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TC Helicon Play Acoustic

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Guitar and Vocal Digital Multi-effects Processing Pedal with Mic and Instrument Inputs, Dual XLR Outputs with Assignable Function, 1/8" Auxiliary Input, USB Connectivity, and Headphone Output

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As a singer/songwriter you know, the act with the best sound, gets the gig — and the TC-Helicon Play Acoustic effects processing pedal is the tool to get you booked. Just plug in your mic and guitar and get the CD sound your music deserves and audiences want to hear. You will love TC Electronic's best-selling guitar effects and the BodyRez feature for giving your guitar a full, warm sound. For your vocals, the Play Acoustic gives you natural-sounding vocal harmonies guided either by your guitar or the onboard RoomSense microphones. TC-Helicon's Play Acoustic multi-effects pedal puts the pro shine on your show.

TC-Helicon Play Acoustic at a Glance:

  • 3-button stompbox combines studio quality vocals, pristine guitar sounds and creative looping
  • Seven professional vocal effects and tone processing with intuitive control
  • BodyRez filtering, on board EQ, and DI for impeccable acoustic guitar tone
  • VLOOP performance looper with undo/redo and unlimited overdubs
  • More than 200 song<br/>- and artist-inspired vocal presets
  • High-quality, low-noise mic preamp for pristine vocals
  • USB for streaming audio, preset downloads and firmware updates
  • Compatible with remote Mic Control using the TC HELICON MP-75, MP-76 or Sennheiser* e835 FX microphones
  • Optional SWITCH-3 or SWITCH-6 foot switch for more performance control
  • Power supply included
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*
  • Designed and engineered in Canada

      Unlock more features with the latest firmware!

      Upgrading to the latest firmware nets you the hottest features in the TC Play Acoustic:

      • Guitar delay/echo effects — includes the fan-favorite TC Electronic Flashback Delay
      • Per-preset guitar settings — save different guitar sounds for each preset, rather than a single guitar sound across all presets
      • 2x looping time — twice the looping time greatly expands your live performance options

      Professional vocal processing puts you in charge of your sound

      The Play Acoustic puts complete vocal processing power in your hands. You'll have all of the famous TC-Helicon professional-level vocal effects including their 'always on' Tone effect that smooths your vocals out and gives the rest of the effects the perfect sound to work with. Voice cancel lets you sing along with your MP3 player and puts your voice above the recorded original. If you've ever wanted backup singers, the Play Acoustic gives you the harmony without having to split the paycheck. You'll have two voices of harmony and two voices of doubling always in perfect tune using the RoomSense microphones or auto chord detection from the guitar input. And when you're looking to add some vocal intensity or use a special effect for just the chorus, the HIT feature has its own footswitch for easy access and lets you set up an A/B scene for each preset so you can kick in something different adding depth and interest to your vocal performance.

      Pedalboard playability in a single pedal

      The Play Acoustic guitar effects section features styles from TC Electronic's Hall of Fame reverb and Corona Chorus pedals. For EQ shaping you get low- and high-shelving and fully parametric guitar EQ controls, along with a narrow notch filter to kill any acoustic guitar feedback. To give your acoustic guitar back the sound and presence it loses when you plug it in, the BodyRez filtering, EQ, and compression is designed for acoustic guitars with under-saddle piezo pickups and restores the natural resonance and response of your guitar. No worries when it comes to getting all that tone to your PA — with the Play Acoustic, you've never had a better-sounding direct box!

      Flexible connections for solo gigs, recording, or full-on rockin' out

      TC-Helicon made sure the Play Acoustic's connectivity stayed flexible for you. The USB connection lets you play your tracks from a DAW and perform along or record back your performance. The XLR outputs can be set up as a stereo-mix output for a full panorama of stereo effects or as individual mic and guitar outputs for mixing through an audio console — especially helpful if you're playing with a full band. And if you aren't using the headphone output for monitoring, you can use it to feed your mix into just about anything you need it to.

      Dial in as much 'me' in your monitor as you need

      The Play Acoustic also gives you something no performer should be without, monitoring — use the headphone output onstage as an in-ear monitor source! The RoomSense mics are routed only to the headphone output so you'll get the ambiance you need for your monitoring without risking any feedback from the pedal. And using in-ear monitors means you'll have one less speaker to carry and your stage volume will be completely diminished. Music Experience's live sound engineers advocate the use of in-ear monitors to protect your hearing from long-term damage and to give you a superior monitoring experience so you'll perform at your best.

      VLOOP opens up your performance world

      Once you're ready to rock, the Play Acoustic doesn't just sit there looking pretty. Its amazing VLOOP performance looper lets you create guitar and vocal loops to add drama, depth, and dimension to any live acoustic show. Plug in an optional TC Electronic Switch-3 pedal and the Play Acoustic automatically sets up the new switch to control just the looper functions, leaving the pedal controls open so you can easily scroll through your presets and use the HIT feature.

