TC-Helicon 996000905, VOICE TONE HARMONY-G XT User manual

TC-Helicon 996000905, VOICE TONE HARMONY-G XT User manual
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Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
QuickStart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Typical Setups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Front Panel Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-14
Back Panel Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Getting To Know Harmony-G XT . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Loading Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Making Harmonies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Using the Tone Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Mixing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Adjusting the Harmony Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Changing the FX Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Adjusting the Guitar Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Thicken Your Voice with the Double Button . . . . . . .17
Editing Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
What Do the Voice 1&2 Buttons Do? . . . . . . . . . . . .17
What Does Higher Lower etc. Mean? . . . . . . . . . . .18
Storing Edited Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Changing the FX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Using the Tuner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
For Advanced Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Advanced FX Style Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Changing the Number of Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
How to Use the Manual Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
How to Use Alternate Tone Settings . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Guitar Reverb and Detune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Choosing Alternate Double Settings . . . . . . . . . . . .22
External Mixing with Mono and Dry Outputs . . . . . .22
Performing a Factory Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
How to Change the Tuning Reference . . . . . . . . . . .23
TC Helicon Vocal Technologies Ltd.
[email protected]
Manual revision 1.2 SW1.1
Using the VoiceSupport Application . . . . . . . . . .24
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
First Impressions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
The Download Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
The Backup Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
FAQ and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
FX and Doubling Alternates Listing . . . . . . . . . . .28
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Prod. No: E60510412
Multilingual Version
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Welcome to VoiceTone Harmony-G XT
Features:
Harmony-G XT is designed for the singer who wants
the highest quality and most interesting live vocal
production possible. It puts a complete vocal production
center into your hands including harmony singers that
follow your singing and guitar playing.
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Adds one or two harmony voices directed by your
guitar playing
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Overdub-style vocal doubling feature adds richness
to your lead voice
Ease of use and convenience were of utmost
importance in the design of Harmony-G XT.This allows
singers to utilize all of its features quickly and easily.
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High quality reverb and delay effects
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Guitar signal can be sent to your guitar amp or
routed through Harmony-G XT’s effects
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Part A/B switch to allow instant selection of your
two favorite sounds
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Quick and easy tweaking and storage of presets
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XLR mic level input and output in stereo or mono
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Clean, studio quality mic preamp with phantom
power
Harmony-G XT presents a selection of professionallyauthored patches. When out-of-the-box sounds aren't
enough, Harmony-G XT 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
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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About TC-Helicon
Quick Start
Step 1:
Step 2:
Connect your microphone to a mic cable
Connect your mic cable to the Mic Input
NOTE:
Make sure Harmony-G XT is not powered at this time.
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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 Left/(mono) Out to a mic input on your sound
system.
Connect a 1/4” guitar cable from your electric or
acoustic guitar to the INST IN. For now, we won’t use
the THRU so the guitar sound will be mixed with your
voice and effects. It will come out of the Left (mono)
main output.
Inst
Input
Guitar
FX
Harmony
Pan
Tone
Auto
Preset
Hold to Store
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Hall
Room
Echo
Slap
Combi
SFX
#
Higher
High
Low
Lower
Bass
Octave
48V
Manual
Stereo
Double
FX
Voice 1
Voice 2
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Quick Start
Quick Start
Step 5:
Step 6:
Set the Input Knob fully left then set the Guitar, FX and
Harmony knobs to the 12 O’Clock position.
Connect Harmony-G XT's power adapter to main
power and to the Power input on Harmony-G XT.There
is no power switch so plugging it in automatically turns
it on.
Inst
Input
Guitar
FX
Harmony
Tone
Auto
Preset
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3
#
Hall
Room
E h
Higher
High
L
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.
In preparation for your first listen, check that the LEDs
conform to the status shown in the boxes below. You
can press the button associated with the LEDs to change
them if necessary.
Press to light
LED
Inst
Input
Guitar
FX
Harmony
Tone
Auto
Inst
Input
Guitar
FX
Harmony
Press to load
Preset 1 if it’s
not already
loaded
Preset
Hold to Store
48V
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Hall
Room
Echo
Slap
Combi
SFX
#
Higher
High
Low
Lower
Bass
Octave
Stereo
Tone
Manual
Double
FX
Voice 1
Voice 2
Auto
Preset
3
#
Hall
Room
Higher
High
Press so
LED is ON
Press so
LED is OFF
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Quick Start
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 clearly with
some reverb effect added.
