There’s not much going live at the moment, but an effect like the new Zoom V3 Vocal Processor also makes sense off the stage. A vocal effect that is immediately ready for use also gets the podcast or the livestream from the home studio. And because the device can also be operated with batteries, you can even do it on the go. An audio interface is conveniently built right in.
According to the manufacturer, the V3 is compact and robust, which is definitely a good feature for stage and general mobile use. Vocals manipulate the device with 16 different effects that are available at the push of a button. Of course, there are things like automatic pitch correction, chorus, distortion, or unison. Three-part harmonies can be assembled in major or minor. Vocoder, robot, child, and also talk box ensure crazy vocals. Formant Character changes the properties of the voice using the parameter control, but the pitch is retained.
In addition to the effects of voice processing, V3 also provides reverb, delay, and compression, which can also be adjusted using their own controls. The built-in preamplifier should deliver a signal that is as professional as possible, with the enhancement function the V3 automatically optimizes the transmission properties of each microphone. The integrated audio interface offers converters that work in 24 bits and 44.1 kHz.
Phantom power is also provided and headphones can also be connected and the volume adjusted. In addition to the XLR connector for microphones, there is an auxiliary input on the back for connecting smartphones or MP3 players.
The device is supplied with power via USB, but operation with four AA batteries is also provided. The batteries should last for 3.5 hours. Optionally, the Zoom AD-16 power supply can be used. With HRM-7 and HRM-11 there are also suitable accessories for attachment to a microphone stand. Zoom also offers pedals FS01 and FP02M for foot operation.
Price and availability
Zoom V3 Vocal Processor will be available from September 2020, it can be pre-ordered through the Bhphptovideo.com store for $199.99.
Earlier this month, Zoom has also introduced an H8 audio recorder with a USB audio interface that should meet all requirements for professional sound recordings with 12 simultaneously usable recording tracks, interchangeable microphone capsules, and app-based touchscreen operation.