Price: $180.64 at the time of this post
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Guarantee: 1 year (parts), 90 days (labor)
My Rating: 9 out of 10
The Roland VT 12 Vocal Trainer, Product Overview
In my last post, “How to Learn to Sing on Pitch”, I mentioned about a hardware tool that can help in correcting pitch problems, especially for people that are having difficulty in hearing and adjusting their voices to the intended notes or pitches in a song. I’d like to walk you through its pitch correction capabilities and some of its built-in features which are equally important for a student in singing.
The Idea Behind Using This Tool
The main feature on this device is its ability to tell you if you’re singing on pitch or not. There’s an illuminated pitch meter that lights up brightly when your voice is in the center of the correct pitch and fades as you move away from it. So, the idea is to keep the meter bright to keep your vocal tone on the pitch. The meter is a range of 24 semitones as the guide with markings of the musical alphabet.
You can train with single notes first, then move on to a series of notes in sequence (scale) or skips (arpeggio). The great thing is, ultimately, you’ll be able to sing the exercises with the backup accompaniment track that came with it, then play it back for self-evaluation.
Being objective of yourself rather than subjective is necessary. You need to be recording yourself constantly and listening back, a very important thing in your development You hear yourself differently than on a recording. Then, you can start adjusting and fixing the problem areas that need to be worked on which is the main feature of this device.
It’s Bundled with Other Equally Important Features
Aside from visually checking your pitch through the illuminated meter buttons, there are other features bundled in this device that are equally important and makes it a total vocal coach:
- This little thing can detect two singers’ pitches simultaneously, so you can practice along with another singer or a teacher if you have one.
- It also comes with audio exercises with vocal guides and accompaniment tracks in different musical styles obtained from the book, published by Berklee Press (a division of Berklee College of Music). For classical singing students, it also comes with fifty lessons from the Concone Op. 9 book.
- Like what I mentioned in this article, you can listen after recording yourself with the tracks by pressing the Review button. It can help when you want to know if your singing voice has the right qualities in it.
- In addition to the accompaniment tracks that came with it, you can add your own from external devices, like an MP3 or CD player by connecting to the REC IN jack and use it like in a Karaoke singing, but with the ability to record and playback.
- It also comes with a metronome for timing skill development by selecting a tempo manually or tapping the “tap” button.
- It has a built-in stand for desktop use
- It runs on two AA-size batteries, alkaline or Hi-MH rechargeable
Overall, It’s an Amazing Tool
I highly recommend this device if intonation (pitch) is a problem for you. I think this is the foremost reason for its design. On top of that, the other features I mentioned here makes it the ultimate travelling vocal coach because it’s pocket-sized.
I specifically like its ability to record your singing with the accompaniment tracks then play it back, because you’re able to hear what still needs to be worked on every time you listen to yourself. It can definitely help you learn how to sing good.
Being able to sing anywhere and anytime at your own pace is key. Sometimes both time and place are an issue to some if not most of us. It keeps you self-disciplined in your practice which is a major factor in any skill development. It’s also ideal for warming up your voice just before singing before an audience anywhere, without the availability of a practice room. Click here to learn more about he Roland VT -12 Vocal Trainer
Please let me know what you think of this device, especially if you had the chance to use it yourself.