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TC-Helicon Vocal Harmony and Effects Vocal Processor

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PLAY ACOUSTIC

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Vocal Bliss and Rich Acoustic Tone
The natural companion for any modern singer-songwriter, Play Acoustic combines all the things you need to make a live acoustic performance shine; lavish vocal sounds, perfect backing harmonies, best-selling guitar FX, and unique processing that makes your six-string sing in perfect harmony with your voice.

• Professional Vocal Effects and Tone with natural sounding Vocal Harmonies guided by your guitar
• Guitar FX styles from TC Electronics Hall of Fame Reverb and Corona Chorus pedals
• BodyRez filtering and onboard EQ and DI for impeccable acoustic guitar tone
• Guitar feedback-proofing with notch filter and phase controls
• Separate vocal and guitar outputs, or a stereo mix of both

What Every Singer Wants
Keep your vocals clean with a tight reverb or simple harmony or go all out with tasty delays, thick doubles, edgy hardtuning, cool modulations, and raw distortions the choice is yours. Best of all, weve improved the portamento and humanization of our renowned harmony effects, making your tireless two-singer backing group more realistic than ever. And dont worry about setting the key. Play Acoustic follows your guitar chords automatically for harmonies that stay in tune and in time.

What Every Singer Needs
Equipped with our trademark Adaptive Tone, Play Acoustic acts as your personal sound engineer providing the one feature no singer should be without: automatic intelligent control of Compression, EQ, De-essing, and Gating, giving your voice the impact and presence to always stand out in the mix.

Acoustic Alchemy
Your acoustic guitar is both a powerful and delicate instrument, and weve made sure that Play Acoustic treats it with the respect it deserves. Tailor-made guitar FX from our sister company TC Electronic add a sweet touch of magic with essential styles from their bestselling TonePrint pedals Hall of Fame Reverb and Corona Chorus while the direct Guitar DI output ensures signal fidelity all the way from pedal to PA.

Body Resonance
The sound of resonating wood is what gives an acoustic guitar its particular sonic allure, and this is where BodyRez comes in. New and unique to Play Acoustic, the BodyRez algorithm restores acoustic tone to guitars fitted with undersaddle pickups. Carefully placed filters and fast acting compression combine to reduce piezo-quack, making your amplified guitar sound like the beautiful full-bodied instrument it is. Dial in as much or as little BodyRez as you need and use the handy EQ controls to fine-tune the dynamics of your sound.

Intuitive Controls and Dedicated I/O
Operating and navigating Play Acoustic is as straightforward as it gets. Use the Up/Down footswitches or central knob to easily browse factory presets, or use the GENRE button to find styles that you like. Dedicated VOCAL FX and GUITAR FX buttons let you access effects directly, and the intuitive user interface makes editing simple and fast. Create your own library of presets with the FAVORITE feature for easy setlist recall.
Separate mono XLR outputs for vocals and guitar makes it painless for any sound engineer to mix the levels perfectly for your audience, or you can set the output to Stereo and create your own custom panoramic stereo mix.

Make It a HIT
HIT is a performance-inspired feature for building intensity into any vocal performance. Press the HIT button to turn on multiple effects at once and create quick A/B scenes for each preset. Use it to add dazzling vocal effects for the chorus, or strip it down for the verse its your call.

Loop Around
The VLOOP performance looper allows you to create complete guitar and vocal loops for solo jamming or impressive layered live performances. VLOOP is also handy for soundcheck; record a short phrase and walk out into the audience to check levels while your virtual you plays!

In-Ear Monitoring
Use the embedded RoomSense mics to pick up the sounds from the room, the stage, or the instruments around you and add ambience to your headphone mix when performing or practicing. Optionally, our handy Guitar & Headphone Cable facilitates inexpensive in-ear monitoring with a convenient twist: two signals, one cable.

Sing Along with Vocal Cancel
Singing along is a great way to practice and perform. Plug in your MP3 player via the AUX In connector and use the Vocal Cancel feature to make your voice stand out over the vocals on the original track. You can also record and play back your singing using the USB connection to your computer and DAW.

