoder effect LEDs are lit
in a preset, they require specific input from you to work
correctly and this is discussed in the following
paragraphs.
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To choose HardTune scale tones that relate musically to
your song pick one of the following:
1. Auto LED on: Play any chordal instrument such as
a guitar to the Inst in jack. Synth will derive ongoing
scale tones from the chords you play and tune
your vocal pitch accordingly.You will hear your
instrument only if a cable is connected to an amp
or PA system from the Thru connection.
2. Auto LED off: Input a fixed key and scale e.g. C
Major using the Key button and the Major/Minor
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buttons.Your voice will be tuned to the scale tones
of the key you’ve selected. Alternatively, you can
use a chromatic scale which does not require a key
by turning off both the Major and Minor LEDs.
Method #1(Auto) is the simplest to use and will remain
musically relevant as you change from song to song.You
can use method #2 (fixed key and scale and chromatic)
if you do not play a musical instrument or you simply
want to alternate between the two methods for a
different sound.
Note that with fixed key and scale, you will have to set
the key for every song in which you plan to use the
HardTune effect unless you use the chromatic scale.
To change a preset to Auto, hold both the Major and
Minor buttons for a moment so that the Auto LED turns
on.To change a preset from Auto to fixed key and scale,
tap either of the Major, Minor or Key buttons or hold the
On footswitch. This can be stored with each preset by
holding the Preset footswitch.
To create the HardTune effect:
1. Find a preset with only the HardTune button lit.
2. Choose Auto, fixed key and scale, or chromatic and
set accordingly.
3. Activate the On footswitch.
4. Sing while you play your instrument (Auto on) or
sing in the key you’ve set.
Repeatedly tap the HardTune button to cycle through
the options and effect off. See the For Advanced Users
section for information on more options. The basic
HardTune options are described below.
Uni - Your voice remains in the same octave in which
you sing but your notes are HardTuned.
Up - Your voice is shifted one octave up and
HardTuned.
Down - Your voice is shifted one octave down and
HardTuned.
Char 1 - Lower gender is added to your voice in
addition to HardTune.
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Char 2 - Higher gender is added to your voice in
addition to HardTune.
Using the Lead Mix Control
The Lead Mix control allows you to boost the effects or
mix in more lead voice with HardTune or Vocoder.
When HardTune and Vocoder are on simultaneously it
controls the mix between the two effects
The value can be stored at a different value in each
preset if desired. Note that the position of the knob
does not always represent the Lead Voice value in the
preset. You can see and edit the current value in the
Preset numeric display when you’ve turned the control
far enough in either direction to pass through its value.
Vocoder Basics and Terminology
The classic vocoder effect could be described as an
instrument that sounds like it’s talking. To create a
vocoder effect you need two audio sources; the “carrier”
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and the “modulator”.You can think of the carrier as your
vocal cords creating a buzzy noise and the modulator as
your mouth forming to pronounce words.
In VoiceTone Synth, the carrier can be an external
instrument such as a guitar, synthesizer, fully mixed tracks,
etc. With no instrument connected, Synth’s onboard
synthesizer has been specially configured to create
interesting vocoder sounds with your voice alone.
The modulator in VoiceTone Synth enters through the
Mic input. While this is most often your voice, you can
try any sound with a varying cadence to see how it will
sound.
Creating Vocoder Effects with Your Instrument
The classic vocoder effect using your instrument as the
carrier is created when the Vocoder effect has the Inst
option lit. All other Vocoder options engage VoiceTone
Synth’s internal synthesizer.
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To make a vocoder effect with your instrument as carrier:
1. Connect any instrument to the Inst input.
2. Find a preset with the Vocoder button on and its
option set to Inst.
3. Activate the On footswitch.
4. Vocalize while you play the instrument.
Note that you will only produce an audible effect when
you are vocalizing and playing your instrument.You don’t
have to sing melodies to produce an effect with the
Vocoder Inst option; you only need to make vowel
sounds if you prefer.
Creating Vocoder Effects with the Onboard
Synth
If you want an alternative to the Inst input you can
engage the onboard synthesizer. The onboard synth
needs musical guidance from you and, as such, uses the
Auto or fixed key and scale parameters. These
parameters are described previously in the HardTune
description. HardTune does not need to be on.
To produce a vocoder effect with the onboard synthesizer:
1. Find a preset with Vocoder on and its option set to
Synth or Robot (but not Inst).
2. Activate the On footswitch.
3. Set Auto to on and play the instrument connected
to the Inst input while you sing.
OR
3. Turn Auto off and either set a fixed key and scale
or use the chromatic scale.
Tap the Vocoder button to cycle through the options
and off. On each option you can hold the Vocoder
button to enter a variation selection mode. See the For
Advanced Users section for more detail.
