TC-Helicon Play Acoustic FX Processor

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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 Effects Processing Pedal at a Glance:
• Professional vocal processing puts you in charge of your sound
• Pedalboard playability in a single pedal
• Flexible connections for solo gigs, recording, or full-on rockin’ out
• Dial in as much ‘me’ in your monitor as you need
• VLOOP opens up your performance world
• TC-Helicon designed for easy performance use

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. Sweetwater’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. It’s 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.

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 (optional)
• Includes USB cable and power supply

Powerful processing for your performance with TC-Helicon’s Play Acoustic!

INCLUDED EFFECTS

Vocal Effects: µMod, Delay, Reverb, Harmony, Double, Transducer, Tone, HardTune + Correction
Guitar FX: Reverb, Chorus, BodyRez, Guitar Anti-Feedback, Tuner

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:
Height: 1.8 inches (45 mm)
Width: 7.9 inches (200 mm)
Depth: 6.1 inches (156 mm)
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, 110 dB SNR A-weighted

ANALOG OUTPUTS:

D to A Conversion: 24 Bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream, 115 dB 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/li>
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

 

SAFETY AND REGULATIONS

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

ENVIRONMENT:
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

 

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
– Region specific power supply
– USB Cable
– User Guide

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