The new Boss V0-1 Vocoder pedal comes in their classic small box format and offers traditional vocoder sounds, as well as some new variations on a much-loved effect.
The vocoder is widely used effect and blends the formant of your voice with your instrument’s original signal. The combined result is that classic ‘talking synth/guitar’ sound. You can use it to add an incredibly emotional, vocal-like quality to your guitar lines, or give a simple chord progression more movement and, of course, a human tonality.
There is also a Talk Box mode on the effect, meaning that you should be able to get that classic ELO ‘Mr Blue Sky’ or Bon Jovi ‘Living On A Prayer’ guitar/vocal sound as well. Bands like Daft Punk are well known for using vocoders and the robotic vocal sound on their records. This pedal sounds like it can do a bit of each of those different tasks. The Boss official demos are pretty slick, so have a listen and get an idea for what it can do.
It is something that I think would also be a lot of fun to use and experiment with. Of course, you’d need to be selective in your choice of material processed using this pedal, as your audience would get pretty bored of it after a while. But for a signature part in your song this could be amazing when used live. Of course, you’ll also need a microphone to get it up and running and be prepared to do the classic ‘Wah wah pedal face’ as you use it live!
The VO-1 should work equally well on bass. I love vocoders and used to own a few old ones in my studio. They were often a pain to set up as they were multi-band and it was tricky to get the sounds right. This Boss unit looks pretty simple and has simpler controls, which is a good thing. Hopefully it means you can get a great sound quickly and easily.
The pedal has four modes: ADVANCED, VINTAGE, TALK BOX and CHOIR.
The Controls are MIC SENS switch, MODE, COLOR, TONE, BLEND and LEVEL. It looks pretty easy to use, with a simple layout.
There is an XLR input for your microphone and an input jack for your guitar.
RRP GBP £185