Simply the Best on the Market
I have been using the top of the line Digitech Vocalist Pro rack mount for years now, so I am quite familiar with Digitech's products. IMO, they stomp any other company's products on the market in terms of sound quality, ease of use, and producing natural sounding harmonies, once you know how to arrange them. They were the first to introduce the MusicIQ technology, creating harmonies from guitar chords and/or midi input. Now, with the introduction of their footpedal models, the Vocalist Live FX and Vocalist Live Harmony (BTW, I don't see any reason to buy the Harmony pedal when the FX pedal can do the same + FX for the same $), they've upped their game even further with a technology called LiveAdapt. And let me tell you, it's absolutely amazing. Turn it on, perform, and you instantly have on pitch harmonies, time tempo delays, effects, etc. that sync up to your performance via a small microphone in the unit that senses the key you're playing in! A revelation for singers who don't happen to play guitar or have no other means of generating harmonies without having to pre-determine/pre-program keys. Incredibly simple to use, you have 100 user patches with A/B channel switching, so in a sense you have two channels per patch which can have separate effects assigned to each. You also have a set list creator on board for putting your patches in order according to your sets, as well as downloadable Librarian software for organizing your patches and set lists on your computer. Sound quality? Fantastic. IMO, despite the deeper editing capabilities of the Vocalist Pro, the harmonies and effects on this unit just sound better right out of the box to my ears. There's a global mic preamp (Gold Channel) with multiple settings for compression, pitch correction, sensitivity, etc. as well as an excellent collection of effects from delays, reverbs, modulation, distortions/filters, etc. AND an on board looper! I never thought I'd even bother with that, but it's been great for certain songs that require additional effects or samples. (I use it to recreate the echo bleed effect in "Whole Lotta Love", airplane sounds in "Back in the USSR" etc). So why not a perfect 5 star rating? Because, as great as this unit is, I'd love to see a revised model that offers some additional features that were overlooked or could be added to improve:
1. Gold Channel effects are separate from rest of effects and therefore global across all patches and cannot be revised on patch by patch basis. Why? Seems like you should be able to do that.
2. When switching from A to B within a patch, you cannot have separate effects settings for each effect on A or B. (i.e. whatever you created for your reverb is global across both A/B channels per patch, so all you can do is either turn it on or off).
3. Loops are destructive and gone once you power down unit. Would love to have some onboard storage ability or added SD card slot for storing loops.
4. No control over pan or levels of harmonies. You do have certain parameters you can tweak, such as humanize (makes harmonies a bit more imperfect and therefore more natural sounding), but you can't adjust, say, the 5th above to be louder/softer than the 3rd above if you wanted to. Not a biggie, just a bit spoiled after using the Vocalist Pro for years, which allowed you to pan individual harmony vocals and send them to separate outs too. you also can't isolate your lead vocal from the harmonies on the outs as you could on the Vocalist Pro, so all you can do is adjust your harmonies level to your lead.
5. No on/off switch. You simply plug it in and it turns on. To turn it off, unplug it. Again, not a biggie, but just odd to me.
6. Add Midi. Yeah, I know I'm asking for way too much, but again, the Vocalist Pro can do it. I guess I'm looking for an updated Vocalist Pro.