An all-in-one effects, looper and harmony processor for vocals and acoustic guitar, making it a suitable companion for performing singer-songwriters
Pedal specialist, BOSS has announced the VE-8 Acoustic Singer – a preamp and effects solution for performing singer-songwriters who play acoustic guitar. The VE-8 provides voice and guitar processing plus real-time harmonies and looping in one unit. The VE-8 combines BOSS’ vocal, guitar, and looping technologies in a dedicated floor pedal that runs on AC power or batteries. Three built-in footswitches provide effects control while performing, and one or more optional footswitches can be connected for further control if needed.
Four types of ambience effects are included with the VE-8’s vocal channel, plus an Enhance feature to add clarity and control to a vocal. Chromatic pitch correction is available as well, which automatically keeps vocals in tune with real-time processing. Users can also create hard-tuned electronic voice sounds, distortion, and radio voice tones. With the VE-8’s Harmony section, the unit detects the chords and key played on a connected guitar, and then generates the correct harmony live. Hybrid and fixed harmony modes are available too, as well as a doubling effect for adding fullness and presence.
The guitar channel in the VE-8 provides a range of sound-shaping options and performance functions. Acoustic Resonance restores the natural guitar sound, eliminating the sterile piezo “quack” that plagues undersaddle pickups used in typical plugged-in acoustics. Reverb and chorus are on hand too, plus effects like Octave and Mod Delay. Tools for stage performing include a built-in guitar tuner, plus a phase switch and notch filter for dealing with feedback. Also included is a looper with up to 80 seconds of recording time. Available via a dedicated footswitch, the user can select the guitar, voice, or both as a looping source via panel buttons or an optional external footswitch.
The VE-8’s rear panel is equipped with a guitar input and XLR mic input with switchable phantom power, plus an Aux input to connect a smartphone or other device for backing music. Stereo XLR balanced outputs provide a direct feed to a PA, while stereo 1/4-inch outputs allow the user to send a separate signal to stage monitors or an acoustic amp.
Both the vocal and guitar channels feature a three-band EQ and low-cut filter, and it’s possible to send the two channels to separate outputs for external mixing flexibility. The VE-8 also functions as a USB audio interface, allowing users to capture live and studio performances directly to music recording software on a computer.
The BOSS VE-8 Acoustic Singer will retail at £269. Watch the promo video from BOSS below, and to learn more, visit: boss.info/products/ve-8/