Vocoder Synth Sound Descriptions
Synth 1 to 4: these are a mixture of synth sounds, some
monophonic, some polyphonic. See the Presets and
Style Description tables at the end of this manual for
more detail.
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Robot: the onboard synth produces a monotone note
fixed to either the the root of the chord you play (Auto
on) or the scale root e.g. the “C” in C Major (Auto off).
Inst: the instrument connected to the Inst input is the
carrier.
TIP: to get more vocoder sounds see the Advanced
HardTune and Vocoder Style Select section under For
Advanced Users.
Using the Rez Control
This control modifies the vocoder effects below it by
controlling the number of filters or poles applied to the
vocoder.This has the effect of modifying intelligibility in a
musically useful way.Turn the control while you vocalize
to hear the changes. This can be stored at a different
value in each preset if desired. Note that the position of
the knob does not always represent the Rez value in the
preset.You can see and edit the current Rez value in the
Preset numeric display when you’ve turned the control
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far enough in either direction to pass through and pickup its value.
Creating Transducer Effects
The Transducer block adds distortion and band limiting
effects such as megaphone and radio to your voice.
To create Transducer effects
1. Find a preset with the Transducer button on and
any option lit.
2. Activate the On footswitch.
3. Vocalize or sing.
Tap the Transducer button to cycle through the options
and off.
Using the Modify Control
This control gives you a range of sounds for the
Transducer effect. Each option has its own combination
of parameters assigned to the Modify control. Turn the
control while you sing to hear the changes. This can be
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stored at a different value in each preset if desired. Note
that the position of the knob does not always represent
the Modify value in the preset.You can see and edit the
current Modify value in the Preset numeric display when
you’ve turned the control far enough in either direction
to pass through and pick-up its value.
Radio - Emulates the bandwidth and distortion of an old
radio.The Modify control adjusts a LoCut filter.
Transducer Styles & Modify Controls
MegaPh1 - Megaphone sound with distortion. The
Modify control varies the distortion amount.
MegaPh2 - Megaphone effect without distortion. The
Modify control adjusts a HiCut filter.
Distort1 - Medium distortion sound.The Modify control
changes the distortion amount.
Distort2 - Heavy overdrive distortion. The Modify
control changes the distortion amount.
TelePh - Emulates telephone bandwidth. The Modify
control adjusts a HiCut filter.
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For Advanced Users
Choosing Alternate Tone Settings
Advanced HardTune & Vocoder Style Select
The factory default for the Tone button accommodates
a wide range of singers but there are options to further
customize this feature.
Each HardTune and Vocoder style (Uni, Up, Synth, Robot,
respectively) have additional selections. For example, to
browse additional Synth 1 sounds, cycle the Vocoder
button to the Synth 1 style, then hold the Vocoder button
(Vocoder LED will flash). Tap the Vocoder button to
sample the options that are numbered in the preset
display. Once you’ve found one you like, press and hold the
Vocoder button to exit. Hold the Preset footswitch to
store if desired. Note that cycling through the Vocoder
styles again with the Vocoder button will return your edit
to the default style (#1) in each style bank.
To access the alternate tone settings, hold the Tone
button until you see the Preset number display flash.You
can tap the Tone button to cycle through the numbered
choices shown below:
d:
1:
2:
3:
Default setting. Best for most situations.
Best if you have a very bright sounding PA.
This option adds “warmth” to your voice.
Increased compression. Caution: this increases
the likelihood of feedback.
4: Default setting plus a -50dB threshold gate on
Transducer to help reduce feedback.
5: Default setting plus a -40dB threshold gate on
Transducer to help reduce feedback.
6: Default setting plus a -30dB threshold gate on
Transducer to help reduce feedback.
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This functionality is the same for HardTune, except that
you would hold the HardTune button to enter and exit
the style select mode. In firmware version 1.1 onward, the
alternate selections in HardTune impose natural pitch
correction values on the respective style. For example, the
alternate HardTune Down style retains the octave down
pitch shift while softening the effect of the pitch correction.
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For Advanced Users
Performing a Factory Reset
A reset will delete all of your edited presets and return
all settings to the factory defaults.To reset the unit, insert
the power connector while holding the Major and Trans
buttons.
Changing the Tuning Reference
By default, Synth is tuned to A=440 Hz and the
HardTune and Synth effects will sound in tune when you
sing with instruments tuned to A=440. If you will be
singing with an instrument tuned to a different reference
e.g. a piano that has dropped in overall pitch, you can
change Synth’s reference with the following procedure.