You can now experiment with all of Harmony-G XT’s
features starting by pressing the Preset button to load
the different presets and then pressing the A/B
footswitch to hear each preset’s A and B settings.
It’s important to take a moment and tune your guitar
before checking out the harmonies. Hold the On button
to enter Harmony-G XT’s Tuner/Bypass mode. Pluck a
single string at a time to see its pitch.You will see which
note it’s closest to in the Preset display and whether the
string is sharp or flat in the LED bank above the FX and
Voice 1 and Voice 2 buttons. Adjust each string until
they’re all in tune.
Please read this short manual to ensure you get the
most from Harmony-G XT!
Now you’re ready to hear Harmony-G XT’s harmony
voices. Press the On footswitch and sing a song you
know while strumming the guitar chords to the song.
Remember that your guitar directs the harmonies so
ensure that the volume control on your guitar is turned
up.
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Typical Setups
Electric Guitar Setup
Acoustic Guitar Setup
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The dotted line indicates optional stereo operation
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Front Panel
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2
3
4
Guitar
FX
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Inst
Input
Harmony
Tone
Auto
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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 button is used to engage two effects:
1. Adaptive Live Engineer Effects which automatically
make your voice smoother and brighter. A single click of
the Tone button activates or de-activates this feature.
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2. Auto-Chromatic Pitch Correction which gently
corrects your pitch without the need to set key and scale.
Double clicking the Tone button activates or de-activates
Pitch Correction independently of the Live Engineer Effects.
The Tone button indication modes are as follows:
Only Tone active:Tone LED glows solidly.
Only Pitch Correction active: Tone LED flashes on
periodically. Will flash quickly for a moment when engaged
or disengaged.
Both Tone and Pitch Correction active: Tone LED glows
solidly but flashes off periodically.
When engaged, these effects are always on your voice, even
in Bypass.
3. Guitar Mix Knob
Controls your guitar volume when it’s routed to the main
outputs (when the Inst Thru jack is not used).The left Auto
position automatically balances your guitar volume with
your voice. Immediately above the Auto position is an
“off band” where the guitar is muted. Proceeding
clockwise from there allows manual control of guitar mix
level.
6. Preset Select Button and Preset Display
4. FX (Effects) Level Knob
7. 48 Volt Phantom Power LED
Raises or lowers the mix level of the effect selected with
the FX button.
5. Harmony Level Knob
Adjusts the mix levels of the harmony and double
effects.
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Preset
Hold to Store
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3
Hall
Room
Echo
Slap
Combi
SFX
#
Higher
High
Low
Lower
Bass
Octave
48V
Stereo
Press to cycle through the 5 presets numbered 1 to 5 shown
in the Preset display. Hold to store changes you make.The
sharp sign (#) is used in the Tuner and Manual modes.
For condenser mics, hold the Manual and Double buttons
for 2 seconds to engage and disengage phantom power.
8. Manual Mode Button
Press to toggle guitar control of the harmonies. See how
to use this feature in the “For Advanced Users” section.
9. Double Voice Button
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Press this button to simulate the sound of you singing
along with yourself for added thickness.
10. FX Button and LED Display
Manual
Double
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FX
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Voice 1
Voice 2
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Pressing the FX button cycles through the effect styles
and FX Off (no LEDs lit) for the current preset.
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Front Panel
Front Panel
11. Stereo Select Button
13. LED Indicator Bar
Press and hold the Voice 1 and Voice 2 buttons for 2
seconds to toggle between stereo and mono output.
This translucent bar indicates the A or B selection of
each preset and status of the On footswitch.
12.Voice Buttons and Display
14. Preset A and B Select Footswitch
Press either of the Voice 1 or Voice 2 buttons to:
a) change the associated voice’s harmony interval
b) enable the harmony voice when its LED is off
c) turn the voice off
The same interval for both voices adds thickness to the
harmony voices.
