Boss VO-1 Vocoder Pedal

Vocoder Pedal for Guitarists with Mic Input; Vintage, Advanced, Talk Box, and Choir Modes; and Effects Loop
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Use Your Voice to Control Your Guitar Tone

BOSS's VO-1 Vocoder pedal lets guitarists achieve vocal and synthesizer effects with their electric guitars. Four modes - Vintage, Advanced, Talk Box, and Choir - take your guitar tone from warm analog synth sounds to sounding like an army of harmonized guitars. Plug a microphone in and you can control the parameters with your own voice. The Talk Back mode is a favorite at Sweetwater for how good it sounds without all the extra gear associated with some talkbox designs. And the onboard effects loop lets you get even more tonal options from your VO-1 Vocoder.

BOSS VO-1 Vocoder Pedal Features:
  • Vocal-style effects for your guitar
  • Microphone input lets you control your sound with your voice
  • Talk Box mode is easy to use
  • Choir mode makes your guitar sound massive
  • Vintage mode is like old analog synths
  • Advanced mode offers new synth tones with enhanced clarity
The BOSS VO-1 Vocoder pedal gives your guitar sounds you've never thought of before.

Additional Media

Winter NAMM 2016: BOSS VO-1 Vocoder Pedal

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Vocoder
Inputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x XLR
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (out), 2 x 1/4" (effects loop)
Power Source 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
Batteries Optional 9V battery
Height 2.3"
Width 2.8"
Depth 5.1"
Manufacturer Part Number VO-1

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sounds great, but....

Finally, a vocoder with a small footprint that I can put right in my pedalboard, right?? WRONG. Boss left out one very important feature: an XLR thru. This means if you sing onstage (like me), you can't use your vocal mic for this unit, you have to have another dedicated mic for the unit! Other vocoders (like the EH V256) have a mic "thru", so your vocal mic is patched in and in the PA when the unit is off, then when you engage it, your vocals are bypassed in the PA and power the vocoder engine...very useful onstage. I.E., ONE MIC for your voc, and the vocoder. With the VO-1, even with an XLR splitter, your vocals are still in the PA when the unit is on. And an effects loop? In lieu of an XLR thru??? Pointless..... Bad design, Boss. But hey, it sounds killer! (as long as you're not onstage)

Sweetwater Advice

Boss VO-1 Vocoder

You need not be a skilled singer to make the VO-1 work and sound cool. In fact, you can be downright lousy. Pitch shifts come from your guitar, not your voice....Vintage mode sounds are akin to those of classic vocoders, and meld the vocal signal with the signal from a guitar, bass, or keyboard to cop the robotic noises mostly associated with classic funk, rock, and modern electro-funk records....
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See also: Harmonizer Pedals, Boss, Boss Harmony Processors, Boss Multi-effects