A Ferrari Disguised as a Bass HeadStunning power, jaw-dropping sound shaping abilities, and an an extensive set of truly useable features. Would you like a bass head with all that? If you play large venues, you do - and we have just the thing: TC Electronic's Blacksmith. The name really says it all. An arena-popping 1600 watts (4500 watts peak) of power easily handles handles the biggest gigs, yet Blacksmith can deal with cab combinations down to 2 ohms - so it will power your club rig as well.
As a bass player, tone is your deal - and Blacksmith has got your back with its bleeding-edge sound-shaping mojo. Unlike most transistor amps that try to do tube sound with one measly tube in the preamp section, Blacksmith's TubeTone cops the essence of both a tube preamp and power amp to give you warm tubularity that you can crank up to titanic, full-tilt overdrive punch.
SpectraComp is another TC innovation that has received raves from players worldwide. Basically, it applies compression on a per-string basis - giving you even compression across all your strings. Whether you play finger-style, with a pick, or slap the strings, your low string won't dominate the compressor. Blacksmith's EQ will feel familiar and comfortable to use right away - but there's a secret weapon inside: every tone control goes semi-parametric - so you can spike or surgically remove any frequency (and then store the settings).
Three onboard user memories give you instant switching between, say, your Rick and your Precision - or maybe a 4 and 5-string bass. Or create three completely different tones for one bass. Cant take your hands off your strings? Step on the optional RC4 floor remote to switch effortlessly between stored tones.
Is tuning a chore? Blacksmith's onboard chromatic tuner is a pleasure to use. Hit the Mute button to get a full-resolution tuner 'light ring' and tune-up quickly. You can also use TC's RC4 floor remote if you prefer to keep your hands on your axe where they belong. Either way, both speaker and DI outputs are muted automatically during tuning. And the tuner is still active even when you haven't pushed the Mute button - only without the light ring. Cool.
Blacksmith is a serious professional amp, and packs pro touches throughout - like its integrated studio-grade DI. This line driver output is transformer-balanced and galvanic-isolated from the rest of the amp, so you get absolutely no ground loops or hum. Long cable runs are not an issue, either. Blacksmith will draw at 300' of cable with no loss of audio quality. Running Logic or Pro Tools? Blacksmith's AES/EBU digital recording out lets you record directly into your DAW. For max flexibility, it's S/PDIF compatible and can be switched in the preamp section to pre or post.
You can set Blacksmith for 8, 4 or 2 ohms - so whether you need a small club setup or a stadium rig to move mountains of air, you've got an amp that can do it all. Go for it - drive up to four TC RS410 cabinets at once. 16 tens - now that's an awesome stack!
Blacksmith has what it takes to be the last bass head you'll ever need. A successful fusion of beastly power and poise, Blacksmith seems a bit like a Ferrari disguised as a bass head.
TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp Head Features at a Glance:
- 1600 watts (4500 watts peak)
- 3 user-defined presets
- SpectraComp multiband compression is the musical way to compress
- TubeTone emulates both the tube preamp and tube power amp sections
- The on-board chromatic tuner is always active for instant pitch monitoring at any time
- 4-band EQ (semi-parametric Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid and Treble)
- TweeterTone front panel tweeter level control for dialing in perfect HF
- Transformer balanced Studio grade Line driver output