If you only need to access your two favorite sounds in
performance, tapping the A/B footswitch will toggle
between them quickly. If you would like to access more
presets with this footswitch, hold it to enter Preset
Select mode. Now, pressing the A/B button cycles
forward through the five “A” preset settings or “B” preset
settings, depending on whether an A or B was loaded
when you held the footswitch.
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15. On Footswitch
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Tapping this footswitch engages or disengages the
doubling and harmony effects in the current preset. The
reverb and delay FX will remain active on your voice
even with the harmonies muted. Holding this footswitch
enters Tuner/Bypass mode for silent guitar tuning and
bypassing of all processing except for Tone.
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XT in stereo (default) or mono. For more information
on mono operation see “External Mixing with Mono
and Dry Outputs” in the “For Advanced Users” section.
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4. Instrument Connections
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1. Power Input
Connect the supplied DC power adaptor here.
Connecting power to Harmony-G XT turns it on
immediately as there is no on/off switch on the product.
2. USB Connector
Allows Harmony-G XT to communicate with a
computer for backup and updates. See “Using the
VoiceSupport Application” section for details.
3. Outputs
Plug a 1/4” cable directly from your guitar into the IN
jack. If you use effect pedals, they should be connected
after Harmony-G XT. The input is high impedance. Plug
a 1/4” cable from the THRU jack to your first effect
pedal or to your amplifier/PA.
5. Mic Input
Balanced, low impedance input for your microphone.
6. Guitar Ground Lift
If you hear a buzz when you plug in a cable from the
THRU to your amp or PA, press this button in. If the
THRU jack is not used and your guitar sound is routed
internally, the Ground Lift switch should be left out.
These XLR jacks supply the main output of Harmony-G
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Back Panel
Getting to Know Harmony-G XT
Loading Presets
Press the Preset button to load the next preset and
change the sound. If you need to access your two
favorite sounds while standing, tapping the A/B
footswitch will toggle between them quickly.
If you would like to access more presets while standing,
hold the A/B footswitch to enter Preset select mode.
Now, pressing the A/B button cycles through the five “A”
preset settings or “B” preset settings, depending on
whether an A or B was loaded when you held the
footswitch.
When you activate the Live Engineer Effects with a
single click of the Tone button, your voice will sound
smoother and brighter.There are three high quality
studio effects that accomplish this: adaptive “Shape”
EQ, adaptive compression and de-essing. A gate also
reduces harmony level for cleaner sound when you’re
not singing.
Play a song on your guitar and sing. Press the On
footswitch to hear the harmony voices in the preset you
have loaded. Press the On footswitch again to mute the
harmony voices so you can sing with no harmony.
When you activate the Auto-Chromatic Pitch
Correction feature with a double click of the Tone
button, you will hear the pitch of your voice gently
shifted closer to the nearest chromatic note. As you
sing, you will hear the “corrected” version in your
speakers mixed with your acoustic voice heard in your
ears and via head resonance.This sound means it’s
working and your singing pitches are more in tune.
Note that you must be accompanying yourself with an
instrument tuned to A=440 Hz.
Using the Tone Button
Mixing
Using the Tone Button
The three control knobs: Guitar, FX and Harmony, adjust
Making Harmonies
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how much guitar, vocal harmony and FX are added to
your lead voice.The balance you create will be the same
for all presets. The factory-set levels at the center
position have been programmed for optimum sound.
never lost in the mix. Just above the Auto position is an
“off band” which you can use to mute the guitar
temporarily for an a cappella vocal. Turning the control
clockwise past the off band position returns Guitar mix
control to manual.
Adjusting the Harmony Level
Guitar
Turn the Harmony control to raise or lower the amount
of harmony added to your voice. If the Double button is
on, the extra voice it adds will be adjusted as well.
Ha
(Off)
Changing the FX Volume
Turn the FX control knob to raise or lower the mix level
of the effect style selected with the FX button.
FX
Tone
Auto
t
3
Hall
Higher
Thicken Your Voice with the Double Button
Adjusting Your Guitar Volume
If your guitar is sent to the main outputs (Guitar Thru
jack is not used), the Guitar control adjusts how much
guitar sound is added to the mix. Setting the control to
the minimum position engages the Automix feature
which slowly (around 20 seconds) adjusts your guitar
volume while you play and sing so that your voice is
Activating this button will simulate the effect of you
singing along with yourself to make your lead voice
sound thicker. It can be stored on or off in each preset.
