TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3

Vocal Effects Processor and Harmonizer with Vocoder, Talkbox, Guitar FX, and Looper
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The Singing Guitarist's Best Friend!

Solo or in a band, TC Helicon's VoiceLive 3 opens up the possibilities of a live performance. Its top-shelf microphone preamp and auto-sensing harmony generator create the atmosphere your live vocals are missing. Yet even if you stripped away its vocal enhancement, VoiceLive 3 still makes a formidable guitar effects processor. You get access to several TonePrint pedal effects from TC Electronic, plus talkbox, chopper, bass, and wah effects. Amp models ranging from classic British crunch to California clean mean you can dramatically reduce your stage footprint — a big win for light travelers. Finally, a dedicated pair of hi-Z outputs makes short work of connecting to stereo amps or a PA.

Unlock more features with the latest firmware!

Upgrading to the latest firmware nets you the hottest features in the TC VoiceLive 3:

  • USB audio — send stereo audio to your computer over USB for no-fuss recording
  • MIDI sync — slave time-perfect delay, looping, and rhythmic effects to external devices, such as drum machines, for seamless performances
  • Enhanced looping — now includes 50 loop slots (upgraded from 10), along with external footswitch control and improved sync

Intelligent Vocal Harmonies on the Spot

Conjure tight, professional backing vocals

VoiceLive 3 gives you the ability to conjure anything from a single voice to a passel of backup singers. These virtual voices track your song based on the chords you're playing — either tracking your guitar via the 1/4" input or your keyboard via the MIDI input. Three harmony options give you more choices than ever before, so you'll always have the right sound backing you up.

Expanded Harmony Modes

TC-Helicon loaded the VoiceLive 3 with a trio of brand-new Harmony modes, expanding the possibilities even further than previous generations. Here's a breakdown of what each mode can do:

  • Pedal: In this mode, VoiceLive 3 "sings" the root note of whatever chord you're playing. This can manifest itself as either the root above or the root below, depending on the chord. Sonically, you'll dig the way Pedal mode sounds when you're changing chords that have the same root note, as it just hangs onto that same note as you change chords and the melody moves.
  • Fixed: As its name implies, this mode holds a fixed user-defined note. No matter where your melody goes, the harmony will hold the same note the whole time. The note is defined by the key you've set +/- a number of semitones. Here is an example: If you've set the VoiceLive 3 to C and want the fixed note to be an E, you'd adjust the Fixed voice to +4. Not into math? The menu shows you both the numerical offset and the output note, so you can easily determine what the fixed harmony note will be.
  • Mixed: Designed for advanced users, Mixed Mode elevates the game. This mode gives you the ability to define the type of harmony the each voice will sing. So, for Voice 1, you could have it follow your guitar or keyboard (NaturalPlay), Voice 2 could work from a Key/Scale (Scale), Voice 3 could be a fixed note (Fixed), and Voice 4 could be a Pedal. As you can see, Mixed Mode offers a ton of options to add harmonies to your vocals.

Loaded with Pro Voice & Guitar FX

Vocoder & talkbox effects spice up any performance

Vocoders and talkboxes are a lot of fun. And they're a great way to spice up a vocal track. VoiceLive 3 is loaded with an awesome vocoder, giving you a voice-controlled polyphonic synth, plus robot modes you can use to twist and contort your voice into cool new sonic territories. VoiceLive 3 also offers classic talkbox sounds right at your toetips. There's no hose involved — just talk into your mic, and your vocals come alive with Frampton-style inflections.

Onboard looper is a solo-artist essential

Especially for the solo performer, looping lets you build up a song by laying down rhythm and percussive tracks. Once you've gathered your loops, you can arrange and re-arrange the looped backing tracks with slick verse-chorus-bridge switching. If you struggle with keeping the timing of your loops tight, LoopAssist is here to help. A multipurpose metronome starts you off on the right foot, and then quantize syncs them up nicely. The VoiceLive 3 takes it a step further with auto expansion, which stretches or shrinks a loop to different lengths. This exponentially expands your looping capabilities, enhancing your performances.

