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Electric Guitar and Vocal Multi-effects Processor, with Auto-tracking Vocal Harmonies, Guitar Effects, and Built-in Looper
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Between your electric guitar, your voice, and the TC-Helicon Play Electric processor, you've got everything you need to put on a stellar performance at your next gig. Plug in your guitar and select an outstanding amplifier emulation and effects taken from TC's VoiceLive and TonePrint series. Plug in your vocal mic and let the Play Electric act as your own personal sound engineer, with automatic intelligent control over compression, EQ, de-essing, and more. Whether you're a supporting member or the leader of your band, you'll love performing with the TC-Helicon Play Electric.

TC-Helicon Play Electric at a Glance:

  • Vocal and guitar processor with amplifier modeling, effects processing, and auto-harmony effects
  • Harmony engine tracks your guitar input so harmonies are always in tune with what you're playing
  • Adaptive Tone feature automatically optimizes vocals with compression, EQ, de-essing, and more
  • Hit button lets you engage multiple effects at once for creative song arrangements
  • Built-in looper for creating layered performances, soundcheck, and practice

      Unlock more features with the latest firmware!

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

      • 2x looping time — twice the looping time means more expressive performance options
      • Switch6 support — now you can assign guitar/vocal effects, looping, and tap tempo to external switches

        Complete solution for guitar amplifier models and effects

        From classic British amp emulations to modern high-gain models, you can tap into a wide range of guitar amplifier models in the TC-Helicon Play Electric. You'll be ready to play in any style, with awesome effects from TC's TonePrint series to craft your ideal tones. And because the vocal harmony engine tracks the chords you're playing on your guitar, the harmony effects from the Play Electric will always be in perfect tune with what you're playing on your guitar.

        More than amazing vocal harmonies and effects

        It's clear that the TC-Helicon Play Electric is an ideal solution for crafting great guitar and vocal tones for live performance, and an easy way to add vocal harmonies and effects to your performances. It goes beyond that to become a powerful vocal practice tool too, thanks to its vocal cancel mode. Plug your mp3 player into the Play Electric and it will cancel center-panned vocals in your music so you can sing along with your favorite tunes.

        Built-in looper for creative practice and performance

        The VLOOP performance looper in the Play Electric is much more than a creative tool for creating layered performances. If you're playing a small gig and managing your sound system at the same time, you'll love using the looper for soundcheck - just set up a short vocal and guitar loop, then walk the room to hear how it sounds.

        What TC Helicon Says...

        Play Electric combines all the things you need to make a live electric 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.

        Vocal FX Every Singer Deserves

        Keep your vocals clean with a tight reverb and simple harmony or go all out with tasty delays, thick doubling, edgy HardTune, cool modulations, and raw distortions – the choice is yours. And don’t worry about setting the key for those harmonies; Play Electric follows your guitar chords automatically to keep things in tune and in time.

        All-You-Can Eat Guitar FX

        Whether you’re a shredder, blues picker or power soloist, Play Electric serves up tailor-made guitar FX from TC ELECTRONIC that’ll light every note on fire. Electrify your guitar with bestselling effects from Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Corona Chorus and Vortex Flanger TonePrint pedals. Cool compression, detune, tremolo, distortion/overdrive pedal emulations - and more - round out the sonic smorgasbord.

        Premium Amp Emulations

        Thrill the room with amp styles ranging from vintage British Clean to Spiky Metal lifted from our flagship processor VoiceLive 3. Dial in your specific tone with onboard style, drive, volume and 3-band tone stack controls.

        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 head phones, auxiliary devices, an expansion pedal and USB for updates and new presets.

        What They Say

        “One of the most impressive features is the automatic, real-time harmonization that tracks your guitar. When it comes to vocal effects it is well stocked and a powerful looper is also built into the pedal.”
        -Sound On Sound

        “On the guitar side, you can set highs, mids and lows, with a sweepable mid for great tone-shaping. I sound BETTER than ever! I don't just recommend this to friends. I recommend it to EVERYBODY!”
        -Customer USA

        “If you're an electric guitar playing singer then the Play Electric effects processor by TC HELICON is exactly what you need. Combining power, intuitive design, and sublime tonal versatility.”
        -Customer UK

        Fully Loaded For Vocals

        You have all you need for taking your vocals to the next level in live performance or recording. There are hundreds of presets inspired by artists and popular genres – with even more for free by downloading via VoiceSupport.