Editing Presets
You can change the settings of the Double, FX, Voice 1
and Voice 2 features to your liking by pressing their
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Getting to Know Harmony-G XT
Getting to Know Harmony-G XT
associated buttons. Pressing the Preset button will cancel
your edits and load the next preset.The Manual button
is an advanced feature detailed in the “For Advanced
Users” section.
What Do the Voice 1&2 Buttons Do?
Pressing either of these buttons can be used to select
harmony “voicings” for that voice or to turn the voice
off.Voicing is the term describing a pitch-shifted version
of your voice at a musically determined pitch.
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3-4 semitones above your voice
Low - Generally a minor or major 3rd interval or
3-4 semitones below your voice
Lower - Generally a 6th interval or 8 semitones
below your voice
Bass - This deep voice follows the root note of
your current guitar chord
Octave Up and Down - Follows your voice exactly
12 semitones above or below regardless of the
guitar chord you play.
What Does Higher, Lower etc. Mean?
Storing Edited Presets
These names define the harmony arrangement in the
current preset. Careful arrangement of harmony voices
is an effective way of emulating a favorite band’s vocal
style. The following describe the typical intervals
produced by Harmony-G XT.
You can store a changed preset for the next time you
need it. Press and hold the Preset button to store both
the A and B settings for that preset number. If you save
your two favorite A and B settings at preset 1, they will
be ready when you power up without you having to
load them each time. Note that the positions of the
Input, Tone, Guitar, FX, and Harmony controls are not
saved, as they are global.
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Higher - Generally a 5th interval or 7 semitones
above your voice
High - Generally a minor or major 3rd interval or
Getting to Know Harmony-G XT
Press the FX button to change the reverb and delay
style in the preset you are currently on. If you prefer this
setting, it can be stored with the preset.
Using the Tuner
Hold the On footswitch to enter Tuner/Bypass mode.
The On led will flash. Pluck the single open string you
want to tune and you’ll see the note it’s closest to in the
Preset display. As well, a pattern of LEDs in the FX styles
and Voice 1&2 indicator areas will show whether the
string is sharp or flat. As you raise or lower the pitch of
the string, the FX and Voice 1/ Voice 2 indicator LEDs will
light as shown.
Hall
Room
Echo
Slap
Combi
SFX
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Changing the FX
Higher
High
Low
Lower
Bass
Octave
Shows string is sharp
Hall
Room
Echo
Slap
Combi
SFX
Higher
High
Low
Lower
Bass
Octave
Shows string is flat
Hall
Room
Echo
Slap
Combi
SFX
Higher
High
Low
Lower
Bass
Octave
Tap the On footswitch to exit Tuner/Bypass mode.
Shows string is in tune
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For Advanced Users
Advanced FX Style Select
Each effect style (Hall, Room etc.) has additional selections.
To browse additional Hall sounds, for example, first cycle
the FX button to the Hall style, then hold the FX button.
Tap the FX button to sample the options that are
numbered in the preset display. Once you’ve found one
you like, press and hold the FX button to exit. Hold the
Preset button to store if desired. Note that cycling through
the FX styles again with the FX button will return your edit
to the default style (#1) in each style bank.
Changing the Number of Presets
The default configuration of Harmony-G XT is to offer five
presets each having an A and B setting.This allows you to
cycle through them with a reasonable amount of footswitch
or Preset button pushes. If you need access to more presets
and are willing to step through them with the footswitch or
Preset button, or you would like to reduce the number so
you can cycle through three favorites for example, there is a
way to set this in Harmony-G XT.
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To set the accessible number of presets, power up
holding the Preset button. After a moment, the number
“5“ will show the default number of presets. Tap the
Preset button to extend the limit to up to ten (shown
as “0”) or back down to three (1 and 2 are not options).
Hold the Preset button to store this setting and exit to
normal operation.