      TC-Helicon designed for easy performance use

      If you're using a pedal for both vocal and guitar effects processing, its controls need to be intuitive and easy-to-use. TC-Helicon gives you that ease with the Play Acoustic's dedicated "Vocal FX" and "Guitar FX" buttons. They let you access their individual effects menus directly and the user interface makes editing your own arsenal of presets quick and easy. For on-the-fly effects, use the "Genre" button for perfect processing and if you've had time to plan, "Favorite" recalls your presets for tonight's gig. And with the VoiceSupport app, you can download even more song and effects presets and keep your pedal's firmware up-to-date.

      What TC Helicon Says...

      Play Acoustic combines all the things you need to make a live acoustic performance shine: lavish vocal sounds, perfect backing harmonies, best-selling guitar effects, 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 doubling, edgy hardtuning, cool modulations, and raw distortions. The choice is yours with hundreds of presets from the most popular styles.

      Acoustic Alchemy

      Play Acoustic treats your guitar with the respect it deserves. Tailor-made guitar FX from TC ELECTRONIC add a sweet touch of magic and our new BodyRez gives you a fuller, acoustic tone when you’re playing through a PA.

      Vocal FX + Guitar FX in One Pedal

      1. Access your effects directly, choose the presets you want and find the styles you like.

      2. Easily browse hundreds of preset sounds.

      3. Add dazzling effects for the chorus, or strip it down for the verse, you decide!

      4. Dedicated inputs and outputs for your voice and guitar – plus inputs for headphones, auxiliary devices, an expansion pedal and USB for recording, updates and new presets.

      What They Say

      “You can dial in a fantastic guitar sound, fill a room with amazing vocal effects and backing harmonies, and even loop musical phrases. This simple stomp box contains some serious technology in an easy-to-use platform.”
      -Cult of Mac

      "As a vocal enhancer this piece of kit is up there with the best. The sound is full and clean, and the harmonies realistic. The more you fiddle, the more you get from this packed piece of gear - take the option of looping as an example."
      -Songwriting Magazine

      "Without the effects on, it gave my guitar and voice nice, clean tones. Add to that the beautiful effects and the ease of use, and the total makes the TC Helicon Play Acoustic a fantastic addition to any singer/songwriter’s performance rig!"
      -inSync Magazine

      The Vocal Sounds You Love

      Play Acoustic is loaded with vocal effects from our best-selling VoiceLive® series: reverb, doubling, HardTune, µMod, tap delay and transducer. Get inspired with incredible, natural sounding harmonies guided automatically by your guitar. There’s also Adaptive Tone for an optimally produced sound every time you sing.

      Vocal FX Highlights

      • 100s of presets from the most popular styles
      • Adaptive Tone™ - your personal sound engineer
      • Easier than ever to create and personalize your sound
      • Practice favorite tracks with Vocal Cancel
      • Even more control with our Mics and Footswitches 


      Likely the most popular and impressive of our effects suite, Harmony creates up to 8 voices of harmony (varies by product), based on your vocal input and surrounds you with professional sounding backup singers. Once you’ve added harmony to your performance, we think you’ll never want to sing without it.


      Doubling creates an effect that makes your voice sound “larger” in the mix. It’s an extremely popular effect in a wide variety of musical styles from Pop to Hip-Hop and everything in between.


      Also known as Echo, delay repeats the input sound in various ways, from single “taps” to multiple panned asynchronous repeats. Often, delay is mistaken for reverb in a song. It’s typical in a recording to use a small amount of both delay and reverb to create the desired spatial effect.


      Short for Reverberation, reverb simulates an acoustic space like a concert hall or a bathroom. Typically, slower songs use longer reverb and faster songs use shorter reverb.


      Some people know it as the Cher or T-Pain effect. We call it HardTune. It’s a very aggressive form of pitch correction that forces the voice to “jump” from one note to the next in an almost robotic way. The effect works the best when confined to a set scale, where the intervals between notes are more noticeable. To get the most out of the effect, you’ll need to adapt your singing style to help accentuate the way that your voice shifts from note to note. Try sliding between notes.


      Any effect that provides overdrive, distortion or filter falls under Transducer effects. You’ll find effects like Megaphone, Radio, Amplifier Emulation and more here. Always take care when using transducer effects in a live situation. Due to the extreme gains and eq’s imparted on the signal, these effects are very prone to feedback.


      µMod, pronounced “micro mod” contains effects that chorus, flange or otherwise modulate the signal. These effects can range from subtle to extreme.

      Natural Harmony

      You have a tireless two-singer backing group which sounds more realistic than ever with improved portamento and humanization on our already renowned harmony effects. And don’t 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 impact and presence to always stand out in the mix.

      Practice Favorite Tracks 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.

