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TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists   

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Heavy production has never been more popular, but then again, neither has the singer and the song. Acoustic guitar and vocal presentation is like wal...Read More

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Game changer pedal for acoustic guitarists.

Heavy production has never been more popular, but then again, neither has the singer and the song. Acoustic guitar and vocal presentation is like walking without a net, your music presented in its most exposed format, and your audience appreciates that. The natural companion for any modern singer-songwriter, TC Helicon's 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.

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, we've improved the portamento and humanization of our renowned harmony effects, making your tireless two-singer backing group more realistic than ever. And don't worry about setting the key. Play Acoustic follows your guitar chords automatically for harmonies that stay in tune and in time. Equipped with the trademarked 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.

Body Resonance
TC knows guitars as well they know electronics, and they understand that 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.

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

Order today and get the accompanist you've always been searching for.

SPECIFICATIONS

Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists

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

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TC HeliconPlay Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Good selection of effects (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Responsive (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great unit for Singer/Songwriters

If any of you have purchased the Voice Live Play GTX - as far as the vocals are concerned, you will be getting the exact same thing. There is nothing newer or better as...Read complete review

If any of you have purchased the Voice Live Play GTX - as far as the vocals are concerned, you will be getting the exact same thing. There is nothing newer or better as far as the vocals are concerned. Where this unit shines is with the guitar FX. The BodyRes is amazing and makes your guitar sound full. What's also nice is having the ability to either go out stereo or using the L/R XLR outputs as DI's for vocal and guitar.

The only thing that I do not like about this unit is that it does not have an instrument thru like the VoiceLive Play GTX. That would have been nice to have if I want to go to an acoustic amp.

Other than that - this is a great unit to have for any singer/songwriter.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I AM VERY PLEASED WITH MY PURCHASE

I HAVE OWNED MY PLAY ACOUSTIC FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS NOW AND OVERALL I AM VERY PLEASED WITH IT. THE PRESETS ARE OK BUT I FIND THEM TO BE A LITTLE MECHANICAL SOUNDING. THE...Read complete review

I HAVE OWNED MY PLAY ACOUSTIC FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS NOW AND OVERALL I AM VERY PLEASED WITH IT. THE PRESETS ARE OK BUT I FIND THEM TO BE A LITTLE MECHANICAL SOUNDING. THE PEDAL ITSELF IS THE BIGGEST ONE I HAVE ON MY PEDAL BOARD AT THIS TIME BUT FOR ALL IT DOES I CAN'T COMPLAIN. IT IS VERY EASY TO SET UP,VERY FUN TO PLAY WITH RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX AND EASY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PEDAL ITSELF SEEMS PRETTY DURABLE AND SHOULD LAST A LONG TIME. THE BODY REZ FEATURE FOR THE ACOUSTIC IS OK, IT HELPS TAKE SOME OF THE HARSHNESS OUT OF PLUGGING AN ACOUSTIC IN TO AN AMP BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S AS GOOD AS I WAS LEAD TO BELIEVE. THE PITCH CORRECT FOR YOUR VOCALS WORKS PRETTY GOOD AND IS ONE OF THE BETTER FEATURES.IF YOU PLAY FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THIS IS A MUST HAVE PEDAL, IT WILL TAKE YOUR PLAYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

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3.0

I AM VERY PLEASED WITH MY PURCHASE

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from JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

    I HAVE OWNED MY PLAY ACOUSTIC FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS NOW AND OVERALL I AM VERY PLEASED WITH IT. THE PRESETS ARE OK BUT I FIND THEM TO BE A LITTLE MECHANICAL SOUNDING. THE PEDAL ITSELF IS THE BIGGEST ONE I HAVE ON MY PEDAL BOARD AT THIS TIME BUT FOR ALL IT DOES I CAN'T COMPLAIN. IT IS VERY EASY TO SET UP,VERY FUN TO PLAY WITH RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX AND EASY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PEDAL ITSELF SEEMS PRETTY DURABLE AND SHOULD LAST A LONG TIME. THE BODY REZ FEATURE FOR THE ACOUSTIC IS OK, IT HELPS TAKE SOME OF THE HARSHNESS OUT OF PLUGGING AN ACOUSTIC IN TO AN AMP BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S AS GOOD AS I WAS LEAD TO BELIEVE. THE PITCH CORRECT FOR YOUR VOCALS WORKS PRETTY GOOD AND IS ONE OF THE BETTER FEATURES.IF YOU PLAY FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THIS IS A MUST HAVE PEDAL, IT WILL TAKE YOUR PLAYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

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    5.0

    Great for Harmonica

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    from West, Tn.

