Obviously, the main instrument for any worship leader is their voice. (OK, the main instrument, biblically speaking, is your heart and mind, since God is seeking worshipers who will worship him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4).) But in order for you to lead effectively in corporate worship, you need a voice that is pleasant and not pitchy. It also helps if you have other voices to help you out, harmonizing or reinforcing the melody. Beyond that, it’s a big plus to use both men and women in helping to lead, since women naturally tend to follow a woman’s voice and men a man’s voice. Now, I don’t know if your voice has a nice, natural, studio-quality sound. Mine doesn’t. I need all the help I can get. And when I’m away leading worship for retreats, I feel especially needy. Enter VoiceLive 2 by TC Helicon:
a floor-based, stompbox-styled, sturdily constructed vocal harmony effects processer and looper. It covers a wide range of vocal effects for live as well as studio applications. With reverbs, delays, compression, multi-part harmony and doubling effects, you’ll be astounded by the sheer amount of powerful processing at your toe-tips.
The Helicon VoiceLive 2 also has a guitar input, which is great for the modern axe-toting worship leader. And what’s awesome is that the VoiceLive 2 harmonies follow your chord progressions. Very impressive! (You can also use a MIDI keyboard or aux-input for, say, an iPod playing backing tracks.) The guitar effects are nice, too! Check out this in depth video review to hear it in action.
As you can tell, the VoiceLive 2 is really effective and helpful for beefing up your vocals. It has an adjustable pitch correction option, too, if you need it. It’s a wise investment for the solo artist or worship leader, or even if you have full band with backup vocalists like me.