Owned by the parent company TC Group, TC Helicon was founded in 2000, and since then has made recording and broadcasting/live equipment like audio interfaces, guitar pedals, effect processors, preamplifiers for instruments and microphones, to name a few. Their most noteworthy equipment is the TC Helicon GO series - a portable audio interface usable with both mobile devices and PCs - at a fraction of the price of a full-sized interface.
TC Helicon primarily makes four products series’ - the GO Series of portable audio interfaces, the Perform Series of vocal processors with effects, the Voicelive Series of Vocal and Guitar Effects with Backing Tracks, Looping, Automation and Audio Recording, and finally, the Voicetone Series of Single-Button Stompboxes for Pitch Correction, Vocal Doubling, Echo, Harmony, Reverb and more. Most of TC Helicon’s products are now designed and engineered in Canada.
This consists of the GO Guitar, GO Guitar Pro, GO Solo, GO Twin, and GO Vocal. The GO Guitar and GO Guitar Pro are specifically designed to work with electric and bass guitars and record quality audio directly to iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices. It also has convenient outputs for headphones, guitar amp or PA systems. The Pro edition features the internationally renowned MIDAS amp. It has the added advantage of a powerful headphone output with adjustable level, and selectable thru/FX for monitoring processed or clean signal to a guitar amp or external rig. The GO Solo and GO Twin are designed with inputs for instruments and microphones. As the name suggests, the Solo has one input while the Twin has two independent inputs. These are compact audio interfaces with quality preamps with the capability to provide phantom power to condenser mics. These also feature 2 x 2.5 mm MIDI I/O jacks that allow you to connect 5-pin MIDI devices. Both the devices are powered by two disposable batteries or via a USB connection. The notable difference between the Solo and Twin is that the latter features a MIDAS preamp. Finally, the GO Vocal series is specifically designed to power condenser microphones, record quality audio directly to iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices, and has a headphone output to monitor processed audio. There is a helpful LED to signal phantom power for easy visual reference, and is powered by a 9V battery. These are some of the most portable, quality audio interfaces in the market.
The Perform Series from TC Helicon are vocal processors with expandable effects. The Perform V is a simple processor with three reverb, three doubling, and three echo effects built-in, intelligent mic input gain, a powerful Anti-Feedback system, and a central knob with four-colour light ring for easy editing of sounds, settings, mix levels and more. The Perform VE is a vocal manipulator with MIDI pitch-controlled sampling, Vocal Synth and one-button drum looper. With this device, easily sample your voice, flatten the pitch and replay via MIDI control, shift, modulate and mangle your vocals with a synth vocoder effect, and build sounds quickly with the one-button looper with built-in drum samples.
The Perform VG model is a vocal and acoustic guitar processor capable of supporting solo and duo performers. It features studio-quality reverb that puts the voice and guitar in the perfect physical space, has adaptive tone for perfect EQ, compression, de-essing and gating, and a high-quality, low-noise mic preamp for pristine vocals. Lastly, the Perform VK is a vocal Processor for studio-quality sound with expandable effects and keyboard in/out. The device goes above and beyond with its features like built-in adaptive tone with harmony, reverb, and echo effects, the option to beam additional effects onto three preset buttons, multi-track 4in/8out USB audio interface, and all the other features offered by the more affordable models in the series.
Voicelive and Voicetone Series
These feature-packed series’ of devices are mainly used for guitar and vocal manipulation. Both these ranges are designed to work under studio and live scenarios. The Voicelive series is a vocal, guitar and looping performance multi-effects processor that can enable pro studio quality vocals with harmony, doubling, echo, reverb, megaphone and more. In this series, the basic necessity of looping, adding effects, recording, and a user interface for live control is constant. The differences lie in the extent of features available for the user like auto-chromatic pitch correction in the Voicelive Rack, Touch Matrix interface with Slider FX for real-time control and modulation in the Voicelive Touch 2, VLOOP performance looper with undo/redo and unlimited overdubs in the Voicelive Play, and Integrated guitar multi-effects with TC Electronic TonePrint styles, amplifier modelling in the Voicelive 3 Extreme, and 1200+ user-configurable parameters for complete control in the Voicelive 3.
The Voicetone series features single-button Stompboxes for pitch correction, vocal doubling, echo, harmony, reverb and more. These are compact, carry-anywhere devices that feature mic inputs for quick effect controls. Various models are available for dedicated effects - C1 for flexible Pitch Correction, D1 for realistic Vocal Doubling effects, E1 for Vocal Echo effects, H1 for realistic guitar-controlled Vocal Harmony, Harmony GXT for Harmony and Vocal Effects aimed at singing guitarists, R1 for live Vocal Reverb, T1 for studio mastered Vocal Tone, and X1 for dramatic Megaphone and Distortion Vocal effects.
Fun fact: Behringer acquired the entire TC Group, including TC Helicon, Tannoy, and TC Electronics in 2015.