Press and hold the Major, Minor and HardTune buttons
simultaneously as you plug in the power connector.Then
place your microphone near the instrument you want to
tune to and play any single note from it. Press any button
to return to normal functionality.
Note that the tuning reference is not stored. It will be
reset to A440 when the power is disconnected.
Changing the Number of Presets
The default configuration of Synth is to offer 10 presets. You
can access less presets for faster access when switching
through presets by doing the following.
To set the accessible number of presets, power up
holding the Key button. After a moment, the numeric
display will show the default number of presets.Tap the
Key button to change the limit to up to ten (shown as
“0”) or back down to two (one is not an option). Hold
the Key button to store this setting and exit to normal
operation.
MIDI patch change and channel select over USB
From firmward version 1.1 onward, you are able to
change presets remotely with a computer by sending
MIDI patch change messages over USB. The default
MIDI channel is set to 1 but you can choose any other
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channel up to 16 by sending a system exclusive (sysex)
command from your MIDI application.
To change presets on MIDI channel 1 via USB/MIDI:
1. Assemble the required components: Computer
with USB, Synth, USB cable, MIDI application e.g.
Cubase, Logic, MIDI Ox etc.
2. Connect the USB cable between your computer
and VoiceTone Synth.
3. Run the MIDI application and confirm Synth is
selected as a MIDI output device in a track and
that the track is set to transmit on MIDI channel 1.
4. Select a preset number from 1 to 10 with the
controls of the track so that it is transmitted to
Synth.
To change the MIDI receive channel on Synth:
1. You will need a computer application capable of
editing and sending MIDI system exclusive
messages.
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2. Copy and paste the following text, known as a
sysex string, into the sysex entry line in your
application:
F0 00 01 38 00 58 22 00 0D 00 00 00 CC F7
3. Where the letters CC are in the string enter the
MIDI channel you would like Synth to receive
according to the following Hex table. Note that 0
is zero, not the letter O.
1=01, 2=02, 3=03, 4=04, 5=05, 6=06, 7=07, 8=08,
9=09, 10=0A, 11=0B, 12=0C, 13=0D, 14=0E,
15=0F, 16=10.
4. Send this string to Synth via the application.
5. Configure the track sending the program change
message to transmit on the channel you have just
selected.
The receive channel remains during power cycles so you
don’t have to send it every time you power up.
FAQ and Troubleshooting
I can’t hear any audio coming out of the
product
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Confirm you have power and a working mic by
singing through the mic and confirming that Input
LED flashes green, and sometimes orange.
If Vocoder is turned on and set to Inst, there must
be audio coming from your instrument at the same
time you are vocalizing through the product.
Confirm the Mono Out is connected to a PA.
I hear distortion
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Check the input LED, if it is flashing red, then turn
down the input volume.
Is Transducer enabled? If so, the distortion may be
part of that style.
I can’t hear any effect
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Make sure the On LED is lit.
Ensure that at least one of the three effects is
activate.
If Vocoder is turned on, and Inst is selected, make
sure there is audio coming from you instrument.
Try turning up your instrument level if the problem
persists.
The effects sound out-of-tune
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Try using a fixed key and scale.
Make sure your instrument/tracks are tuned to
A440.
If you’re using Auto mode, turn up the level of the
instrument/source.
I’m using a Distortion style, but can’t hear it
o
Raise your input level so the Input LED is flashing
orange.
My Instrument doesn’t seem to change the key
of the effects
o
o
o
Confirm Auto key and scale is selected.
Confirm Vocoder with a Synth sound is selected, or
HardTune is on.
Remove any guitar effect pedals between your
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FAQ and Troubleshooting
o
guitar and Synth’s input.
Ensure that the audio coming to the instrument
input is made up of at least a root note and a
major or minor third.
I want to talk to the audience with no FX on,
how do I do that?
o
Turn the effect off with the On footswitch.
Where can I find support for this product?
o
Install the VoiceSupport application or visit www.tchelicon.com/support
Guitar Performance Tips
o
o
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To ensure that the HardTune and Synth effects
follow your playing, it’s best to play as cleanly as
you can. Also, at the beginning of your song, it’s
important to play a chord if you want to sing right
at the beginning.
Your guitar should be well-tuned to the onboard
tuner or an external one set to A=440 Hz.
I'm turning knobs but nothing is happening
o
Simply twist a knob from left to right until it
catches the stored value and then make your edit.
