TC Electronic Blacksmith 1600-Watt Bass Head

1,600W Bass Amp Head with Onboard Tuner, Compressor, and Recording out
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TC Electronic Blacksmith 1600-Watt Bass Head image 1
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TC Electronic Blacksmith 1600-Watt Bass Head
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A Lambo Disguised as a Bass Head

When talking bass head performance, how high is high? If you need to go all the way, then we have a suggestion: TC Electronic's Blacksmith. The name kinda says it all. TC has cobbled together fearsome power with jaw-dropping sound shaping capabilities and an exhaustive feature set to give you - the pro bassist - the ultimate tool. Blacksmith unleashes a staggering 1600 watts of power. With this head in your arsenal, suffice it to say that you will never again want for power. Raw power is not very useful without a sophisticated delivery system, and this is where Blacksmith handily separates itself from the crowd of megawatt monsters.

As a bassist, tone is your mantra, and Blacksmith has you covered with a motherlode of cutting-edge TC sound-shaping innovations. Whereas most solid-state amps attempt to replicate tube sound with a single paltry preamp tube, Blacksmith's TubeTone lifts the salient characteristics of a tube preamp and power amp to give you classic tube warmth that you can dial up to massively punchy, full-boat overdrive.

TC has fitted Blacksmith with SpectraComp, which has received praise from players worldwide. SpectraComp essentially applies compression on a per-string basis, resulting in smooth, even compression across your entire instrument. So, whether you play finger-style, with a pick, or slap 'n' pop - your low string will no longer dominate the compressor.

Voiced to give you plenty of tweaking options, Blacksmith's EQ is comfortably familiar right off the bat - but there's a secret weapon lurking underneath: each tone control can go semi-parametric, letting you spike or surgically remove any frequency, then store the settings as a preset.

Blacksmith gives you three onboard user memories for instantaneous switching between, say, your Jazz and your Rick - or perhaps your 4 and 5-string basses. You can also create three entirely different tones - vintage, modern, and overdrive, for instance - for one bass. Trust us, you'll get hooked on this feature. If your hands have better things to do than surf presets, then add the optional RC4 floor remote, and you can switch effortlessly between your stored tones without letting go of the strings.

Prefer to stay in tune? That's a good thing, and Blacksmith can help. Push the mute button and you get a full-resolution tuner light ring to get you quickly and accurately in tune. No hand to spare? Step on the RC4 floor remote. Both speaker and DI outputs are muted automatically while tuning. The tuner is always active - only without the light ring - even when you haven't pushed the mute button. That's just cool.

Blacksmith is a serious professional tool, and pro touches abound - such as its integrated studio-grade DI. This line driver output is transformer-balanced and galvanic-isolated from the rest of the amp, so it's always free of ground loops and hum. And long cable runs are not an issue - Blacksmith will draw at least 300' of cable with no audio quality loss. Running Pro Tools or Logic? Blacksmith's AES/EBU digital recording output lets you record directly to your DAW of choice. For maximum flexibility, it's S/PDIF compatible and may be switched pre/post in the preamp section.

Capable of handling cabinet combinations all the way down to 2 ohms, Blacksmith gives you the flexibility of driving up to four of TC's RS410 cabinets simultaneously. You can set Blacksmith for 2, 4, or 8 ohms, so whether you need a club setup or a stadium rig capable of moving mountains of air, Blacksmith can do it all. As they say: no job is too big or too small.

If you're looking for what may likely be the last bass head you'll ever need, TC Electronic's Blacksmith deserves your serious consideration. It's that good. With its seamless blend of brute power and elegant sophistication, we're thinking Blacksmith must be a Lamborghini disguised as a bass head.

TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp Head Features at a Glance:
  • 1600 watts
  • 3 user-defined presets
  • SpectraComp multiband compression is the musical way to compress
  • TubeTone emulates both the tube preamp and tube power amp sections
  • The onboard chromatic tuner is always active for instant pitch monitoring at any time
  • 4-band EQ (semi-parametric bass, low-mid, high-mid, and treble)
  • TweeterTone front panel tweeter level control for dialing in perfect HF
  • Transformer balanced studio-grade line driver output
The TC Electronic Blacksmith: don't leave home without it!

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Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 1600W
Compression Yes
EQ 4-band (Semi-parametric)
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x Speaker, 1 x Digital, 1 x DI
Effects Loop Yes
Height 7"
Width 19"
Depth 16.2"
Weight 26.5 lbs
Manufacturer Part Number 990001011

Customer Reviews

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Ultimate bass rig

Well,I'm writing again to let you know that now I've the chance to use the Blacksmith for a few months. This great masterpiece passed every test I put it through! All of TC Electronic bass amps are built with consistent power to make you sound your best every gig! The presets should be setup for different venues. The shift button can be used to dial in a certain mid frequency, that would help you in a dead flat sounding room. Preset 2 could be set for boomy room. Preset 3 could be for your overall best tone. Or use one for a solo preset. Also they can be set for three different basses. 6,5,and 4 string basses! I get compliments on how clean and deep my Blacksmith sounds then any other big wattage amp I've ever owned. If you play large outdoor or indoor venues like I do. This is you Ultimate Road Warrior! Just its looks alone intimidate your competitors!! Feel this monster behind you and under your feet!!
Music background: Professional bassist

The Ultimate Bass Machine

I'm writing again since my last review, because I had a chance to use on small and large venues! This amp passed with flying colors! It's light enough at about 26lbs and its 2 fans never came on! Even when I mounted in the rack case that was made for it to fit in. You should only use this head with the RS TC Electronic speaker cabs!! These cabs are amazing with high definition tone. I feel very lucky to be the first bass player here in New Orleans to own one! You must here the Low B on a 2-12 RS cab !! Wow you will be blown away , Try this Blacksmith out!!
Music background: funk, blues, smooth jazz and gospel

King Kong Rig

I recently bought this bass amp to treat myself to a high wattage amp that has all the top features a bass player could wish for! First of all when you take it out the box, it's beautiful as well as massive looking.the 3 presets are easy to setup and has a Shift button to dial in the exact frequency first. Then you can use the bass treble and mid knobs to cut and boost.The tuner is accurate and with the mute on its also a strobe tuner! The optional RC-4 foots witch has the tuner in a LED window with a mute and 3 preset switches. I'm using it with four TC Electronic 2-12 RS cabs!! The sound was awesome, clean with punch and fat bottom. The pluck tone is fatter than I heard on any large rig in its class. Believe me I've played on all the name brands. This one really impressed me! I've played professionally for 35 yrs. I also bought the RH750 head first,for small to big gigs! It's worth every dollar! Great headroom for clean and clear sound
Music background: Pro Bass player/ funk,smooth jazz and gospel music


This head has more tone for a D Class rated amp than I've ever played.. Runs cool with the dual fans and easy access to your sound you are trying achieve.. I've used many preamp and poweramp setups for my "Live" and Studio sound.. Quiet as a mouse in a recording situation too.. Recommend this head to anyone searching for a reliable,powerful Bass Head!!MarkFrontMan,BassistTHE DIALTONE'S
Music background: 35 Years Recording,Touring Musician
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