Free Preset Downloads
Fire up our VoiceSupport app for access to hundreds of additional song and effects based presets as well as firmware updates and the latest news

More Control
Add the TC-Helicon MP-75 or Sennheiser e 835 fx mics with Mic Control, or the Switch-3 footswitch for additional control of performance, effects and looping.

FEATURES

• Complete vocal path including Tone, Harmony, HardTune, Reverb, Double, Delay, μMod (chorus/flange, etc.), and Transducer (megaphone/distortion FX)
• Global Adaptive EQ, Compression, De-ess, Gate & Pitch Correction
• Note-perfect Vocal Harmonies using Auto Chord Detection from guitar input
• 2 Voices of NaturalPlay Harmony, plus 2 voices of humanized Doubling
• TC Electronic guitar FX with styles from Hall of Fame Reverb and Corona Chorus
• Dedicated Guitar and Vocal FX access/edit buttons
• BodyRez EQ, compression styles optimized for undersaddle piezo pickup acoustic guitars
• Narrow notch filter to tame acoustic guitar feedback
• Low and high shelving plus fully parametric guitar EQ controls
• Separate vocal and pro-quality guitar DI outputs or stereo mix
• Low-noise Mic-preamp
• VLOOP performance looper for vocal and/or guitar with undo and redo
• Loop time: Stereo: 15 seconds with Undo (30 seconds without). Mono: 30 seconds with Undo (60 seconds without)
• Simple effects customization with styles and icons
• RoomSense microphones for monitoring and practicing
• Key/Scale harmony mode for setting specific song keys via the footswitches
• Plug in and practice with your mobile device via AUX or stream tracks and record over USB including a Vocal Cancel function
• Navigate factory presets by Genre and mark Favorites
• USB for audio streaming and connection to VoiceSupport, our free app for firmware updates, preset management, and tips & tricks
• Compatible with the MP-75 Modern Performance Vocal Microphone and Sennheiser e 835 fx microphone with Mic Control
• Optional Switch-3 for additional performance control
• Headphone output

Effects
• Mod
• Delay
• Reverb
• Harmony
• Double
• Transducer
• Tone
• HardTune & Correction
• Acoustic Guitar FX & Tuner
• Guitar Anti-feedback
• VLOOP

SPECIFICATIONS

Control
• 100+ Song & Artist Inspired Presets, Memory for 500
• Simple Vocal & Guitar FX Editing via Direct Access Buttons
• Direct Access to Favorite, Genre, Mix and Setup Menus
• Preset Up/Down and HIT Footswitch
• Graphics LCD Display
• Bump-Protected Mic Level
• Dual-Colour Backlit Buttons

Design

Size
• Height: 1.8 inches (45 mm)
• Width: 7.9 inches (200 mm)
• Depth: 6.1 inches (156 mm)

Weight
• Weight: 2.2 lb. (1 kg)

Construction
• Dual die-cast clamshell design
• Acrylic Lens
• Punch-cut Metal connection panel
• Rubberized footings
• Backlit Graphic LCD Display

Connections

Analog Inputs
• Connectors: Mic.: balanced XLR, Guitar: unbalanced 1/4″ TS, Aux: 1/8″ stereo mini jack
• Impedance: Balanced/Unbalanced: Mic.: 2.14/1.07 kOhm
• Mic Input Level @ 0 dBFS: -42dBu to +13dBu
• EIN @ Max Mic Gain Rg = 150 Ohm : -127 dBu
• Mic SNR: > 104 dB
• Phantom Power: +48V (on/off via Setup menu)
• Guitar Input impedance: 1 MOhm
• Guitar Input Level @ 0 dBFS: 12 dBu
• Guitar Input SNR: > 115dB
• Aux Input Level @ 0dBu: +2dBu
• A to D Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110dB SNR A-weighted

