Digitech Vocalist Live 4
Danny Ray Thomas

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As you probably know, because you are visiting this page, Digitech has not provided much in the way of information on their Digitech Vocalist Live 4. So as information becomes available, or compiled by myself or others, I will add to this page on an irregular basis.

When I first received my unit I noticed that the manual was shy a large amount of information needed to use and learn the workings of this wonderful piece of equipment. Upon searching the website www.digitech.com and searching the web I noticed that there is not much out there yet even though this unit has been on the market for just over a year now.

The VL4 Message Board http://www.digitech.com/soundcomm/vocal_list_messages.asp?productid=231
is a good place to start looking for information as well as to communicate with fellow users.


OK! First things first.............

I downloaded the VL4 Manual #18-0477-A from the Digitech website, to learn about the unit before purchasing.
With my purchase I received a hard copy of the Manual #18-0477-B and the two have a different

 Presets #21, and #31 have different names but the same description and preset #43 has a different name as well as a different description. 

I'm wondering if this is just an error in the manual or if there are different Factory Preset VL4's out there?

Click here to download the 2 page *.PDF document of changes from
Manual #18-0477-A to Manual #18-0477-B (86KB)

The Digitech website offers Manual #18-0477-A as a download but not the new Manual #18-0477-B.

Click here to download the *.PDF complete Manual #18-0447-B
which is not available yet on Digitech's website (1.0MB)

If you are not sure which Owners Manual you have just look at the back cover where it is printed just below the print date which, by the way, is the same date on both manuals.


The Manual does not list the parameters of the FACTORY PRESETS so a new user is just pushing buttons and twisting knobs in the blind.

So I used Manual # 18-0477-B to build my database of the FACTORY PRESETS. This way I had a foundation to work from, as well as gain knowledge of why the VL4 does what it does.

Click here to download the 50 page *.PDF document of  FACTORY PRESETS (236KB)

When I first started practicing with the VL4 I was disappointed that there wasn't any 3 part Western Harmony.
But once I built my database, I realized that 50% of the VOICING'S were not used in the FACTORY PRESETS.

There are 32 VOICING'S total (see page 19 of  VL4 Manual #18-0477-B)

Those used in the FACTORY PRESETS are; 04, 06, 07, 09, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, and 32.

Those not used in the FACTORY PRESETS are; 01, 02, 03, 05, 08, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, and 29.

Click here to download the 1 page *.PDF document of 32 VOICING'S (99KB)

After an hour or so of pushing buttons and twisting knobs I found what I was looking for with VOICING #25 3D U 3U

Now I can apply a "Son's Of The Pioneers" sound to the chorus of my western & desert tunes.


Mike Westwood / Maryland Solo Musician / Washington DC Guitar Player / Piano Player
Has created an interesting webpage for VL4 aficionados. He has a link to user preset modifications as well as a link to an online form where you can upload your own preset mod's. Check it out at; http://m1mike.blogspot.com/2008/01/digitech-vocalist-live-4-settings.html


Ray Smith, a member of the VL4 Message Board,  has also created a *.PDF document of
FACTORY PRESETS in a very handy layout.

Click here to download Ray's 50 page *.PDF document of  FACTORY PRESETS (374KB)


If you use your VL4 "LIVE" then you've probably already had this experience.
You have everything for your gig all set up. You started your first set and
half way through your first tune it happens, you take your foot and press the
"HARMONY" Pedal on your VL4 and instead of a great 3 part harmony
you sound just like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Because while you were making eye contact with your audience,
your foot made contact with the "DOWN" Program Pedal instead.

I am terrible at finding the right stomp pedal because I cannot stand still.
If your one who stands at the microphone and keeps your foot on the pedal
all the time then you probably haven't  had this problem.
But if you really get into your music then something must be done!

This is what I came up with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aluminum Tubing 2 1/4 " wide by 1/2" Thick.

I cut a piece 12" long then sliced one end at 2" by 2" with a 1/4" lip on both ends.

It fits over the "HARMONY" Pedal like a glove, stays where you put it,
and your foot can approach from any angle without hitting any of the other Pedals.

Hey! DigiTech DUDES!!!!!
How about making a fancy high impact extruded plastic version for sale for a few bucks?????

Danny Ray Thomas


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