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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-15 > TC HELICON Play Electric guitar and vocal effects pedal

TC HELICON Play Electric guitar and vocal effects pedal

This versatile device combines guitar processing, amp modelling and vocal effects, and acts as your backing singer. Marcus Leadley sacks his band…

On the surface, this swishlooking silver floor unit, with three stomp switches, appears to be a bit of a niche market product: a combined guitar and vocal processor aimed at the solo performer who wants to create a big stage presence for even the smallest of venues. It’s an intriguing proposition, however: armed with onboard amp and stompbox modelling, vocal reverbs, delays and auto-tune, and featuring an auxiliary input for backing tracks, it’s potentially the only device you need -apart from a set of powered monitors, a guitar, a mic and a stand.

One of its major selling points is that it can create harmony vocals guided by the guitar chords of the song you’re playing. The unit’s been very carefully thought out, so there’s a lot of flexibility. You can output everything in mono (to a practice amp for example), as a stereo mix to a PA or recorder, or separate out the guitar signal to mix independently or to send to a monitor amp. You can switch off the internal amp module and incorporate your own amp if you wish. As a result, it’s a potentially useful tool for singer-songwriters or home recordists looking for a quick way to produce polished demos, and you can record directly to your computer using the USB connection. Vocals recorded on a DAW can be sent to the Play Electric via USB for processing in a live situation. The USB connection also facilitates connection to the VoiceSupport app, which enables you to access additional preset downloads and complete firmware updates.

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