      Guitar FX Highlights

      • Legendary TC ELECTRONIC Guitar FX – Hall of Fame Reverb, Flashback Delay & Corona Chorus
      • New: BodyRez restores acoustic tone to your amplified guitar
      • Guitar feedback-proofing with notch filter and phase controls
      • Separate vocal and guitar outputs, or a stereo mix of both
      • Extend Your FX Control with the optional Switch-3 pedal

      Legendary Guitar FX from TC ELECTRONIC

      Play Acoustic comes preloaded with select FX to best suit your acoustic guitar – including TC ELECTRONIC's award-winning TonePrint pedals, Hall of Fame Reverb, Flashback Delay and Corona Chorus. The direct Guitar DI output ensures signal fidelity all the way from pedal to PA.


      Short for Reverberation, reverb simulates an acoustic space like a concert hall or a bathroom. Typically, slower songs use longer reverb and faster songs use shorter reverb.


      Also known as Echo, delay repeats the input sound in various ways, from single “taps” to multiple panned asynchronous repeats. Often, delay is mistaken for reverb in a song. It’s typical in a recording to use a small amount of both delay and reverb to create the desired spatial effect.


      µMod, pronounced “micro mod” contains effects that chorus, flange or otherwise modulate the signal. These effects can range from subtle to extreme.


      Short for EQualization, these controls allow you to shape the sound of audio by increasing or decreasing the gain of various frequencies. For example, our Tone feature for vocals adds high frequency and reduces low frequency to add “crispness” and reduce “mud” in the signal, making vocals sound more like they would in a recording studio.

      BodyRez - Natural Wood Tone

      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.

      BodyRez = Full Bodied

      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.

      Guitar FX for Your Style

      No acoustic guitar is the same – and neither are singer-songwriters. Tweak and edit the sonic style of the included guitar effects as much as you want until you find that perfect tone for your guitar. Then, just set it and forget it. Play Acoustic takes care of your sound from here on out.

      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 – it’s your call.

      Easier Than Ever to Personalize Your Sound

      When you choose an effect you’ll immediately see a unique image making it easier to quickly find the sound you’re looking for. We’ve also given you focused parameters for each of the main effects styles – you can set things like level, decay, drive, filter and more.

      Intuitive Controls

      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.

      Dedicated I/O

      Separate outputs for vocals and guitar make it painless for any sound engineer to mix the levels perfectly for your audience, or you can create your own custom panoramic stereo mix.

      In-Ear Monitoring Gets Personal

      The embedded RoomSense mics pick up sound from the room, the stage, or the instruments around you to add ambience to your personal headphone mix when performing or practicing – or you can use the AUX input to feed an external monitor signal straight into Play Acoustic (and turn the AUX signal off the main output).

      One Cable for Guitar and Headphones

      TC HELICON’s custom designed Guitar & Headphone Cable facilitates in-ear monitoring and guitar connection in a single simple plug-and-play experience. You get ample freedom to move while you rock out in practice or performance.

      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!

      More Mic, More Control

      Now you can control your effects from a mic engineered for the sonic realities of modern vocal performance. Add the New TC HELICON MP-76 with 4 user-assignable Mic Control buttons, the TC HELICON MP-75 – or the Sennheiser e835 FX.

      Extended FX Control with Stompbox Expansion

      Add a Switch-3 accessory pedal to extend your on-the-fly control. Put a Boost pedal on the first switch, your favorite Delay on the second, and Tap Tempo on the third – or any custom combination of Guitar and Vocal effects that suits your performance needs.

        TC-Helicon Play Acoustic Effects Processing Pedal Features:

        • Low-noise mic preamp leads to complete vocal processing path with effects, dynamics processing, harmonizing, and pitch correction
        • TC Electronic guitar effects including Hall of Fame Reverb and Corona Chorus
        • BodyRez, feedback fighter, and EQ tone shaping to optimize your acoustic guitar sound
        • Separate vocal and pro-quality guitar DI outputs for console mixing or create a stereo mix right from the pedal
        • USB connection for streaming tracks and recording — live or in the studio
        • Dedicated Guitar and Vocal FX access/edit buttons let you navigate factory presets by genre and mark favorites
        • VLOOP looping tool for vocal and/or guitar loops with undo and redo to add interest to your performance
        • Optional Switch-3 automatically sets up to control looping functions for additional performance control
        • RoomSense microphones for monitoring or setting the key for harmony effects
        • Headphone output lets you use the Play Acoustic for in-ear monitoring
        • Practice or perform with tracks on your mobile or external device using the 1/8" aux input
        • Also use the USB connection to access VoiceSupport app for firmware updates, new presets, and tips and tricks
        • Works with all effects control microphones such as the MP75/76 (optional)
        • Includes USB cable and power supply

              Number of Channels 1
              Type Pedal
              Presets - Factory 100+
              Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x TS
              Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
              Computer Connectivity USB
              Height 1.8"
              Depth 6.1"
              Width 7.9"
              Weight 2.2 lbs.
              Manufacturer Part Number 996364005