Boss announced the VE-2 Vocal Harmonist, an easy-to-use stompbox for singing guitarists and solo vocalists. Featuring guitar-controlled harmonies, effects, automatic pitch correction, and much more, the affordable VE-2 gives singers a no-hassle solution for achieving impressive, studio-quality vocal sounds while performing on stage and at home. The VE-2 also offers USB connectivity, allowing users to capture processed vocal sounds in a computer for song recording and social media videos.
The VE-2 is incredibly intuitive for anyone to use, even for vocalists that have no experience with music theory or sound equipment. Buttons and knob-based controls make it simple to get great sounds instantly, and the integrated multi-function footswitch allows users to turn harmony on/off or bypass the VE-2's sound entirely while performing. Three favorite sounds can be stored and recalled at the touch of button.
When a guitar is connected to the VE-2, Auto Harmony mode detects the chords and key being played, automatically generating the correct harmony as the user sings. Solo vocalists that don't play guitar can set a key manually with a panel knob. Hybrid mode offers a combination of the two approaches, ideal for situations where the guitar part alternates between rhythm and lead playing during vocal passages.
From a little added color to a rich ensemble sound, it's easy to create harmonies with the VE-2. 12 different harmony types are available, and each adds one or two voices above and/or below the singer's own voice. Each type also has a variation setting that incorporates more voices for even fuller harmonies.
The VE-2 also includes a selection of effects for polishing vocal sounds with pro quality. The Echo knob provides reverb, delay, or a mix of both, while pressing the Enhance button evens out vocals for a more refined sound. A second press adds in some subtle pitch correction for stable harmony.
Via USB, users can record their voice along with the VE-2's real-time harmony and effects directly into their favorite computer recording software. In addition to music production applications, this offers a convenient way to achieve impressive vocal sounds while recording performances for social media videos. The Loopback function lets users mix audio playback from the computer with the mic sound, perfect for singing with backing tracks and karaoke tunes.
The VE-2's XLR input accepts a variety of professional microphone types, including condenser mics that require phantom power to operate. Phantom power is even available when the VE-2 is operated on batteries, giving a singer the ability to use a studio-level mic everywhere they perform.