TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3

Vocal Effects Processor and Harmonizer with Vocoder, Talkbox, Guitar FX, and Looper
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The Next Generation, Loaded with a Slew of New Stuff!

Previous incarnations of the VoiceLive series provided singers with a vehicle for enhancing their onstage performance by providing harmonies and effects that auto-track based on the chords being played. Whether solo or backed by a band, the VoiceLive opened up the creative possibilities of live performance. Now with the VoiceLive 3, TC-Helicon is upping the ante yet again, adding tons of new features to an already impressive system, making this version the ultimate performance tool.

Hear it in action!

TonePrint Guitar FX

What your're hearing
  • Styles in order of appearance:
  • Corona Chorus 12:00
  • Corona Chorus Fast
  • Flashback 2290
  • Flashback Slap
  • Flashback Tape
  • Hall of Fame Hall
  • Hall of Fame Plate
  • Hall of Fame Church

Vocoder, Talkbot, and Vocal FX

What you're hearing
  • Styles in order of appearance:
  • Sylon Centurion
  • War Games Voice
  • St Louis Talkbox
  • Chord Vocoder

What's New?

If you're at all familiar with the previous VoiceLive models, you already know about the huge amount of stuff TC-Helicon packed into stage-friendly boxes. Imagine having all of that — plus a bevy of enhancements and new features to make your onstage presence even more awesome.

So what are these new features?
Let's take a look at the big ones.

Expanded Harmony Options

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


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.


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.


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.

Domo Arigato... Well, You Know the Rest

Let's face it: vocoders are just fun. They are a great way to spice up any vocal track or song. 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.

Guitar FX Borrowed from TC Electronic TonePrint Pedals

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.

Even More New Effects

Also new this time around is a talkbox. Just talk into your mic, and your vocals come alive with Frampton-style vocal inflections. There's no hose involved, just classic talkbox sounds right at your toetips. Also new this time around is a wah effect, giving you funkified tones whenever you need them. These new sounds are just the tip of the sonic iceberg for the guitar sounds. We'll get into more later.

Sing It for Me!

First and foremost, VoiceLive 3 is a vocal performance tool, and it has everything you need to shape and enhance your vocals in spades. Everything starts with a top-quality mic pre that automatically sets the gain for you. Just sing as loud as you're going to sing into your mic, and the VoiceLive 3 sets the gain accordingly. Say goodbye to distortion and overloads!

Virtually everything that made the VoiceLive 2 so incredible is here, including the ability to conjure tight, professional backing vocals with a toe tap. You have explicit control over how the harmonies are triggered, with 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 — allowing them to always be in tune with you. And as stated above, the three new harmony options give you more choices than ever before, so you'll always have the right sound backing you up.

The Singing Guitarist's Best Friend!

Even if you took away all of the vocal and harmony processing power of the VoiceLive 3, it would still be a formidable guitar effects processor. The guitar effects path boasts a dedicated pair of hi-Z outputs for connecting to an amp (or amps, if running in stereo) or balanced outs for connecting to a PA or mixer. Onboard, you have access to the aforementioned TonePrint effects from TC Electronic, plus talkbox, chopper, bass, and wah effects. Long story short, you have everything you'd ever need to shape your guitar sound.

You can simplify your setup and leave your amp at home thanks to built-in amp emulation. Pick from amp tones ranging from classic British crunch to California-style tones and everything in between. Coupled with the onboard effects, these emulations make the VoiceLive 3 an impressive all-in-one guitar processor that can replace your amp and pedalboard all at once. As an added bonus, TC-Helicon is throwing in a guitar and headphone cable designed specifically to allow for in-ear monitoring for ampless practice.

Hover Over Features Below To Learn More
LCD PanelBoasts adjustable brightness and is where you visually adjust the settings for the various presets and parameters
Mix KnobsAdjust parameters within presets and effects
Big KnobScroll through presets or push to save current setting as a favorite
Footswitches/LED RingsRugged footswitches turn effects on and off, trigger the looper, change layers, and have LED rings that light up blue or red to show whether the footswitch is controlling vocal or guitar effects
Flat ButtonsSelect what will be edited by the Mix knobs
Preamp CircuitClean, quiet mic preamp circuit
Guitar InGuitar in with buffered thru
AuxInput for personal music device
Monitor In/OutFor feeding a stage wedge with a mirrored headphone out
HeadphonesPlug the included guitar/headphone cable in for practice
Balanced OutputsFor connecting to a PA or mixing console
Unbalanced Guitar OutputsFor connecting to either a single mono amp or a stereo amp configuration
InputsFor optional expression and Switch-3 pedals
MIDI In and OutFor note tracking only, cannot use MIDI to trigger keyboard or instrument sounds
USBFor firmware updates, MIDI control, and backup
Power InputPower adapter

In the Loop

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.

Anything You Need, Right Where You Want It

The Layers function brings everything together into a powerful performance tool. This lets you remap buttons, either within a layer (Vocal or Guitar, the looper is static) or between the Vocal and Guitar layer. From a user standpoint, this lets you reside in the Guitar layer while still having access to Vocal functions such as Harmony by simply remapping the Harmony button.

More than Meets the Eye

Under the hood, the VoiceLive 3 is sporting a new 3iC power platform, which means that the vocal, guitar, and looping processing are each individually controlled by its own processor core. Add to that increased memory and incredibly fast access, and the VoiceLive 3 is rocking more than twice the processing power of its predecessor. And believe us, you'll notice the difference onstage!

Sound like a Star

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.

Other Cool 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.

Global Presets

Say you want to use the same reverb (or any other effect) on all or a large number of your songs. Set the effect up in the Global preset and set the preset to "Global On" in any other preset that you want to use the effect on. Every preset where Global On is set will have that effect applied.

Improved 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.

In addition, a Genre feature lets you browse hundreds of presets by style, effects type, and artists. Find a genre that suits your style and VoiceLive 3 will list the presets that fit you. This is great for emulating the sound and feel of particular songs or artists.

Hands-on Control

The optional MP-75 mic gives you additional control of presets, effects, and looping while you're performing.

Auto-sensing Outputs

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!

Additional Media

VoiceLive 3 User Manual

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
See also: Harmonizer Pedals, TC-Helicon, TC-Helicon Harmony Processors, TC-Helicon Loopers