How to use the Manual Button
There may be times when you want to disengage guitar
control of your harmonies and use a fixed key (e.g. E
Minor) instead. Using Manual mode does this. It could be
that you aren’t playing your guitar in a particular song,
that you’re not playing a guitar at all, or that you’ve used
fixed-key harmony in other TC-Helicon products and
found it works better and sounds unique in certain
songs. If you’re not sure what the key of your song is, it’s
often the same as the first or last chord of the song.
To set key in Manual Mode with a guitar:
1. Play a major or minor chord whose root is the key
of your song.This can be set before or during
performance of your song.
2. Press both footswitches simultaneously while the
chord sustains.The LED display will show the key
(described below) and will automatically exit after a
moment.The Manual LED will light indicating the
guitar no longer controls harmony.To modify the
key and scale, see step #2 below.
To set key in Manual Mode without a guitar:
1. Press both footswitches simultaneously to
temporarily enter key setting mode. If no
footswitch input is received after a few seconds, the
mode will exit.
2. Tap the left footswitch to cycle through the key
options and the right footswitch to cycle through
the 6 available scales. After a moment, the mode
will automatically exit.
Understanding the Manual key display:
The key in Harmony-G XT is shown in 3 sequential
flashes. For example, an E might flash, then a dash “-”,
and then a number 3 indicating E minor 3.The number
corresponds to one of three major and three minor
modified scales. Choosing an alternate scale may help
you find a fixed-key harmony that works best for your
song.
Once your key is set and you’re happy with it, it can be
stored with the current preset by holding the Preset
button.
How to Choose Alternate Tone Settings
The factory default for the Tone button accommodates
a wide range of singers but there are options to further
customize this feature.
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 following:
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For Advanced Users
For Advanced Users
d. Default setting. Best for most situations.
1. Best if you have a very bright sounding PA.
Reduces brightness a little.
2. Adds “warmth” to the default setting for a slight
Bass boost.
3. Default plus increased compression. Caution: this
increases the likelihood of feedback.
4. Default with harmony gate turned off
5. Option 1 with gate off
6. Option 2 with gate off
7. Option 3 with gate off
Guitar Reverb and Detune
When mixing the guitar input internally, reverb will be
automatically added to your guitar. The guitar reverb
style depends on the currently loaded FX style. The
guitar reverb and voice FX level are controlled by the
FX knob.
You’re able to add a separate detune effect to your
guitar when you enter the Advanced FX Select mode
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(Hold the FX button) and then press the Double button
so its LED lights. After you’ve exited Advanced FX Select
mode, you can still add or remove the vocal doubling
effect with the Double button without changing your
guitar’s detune sound. As with the other FX, the guitar
detune effect can be stored on or off in different
presets.
Choosing Alternate Double Settings
Hold the Double button until you see the Preset
number display flash.You can tap it to cycle through the
numbered choices. Hold again to exit and store to the
preset if desired.
External Mixing with Mono and Dry Outputs
If you prefer, you can leave the level balancing between
your dry voice (Tone active only) and a mono signal of
the Harmony, Double and FX to your sound engineer.
Ensure the Stereo LED is not lit and that the Harmony
knob is set to full right. Connect the outputs to two
channels of your audio mixer. The Left (Mono) output
will send the “wet” effects and the Right (Dry) output
will send your dry voice.These can be adjusted by your
sound engineer.
place your microphone near the instrument you want to
tune to and play any single note from it. Press any button
to exit to normal function.
Performing a Factory Reset
You can now tune your guitar to the new reference.Your
guitar and the harmony voice’s pitch will match the
reference instrument.
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 Manual and
Voice 2 buttons.
Note that the tuning reference is reset to A440 the next
time power is removed from Harmony-G XT.
To Change the Tuning Reference
By default, Harmony-G XT is tuned to A=440 Hz and
the harmony voices will sound in tune when you sing
with a guitar tuned to A=440. If you will be playing guitar
and singing with an instrument tuned to a different
reference e.g. a piano that has dropped in overall pitch,
you can change Harmony-G XT’s reference with the
following procedure.
Press and hold the Manual, Double and FX buttons
simultaneously as you plug in the power adapter. Then
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For Advanced Users
Using the VoiceSupport Application
Overview
First Impressions
Download the VoiceSupport software by visiting
http://www.tc-helicon.com/en/support/software/.
