Behringer’s TC-Helicon GO Series mobile interfaces look familiar
TC-Helicon GO Series is a new line of products for connecting everything from Guitars and Microphones to mobile devices.
The TC-Helicon GO GUITAR is a mobile interface for connecting your Guitar to an Android, iOS, Windows or Mac OS X device.
It’s compatible with a wide variety of apps however it integrates seamlessly with the TC Helicon mobile apps. The interface has an instrument input, headphone output and a further Guitar amp output. Its compatible with both Guitar and Bass Guitar.
Next up is the TC-Helicon GO VOCAL, a similar concept to the GO GUITAR although obviously geared towards vocal recordings. It features a 48v phantom power input compatible with condenser and dynamic microphones. There’s also a headphone output for monitoring your signal alongside a backtrack from your mobile device.
Now you may be thinking these do look similar to IK Multimedia’s line of iRig products, and you’re right, they are strikingly similar – Behringer and TC-Helicon also have a whole line of upcoming products with more striking similarities to already existing iRig products. While each of the products are geared towards their specific suite of software applications, I think there is space in the market for more options.
Some of the upcoming range of GO Series products…
Also coming up in the new TC-Helicon GO Series is the TC-Helicon GO ACOUSTIC geared towards Acoustic Guitars obviously, some of the key features are that it comes with a nifty pickup – in case your acoustic doesn’t have an internal one, and variable tone controls. Also upcoming are a TC-Helicon GO SOLO, TC-Helicon GO GUITAR PRO and TC-Helicon GO TWIN which all feature striking similarities to IK Multimedia products.
Roland doesn’t seem very happy about the name of the new TC-Helicon GO Series, as they’ve recently filed for protection of their trademark of GO products, namely the GO:Mixer, GO:PIANO and GO:KEYS which are all also aimed at use with a mobile device.
There’s an interesting article on Midifan.com that outlines all the product similarities, check it out here.