Compatible with both active basses with no switching, the BG500 1x15 inch combo is TC Electronics’ next step utilizing the bass amp 2.0 revolutionary technologies. After blowing the minds of bass players all over with their award winning RH450 bass amp, the BG500 115 shares many features with the original RH450 which has already changed the way many bass players have come to think of amplification.
TC Electronic BG500 115 Features
- 15 inch, 500 Watt Bass Combo Amp
- Eminence Driver and a 1 inch Eminence tweeter
- SpectraComp with per string multi-band compression
- TubeTone emulation of tube cicuit characteristics for full tube sound
- Storage of up to quickly recallable three presets
- Integrated bass guitar tuner with mute
- Front mounted TweeterTone tweeter control
- 4-band EQ with twocontour filters for shaping your tone
- RCA AUX input and balanced XLR DI output
A conventional compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp, which is taken directly from the original RH450, you virtually get ‘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 would be able to deliver.
Within each example, there is a single slapped phrase. Note how the dynamic difference between the muted part and the slapped phrase is gradually being levelled out as more SpectraComp is applied.
The TubeTone effect was originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs have tried to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but they generally fail as they 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 to deliver the full tube sound.
OK, BG500 will not memorize your chords or riffs, but it will store three of your favorite tones. You may not have used presets before, but that’s only because you’ve never had the chance! For instance, if you use different basses on stage, you know that a few user memories would be welcome. With great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing – playing!
Built-in bass tuner
Every once in a while, you need to tune up, and whenever that happens, just let the built-in tuner guide you. It’s simple, it lets you tune silently, and it gets you back to playing music in no time.
The tweeter control is usually located on the rear side of the cabinet, but on the BG500 you can simply adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel. Further, the sound also gets modified slightly with filters giving you a much more intelligent control over the critical high frequencies.
EQ is always a bass essential, so TC has equipped the BG500 series with a great sounding, 4-band EQ which is great for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid-frequencies a bit. Think of this feature as a kind of instant EQ that can create warm and smooth tones on demand.
Just plug and play! And for rehearsing or jamming along you can connect external devices to AUX IN. If you don’t want to disturb the neighbors, plug in your headphones and the drivers will be muted automatically. Finally, you can send a signal to a sound-engineer via the balanced XLR output – or to an audio interface if you are recording.