TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme

Vocal Effects Processor and Harmonizer with Vocoder, Talkbox, Guitar FX, Looper, Effects Automation, and Performance Recorder
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Extreme Vocal and Guitar Effects

With four times the memory of its predecessor, the VoiceLive 3 Extreme takes TC-Helicon's versatile all-in-one performance tool to an entirely new level. When you want to shape and enhance your vocals with great-sounding onboard effects, create natural-sounding vocal harmonies, and process your guitar with effects and amp models based on TC Electronic's popular TonePrint family, this remarkable effects processor delivers. On top of that, the Extreme-ly feature-laden VL3X gives you backing track storage, groundbreaking effects automation features, and USB import and export of loops. At Sweetwater, we love the fact that you can access all of this remarkable processing power with a simple toe tap. The TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme is an uber-powerful stage companion!

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme Vocal Effects Processor at a Glance:
  • Complete professional vocal and guitar FX paths
  • Backing track import with effects automation for killer synchronized performances
  • Performance recorder sends 24-bit audio directly to a USB flash drive
Complete professional vocal and guitar FX paths

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 Extreme, 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.

Backing track import with effects automation for killer synchronized performances

Rather than requiring you to tap dance all over your effects processor while onstage, the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme's revolutionary automation features let you concentrate on your performance, rather than on your effects. Whether you're programming simple drum/bass arrangements, or creating a full band mix, the VL3X remembers all of your effects changes, synchronizing them with your track. You can create harmonies, delays, guitar effects, and just about anything you can think of, and then play them back during your performance with a simple push of a button. And don't worry about running out of storage - the VoiceLive 3 Extreme has enough memory to hold over 100 songs!

Performance recorder sends 24-bit audio directly to a USB flash drive

The TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme makes creating 24-bit-quality recordings of your shows a breeze. Along with your backing tracks, the VL3X is able to capture your vocal/guitar performance, complete with effects changes, and send it directly to a USB flash drive. Think of it - your own personal "board mix" conveniently delivered to you at the end of each show, ready to be uploaded to social media or to SoundCloud.

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme Vocal Effects Processor Features:
  • NEW - 4x internal memory of VoiceLive 3 for storing loops and backing tracks
  • NEW - Backing track import with effects automation for killer synchronized performances
  • NEW - Performance recorder sends 24-bit audio directly to a USB flash drive
  • Guitar FX from the TC Electronic TonePrint series
  • Vocoder and talk box built-in
  • Mic pre automatically sets the gain for you
  • Adaptive Tone for 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
The TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme is your versatile all-in-one performance tool!

Tech Specs

Processor Type Multi-FX/Harmonizer/Recorder
Number of Channels 1 x Voice, 1 x Guitar
Form Pedal
Presets - Factory 250+ Factory
Presets - User 500 Presets Max including 250 Factory
Analog Inputs 1 x Combo TRS (Mic), 1 x 1/4'' (Guitar), 1 x XLR (Monitor), 1 x 1/8'' TRS (Aux)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR (Voice), 2 x 1/4'' (Guitar), 1 x 1/4'' (Guitar Thru), 1 x 1/4'' (Footswitch), 1 x 1/4'' (Exp), 1 x 1/8'' Headphone
USB 1 x USB-A, 1 x USB Mini-B
Computer Connectivity USB
Height 3''
Depth 8.5''
Width 13.8''
Weight 5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VL3X

Customer Reviews

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Awesome product, take alittle time to go through it all and watch videos, read the manual and the thing will give some awesome vocal and guitar effects. When I first tryed it I didn't want to get off of it.
Music background: Band and sound tech for 25 plus years

Big Learning Curve

I figured it wasn't going to be as easy as they show it on Sweetwater videos. But I grabbed one and am pleased so far. Some parts are still confusing and sent in a small list of questions which got passed to a higher tech. That was two weeks ago. I bought this unit manly to play my harp through to acquire all the different tones I can run my harp thru is endless and fun but laboring to find ones and make adjustments to be where I want the sound. Can't get the guitar out to work with guitar amp, so I use the XLR out to amp which keeps me from using a mixing board. The effects and adjustments are endless, too much control unless you have the time to pick apart each preset you use and if you do, you'll be busy for sure,'ll be pleased at the end result. This is an awesome unit, I highly recommend, especially if you play alone, or a song writer you can create your own songs and do several over-lays and come out with some exciting stuff. But some pretty funny stuff too when first learning. Only one big problem and that in order to use the stomp pegs to get your timing right, its hard to hold the harp and press with your elbow to select which button you want and then to turn it off to keep the tempo in sync. It doesn't work for me to put on the floor since I am changing settings several times within the same loop to build up the effects I'm looking for. In fact, it is such a nice piece of equipment, why would one want to put it on the floor just to stomp on it? Bottom line, if you want to create your own music without maxing out the limits available, this machine is a must!! I love it and have had it for just under a month and I'm still learning how to use this beast. But it, well worth every penny! My background is in Guitar and Harmonica. Started playing harp by being inspired by John Mayall when he first hit the scenes in the late 60's. Johnny winters and Chet Atkins were my guitar hero's back then as well. I have over 30 keys in the harp section which I've learned over the years the 12 positions as well as cross-harping. I play because of passion more then because it's cool to and this VL3X has taken me to another level. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

TC-Helicon VL3X

This thing is awesome! I use it on a three piece show with female singer and a steel guitar player/lead guitar player. All the functions are unbelievable. Selectable outputs are awesome. Vocal effects are awesome, guitar effects are usable on a pro performance level. Don't think I'd use the guitar effects in studio. I have an Eleven Rack and Boss GT-100 and both guitar models are a little better, true sounding. But it will pass easily in a live situation. Automation is great, don't forget to turn off the "all hit" on the "hit" buttonmap or you will be running around in circles turning off the harmony in your vocal layer will automating. Overall I love it. I do wish you could use the auxiliary input and monitor input simultaneously. It's not a problem when you use a board with plenty of monitor outs. Unless you don't mind a mono monitor input. You can also use the Auxiliary inputs for the input for VLX3 auxiliary stereo mix for monitors or IEM's.
Music background: Professional musician and sound engineer


I originally got this for vocals exclusively not realizing its guitar potential. The level of depth that it brings with each option in both vocal and guitar is beyond impressive. The harmonies and doubling effects are fun to play with and the looping is easy and useful too. Still not fully utilizing its full potential and its already doing more than i anticipated. Not upset I went for it! Money well spent.

VoiceLive 3 Extreme

I just received my VoiceLive 3 Extreme a few days ago....can't wait to learn all the features it has to offer. In the short time I have opened the box, I have loaded some back tracking (drums for now) with ease, working on the looper features just for beginners. The presets are awesome and allowed me to use the unit right out of the box. Wow!! If you are a user of the VL3 Extreme I would like to pick your mind from time to time and if you are in Missouri, we should start a user group to share thoughts and ideas.
See also: Harmonizer Pedals, TC-Helicon, TC-Helicon Harmony Processors, TC-Helicon Loopers, TC-Helicon Multi-effects