Presets and Style Descriptions
Preset
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Name
HardTune
Synth 1
Octaveup HardTune+Robot
Octave down Synth
Drone Robot
HardTune Megaphone
Distorted HardTune Synth
Synth Three
Oct HardTune + Vocoder
Vocoder
Key
Auto On
Auto On
Auto On
Auto On
C Major
Auto On
Auto On
Auto On
Auto On
Auto On
HardTune
Unison
Up (Octave up HardTune)
Down (Octave Down HardTune)
Char 1 (Male gender unison HardTune)
Char 2 (Female gender unison HardTune)
1
Hard
"
"
"
"
HardTune
Unison 1
Up 1
Unison 1
Unison 1
Down 1
2
Soft
"
"
"
"
Vocoder
Transducer
Synth 1 style 4
Robot style 4
Synth 2 style 4
Robot style 2
Synth 4 style 1
Synth 3 style 6
Inst style 5
Inst style 5
Megaphone
Megaph 1
Megaph 2
Distort 1
Distort 2
TelePh
Radio
Megaphone 1
Distort 1
Description
Bandpass filter
Highpass filter
Distortion style 1
Distortion style 2
Variable frequency highpass filter
Fixed highpass, variable frequency lowpass filter
Modify Control
Distortion
"
"
"
Highpass frequency
Lowpass frequency
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Presets and Style Descriptions
Vocoder Description
Synth 1 -M
Mono Synths
1
Unison octave synth 1 wave
2
Unison octave synth 1 wave and female gender
3
Unison octave synth wave 2
4
Unison octave synth wave 3
5
Unison octave synth wave 4 with male gender
Synth 2 -B
Bass Synths
1
Octave down synth wave 4
2
Octave down synth wave 4 with male gender
3
Octave down synth wave 2 with male gender
4
Two octaves down synth wave 2
5
Two octaves down synth wave 2
6
Two octaves down synth wave 4
Synth 3 - Poly Synths
1
Unison+fifth up wave 5
2
Unison+fifth up wave 5 with bass gender
3
Unison+fifth up wave 5, female gender
4
Unison+fifth+9th wave 6
5
Unison+fifth up wave 7 with female gender
6
Octave down modulating wave 8
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Vocoder Description
Synth 4 - SciFi Synths
1
Wave 9 unison octave
2
Wave 9 female gender
3
Wave 10 three octaves down
Robot
1
Root note unison octave wave 1
2
Octave down root note + fourth below wave 5
3
Unison root note + fifth above wave 5
4
Unison root note modulated wave 8
5
Wave 9 octave down root note
6
Octave down root note wave 2 with male gender
7
Octave down root note wave 3 with male gender
Instrument - Vocoder
1
Vocoder with full instrument dynamics and low boost
2
Same as #1 with female gender
3
Same as #1 and male gender
4
Same as #1 with no low boost
5
Vocoder with smooth instrument dynamics
6
Same as #5 and female gender
7
Same as #5 and male gender
8
Same as #5 with no low boost
Specifications
Analog Inputs
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Mic Connector Balanced XLR, Input Impedance 1kOhm
Mic Input Sensitivity @ 0dBFS -44dBu to +2dBu
Mic Input Sensitivity @ 12dB headroom -56dBu to -10dBu
Inst In Connector Unbalanced 1/4”, Input Impedance 1MOhm
Inst In Sensitivity +15dBu @ 0dBFS
EIN -126dBu @ max. mic amp gain, Rg = 150 Ohm
Analog Outputs
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Main Output Connectors Balanced XLR
Output Impedance 40 Ohm
Output Level +2dBu @ 0dBFS
Inst Thru Connector Unbalanced 1/4” Phone Jack
Inst Thru Output Impedance 270 Ohm
Input to Output Analog Audio Performance
Š Dynamic Range, Mic. @ Min gain >108dB, 20 Hz - 20kHz *A-weighted
Š Dynamic Range, Mic. @ -18dBu sensitivity > 104dB, 20hz - 20kHz*
Š THD+ Noise, Mic. @ Min gain <-90dB
Š Frequency Response, max gain -1.5dB @ 40 Hz, +0/-0.3 dB (200Hz to 20 kHz)
Š Inst In to Thru Dynamic Range >119dB
Š Tuning Mute Attenuation >100dB
Conversion Characteristics
Š Sample Rate 48 kHz, Converter AKM AK4620B
Š AD / DA Conversion 24 bit, 128x oversampling
bitstream
EMC & Safety
Š Complies with EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2
FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
Š Certified to IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and
CSA E60065 CSA FILE #LR108093
Environment
Š Operating Temperature 32° F to 122° F (0° C
to 50° C)
Š Storage Temperature -22° F to 167° F (-30° C
to 70° C)
Š Humidity Max. 90 % non-condensing
Supplementary
Š Dimensions 130mm x 132mm x 41mm (5" x
5.25" x 1.5")
Š Weight 1.5 lb. (0.72 kg)
Š Warranty Parts and labor 1 year
All specifications and features subject to change
without notice.
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