DigiTech Effects Processor Helps Launch a Budding New Career
April 07, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – She might be just 13, but Park City, Utah-based Sophia Dion is already well into her professional music career. Combining folk, pop and country influences, she started playing guitar at age 10 and while on a trip to Nashville was discovered by the owner of a guitar company who signed her to a performing artist deal. She’s played on stages with Reese Wynans, Tracy Nelson, John Oates, Ashley Cleveland and other artists – and recently discovered the benefits of HARMAN’s DigiTech Vocalist 3 harmony synthesizer and effects processor.
The Vocalist 3 provides three-part harmony and real-time pitch correction and automatically follows a singer’s vocals and the chord progressions they’re playing. There’s no need to pre-program a song’s key changes to create accurate harmonies, making it ideally suited for live performing. For performers like Dion, the Vocalist 3 facilitates greater musical expression, especially when doing gigs as a solo performer without a backup band.
“I like the high harmony setting of the Vocalist 3 best of all,” Dion said. “I can set it to be a third above my voice and it adds more ‘flavor’ to my singing. Also, I really like the way you can save two different harmonies in the pedal’s ‘A’ or ‘B’ setting, which lets you switch harmonies during a song to add different vocal parts. When I’m playing alone without a band, it gives me a fuller sound to work with.”
Dion likes the Vocalist 3’s versatility, noting that some songs call for a fuller sound with multiple harmonies while some benefit from a simple approach. On any given song she might add a high harmony, a lower vocal part or both, often changing up the vocal accompaniment during different sections of a song. “The Vocalist 3 lets me easily add harmonies in any combination I’d like.”
HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.