NAMM 2013 - Radial Voco-Loco Vocal Preamp and Effects Loop
Add guitar effects to your vocals with the new Radial Voco-Loco, a microphone preamp and effects loop pedal in one.
Aside from working as a good preamp, this pedal lets you add guitar effects like phaser, delay, reverb or even distortion to your voice via a simple footswitch.
The Radial Voco-Loco is a versatile pedal for guitarists that sing. It works as a standard mic preamp and lets you utilize your guitar pedals as vocal effects, adding value to your existing gear.
First and foremost, the Voco-Loco is a versatile mic preamp, with over 60dB of gain, enough to handle any type of microphone via XLR input. Adding to the versatility of the preamp is its built-in 48v phantom power generator, this lets you use special dynamic and condenser mics that require phantom power.
Another unique feature is Radial's Accustate level control that automatically sets the gain and sensitivity via a dual wafer potentiometer for improved signal-to-noise ratio. Wrapping up the preamp is a simple two band shelving EQ that will let you add bass or accentuate your highs as you sing.
After the preamp section, the signal is then fed into an effects loop that has been optimized for guitar pedals via standard 1/4" guitar jacks. With its separate send and receive controls, you can adjust the levels going to the pedals to reduce noise and optimize the signal path.
It also features a tone control on the return path that can then be used to tame overly bright pedals for a smoother more natural tone. Another cool feature is its wet/dry blend knob, giving you the ability to mix in the right amount of effect levels that you need. Finally, the Voco-Loco's output is fully balanced and is able to drive a typical mixing console input.
The pedal has two top mounted footswitches, the right switch is used for engaging the effects loops while the left switch is used for muting the Voco-Loco output or engage the loop. As an example, you could create a weird telephone effect with all of the sound passing through a distortion pedal or toggle the signal so that a blend of the unprocessed voice plus some reverb can be heard together. Rounding off its features are a 180°polarity reverse switch which ensures the pedals are in phase with the original signal when the wet/dry blend is in use.
Roc Bubel, Radial Sales Manager, was quoted: "We have been enjoying tremendous success with both our stand-alone and 500 series EXTC effects insert module. The EXTC makes it easy to interface unbalanced hi-Z guitar pedals with balanced lo-Z pro audio devices. And with so many fun pedals now available on the market, we felt it would be cool to enable live vocal performers to get into the fun! The Voco-Loco lets you turn on or off a series of pedals with a simple foot stomp - right on stage. This is particularly beneficial for bands that do not have a full-time sound engineer as the vocalist can set up the effects and turn them on or off just like a guitarist does when playing a solo."
This compact pedal is measured at 5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm), designed to easily fit your pedalboard. It is expected to retail for $300 and comes with an external 15VDC supply.
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