13 Best Vocal Effects Processors

List Updated March 2020

Bestselling Vocal Effects Processors in 2020


TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT Vocal Effects Processor

TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • NaturalPlay guitar-controlled harmony algorithm stacks up to 2 more voices from our flagship processor
  • Listens to guitar and voice to create the correct harmony parts
  • 6 reverb/delay combinations for vocal and guitar input
  • 10 presets, each with A/B options
  • USB for software updates, tips, and preset management using the included VoiceSupport app

TC Helicon Voice Live Play Vocal Effects Processor

TC Helicon Voice Live Play Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • 200+ song & artist inspired presets
  • Plug in your MP3 player to the AUX input and sing along using Vocal Cancel feature
  • Room Sense - embedded misc. set auto key for harmonies

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 (996371001)

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 (996371001)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Vocal effects stomp box featuring guitar-controlled Harmony and reverb plus battery-powered operation
  • Adds one to two voices of realistic vocal Harmony guided by your Guitar
  • Superb reverb effect with three styles sweetens your vocal presentation
  • Adaptive tone for perfect EQ, compression, Addressing and gating
  • Intelligent mic input gain for quick and painless setup

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effects Processor

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • One button access to global Tone, Pitch and Guitar FX
  • 250+ presets with step sequencer
  • Up to 8 voices with MIDI keyboard control or 4 doubled harmonies
  • Global effects including Tone, pitch correction, and Guitar FX that can all be used simultaneously
  • Tone tailors adaptive EQ, compression and de-ess to your voice

TC Electronics Singles VoiceTone H1 Vocal Effects Processor

TC Electronics Singles VoiceTone H1 Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Adds one or two voices of realistic harmony to your voice
  • Mic-Control offers remote on/off via TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone
  • Connects between your mic and mixer

TC Helicon Play Acoustic Vocal Effects Processor

TC Helicon Play Acoustic Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Professional Vocal Effects and Tone with natural sounding Vocal Harmonies guided by your guitar
  • Guitar FX styles from TC Electronic's Hall of Fame Reverb, Flashback Delay, and Corona Chorus pedals
  • BodyRez filtering and onboard EQ and DI for impeccable acoustic guitar tone. Acrylic Lens
  • Guitar feedback-proofing with notch filter and phase controls
  • Separate vocal and guitar outputs, or a stereo mix of both

Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer Multi-Effects Pedal

Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer Multi-Effects Pedal
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Model# VE20

TC Helicon Vocal Effects Processor (996003005)

TC Helicon Vocal Effects Processor (996003005)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • T1 reacts to your voice and applies studio dynamics and EQ to bring out your best tone.
  • Mic-Control offers remote on/off via TC-Helicon MP-75 Microphone
  • Smoothing compressor & de-esser

TC Helicon Perform-V Vocal Effects Processor -INCLUDES- Blucoil Power Supply Slim AC/DC Adapter 12V DC 1000mA with US Plug AND Blucoil Audio 20’ Balanced XLR Cable

TC Helicon Perform-V Vocal Effects Processor -INCLUDES- Blucoil Power Supply Slim AC/DC Adapter 12V DC 1000mA with US Plug AND Blucoil Audio 20’ Balanced XLR Cable
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

TC Electronic Singles Kit Vocal Effects Processor

TC Electronic Singles Kit Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • 12V power supply
  • 3xDC daisy-chaining connectors
  • 3x short XLR cables

Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer Effect Processor (Red)

Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer Effect Processor (Red)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Easy one-touch operation
  • Six types of high-quality vocal effects inherited from the VE-20 - Reverb, Delay, Double/Harmony, Dynamics, Pitch Correct, and Tone/SFX
  • Phrase Looper adds impact to real-time vocal performances, including harmonizing and layered beatboxing

TC Electronic Singles VoiceTone E1 Vocal Effects Processor

TC Electronic Singles VoiceTone E1 Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Adds a wide range of echo effects for more depth in your vocals
  • Mic-Control offers remote on/off via TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone
  • Connects between your mic and mixer

TC Electronics Singles VoiceTone C1 Vocal Effects Processor

TC Electronics Singles VoiceTone C1 Vocal Effects Processor
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • "Mild to Wild" pitch correction effects
  • Mic-Control offers remote on/off via TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone
  • Connects between your mic and mixer

Audio Effect Abuse: Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune is a vocal effect used to tune a slightly out of tune vocal performance. It can also be used to create unusual vocal effects but when every artists uses this effect it becomes abuse to the listener.

In most early cases the Auto-Tune effect was used for transparent repair of vocal imperfections and a listener couldn't really tell if there was an effect used at all but later the effect was used to create a robotic or synthesized effect on a vocal track. This type of effect was made popular by the artist Cher on her hit song "Believe". Although Cher is a consummate professional and well trained vocalist the effect was used to create a robotic effect to enhance the overall audio material and listener experience.

This robotic effect had been used before by lessor known artists but the fact that Cher is so well known and liked by fans globally helped promote the use of this effect to other recording artists and created a wave of songs that used it to this day. At first the effect was well received because few listeners had heard of it and since Cher is already a great vocalist few fans were upset that she used the effect in a global release. She also didn't over use the effect or use it to correct the pitch of her voice but instead used Auto-Tune in a tasteful and unusual manner other than pitch correction.

Once her song hit the charts and started selling like crazy other artists assumed it was because of the effect and not because of the combination of other elements such as composition, story and production techniques used to create the song. This caused other lessor known artists to begin abusing the effect and using it in just about every song they released. Once this wave of artists started abusing the effect it no longer was considered unusual and unique. At this point it seemed like every artists on the air waves was using Auto-Tune. Fans started to dislike the effect and began to accuse artists that used it of lacking talent and needing the effect to correct the pitch of their otherwise unprofessional sounding vocal tracks. While this might be true in some cases in other cases the effect was used simply to increase sales of the audio material that the artists released only to backfire and repulse potential fans.

While Auto-Tune is still used today in a transparent capacity the use of the robotic voice effect has diminished considerably and in most cases the effect is currently used to correct pitch without being noticeable to the listener. This is a good example of what can happen when one artist copies another artists' successful formula because the fans are not as dumb as one might think. In the event of a live show the fans might be able to tell just how far off a vocalist's natural pitch really is and notice the difference between the live performance and the studio performance. The fans want to be amazed by the natural talent an artist may have and are turned off when they find that the artist is "cheating" by using an effect to improve their performance. This can be compared to the use of steroids in sports revealing that the user does not posses a natural ability or talent.