Electric Guitar and Vocal Multi-effects Processor, with Auto-tracking Vocal Harmonies, Guitar Effects, and Built-in Looper
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. Plugin your guitar and select an outstanding amplifier emulation and effects taken from TC’s VoiceLive and TonePrint series. Plugin 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 modelling, 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
- Hint 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
The 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 centre-panned vocals in your music so you can sing along with your favourite 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
- Access your effects directly, choose the presets you want and find the styles you like.
- Easily browse hundreds of preset sounds.
- Add dazzling effects for the chorus, or strip it down for the verse, you decide!
- Dedicated inputs and outputs for your voice and guitar – plus inputs for headphones, 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 favourite 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, the 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 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.
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 Favourite Tracks with Vocal Cancel
Singing along is a great way to practice and perform. Plugin 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 playback your singing using the USB connection to your computer and DAW.
- Processor Type: Electric Guitar/Vocal Effects
- Number of Channels: 1
- Form: Pedal
- Presets – Factory: 100+
- Analog Inputs: 1 x XLR (mic), 1 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z), 1 x 1/8″ (aux in)
- Analog Outputs: 2 x XLR (L/R, Voice/DI), 1 x 1/4″, 1 x 1/8″ (headphones)
- USB: 1 x Type Mini-B
- Computer Connectivity: USB
- Power Source: 12V DC power supply (included)
- Height: 1.8″
- Depth: 6.1″
- Width: 7.9″
- Manufacturer Part Number: PLAYELECTRIC