TC Electronic TonePrint guitar FX baked right in

Sure the VoiceLive 3 is aimed at adding to your onstage vocals, but it's also loaded with a selection of awesome guitar effects too. Borrowing from sister company TC Electronic, TC-Helicon dropped guitar effects from the super-cool TonePrint series into the VoiceLive 3. Among the choice effects available to you are samplings from the Flashback Delay, the Hall of Fame Reverb, the Corona Chorus, and others.

Other Powerful Features

There are literally hundreds of features that make the VoiceLive 3 such an awesome onstage tool, and we can't possibly do them all justice here. But here's a rundown of some of the remaining highlights that we're sure you'll find helpful in taking your performance to the next level.

Streamlined user interface

Navigation through the VoiceLive 3 is as easy or in depth as you want it to be. Most users will be totally happy to reside in the top-level controls, where the LCD screen uses visual cues and knobs to control the "guts" of the effects. But pro users can go as deep into the rabbit hole as you see fit, as TC loaded the VoiceLive 3 with a ton of control options. We got an early release unit here at Sweetwater to check out, and believe us when we say you've got tons of options if you want to really dig into the VoiceLive 3.

Sound like a star with HIT

A great performance is all about dynamics, and VoiceLive 3 lets you master your onstage dynamics. The HIT button puts you one touch away from adding effects layers to your vocals, your guitar, or both. A practical application would be to add distortion and harmonies for the chorus, adding excitement to your song and set.

Auto-sensing outputs reduce setup stress

The VoiceLive 3 has a neat trick hiding up its sleeve that many casual users may not ever discover: auto-sensing jacks. When both balanced outputs have cables plugged into them, a stereo signal comprised of both vocal and guitar is passed to the PA. Plug a 1/4" cable into the guitar output(s) and plug that into your amp. The guitar signal is removed from the balanced output, and summed and switched to the guitar output. Pretty nifty!

Take control of your performance

Optional MP-75 and MP-76 microphones give you hands-on control of presets, effects, and looping while you perform.

TC Helicon VoiceLive 3 Features:

  • Powerful, professional voice and guitar processor
  • Crafts intelligent vocal harmonies by sensing your instrument input
  • Loaded with TonePrint guitar FX and amp/speaker emulation by TC Electronic
  • Vocoder and talk box built-in
  • Mic pre automatically sets the gain for you
  • Adaptive Tone creates a truly professional, produced sound
  • Global presets let you apply effects to any and all presets
  • 3-phrase looping lets you create and store entire songs on-the-fly
  • 3iC processing boasts dedicated processors for vocals, guitar, and looping respectively
  • Remappable buttons let you customize the user experience

Additional Media

VoiceLive 3 User Manual
Essential Looping Tips and Techniques
Creating Vocal Effects with Ableton Live and TC-Helicon VoiceLiveTouch
Hands On: TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3
TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Vocal and Guitar Effects Processor Pedal Demo
Sweetwater's Guitars & Gear Live Event - Segment 2
Can I Use Any Microphone with the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3?
TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Vocal Processor Demo - Sweetwater Guitars and Gear Vol. 61

Tech Specs

Processor Type Multi-FX/Harmonizer
Form Pedal
Presets - Factory 250
Presets - User 500
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR/TRS, 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Thru), 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch), 1 x 1/4" (Expression), 1 x XLR, 1 x XLR (Thru)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
USB 1 x Type A, 1 x Mini-B
Height 3"
Depth 8.5"
Width 13.8"
Weight 5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 996362005

Customer Reviews

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Incredible processor

I've barely scratched the surface of what this processor can do but within minutes I was blown away with the capabilities and harmonies. From Beach Boys to Take Six (Jazz-producing 7b9, 11th and 13th harmonies) I was even able to replicate for a goof Connie Francis (M>F w/ harmonies and the Everly Brothers. Now you young folks may not know any of these artist but they were all great at one time. As for myself, I am a retired guitar/vocalist and I gigged the NY tri-state area well, before you were conceived. I've interfaced the VL3 with Rolland Processor and some boss pedals passing only the flat sound thru the VL3. This ensures the VL3 will provide the correct harmony by wire instead of by Mic. Although I consider myself a novice VL3 user I tried out the looper for tail end solo of Hotel CA. The looper has multi level capabilities which I plan on getting in to. Overall, I was blown away by the VL3. I don't know of any other processor than can even come close to what this marvel in a box can perform.
Music background: Trained Guitarist, Vocalist - 50 yrs - Band Leader