        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

        Harmony

        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.

        Double

        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.

        Delay

        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.

        Reverb

        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.

        HardTune

        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.

        Transducer

        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

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

        Personal Sound Engineer - Included

        Equipped with our trademark Adaptive Tone, Play Electric acts as your personal sound engineer providing the one feature no singer should be without: automatic and intelligent control of Compression, EQ, De-essing, and Gating. Your voice will always stand out in the mix.

        Create & Personalize Your Sound - Easier Than Ever

        When you choose an effect you’ll immediately see a unique icon making it easier to quickly find the sound you’re looking for. We call it icon based editing - it's intuitive and simple. 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...

        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 for Every Style

        Whether you’re up for Swampy Revival, Muddy Blues, 80s Rock-Man, Modern Ambient, or even something no-one’s heard yet, the range of styles and edit tweaks you can make will cover that tune perfectly —or draw your sonic line in the sand for someone else to cover.

        Guitar FX Highlights

        • Legendary TC ELECTRONIC guitar effects
        • Guitar FX for every style
        • 25 amp styles from clean to mean
        • Extend your FX control with the optional Switch-3 and Switch-6 Footswitches

        Compression

        Compressors are used to control dynamic range in musical material. Essentially, you’re reducing the difference between the loudest and softest levels, which provides more even sounding output. For vocals, it’s extremely common to use high levels of compression on a lead track, so that every word can be clearly heard over the music. When taken to extremes, compression can “hype” the sound, creating an effect unto itself. When related to guitar, compression provides enhanced sustain and attack. Combined with overdrive/distortion effects, you can create very even sounding rhythm or solo sounds.

        µMod

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

        Delay

        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.

        Reverb

        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.

        Legendary TC ELECTRONIC Guitar FX

        How can you go wrong with sounds from the coolest, most popular stompboxes out there, the TC ELECTRONIC TonePrint line? Think edgy tap tempo delays, shimmering choruses and the thickest, richest, chewiest Reverb FX around.

        Signal Fidelity

        For the lightest load-in or smaller gigs, you can plug guitar and vocals direct to the PA/monitors. When you want your full-on guitar world, the dedicated guitar output ensures signal fidelity to your favorite amp or an FRFR (full range frequency response) cab or two - stereo is awesome.

        Extend FX Control with Stompbox Expansion

        Add a Switch-3 accessory pedal to your setup and extend your on-the-fly control of Play Electric’s features. 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, Vocal FX (even Looping) that suits your performance needs. Want even more control? With Switch-6 so you can break out even more features; you can have a full guitar FX pedalboard mapped out on the extension pedal.

        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.

        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 sound check: record a short phrase and walk out into the audience to check levels while your “virtual you” plays.

        Intuitive Controls

        Operating and navigating Play Electric 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.

        In-ear Monitoring

        Use the embedded RoomSense mics to pick up the sounds from the room, the stage, or the instruments around you to add ambiance 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 Electric (and turn the AUX signal off on the main output). Our handy Guitar & Headphone Cable facilitates inexpensive in-ear monitoring with a convenient twist: two signals, one cable.

        More Control

        Now you can control your effects with 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.

        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.

        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.

          TC-Helicon Play Electric Effects Processing Pedal Features:

          • Powerful 3-button stompbox combines studio quality vocals, pristine guitar effects and amp emulation and creative looping
          • Seven professional vocal effects and tone processing with intuitive control
          • Sonic smorgasbord of legendary guitar effect styles from TC ELECTRONIC
          • Premium amp emulations in 25 amp styles
          • VLOOP performance looper with undo/redo and unlimited overdubs
          • Hundreds of song<br/>- and artist-inspired vocal presets to fit your musical style
          • Aux input with Vocal Cancel lets you plug in an MP3 player and practice with your favorite music
          • 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

                Number of Channels 2
                Type Pedal
                Presets - Factory 170 (Memory for 500)
                Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (Guitar), 1 x 1/4" (Pedal), 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
                Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Thru), 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
                Computer Connectivity USB
                Height 1.8"
                Depth 6.1"
                Width 7.9"
                Weight 2.2 lbs.
                Manufacturer Part Number 996363005

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