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    Pros

    • Amazing for harmonica
    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Global guitar effects

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

    I have been playing mostly single note Harp for many years and always looking for a simple clean sound that will hold it's own with the band. This just might be the best way to accomplish this. This is pretty easy to use. I like to use just the slightest chorus and reverb for voice and this accomplishes this very well and carries over to the harmonica so that you do not need a separate microphone. If you want more volume just switch to the next preset with more volume then back for voice.! Great harmonica sound with the added bonus of great harmony for your voice, and acoustic guitar effects that highlights your guitar sound. There are other options to accomplish this but this is in one compact box that you can easily carry in one hand and connect between your mic cord and microphone. I hardly ever play without it.

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    5.0

    I would definitely buy this again!

    By 

    from Baytown, TX

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Fun!
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

    First of all, this is the most fun I've had with a new effects pedal in a long time. The harmonies are real time and the stackings are unlimited only to your imagination! Sounds so real that my musician wife wants to use it everytime I use it! I guess I have to share this time!

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    5.0

    Get one, you won't regret it!

    By 

    from Juneau, Alaska

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

      I don't usually write reviews, but I have to say this thing is GREAT! I am a solo Country performer and do nothing but older style country music. While there is a bit of a "learning curve" to the Play Acoustic, once you figure it out the tones and harmonies are true and fantastic! I've only been using it for a few months, but it has opened up a whole new world of musical possibilities. Everyday I get people asking how do I get harmony with just one person and compliments on the sound.
      There are a couple of tricks I might pass on here; first, don't have your monitor too close to the mic. The machine can pick up the sounds from the monitor and make your harmony sound like you're under water. Second, when using the Play Acoustic, the old adage "less is more" comes into play a lot. Unless you want to sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, back off the output. I use it to "enhance" my sound, not overpower it. Also, your vocal timbre can have a effect on how the overall harmony sounds.
      I highly recommend this product to everyone. As I said, I do a solo gig and I could easily see how a duo, trio, or even a band with each member using one could blow people's minds!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Handy little box!

      By 

      from kansas

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      Pros

      • Many Features
      • Many Features In One Unit

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio Church Etc

        Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

        Easy to use, good useable sounds! Harmony works better than the old digitech it replaced. Body rez features sounds pretty darned good!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        get one

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        from braidwood il

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

        Guitar effect will be the same on all presets you have to manually change it if you would like a different sound other than that its a super device the vocals are great thanks mf

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Ever

        By 

        from Alexandria, Egypt

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Na

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

        Nothing else better...

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Machine

        By 

        from Davenport,FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

          harmony voices are excellant bodyrez and guitar
          effects and vocal are great also

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Leading Worship

          By 

          from Voorhees, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Harmony
          • Improves Vocal Tone
          • Rugged Design
          • Separate Vocal Guitar Di

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Leading Worship

            Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

            As a worship leader in a small church I wanted to be sure we had a consistent sound each week, add harmony when we needed it and give us a more polished sound. The playAcoustic is exactly what I needed.
            I use the BodyRes to smooth out my guitar, the reverb to fill in the room and clean up my voice and then I added a 3rd or 5th above to give the vocal a lift on the choruses. Boy, it's a big difference without being over the top. I love how simple it is to use and the built in tuner and separate DIs for vocals and guitar are perfect. I would highly recommend this unit.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Very Plain

            By 

            from Frankfort, KY

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Small

            Cons

            • Limited Selection Of Effects
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor for Acoustic Guitarists:

            This is a very basic effects pedal. I can not tell much difference from one effect to the other. Sounds ok. Will mostly use at home, no way I'd play out with it. I have my voice live 2 for that.

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