TC Helicon Harmony Singer is by far one of the most attractive harmonizer pedals you can get at the moment. It packs all the right features in all the right places, while at the same time being pretty compact. Let’s take a closer look and see what it is like.
TC-Helicon is probably one of the most popular brands when it comes to harmonizers. It’s not hard to see why when you take a look at Harmony Singer. This pedal features a compact yet a rigid body that can withstand use on and off the stage with ease. The top of the pedal is where all of your controls are at, however, the sides and front is where you will find all the I/O ports. Left and right panels feature the instrument input and instrument thru.
The mic input is at the front, as well as an XLR out. Interestingly enough, TC Helicon also offers a USB port there as well. This makes it easy to just hook the pedal up to your computer and catch the latest updates for the software. Overall, the pedal is packed with features, but still pretty clean.
What’s awesome about TC Helicon Harmony Singer is how intuitive the controls are. You will see three knobs on the top panel which include Harmony, Level, and Reverb. Harmony knob allows you to choose between four different types of voices, all featuring a far and close setting. The range of this harmonizer is two voices above or below the input signal, with all of the other combinations available. When it comes to the Reverb, you got four different flavors of this effect.
Lastly, there is a Mic Gain knob on the left side of the pedal, which is a nice touch that gives the user that much more control. Finding the right setting for your needs is quite easy. Different modes are unique, so you will get positive feedback every time you make an adjustment.
When the time comes to plug this harmonizer into your rig and give it a spin, chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at the results. The first thing that caught our attention was the color of the tone. It doesn’t sound robotic like some harmonizers do, and it actually has that softness to it. The Close mode is a bit aggressive and in your face, but there are definitely applications where it works. The Far mode is a lot more subtle but still every bit as efficient.
The pedal tracks very well even if you are playing at lower volume. The only thing you need to remember is to sing directly into the microphone. It doesn’t like low mic signals and generally has trouble tracking. With that said, a lot of its performance feels automated in a sense that the pedal adapts to the music you’re playing with no lag.
At the end of the day, TC Helicon has created yet another great package for those who need little more girth in their music. The pedal works well, is very accurate and most importantly, simple to use. There are some quirks, but those are far from being a deal breaker.