VocaLive adds real-time vocal processing to the iPhone/iPad bag of music creation tricks.

When the iPad was first released, critics were quick to say that the device was great for the consumption of media but would never be a serious tool for the creation of new content. That’s changing quickly – especially when it comes to music. With more and more artists and hobbyists embracing the iPad and even the iPhone for the capture of everything from quick song sketches to full-blown productions that end up on albums.

There are a number of options for 4- and 8-track recorders and a number of guitar amp and effect modelers, most of which offer some type of recording ability. One element that has been missing, however, was the ability to add sophisticated effects to vocal performances. That’s changing now too with the introduction of VocaLive from IK Multimedia.

VocaLive works on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and offers vocalists a suite of 12 real-time studio quality vocal effects along with a capable recorder.

Here are the details:

Five Vocal Effects

  • Pitch Fix for tuning correction or stylized quantization effects
  • Choir, a three-part harmonizer
  • Morph, a pitch and formant shifter that changes the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending
  • D-Esser and Double

Seven Studio Effects

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Parametric EQ
  • Compressor
  • Chorus
  • Phaser
  • Envelope Filter

In addition to the real-time processing, VocaLive gives you the option to record either vocals of other instruments using the multi-track recorder. You can sing along with songs from your iTunes library and even use a Voice Cancel feature to remove existing vocals. And just like IK’s guitar app Amplitube, there are tools designed for vocalists including a metronome and vocal warm-up tools.

Audio can be recorded using either the iPhone or iPad built-in microphone or you can use a headphone mic. For higher quality sound, you might consider IK’s new iRIG MIC hardware. The condenser mic built specifically for iPhone was just released. I’ll be reviewing it here on big-geek.com soon.

VocaLive is available now in the App Store in two different versions. A free expandable version comes with the Reverb effect and you can unlock the Double effect free just for registering the app. Adding more effects costs $4.99 for each vocal effect and $2.99 for each studio effect.

The full version of VocaLive costs $19.99 and comes with everything except for the 4-track recorder, which may be added to either the full or free version for $4.99.