TC Electronic from Dennmark are famous for their top of the line effects and computer based recording systems and products. When they decided they wanted to enter the Bass market with a new amp, they didn't just put some speakers in a cabinet and made a couple of power amps with standard features. Rather, they started from scratch, taking a fresh new approach to bass amplification while at the same time carefully studying bass player's favourite amps. Welcome Bass Amp 2.0
The enginners at TC Electronic found that most brands relied in old designs, some of which worked fine, some didn't. The goal was to create a new line of bass amplification with no compromise, with those“why didn’t someone think of this before?” features built in, and above all pure tone and quality.
Some specs at a glance
Playing any instrument on its own can be a little dull, but everyone needs time to practice, which is why RH450 has rehearsal inputs. This rear panel-mounted feature allows you to plug in your iPod, phone, computer or MP3 player via the supplied mini-jack to RCA cable adapter for easy practicing and playing along with recorded music. The headphone amp is a high quality model taken straight from TC Electronic’s Studio Konnekt 48 and includes a speaker filter on the bass signal.
Every bass player needs a tuner, but virtually no other amp offers anything other than a ‘tuner out’ feature… until now. Simply push the Mute button to get a full-resolution tuner ‘light ring’ to help you tune your instrument quickly and accurately. You can also use the RC4 for easy remote access to this functionality.
On board User Memories
You might not use presets, but only because you’ve never had the chance! Anyone who’s used different basses on stage knows that a few user memories on your amp would be welcome. With RH450 you can easily switch between, for example, your 4- and 5-string basses, or your Rickenbacker and Fender Jazz. Just plug in the bass and use the ‘car radio’ style Store & Recall controls to easily switch between presets for your chosen model. There are three bass user memories, remote control access and visual indicators for Mute and the Tuner.
Flexible Tone Control
Straightforward controls like you know them from traditional amps. Voiced to give you plenty of tweaking options to nail the perfect tone. Chances are that this is all you’re ever gonna need. However, if you’re not fully satisfied with the default frequency areas, fear not - we’ve given you the option to change the focus of each of the tone controls.
The nerdy term for this feature is semi-parametric bands, but let’s just refer to it as “hidden parameters” or “the magnifying glass”. It allows you to pinpoint a frequency you either want to remove or boost for each tone control and then store the settings.
Most transistor designs have tried to replicate the tube sound using one small pre-amp tube, but they generally fail as they don’t take into account the crucial characteristics of the full pre-amp and power amp sections – both of which are essential to the sound. TubeTone™ emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.
Most bass players know that integrated compressors generally don’t sound that good. A regular compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but RH450’s SpectraComp technology allows virtually ‘per string’ multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings.