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Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

Vocal Effects Processor
Published November 2018
By Paul White

Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

This neat box of tricks offers a wide range of vocal effects, as well as the ability to track the pitch of a guitar or MIDI input.

Vocal processing hardware tends to be thought of mainly in the context of live performance, but often it can also be very attractive to the studio user, offering treatments that go far beyond the conventional. The latest in Boss’s 500 range of floor-mounted processors (we reviewed the RV-500 reverb last month), the VE-500 is just such a device. It’s designed to offer a full toolkit for vocal processing that includes numerous effects, auto-harmony, pitch-correction and vocal-transformation effects that encompass vocoding, ring modulation, radio speakers and beyond. It can construct harmonies of up to three parts, either using a specific scale or from a chordal input from a guitar or other instrument, and there’s also a basic but very usable looper that offers one minute of mono recording (or 30 seconds of stereo, if you prefer).

Overview

Housed in a compact three-footswitch metal case, the VE-500 has a balanced mic input on an XLR with switchable phantom power and provides a stereo output, also on balanced XLRs, with the provision of a ground-lift switch. Power comes from the included external adaptor though a good pedalboard supply capable of adequate current can also drive it.

The instrument input and Thru sockets allow the generated harmonies to adapt to the chords played on a guitar, while also sending the unprocessed guitar signal on to its amp.The instrument input and Thru sockets allow the generated harmonies to adapt to the chords played on a guitar, while also sending the unprocessed guitar signal on to its amp.For the instrument input there’s a quarter-inch jack, and a second jack passes on the Thru signal to feed your amp. Should you have space left on your pedalboard, a Ctl jack can accept an external switch to extend the unit’s control capabilities. A USB port allows for...

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Published November 2018