Featured Trace Elliot® Unveils TE® -1200 Bass Amp Head

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  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    MERIDIAN, MS — Trace Elliot® enters a new period of innovation with the all-new TE® -1200 bass amp head. Representing the brand’s first big product release of the new decade, the TE-1200 delivers 1200 Watts of bone-rattling true RMS power, 4-band equalization, the brand’s distinctive “Pre Shape 1” switch with included footswitch, and all the inputs/outputs modern bass players require. Whether players are on the biggest stages of the world, in the studio, or practicing from the comfort of home, the TE-1200 offers a multitude of helpful features that achieve excellent bass tone and, even more importantly, help to preserve it.

    On the front panel of the TE-1200, players will find input gain and output level controls as well as lo-band and hi-band compressors. The audio signal is divided into two bands, each with a separate compressor and adjustable threshold. A separate switch activates the compressor functions for both low and high bands. The function, which illuminates when active, is also available on the footswitch. Directly below is the EQ pre/post compressor switch, which is set to a default position before equalization. When the switch is pressed, the compressor is moved to a point after equalization, and the switch illuminates.

    Active controls on the TE-1200 adjust four separate equalization bands — bass, low mid, high mid, and treble — to customize the tone, and the footswitchable pre-shape introduces the distinctive Trace Elliot “Pre Shape 1” curve into the signal path. These controls are located next to the preamp input, which has a high impedance to allow for wide frequency response and dynamic range without loading the source. A quarter-inch headphone output allows for silent practice.

    The rear panel of the TE-1200 allows players to get even more creative. Features include MIDI in/out, 4-button MIDI footswitch (with included 25-foot cable) for parallel control of the front panel switch functions, USB recording output/interface, and direct out (DI) to a mix console or analog recording device. Players can utilize the dual MIDI and preamp out/Power Amp In to run multiple units at the same time to accommodate even the biggest stages. Dual Neutrik combination Speakon/phone speaker output jacks have a 4 ohm minimum load. Pre and post-balanced XLR outputs with ground lift; preamp output/power amp input; footswitchable noiseless buffered effects loop and mute/tune; and buffered quarter-inch tuner/dry feed jack complete the rear panel controls.

    With its compact, 12-inch square footprint, and light weight of 11.5 pounds, the TE-1200 is a feature-loaded, highly portable bass amp head from the original bass amplification specialists. A padded gig bag and optional 1.5U rack mount kit are included.

    $1099.99 USD List

    $999.99 USD MAP

    Learn more about the Trace Elliot TE-1200 and get a closer look at www.traceelliot.com.

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  2. mikewalker


    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
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  3. roccobass

    roccobass Still funkin’ in the free world. Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2022
  4. mikewalker


    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    (sigh) was hoping it might do 2Ω - but no such luck! ("4 Ohm minimum load")
  5. roccobass

    roccobass Still funkin’ in the free world. Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Yeah. I noticed that too. Not a good selling point for me either. Oh well. At 1200w at 4 ohms, TE should still sell a few.
  6. darwin-bass

    darwin-bass Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Salem OR
    It's too bad the contour button isn't a knob. But then again, my current amp has a contour knob and is way more amp than I need so I'm not a customer no matter what the amp has or does :)
  7. Alivefor5

    Alivefor5 Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2006
    Where's the variable HPF and maybe the LPF?
    Count Bassie likes this.
  8. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
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  9. mini-milli


    Aug 6, 2020
    The USB interface function is really interesting to me. I haven't seen that in an amp head like this before.
  10. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Other than the 2-band compression, this thing is really low on features.
  11. Fenderchris


    Aug 6, 2009
    4ohm minimum load. Does that mean it can not be used with no speakers attached?
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  12. mikewalker


    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Manual is ambigous on that point... I would guess it's OK to run with no speakers. Manual does say this:

    (10) HEADPHONES A ¼” headphone output from the pre-amp is available for silent practice. When a jack is inserted, the signal to the power amp is automatically disconnected.
  13. Astronaut


    Jul 21, 2013
    Not very attractive to the eye.
  14. Walruspidgeon


    Aug 21, 2020
    This might be worth checking out. A simple layout with two-band compressor. Might be good for a pedalboard setup. Enough power too
  15. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    Smithfield, RI
    I appreciate the simplicity, but I'm holding them suspect for copping the GK EQ scheme. Also for Peavey, and for a company that used to produce massive sounding, potent mix-n-match systems, it seems like running at a min 4 ohm load is a little weak. And, at this point in the Ascent of Bass Amplification, I would begin to expect to see some kind of HPF integrated. This is the Jet Age of bass amplification after all.
    Visually I see this the way I see modern design in general: conventional, generic, homogenized. This little guy looks like the bass amp equivalent of a Toyota Camry... or that late-model Jaguar that looks like a Hyundai sedan. Their mojo seems to have left the building. I miss the 11-band graphic (which there was nothing wrong with) and the UV backlighting, which gave them a fun stage presence and was a kind of satisfying gag- the high-dollar version of getting a sticker with your Rotosound strings!
    We've hit bottom. Sure it's powerful, has a probably nice-sounding, sensible enough eq, and maybe the 2-band compressor is quieter than the one that was on the SMX series. But it's lacking vibe, presentation, and has taken on a very run-of-the-mill aspect with its feature set.
    I'll be hanging onto my Peavey MK-III, which can get me there anywhere there's a FOH system.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2022
  16. Sandman64


    Sep 9, 2015
    Made in China, no thanks especially now with their non support of the Ukraine.
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  17. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    To some folks that like straightforward gear, "lack of features" is a feature. I'd prefer an amp without the compressor.
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  18. For a pedal platform looks great!
  19. Count Bassie

    Count Bassie Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    Smithfield, RI
    Pretty expensive platform...
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