Once installed on your Windows or Mac computer,
this applet will allow you to:
VoiceSupport will connect with Harmony-G XT and
show an icon indicating connection is successful (If it is
not successful after several attempts see the FAQ
section of this manual). After that, VoiceSupport will
check with the TC-Helicon website and see what the
latest news items specific to Harmony-G XT are.
Clicking on news items will open them. Make sure to
scroll down in the HOME window to see if there is
more content there.The “New” icon will disappear once
you’ve read an item. As of this writing, news items are
permanently displayed in VoiceSupport.
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Backup and restore any presets you’ve created
Stay up-to-date on news items regarding tips and
tricks, version updates and video tutorials.
Register your product quickly and easily
Perform version updates if and when they become
available.
Requirements
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Mac with version 10.x or newer OS
PC with XP or newer
Internet connection.
Once you’ve browsed the news items, please take a
moment to register your product by clicking on the
REGISTER button on the top menu and filling out the
online form.
Using the VoiceSupport Application
From time to time, a new firmware version aka “update”
of Harmony-G XT may be available. Updates usually
contain users’ feature suggestions, improvements and
bug fixes.
The DOWNLOAD tab is only used when an update is
available for your product. Depending on whether an
update is available, this may show only the “Load a sysex
file...” item or, above it, an item describing an update. If
there are several, the top item is the newest. Be sure to
read any details on update items before installing onto
your product.
The BACKUP Tab
If you have edited the presets on your Harmony-G XT,
you may want to back them up on your computer for
safekeeping. You can also use this tab to transfer your
presets to another Harmony-G XT.
There are two windows: Backup and Restore. Backup
loads your presets and/or setup parameters (48V on/off,
Stereo/mono etc) into a user-specified folder on your
computer and Restore sends this same data from the
computer to your Harmony-G XT.
Check Back!
The news items that VoiceSupport downloads can
benefit you and increase enjoyment and knowledge
about your product. Make sure to run the app now and
then (even without Harmony-G XT connected) to see
what’s new.
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The DOWNLOAD Tab
FAQ and Troubleshooting
My guitar doesn’t change the harmonies.What’s
wrong?
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Turn up the volume control on your guitar.
Confirm your guitar cable is good by connecting
your guitar directly to your amp.
Remove any guitar effect pedals between your
guitar and Harmony-G XT’s input.
Ensure that you are playing guitar chords made up
of at least a root note and a major or minor third.
Ensure the Manual button is off
My FX level is up but the sound is still dry
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I want to talk to the audience with no FX on,
how do I do that?
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Adjust the Guitar level control so that it is in the
range above the Auto position.
My guitar is connected to my amp but I can’t
hear it.What’s wrong?
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Press the On footswitch to exit Bypass/Tuner
mode
Hold the On footswitch to enter Bypass/Tuner
mode.
Where can I find support for this product?
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My guitar volume is changing when I sing, can I
adjust it manually?
You’re likely set to the Off FX style. Press the FX
button to activate and cycle through the FX styles.
Point your browser to www.tc-helicon.com. On
our webpage, you’ll find links to our support site
and support contact information.
Can I turn the harmonies off in a preset?
Yes, press either the Voice 1 or Voice 2 buttons so that
the LEDs above them are not lit.
Guitar Performance Tips
To ensure that the harmony voices follow your guitar
playing closely, it’s best to play as cleanly as you can. Also,
FAQ and Troubleshooting
Your guitar can be tuned to alternate tunings as long as
you are in tune with the onboard tuner.
Your guitar should be well-tuned to the onboard tuner
or an external one set to A=440 Hz. If the song section
you want vocal harmony on has fast chord changes,
single note runs or very slow arpeggios, you can use
Manual mode to produce harmony.
Why isn’t VoiceSupport connecting to
Harmony-G XT?
Singing Performance Tips
The more in-tune you sing, the better the harmonies will
sound. There is a slight amount of pitch correction on
the harmony voices but it’s mostly up to you! Try to
ensure that your amp or monitor is not facing directly
into your mic as this can confuse Harmony-G XT.
