Zoom has announced the V3 Vocal Processor. Designed for ease of use and portability, the Zoom V3 offers 16 voice-altering effects in a compact desktop format. Zoom says that it’s not just for live performers, but also for podcasters, streamers and content creators.
Zoom V3 Vocal Processor
The Zoom V6 is getting a little brother. But while the V6 is a pedal for on-stage use, the smaller Zoom V3 comes in a tabletop enclosure. That doesn’t mean that it cannot be used for live vocals (you can even attach it to a mic stand using some of Zoom’s handy recorder mounts), but it’s obvious that the manufacturer has additional uses in mind. Zoom says that you can also use the V3 to add vocal effects to podcasts, live streams, YouTube videos, and more.
The V3 offers 16 effects, which are easily accessible via the large, illuminated pads. There are essential options for singers, like a 3-part harmonizer, pitch correction, doubling and octave. For more drastic voice transformation, the V3 also offers effects like vocoder, telephone, robot, distortion and formant shifting. There’s a single knob for tweaking the effects.
In addition to the 16 voice-transforming algorithms, the Zoom V3 also offers essential effects like reverb, delay and compression. These are one-knob effects designed for ease of use rather than tweakability. There’s also an enhance button, which “automatically optimizes the performance of any mic”, according to Zoom.
The rear panel offers an XLR microphone input with a preamp and phantom power. There’s also a stereo aux input, which is interesting because the V3 can also be used as an audio interface (44.1 kHz, 16/24/32 bit). Analogue audio output is via two 1/4″ jacks and a headphone output. The V3 connects to a computer or mobile device via the Micro USB connector. You can also connect a foot switch or expression pedal for toggling effects and modulating parameters. The V3 runs on USB power or four AA batteries, so it can be used anywhere.
It looks like a fun little box if you’re looking for easy-to-use vocal effects and voice transformations.
Price and availability
Zoom says that the V3 Vocal Processor will be available in September 2020 for around GBP 240 / EUR 254.