Analog Outputs
• D to A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115dB SNR A-weighted
• Connectors, balanced: XLR
• Output Impedance Balanced/ Unbalanced: 80/40 Ohm
• XLR Output 0dBFS: +2 dBu
• Dynamic Range: > 109 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
• Frequency Response: +0.30/-0 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
• Headphone Out: 1/8″ Mini stereo jack

Control
• USB: USB-B (Preset Management, Firmware Updates and audio I/O)
• Pedal: 1/4″ TRS phone jack
• Mic Control using TC-Helicon MP-75 Microphone or Sennheiser e 835 fx mic

Details

Power
• External Power Supply. Mains Voltage Input: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
• 12V DC 0.4A max output
• Power Consumption: < 14 W

Safety
• EMC Complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2 FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
• Safety certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA

Operating Requirements
• Operating Temperature: 32 F to 122 F (0 C to 50 C)
• Storage Temperature: -22 F to 167 F (-30 C to 70 C)
• Humidity: Max. 90 % non-condensing

Included with Play Acoustic
• Region specific power supply
• USB cable
• User guide

Excellent Harmony in a Box2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
I used to own the Harmony G-XT, so this was an upgrade.Take time to read the manual and it's amazing what you can program. It comes with a few hundred pre-sets and I easily downloaded more from the website. The unit allows you to set up favorites and just access the pre-sets you use most often. Setting up your own pre-sets and altering existing pre-sets to create your own is simple and easy once you've read the manual I bought this used from Long and McQuade for about $165 and it hasn't quit on me in over 3 years and that's doing 200+ shows/year. It's built like a tank. I'm a solo performer with vocals and guitar, but have also used this for just singing and no guitar and it works great. The trick with these harmonizers is to not overdo it. I only use it for certain chorus's, or to create a specific song effect and it adds sparkle to my performance.
Posted by Kirk Leavesley on Feb 27, 2018
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Get past what is stupid and it's awesome1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
Annoyances first, then I'll get to the good stuff. There's no obvious power switch. You have to yank the power cord. Wahh? It's also kind of just ugly. Although built like a tank.The user interface is easy if you just want to flick through a lot of presets, but what if you want to flip from preset 1 to preset 50... that's not obvious. The gain was set to full when I first plugged it in.. and the gain is hidden on the side... so watch it... I nearly blew my head off. There's no click on - click off effect. The manual that comes with it is literally a comic book printed in comic font. It's next to useless. The downloadable manual is lacking in detail. THEN You have to program and toggle through presets. Also.. they talk about "Hit"... well... without "Hit" everything sounds the same... so why bother... it's basically... three stettings on the "hit" button... bypass(talk), a touch of reverb and EQ, and then the grand effect. OK.. that's dumb, but once you figure out presets, you can work around that and essentially setup a series of banks and keep "Hit" turned on. Programing is not intuitive, but once you do get past the "how to" it's easy enough. So... swap, swap... change some defaults.. setup my banks and HOLY GREATNESS.... first off.. they call this acoustic... I'm not sure why they limit themselves.. there are built in mics that tune harmony to the loudest thing nearby. That's me!!! I'm playing Pink Floyd's TIme and using harmony for the chorus.. it's a thing of beauty. I do a few electric tunes with no effects.. clean channel... it's perfect without the the guitar pass through. The ambient mics pic up my key and background make me swoon. I go back to Floyd and Comfortably Numb to toss in harmony on the chorus... I'm freaking David Gilmour with backup singers. I haven't hooked up an acoustic to try the guitar effects... I'm not sure I ever will as I have so many others and I don't want to bother with the XLR out... To give some context.. I'm a one man band right now.. doing Floyd, Hendrix, Zep, Tom P, and other 3-6 chord classics... I record everything I try to make sure I heard what I think I heard... and this thing definitely improves the show... So... why 4 star and not 5? It should come with a detailed manual... that's it... This will be an integral part of my show for sure!!
Posted by Pete on Nov 29, 2017
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Closest StoreStratford, Ontario
I hope no one beys it , then i will be the only that sounds great, I hope you have fun with this toy , It's the best.
Posted by jack the music man on Mar 20, 2017
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