TC-Helicon Play Acoustic - Vocal and Acoustic Guitar Effect Processor Pedal

TC-Helicon Play Acoustic - Vocal and Acoustic Guitar Effect Processor Pedal

TC-Helicon Play Acoustic - Vocal and Acoustic Guitar Effect Processor Pedal

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Product Highlights

  • Dedicated FX Presets for Vocals & Guitar
  • XLR Mic Input with Preamp
  • 1/4" Guitar Input
  • Separate Vocal and Guitar Outputs
  • Headphone Output
  • Harmonies and Pitch Correction
  • VLOOP Performance Looper
  • Plug-In Your MP3 Player via AUX Input
  • No Amp Required
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TC-Helicon 996364005 overview

  • 1Description

The Play Acoustic from TC-Helicon is a vocal and acoustic guitar effect processor pedal that features dedicated presets geared towards the modern singer-songwriter. The pedal allows you to connect your mic and your guitar at once, and is designed to offer a useful combination of tools for live acoustic performance such as multi-FX, pitch correction, and feedback control.

The Play Acoustic offers high-quality vocal effects that can be used in a live or practice setting. These effects include tone controls, vocal harmony, HardTune, reverb, double, delay, μMod, and more. On the guitar side, the unit comes with effect styles from TC Electronic's popular Reverb and Corona Chorus pedals. It features BodyRez EQ and compression styles optimized for under-saddle piezo pickup acoustic guitars, and also has a narrow notch filter that can be kicked in to tame acoustic guitar feedback.

  • 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 under-saddle 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


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TC-Helicon Play Acoustic - Vocal and Acoustic Guitar Effect Processor Pedal
  • Region Specific Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    TC-Helicon 996364005 specs

    Connectors Balanced: XLR
    Guitar: 1/4" TS
    Aux: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Impedance 2.14/1.07 kOhm, balanced/unbalanced
    1 MOhm, guitar
    Input Level -42 to +13 dBu @ 0 dBFS, mic
    12 dBu @ 0 dBFS, guitar
    EIN Rg = 150 Ohm: -127 dBu
    SNR > 104 dB, mic
    115 dB, guitar
    Phantom Power +48 V (on/off via Setup menu)
    Aux Input Level +2 dBu @ 0 dBFS
    AD Conversion 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 110 dB SNR A-weighted
    DA Conversion 24-bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115 dB SNR A-weighted
    Connectors Balanced: XLR
    Output Impedance 80/40 Ohm, balanced/unbalanced
    Output Level +2 dBu @ 0 dBFS, XLR
    Dynamic Range > 109 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Frequency Response +0.30/-0 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    USB USB-B (preset management, firmware updates, MIDI and audio I/O)
    Pedals 1/4" TRS phone jack
    Other Mic Control using TC-Helicon MP-75 Microphone or Sennheiser e 835 fx mic
    External Power Supply 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select), mains voltage input
    Max Output 12 V DC 0.4 A
    Power Consumption < 14 W
    Safety Certificationseysavtysbuyqseabfcczwecwsxfwsszvvcsayb
    EMC Complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2 FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
    Safety Compliance IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 and CSA
    Operating Conditions
    Operating Temperature 32 to 122°F (0; to 50°C)
    Storage Temperature -22 to 167°F (-30 to 70°C)
    Humidity Max 90% non-condensing
    Size 1.8 x 7.9 x 6.1" (45 x 200 x 156 mm)
    Weight 2.2 lb (1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 6.6 x 3.3"

    TC-Helicon 996364005 reviews

    Play Acoustic - Vocal and Acoustic Guitar Effect Processor Pedal is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Product I have been practicing for Gigs for a few weeks now and I am amazed about the quality of the automatic harmonies. This is a top product for me. I do have one small issue with it that I have not spent time troubleshooting and so it could be related to my specific setting but if I the unit is cabled to the PA system but is not powered up, when I turn the PA on, I get a sustained feedback from the unit. Powering the unit completely eliminates this issue. I am not sure what causes this but I suspect the room mics in the box that are used for sensing the Key from room noise provide the feedback when the unit is not powered. Probably an internal closed cross-point switch issue. TBC.
    Date published: 2018-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets Expectations So Far Just received this pedal and have used it briefly - it's easy to set up and use. Bought it for our worship band, since we lack backup singers - was expecting some level of synthetic sound on the vocal harmonies, have been astonished at how good it sounds, it's hard to tell it's digitally processed. Harmonies work well when you are playing or lightly picking (the processor picks up the chord patterns) but harmonies go crazy when you stop playing and just use vocals, but that's to be expected.
    Date published: 2017-05-16
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