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Boss unveils VE-500 Vocal Performer pedal

Boss has announced the latest addition to its 500 series pedals, the VE-500 Vocal Performer harmony/multi-effects processor.

Effects include automatic harmony/pitch correction, a vocoder and deep effects options.

The VE-500 boasts an automatic harmony engine that detects chords and key to generate two- and three-part harmonies in real-time, which can either be driven by a guitar or MIDI input.

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Boss’s VO-1 Vocoder functionality is also onboard to transform a guitar sound into synthesized electronic voices - and, yes, it can handle talk box tones. Bon Jovi ahoy.

Other effects include a compressor, EQ and de-esser, plus reverb, delay, modulation, distortion, filtering and others.

Up to nine effects can be used simultaneously, and there’s even a looper onboard.

Love it or hate it, pitch correction is also available, and can be used to stabilise wobbly pitch or to replicate those heavily pitch-altered sounds you hear in the charts from time to time.

The VE-500 is available now for $499/£349/€419. Boss has more.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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