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Vocal Harmony and
Effects Processor
Owner's
Manual
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Summary of Contents

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    Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor Owner’s Manual...

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    Vice-President of Engineering 8760 S. Sandy Parkway Sandy, Utah 84070, USA Date: March 20, 2009 European Contact: Your local DigiTech Sales and Service Office or Harman Music Group 8760 South Sandy Parkway Sandy, Utah 84070 USA Ph: (801) 568-8800 Fax: (801) 568-7583...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Overview .....................1 Introduction ................................... 1 musIQ Technology ............................... 1 ® Front Panel ....................3 Using the VL3D with a Keyboard ..............9 Using the VL3D with a Guitar ..............10 Guitar Sensitivity ................................11 Tuner ....................................11 Using the VL3D with a Computer ............12 Pre-Effects ....................14 Warmth ...................................

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    1. The warranty registration card must be mailed within ten days after purchase date to validate this warranty. 2. DigiTech warrants this product, when used solely within the U.S., to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service.

  • Page 5: Overview, Introduction

    Overview Introduction The Vocalist Live 3 Desktop (VL3D) is a powerful but easy to use intelligent ® vocal harmony processor. Armed with the musIQ harmony generation tech- ® nology, the VL3D combines studio-quality audio performance, state of the art vocal processing and an easy to use control interface. The VL3D provides the flexibility to allow musIQ technology to automatically generate two Harmony Voices, to manually produce up to four Harmony Voices in MIDI Notes mode, or to manually define the key and scale for the Harmony...

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    Please help us become acquainted with you and your needs by completing your warranty card or registering online at www.digitech.com. It is your safeguard should a problem arise with your VL3D. Important safety tip: Always turn on amplifiers AFTER all other connections...

  • Page 7: Front Panel

    Front Panel Warmth This controls the warmth of the vocal by emulating a tube preamp. Compressor Adjusts the amount of compression or dynamic range on the lead voice. De Esser Adjusts the aggressiveness of the sibilance suppression. Noise Gate Controls the noise gate threshold for the microphone input. Pre Effects When lit, all Pre Effects are active at their respective dialed in levels.

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    Reverb Types Studio With Studio Reverb lit, a standard studio plate reverb is applied to the vocals. Room With Room Reverb lit, the modeled natural reverb of a medium sized room is applied to the vocals. Hall With Hall Reverb lit, the simulated acoustic reverb of a large concert hall is applied to the vocals.

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    Display This display shows the Guitar Sensitivity, Guitar Tuner target note, selected Key in Acappella mode and is used for the MIDI Configuration Menu. Musical Indicators  In Acappella and Tuner modes, this indicates the selected Key/Note shown on the Display as being Sharp or Flat. Maj Min In Acappella mode, this defines the selected Scale as Major or Minor.

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    Mode Pressing the Mode button cycles through the four Harmony Modes; mu- MIDI, musIQ Guitar, Acappella and Notes. ® Gender There are individual Gender controls for each of the two Harmony Voices. By pressing the Gender button of the corresponding Harmony Voice, you can cycle through the Gender shifts from Male (M) to Female (F) as indi- cated on the Gender Display above.

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    Rear Panel 14 13 Power Input Connect only the supplied PS-0913AC adapter here to power the VL3D. USB MIDI This USB MIDI computer interface accepts MIDI Notes, Continuous Con- trol, and Program Change messages for harmony generation and control. It is also used for firmware updates.

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    Footswitch This ¼” TRS input is for an optional three-button footswitch such as the DigiTech FS3X or FS300. Line In This ¼” balanced TRS / unbalanced TS input accepts a line level signal sup- plying the Lead Vocal. Note: When the Line In input is connected, do not connect anything to the Mic In input.

  • Page 13: Using The Vl3d With A Keyboard

    Using the VL3D with a Keyboard The VL3D can provide fully automatic harmony if you are using a keyboard. Simply connect the MIDI output of your keyboard to the MIDI In of the VL3D. The VL3D monitors what you are playing on the keyboard and adjusts the harmonies to fit over the accompaniment.

  • Page 14: Using The Vl3d With A Guitar

    Using the VL3D with a Guitar The VL3D can provide fully automatic harmony for a guitar player. Simply route your guitar signal through the VL3D using the Guitar In and Guitar Thru jacks. The VL3D monitors what you are playing on the guitar and adjusts the harmonies to fit over the accompaniment.

  • Page 15: Guitar Sensitivity, Tuner

    Guitar Sensitivity While playing the guitar, the Guitar Signal Strength indicator should be green or amber. If the Guitar Signal Strength indicator does not light when you play, the guitar signal level may be too low and the Guitar Sensitivity should be changed to Hi.

  • Page 16: Using The Vl3d With A Computer

    Using the VL3D with a Computer There are two options when using the VL3D with a computer: The VL3D can be connected directly to a computer via its USB port and used as a MIDI interface. The VL3D can be connected to a a separate MIDI interface already con- nected to a computer.

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    VL3D connected to a MIDI Interface When the VL3D is not connected to a computer using the USB port, all MIDI data sent to the MIDI In of the VL3D is passed on to the MIDI Thru jack. This allows you to chain other MIDI devices, such as sound modules, to the VL3D.