Absolutely Game Changing Vocals, guitar all in one

I was intimidated and hesitant initially about making such an expensive purchase. However, in the past several years I have literally purchased 6 or 7 different vocal processors from different companies, so thru great expense, I quickly figured out who did what well and what was simply a toy. I still love my Boss Ve-20, simple, solid pedal to fall back on, and my White TC VLP GTX is a power house, but WOW!!! Within 5 minutes of opening the box, I was blown away by the Vocals that came from my new Voicelive 3, blew me away. I did a large amount of studying before the unit ever arrived, so I was somewhat prepared for the complexity this machine had under the hood. But once I really started diving into it, It was not so intimidating, rather exciting to know that the box I just spent a good amount of money on, could keep surprising me with new features, over the next year of diving in deeper inside the unit. Yet, you can use the presents right of the box and have all you need, if you are not into going that far into the settings. TC has finally put a product out there that will allow you to literally change and modify every little detail of the settings, and it just gets deeper and deeper, constantly surprising you at what it's capable of, if your willing to learn, very rewarding. I am a trained vocalist, grew up singing 4-part harmony type singing, and I play guitar, This product simply is in a league all by itself. Nothing else comes anywhere close to the power, options and harmonies. Nothing. It is worth your time to read the manuals, online videos, and take time to understand how much this Machine is capable of. It was worth every penny. My only complaint would be construction, though very strong and stable, it has nowhere near the heavy rock solid feel that my boss pedals have. I chose to add additional rubber shock padding on the bottom. Not a big deal for me. I also highly advise getting the "Switch 3 or switch -6" extension pedal, makes things much easier. I am not big into the looping, however being able to store full songs and create entire song listings with the on board storage is awesome. TC Customer Support, as everyone knows, is off the charts, I am very pleased.
Music background: Trained Vocalist, Guitarist, 4 part harmony

Simply Superb

The Voicelive 3 is BY FAR the most versatile piece of gear for acoustic guitar player / vocalist I have ever used. You can easily switch any parameter on or off, change presets or loop to your hearts content. Sure it's $900, but it's worth every penny. No regrets whatsoever except not enough free time !
Music background: Hobbyist


This is now my "all in one" rig.. It replaced my amp, pedalboard and runs all my vocal sounds. I am the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist in my band. We have a powered QSC main/sub set-up for our PA and this thing sounds fantastic through it! I don't even bring my amp to gigs anymore!
Music background: Weekend Warrior- Cover Band

Makes me a better musician

Nothing need be said beyond the review title: makes me a better musician
Music background: guitar, voice, graduate in electronics technology & engineering, 30-year career in high-end audio, six designs to my name, one product donated and on display at the Smithsonian Museum, wrote Audio Blue Book for 10 years, music lover (late 60s British blue

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Think the VoiceLive vocal processors from TCoHelicon are only for vocal harmonies? Think again! With the new VoiceLive 3, TCoHelicon takes the VoiceLive up to an entirely new level. The VoiceLive 3 comprises three separate engines: vocal effects, vocal harmonies, and new to VoiceLive, guitar processing -- including effects based on TC Electronic's popular TonePrint family -- and amp and speaker modeling. But it doesn't stop there, the VoiceLive 3 also has a powerful looper built in. Operating the VoiceLive 3 couldn't be simpler. The controls change colors depending on the mode you're in, so you always know whether you are switching effects on and off for the vocal or for the guitar. Navigating the parameters is easy and fast. Within just a couple of minutes, I had a sound totally dialed in for a performance. Based on the TC Electronic pedals, the new guitar effects are stellar. You get a wide range of five simultaneous effects: delay, chorus, reverb, compressor, and overdrive. A "Hit" switch lets you instantly jump to a different effects combination, so you can switch from a rhythm tone to a lead tone with one button press. The amps sound authentic, and there are direct outs for feeding the guitar signal separately from the vocals, if you want to use an amp onstage for monitoring, or if you want to feed separate lines to front of house. With the VoiceLive 3, the VoiceLive family moves beyond its singer/songwriter roots and becomes viable for bands, duos, solo performers, and those who create music based on loops. It's a tremendous all-in-one performance solution!
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See also: Harmonizer Pedals, TC-Helicon, TC-Helicon Harmony Processors, TC-Helicon Loopers