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I’ve often considered Electro-Harmonix the coolest mainstream manufacturer of effects pedals and this new product is further proof. The Voice Box is both a vocoder and harmonizer unit with mic and instrument inputs. Along with built in reverb, tone control, and phantom power this unit provides “gender” changing options. From the product page -

The harmony processor creates 2- to 4-part harmonies directly from your vocals, in the same key as your accompanying instrument. Studio-quality reverb lets you independently add depth to your dry and harmony vocals.

The focused 256-band articulate vocoder, designed by the same EMS genius who made vocoding famous, features adjustable harmonic enhancement and controllable formant shift.

  • Harmonically matches any electric instrument you plug into it

  • Professional quality pitch shifting algorithm produces realistic harmonies
  • The Low & High Harmony independently produces two harmony notes: 3rd and 5th
  • 9 accessible programmable presets
  • Natural Glissando
  • Gender Bender knob allows for male/female formant modification
  • Built-In Mic Pre with Phantom Power & Gain Switch
  • Balanced XLR Line Output: Interface directly with any mixing board or A/D converter
  • US96DC-200BI power supply included

This device seems prime for experimentation(ie – input swapping, etc), and @ around 200USD seems quite a value. Check out the “user generated videos” tab on EH’s site for my examples of what the box can do – Voice Box | Vocal Harmony Machine/Vocoder

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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