  • Page 18: Pre-effects, Warmth, Compressor, De Esser, Noise Gate

    Pre-Effects The VL3D contains a variety of Pre-Effects to enhance your vocal sound. Warmth This controls the amount of warm subtle distortion from the tube preamp amp model, adding a degree of vintage tone. Compressor The Compressor gives the ability to tighten up the dynamic range of the Lead Voice.

  • Page 19: Pitch Correct, Reverb

    Pitch Correct This corrects the Lead Voice to a 12-note chromatic scale. Use the Amount knob to set the aggressiveness of the pitch cor- rection. When the Pitch Correct button is lit red, Pitch Correct is enabled. When the button is not lit, Pitch Correct is disabled. Reverb There are three selectable room sizes for the Reverb effect.

  • Page 20: Harmony Patches And Parts, Store And Recall A Patch, Harmony A/b Parts

    Harmony Patches and Parts Singers need a way to configure different Harmony Voicings for use in different songs. To accommo- date this, the VL3D provides Harmony Patches. This allows the singer to specify the Harmony Mode, Voicing, and Gender Settings in advance and recall them when needed during a performance.

  • Page 21: Harmony Modes, Acappella Harmony Mode

    Harmony Modes The Harmony Mode determines how the Harmonies will be controlled for the current Harmony Patch. Pressing the Mode button cycles through the four Harmony Modes. musIQ Harmony Mode ® This mode uses musIQ technology to automatically generate the harmonies ®...

  • Page 22: Notes Harmony Mode, Harmony Voicing

    Notes Harmony Mode In MIDI Notes mode the VL3D will “sing” up to four notes being played on the MIDI keyboard. For example if you play an E, G, C, and E notes, then four harmonies will be generated at those notes.

  • Page 23: Harmony Gender, Harmony Mix, Humanize, Harmony On/off

    Harmony Gender The VL3D has the option of gender shifting the Har- mony Voices to change the character of the virtual harmonizing backup singers. There are individual Gender controls for each of the two Harmony Voices. By pressing the Gender button of the corresponding Harmony Voice, you can cycle through the Gender shifts from Male (M) to Female (F) as indicated on the Gender Display above.

  • Page 24: Midi Configuration, Midi Channel, Split Point

    MIDI Configuration The parameters in the MIDI Configuration Menu are globally shared across all Harmony Patches. Enter the MIDI Configuration Menu by pressing the MIDI button. The MIDI button will light, signifying the menu is active. The menu options will appear on the Display.

  • Page 25: Channel And 4-channel Midi Mode, Cc Midi Channel

    1-Channel and 4-Channel MIDI Mode This parameter provides two options for controlling the harmony voices in MIDI Notes Harmony Mode. All four Harmony Voices can be controlled from the same MIDI channel (1-Channel MIDI Mode) or from four separate (4-Channel MIDI Mode). By using a separate MIDI channel for each voice it is possible to specify a different gender for each voice and precisely control the notes that voice “sings”.

  • Page 26: Program Change, Saving Global Parameters, External Footswitch

    MIDI Program Change Enable External Footswitch The VL3D supports the use of an optional external ¼” TRS three-button foot- switch such as the DigiTech FS3X or FS300. The buttons of the External Footswitch perform the following fixed functions: Left footswitch:...

  • Page 27: Midi Messages, Notes, Program Change, System Exclusive

    MIDI Messages Notes Standard note on and note off MIDI messages are supported for use with the musIQ MIDI and MIDI Notes Harmony Modes. ® Program Change The VL3D supports 10 PC messages to provide access to all 10 Harmony Patch and A/B Part locations.

  • Page 28: Continuous Controller

    Continuous Controller Below is a listing of the CC messages supported by the VL3D. These messages are received on the MIDI channel specified by CC MIDI Channel. Parameter Range, Comments Modulation 0 – 127, Controls Vibrato Intensity Sustain Pedal 0 - 63 = Off, 64 - 127 = On Pre-Effects On/Off 0 - 63 = Off, 64 - 127 = On Pitch Correct On/Off...

  • Page 29: Effects Block Diagram

    Effects Block Diagram Pre-Effects Compressor Vocal Warmth De-Esser Noise Gate Limiter Input Pitch Correct Harmony Voice 1 Harmony Voice 2 Harmony Stereo Mixer with Pans and Harmony Gains Voice 3 Voices 3 & 4 only available in MIDI Notes Mode Harmony Voice 4 Stereo Send...

  • Page 30: Specifications

    Specifications Mic Preamp: Connector: XLR balanced Phantom Power; +48 V Input Sensitivity @ 0dBFS: -22 dBu to +18 dBu Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -127 dBu, 20 Hz - 20 kHz (A-Weighted) Input Impedance: 6 kΩ Balanced Line Inputs: Connector: ¼” TRS balanced / unbalanced Input Sensitivity @ 0dBFS: -10 dBu to +30 dBu Input Impedance:...

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    Printed in the USA Vocalist ® Live 3D Owner’s Manual 18-0588-A ©2009 Harman International Industries, Incorporated, all rights reserved. DigiTech and Vocalist are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc. musIQ is a registered trademark of 3dB Research Ltd. ®...

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