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I am hoping someone here can help me. I would like to run my Digitech Vocalist Live FX Processor through my Boss RC-300 Looper. I am not Tech savy. Is it possible to do this and if so how?

Thanks Tracy

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Save for some unusual vintage pedals, you can connect any effect to any other effect, usually simply with a single ¼" patch cable. Vocal processors are a bit of a special case because their connectors are by default XLR, but the Vocalist Live seems to have also a line-out and the RC300 also an XLR input, so you can choose either XLR or ¼" – doesn't really matter.

Now, just because it's possible doesn't mean it's also musically useful. Lots of effect combinations interfere rather badly. But there's no reason to fear that here. For what it's worth, the combination of vocal processor and looper is nowadays quite common; in that light you may well try it.

I personally have a strong dislike for most of what such vocal processors do (pitch “correction” destroys much of the nuances of a good vocal performance, and harmonizers never come close to the intimate resonance between actual multiple human voices), as well as looping in general (which not only makes the musical material predictably repetitive, it also prevents natural tempo development). But that's just my taste, evidently many people disagree about this, and anyway this doesn't really get worse if you connect both together vs either effect on its own.

So, to answer how to do it... well, you connect your mic into the Vocalist as usual, then an XLR cable into the output and that into the looper's input. Alternatively, connect a ¼" cable to the Vocalist's line output and into the looper's input.

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  • Hi, thank you for your comprehensive answer; very much appreciated! I agree with you regarding Vocal FX. I am mostly interested in reverb, sometimes doubling for dynamics, and delay. Yes, loopers can be repetitive for sure which is one reason why I have a multitrack looper so I can use it to create different parts of a whole piece, and I like to use volume control. I have recently purchased a Trio plus to give me the capacity to have different bass and drums throughout a piece as well. Thanks for the ways to connect the Vocalist. I have just freed up the 2nd input so will try this – Tracy May 30 at 10:25
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Thank you for your comprehensive answer; very much appreciated!

I agree with you regarding vocal effects. I am mostly interested in reverb, sometimes doubling for dynamics,and delay.

Yes and loopers can be repetitive for sure which is why I have a mulitrack Looper so I can use it to create different parts of a whole piece, and I like to use volume control. I have recently purchased a Trio plus to give me the capacity to have different bass and drums throughout a piece as well. So I want to create as much build up and dynamics as I can alone.

Thanks for the ways to connect the Vocalist Live to the RC 300. The Trio Plus is in one input and I had a Styrmon Big Sky in the other until I realized the Big Sky worked via the Trio Plus's FX Send Return. So this has freed up the other input on the RC. But by the time I figured this out I had pretty serious brain fog, lol and forgot about the Vocalist Live FX.

I'll probably want the vocals separated long term, but experimenting with the technology atm.

Thanks again Tracy

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