NAMM 2016: Boss VO-1 Vocoder

Boss have announced a brand new compact pedal, the VO-1 Vocoder. Here's what Boss themselves have to say about this unique pedal:

"The VO-1 Vocoder harnesses the expression of the human voice by allowing the user to control the tone of their instrument via vocal manipulation. While keyboardists have used vocoders to create voice-like textures with synthesizers for decades, guitar and bass players have had limited access to this capability. Now, the VO-1 gives them this inspiring creative tool in a battery-powered stompbox that’s simple to operate."

Boss VO-1 Vocoder Features:

• Vintage mode produces the familiar synthesized voice sounds heard on numerous pop and electronic music records.

• Advanced mode offers an array of all-new vocoder tones.

• Talk Box mode provides the famous “talking” lead guitar tones first popularized in the 1970s, but without the complication and hassles of a traditional talk box rig.

• Choir mode creates rich, impressive vocal textures from a direct instrument input.

• 1/4-inch input for connecting a guitar, bass, or other instrument, plus an XLR mic input to drive the vocoder engine.

• Tone and Color knobs provide a wide range of sound variation over the selected mode, while Level and Blend knobs control the overall volume and direct/effect mix.

• Send and Return jacks are also provided, allowing the user to patch in an external effect and apply it to the direct sound.