A special version of Sennheiser’s most popular vocal microphone, the evolution e 835 fx, is the heart of both new bundles. The microphone features an effects control button that allows the singer to perform multiple actions, like switching presets or toggling HIT, LOOP, and TALK functions – inconspicuously and conveniently, without having to reach for the effects unit.
Sennheiser says the e 835 fx features powerful sound with a presence boost for improved projection on stage. Its neodymium transducer magnet pushes output levels very high, making it possible to balance signals against higher levels of on-stage amplification. The transducer can handle extremely high sound pressure levels in excess of 150 dB.
The mic’s shock-mount capsule has a cardioid pick-up pattern with good ambient noise and feedback rejection to enable greater signal levels to be delivered before feedback. The typical proximity effect of a cardioid is optimised for close vocal work, while the rugged mic construction with a die-cast zinc casing provides an optimum handling and weight profile.
TC-Helicon makes the bundle available with either of its popular vocal processors, VoiceLive Play or VoiceLive Play GTX. “With these processors, you do not have to worry about your sound at varying live performance locations,” says Kevin Alexander. “The VoiceLive Play units will heighten your performance with effects such as backing harmonies, reverb and vocal double tracking, independent of the venue’s console.” At home, the effects units can be used to work on songs and explore new styles, or to practise using their built-in pitch display and singing stats.
VoiceLive Play has ‘ears’: via its built-in RoomSense microphones, it will detect the key of outside musical sources to create perfect vocal harmonies – or to provide a live stage mix for vocalists using wireless monitors. It features adaptive EQ, compression, de-essing, and pitch correction. Effects also include the TC-Helicon VLOOPTM performance looper, and there are over 200 genre presets to select from, with hundreds more to download for free, allowing singers to easily find the style and sound they are looking for.
For practicing, vocalists can connect their MP3 player and record themselves – the unit is even able to cancel existing vocals in music. Further in/outputs include stereo XLR outputs, a headphone socket and USB connector for audio streaming and recording.