TC Electronic BG500 - Bass Guitar Amplifier

TC Electronic BG500 - Bass Guitar Amplifier

TC Electronic BG500 - Bass Guitar Amplifier

B&H # TCBH500 MFR # 990900011

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  • 500W Amplifier
  • Multi-Band Compressor
  • Tone Controls
  • TubeTone
  • Built-In Tuner
  • 3 Memory Locations
  • Balanced XLR Output
  • Accepts Passive or Active Pickup
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TC Electronic 990900011 overview

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The BG500 from tc electronic is a bass amplifier that provides all the tools necessary to amplify and perform with an electric bass. With Active Power Management, the amplifier delivers all the character of a tube amplifier while delivering 500 Watts of undiluted power.

The unit has traditional tone controls, but also includes TubeTone, a circuit that emulates all of the characteristics of a traditional tube circuit. Tweeter Tone provides tweeter level control along with musical high-frequency control from the front panel when pair with the appropriate cabinet.

SpectraComp provides studio quality compression with its "per string" compression. Three on-board user memories can quickly swap sounds mid gig, perfect for multi-bass set-ups. With its balanced out, headphones out and rehearse inputs, it caters for any bass application.

  • A conventional compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string - with SpectraComp you get an approximation of "per string" multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings
  • The result is that your sound gets compressed in a much more musical and useful way than any single-band compressor can deliver
  • Most transistor designs try to replicate tube sound using one preamp tube, but don't take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account, both of which are essential to the sound
  • TubeTone emulates all characteristics of a tube amplifier to deliver the full tube sound
  • Stores three favorite tones with seamless switching between them
  • Useful when using different basses on stage or in the studio
  • Previous knob position recall can be easily performed manually using dual indicators
Built-In Bass Tuner
  • 5-string tuner - no need for external connections
  • Mute switch for silent tuning
  • Usually located on the rear side of a cabinet, but on the BG500 you can simply adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel
  • The sound also gets modified slightly with filters, providing much more intelligent control over the critical high frequencies
Tone Controls
  • 4-band EQ great for shaping the fundamental tone
  • Two contour filters allow you to scoop the mid-frequencies slightly making this a kind of instant EQ that can create warm and smooth tones on demand
  • Connect external devices to AUX IN for rehearsing or jamming along with iPods, etc.
  • Plugging in headphones automatically mutes the drivers
  • XLR output for sending a signal to a PA or recording desk
In the Box
TC Electronic BG500 - Bass Guitar Amplifier
  • AC Power Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    TC Electronic 990900011 specs

    Power 500W (1000W peak)
    Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS phone
    2 x RCA phono Aux In
    Input Impedance 1MΩ/100pF
    Outputs 1 x XLR (pre/post preamp)
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphones
    1 x Speakon
    Output Impedance 600Ω
    Maximum Output +2dBu (balanced XLR)
    Gain Range -96dB to +36dB
    Tone Control Bass Center Freq: 100Hz (+15/-24dB boost/cut)
    Low Mid Center Freq: 335Hz (+15/-24dB boost/cut)
    High Mid Center Freq: 900Hz (+15/-24dB boost/cut)
    Treble Center Freq: 1600Hz @ gain: -24 to 0dB; 4000Hz @ gain 0 to +15

    Tweeter Tone: 0 to 10, L-PAD cabinet recreation
    Tube Tone: 0 to 10, tube amp recreation
    Compressor 3 band spectral compression (SpectraComp)
    Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" TRS phone with studio quality headphone amp
    40 to 600Ω output impedance
    Tuner Bass Tuner, "On" when muted
    B0 (30.87Hz) to G4 (392.00Hz)
    Mutes speaker out, phones out and balanced out
    Presets 3 x user storing all front panel controls except Mute and Master Level
    Mute Mutes speaker out, Phones out and Balanced out
    Enclosure Tolex covered, handcrafted wooden box
    Power Requirements 100~120V, 50/60Hz
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 18.7 x 15 x 5.4" (462 x 380 x 135mm)
    Weight 29 lb (13kg)

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