Hi I’m Laura Davidson and today I’m going to be talking to you
about the BOSS VE-8 Acoustic Singer. It’s a compact, all in one preamp and vocal effects solution for singers who play the acoustic guitar. Let’s start with the vocal side of the pedal.
It comes with a great feature called Vocal Enhance, and what this allows you to do is get your voice out
in front of the mix where it needs to be. So, let me play an example of
what the pedal sounds like with it off and on so you can hear what a big difference
it makes. Now if you want to go one step further and actually correct the pitch of your voice, that’s in there as well. So, there’s a chromatic pitch corrector,
meaning you don’t ever have to set a key. It’s going to follow right along
and get your voice perfectly in tune. But if you wanted to push the envelope a little bit
there’s also hard tune pitch correction in there as well. Also included in the VE-8
are a wide variety of vocal effects. So, I’m going to step through a few of them now.
This one’s called doubling. Typically it’s an effect that’s reserved for the studio because you would actually track your voice and then record the track again. Obviously you can’t do that live, but with the VE-8 now you can, and it adds a nice, thick sound to your chorus.
So, let’s hear what that sounds like. In addition to doubling there are also some
great, standard vocal effects like reverbs, which I have constantly going on my voice
because I’m in love with reverb. And there are also some great, more out there effects
like an electronic voice, radio, distortion. So, let’s hear what some of those sound like.
I’ll give you a quick run through. So, that’s the harmonies that you heard at the tail end.
So, in addition to great vocal effects, there’s also two voices of harmony
that you can add on the VE-8. So, you as the singer have the choice of having one voice, two voices, one above, one below, you really have a lot of freedom and flexibility,
especially because it can track your guitar chords. So, you never have to worry about setting a key.
You just play, throw a cape on there, finger pick style, it doesn’t matter, it’s still going to track you. And you can also set the key if you want to have a specific fixed key throughout. So, let’s hear what those harmonies sound like. So, beautiful sounding harmonies. You can have more female sounding if you go higher, or high, and you can also have more male sounding voices if you use the low and lower. So, that’s the harmony side of the VE-8 Acoustic Singer. So, let’s start to hear what some of the effects
are that you can add to your guitar; starting with something called resonance,
which isn’t really an effect, but it does actually enhance the sound of your acoustic guitar’s pickups. So, if you have something that’s not really sounding great when you plug it in, the resonance feature is going to
actually enhance the sound of your guitar. So, let’s hear what it sounds like
with it off and on a few times. So, that’s the Acoustic Resonance feature,
and again, it enhances the sound of your pickups. Let’s hear some of the other effects that
you can add. So, I’m just going to play through an example here.
You’ll hear the resonance going throughout, and some of the more extreme, like a phaser and a delay effect, as well as a chorus, and just nice reverbs in there as well. And that brings me to the next section of the pedal, which is the looper. It’s an 80 second recording time looper, where you can actually loop the guitar and vocals independent of one another. So, let’s hear what a loop sounds like
when you put it all together. So, that was an example of
the looping functionality of the VE-8. You can also control your guitar and vocal loops independently using an external foot switch. Also included in the box are
50 presets, and that’s a combination of vocal and guitar effects that you can start using
as soon as you plug it in. But should you decide that you want to change them, like I did, it’s really simple to just push and hold and store it, and that way when you go on to a gig,
you can set it up to follow your set list and know that your effects are going
to be right where you want them to be. And then also when you get out on that gig, you want to be able to know that you’re going to have
the right input and output options. There’s a lot of flexibility with the VE-8 Acoustic Singer. You can also plug in a USB
so that you can record it, and there’s also optional batteries,
so if you don’t have a power supply, which it comes with, then you can use batteries and you’ll be set. That’s
the BOSS-VE-8 Acoustic Singer.