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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.
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!
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.
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.
Once you're ready to rock, the Play Acoustic doesn't just sit there looking pretty. Its 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.
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.