Blacksmith By TC Electronics
I purchased a Blacksmith by tc electronics awaiting delivery.:hyper: I welcome feedback from current tc electronic owners. I will berunning it into 2ea Ampeg BXT 4/10's (2ohm load) I did have a fender tb-1 preamp that i bi amped with a QSC RMX2450 running @ 1200 watts into 2 ohms sounded good so @ 1600 watts should give me plent of headroom.
I play a Gison SG Bass :bassist: I will post pics when the smith arrives.:D
Sweet! and congratulations
I hope you love it. Lots of fans around here of the TC stuff.
Just as an FYI they have a unique approach to power management and to power specifications that some around here like less than others. Bottom line is they squeeze more average SPL out of fewer watts with pretty darn sophisticated signal processing. IMO, it makes sense for TC lovers to understand the TC thing so they can sing its praises as good engineering. Here's a link to TC's explanation, which includes a chart at the end that lets you compare measured power output against the way other manufacturers measure. http://www.tcelectronic.com/media/tc...management.pdf
It shows the Blacksmith at 924 Watts RMS long term at 4 ohms, but doesn't show a long term output at 2 ohms. An impressive bit of engineering even if some dislike the way TC describes its power. A great review of the 450 in Bass Gear Mag a few months ago. AFAIK, still available for free online and gives lots of info on the TC power management "thang."
Yea I read all that, being a Ham Radio op the tech talk is similar in power rating of the RF Output. I am also and somewhat of audiophiles have some vintage stereo equipment that still kicks butt 35 years later.
I have found over the years is 2 schools of design.
1. Create a design for the headroom for those dynamic peaks slew rate and all that was designed around massive capacitors storing energy in the final output stage of the amp.
2. Create a design that eliminated the need of capacitors and create a power supply that can handle the peaks usually for shorter times.
So when I was reading how TC does it without opening the case they probably have the same design like the Nakamichi stasis power amps did with 4 huge caps in line for that really sweet rich bass we all love so much.
Does it have a full rich bass sound?
I know, the qsc sounded good at lower volumes as I cranked the low end became flat, lifeless compared to an all tube head.
I have a 300 watt all tube bass head I sure hope it can match or do better in sound quality.
Volume? If I ever play a big room the PA should handle loudness in the mix.
With 8/10's (2ea 4 ohm BXT 4/10 cabs) I should get close to the same quality of sound like 300 watt head. Master power is set @ 9'oclock with preamp gain @ 12'oclock with thunderous results. If not then it's going back.
I assume the "Balcksmith is a Class "D"?
Congrats! Never tried the Blacksmith myself, but I dig my RH750 a lot. No need to worry about volume, should be absolutely no issue with the Blacksmith. :)
My Tower Of Power!
Happy Thankgiving Brother & Sister Bassists.
My Christmas gift came in I attached pics of my tower of power!
Items are Falling out of cabinets!
Mega bass, next I'm gonna slave one of the amps.
I like to see a solid state front end slaved into a tube final output and see if it gets interesting.
I need some feedback from TC Electronic users who played with the parametric EQ.
I understand when I hit the shift button and set desired frequency @ 12 o'clock I can add or subtract to the center freq? correct?
Meaning, If i turn the knob to my left(facing the amp) i am decreasing or shifting frequency down? Like wise to the right would increase or shift higher.
You might find something useful to understanding in this thread - http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/tc...thread-609634/
Low mid is centered at 400hz
Hi mids are centered at 800hz
I had my time messing around with the EQ center - but always came back to the "stock" setting... love these center EQ points. And their width is perfect.
Plus 1 to the last two posts
Here you go
Many thanks for the feed back. I manage to get the tc to almost sound like the tube beast sitting next to it. I have it playng to the 8/10's I am sure they are registering Seismic waves readings in California for earth tremors in AZ! lol
when I hit an open "A" the sound is so low and organic it very impressive. I wish all those cabs was 8 ohm instead of 4 ohm.
I am going to try different multipliers in the grid and then save those to memory.
for example set parametrics for: warm/fat lomid/growl bright/bite
Cool TC Rocks!
don't have much experience with the TCE gear as i owned a RH450 for like a nano-second a couple of years back.
but i do have ton ( literally ) :D of experience with the BXT cabs as i also ran a pair of the BXT410HL4's for about 5 years, run thru an SVT4PRO. those cabs kicked some major booty on outdoor gigs.
would probably still be running them except i broke an ankle & one of the guitarists started schlepping my gear & he started having issues with the 122lbs EACH ( totally understandable, i might add ) they had to go
I have 2 speaker outputs in the rear, can I hook up the 4 cabs in my pic?
Each stack is a 2 ohm load so I was thinking 2 ohm each output or does the ohm selector sums all resistance for both speaker connectors?
2 ohm load
so if i understand this correctly I can connect 2 4ohm speakes 1 in each connector in the back with no issues correct?
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