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at the beginning of your song, it’s important to play a
chord if you want to sing right at the beginning.
If you have the USB cable connected correctly and
VoiceSupport is not connecting, try the following:
1. Restart the computer, turn on Harmony-G XT and
then run VoiceSupport.
2. Disconnect any MIDI I/O devices connected to
your computer and rerun VoiceSupport.
3. Install VoiceSupport on another computer and
connect to that.
Can I Use Alternate Tunings On My Guitar?
Alternate tunings e.g. drop D, DADGAD, etc. are okay.
The most important notes of your chord, as far as
Harmony-G XT is concerned, are the chord root and
the third, so make sure these notes are clearly voiced.
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FX and Doubling Alternates Listing
FX
SFX
Hall
1. St. Joseph Church 4.2s decay, extra wet
2. Multitap delay, 515 ms right, 815 ms left w/feedback
3. Heavy flanger, high feedback
1. Broadway Hall 2.6s decay
2. Smooth Plate 4.7s decay
3. Arena 6.0s decay
Room
1. Bouncy Room 910ms decay
2. Music Club 1.6s decay
3. Stretched Room 440ms decay
Note: when the guitar is routed through the outputs of
Harmony-G XT, it will share the vocal reverb settings
shown in the previous table. In settings where reverb is
not added to the voice such as in the Echo bank, then
the guitar reverb style defaults to Soft Hall 3.6 ms decay.
Echo
1. 300 ms delay w/feedback
2. 400 ms delay into Bright Chamber reverb
3. 350 ms right, 515 ms left w/feedback
Slap
1. 140 ms w/feedback
2. 140 ms feeding Thin Spring reverb
3. 165 ms right, 150 ms left
Combi
1. Detune > 360 ms delay > Bright Chamber reverb
2. Chorus > 110 ms delay > Broadway Hall
3. Detune > 690 ms delay > Broadway Hall
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Doubling
d. (default) Tight 1 voice - same as original Harmony G.
1. Natural 1 voice - looser humanization and scooping
2. Tight 2 voice - two doubled voices with tightest
humanization settings
3. Natural 2 voice - More humanization and scoop
added to the two doubling voices.
Analog Inputs
Conversion Characteristics
Sample Rate: 48 kHz, Converter AKM AK4620B
AD / DA Conversion: 24 bit, 128x oversampling
bitstream
Mic Connector: Balanced XLR, Input Impedance 1kOhm
Mic Input Sensitivity @ 0dBFS: -44dBu to +2dBu
Mic Input Sensitivity @ 12dB headroom: -56dBu to -10dBu
Guitar In Connector: Unbalanced 1/4”, Input Impedance 1MOhm
Guitar In Sensitivity: +15dBu @ 0dBFS
EIN: -126dBu @ max. mic amp gain, Rg = 150 Ohm
Analog Outputs
Main Output Connectors: Balanced XLR
Output Impedance: 40 Ohm
Output Level: +2dBu @ 0dBFS
Guitar Thru Connector: Unbalanced 1/4” Phone Jack
Guitar Thru Output Impedance: 270 Ohm
Input to Output Analog Audio Performance
Dynamic Range, Mic. @ Min gain: >108dB, 20 Hz - 20kHz *A-weighted
Dynamic Range, Mic. @ -18dBu sensitivity: > 104dB, 20hz - 20kHz*
THD+ Noise, Mic. @ Min gain: <-90dB
Frequency Response, max gain: -1.5dB @ 40 Hz, +0/-0.3 dB (200Hz to 20 kHz)
Guitar In to Thru Dynamic Range: >119dB
Tuning Mute Attenuation: >100dB
EMC & Safety
Complies with EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2
FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
Certified to IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and
CSA E60065 CSA FILE #LR108093
Environment
Operating Temperature: 32° F to 122° F (0° C
to 50° C)
Storage Temperature: -22° F to 167° F (-30° C
to 70° C)
Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing
Supplementary
Dimensions: 130mm x 132mm x 41mm (5" x
5.25" x 1.5")
Weight: 1.5 lb. (0.72 kg)
Warranty Parts and labor: 1 year
All specifications and features subject to change
without notice.
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