TC-Helicon Play Electric

Electric Guitar and Vocal Multi-effects Processor, with Auto-tracking Vocal Harmonies, Guitar Effects, and Built-in Looper
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For Top-notch Vocals and Guitar Tone

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 Guitar/Vocal Processor at a Glance:
  • Complete solution for guitar amplifier models and effects
  • More than amazing vocal harmonies
  • Built-in looper for creative practice and performance
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.

TC-Helicon Play Electric Guitar/Vocal Processor Features:
  • 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
The TC-Helicon Play Electric - all the rig you may need at your next gig!

Tech Specs

Processor Type Multi
Number of Channels 2
Form 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

Customer Reviews

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Good Product

First off, I'd like to say Sweetwater is a first class business. I've been buying from them for about seven years and I've never had a problem with any returns or with their service. They are top notch. Okay... the TC-Helicon Play Electric for any guitar player and singer would be a good buy. I have had mine for over three years and have had no problems whatsoever. It works every time, flawlessly. This is the box you want to have. I have other gear and let me tell you this box does it all and it does it very well. Hook up your mic and a power speaker and your favorite AX and you're ready for a show. Or, if you have to be quiet as a mouse, no problem, hook up your headphones and you can play while everyone sleeps. If you're just a beginner or gigging with friends, or if you are a pro, you can't go wrong with the TC-Helicon Play Electric. There are five hundred banks, there is an out for your guitar if you want to go to another power speaker or a separate track on your recorder or P.A. It also has a thru so you can go to your amp and effects and still be able to use the guitar mute and the tuner, which is very easy to see by the way. I love my TC-Helicon Play Electric and if it ever goes bad, I'm getting another one for sure! I might get me another one anyway, just so I can have it in another room. I'm positive you'll love yours! -Song writer Sam in Georgia

Thank you Andy

I bought the play electric. I needed help with the set up. The people at sweetwater were so helpful Spoke with rep Andy. And my problems were all fixed. I liove the play electric. Beautiful machine works great I will always buy from sweetwater
Music background: Guitar player 5 years only

I was waiting for this one

The VoiceLive Play GTX was TC Helicons first venture into guitar effects like amp modeling etc. I was one of the first to get it. I have used it at 250+ gigs/year for two years now. While the amp models could sound good after some tweaking, the FEEL was not QUITE "there". Now, the Play Electric remedies that. And more. It takes different guitars (Strats, Les Pauls, My DiPinto with mini-buckers, and my old Silvertone with lipstick pups, and an old Washburn EA 36 with a Baggs Element Active system) REALLY well! I run it through a Bose L1 MII with a B2 bass. Don't miss an amp much. The vocal fx and harmonies were awesome on the GTX. Somehow, they are even better in the Play Electric! And with the guitar sounds caught up, I sound BETTER than ever!
Music background: Full-time musician/entertainer.

Great Unit!

The sounds are great and the harmonies are very realistic sounding. Loaded with lots of good presets and leaves plenty of room for user presets. Very easy to customize settings for each song you play. I plug it in to the USB on my computer and arrange my songs in a set list to make performances go smoothly. It also has an aux input that can be routed to the looper. I plug my iPhone into that to use the piano/keys in GarageBand in my loops. The buttons are smooth on this unit. That was something that was important to me. It's not a "hard click" like on other pedals. This makes it much easier to be accurate on the "1". The only negative comments thus far is:....the loop time is a bit short, and I would like to see a better computer interface. Like being able to edit parameters for presets.

Great Sounds

Sounds are really good and harmonies are very realistic. My only beef is with the short loop record time.
See also: Harmonizer Pedals, TC-Helicon, TC-Helicon Harmony Processors, TC-Helicon Multi-effects