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Contents
1. Introduction
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2. Important safety instructions
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3. Controls and connections
3.1 Front side
3.2 Rear side
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4. Starting up
4.1 Cabling and switching-on
4.2 Level adjustment
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5. Functional characteristics
5.1 Equalization
5.2 Effects
5.3 Footswitch
5.4 Phantom powering
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6. Technical specifications
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7. Circuit diagram
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1. Introduction
Welcome to B!
Thank you for choosing the Compact 603.
The Compact 603 is a professional, compact and powerful amplifier system. Especially developed for the
enhancement of acoustic instruments it is nonetheless suitable for other instruments, even electrical
ones.
Our design concept was focused on the singer-/
songwriter who requires outstanding reproduction
of his/her instrument and vocals yet needs a handy
unit with gigbag which is easily portable (even via
public transport). We sought to produce an amp that
would accomplish this while astonishing audiences
as well as sound-engineers through excellent sound
and professional instrumentation.
All AER-systems are subtly dynamically controlled,
which ensures absolute reliability in full load operation despite strikingly small sizes and little weight.
Read on and have fun using your Compact 603!
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2. Important Safety Instructions
The following guidelines shall help minimize the risk of injury through fire or electric shock.
C AU T I O N
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AT T E N T I O N
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
NE PAS OUVRIR
The lightning flash with
the arrow head symbol
within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the
user to the presence of unisolated
´dangerous voltage´ within this
product´s enclosure that may
be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric shock
to persons.
1. Carefully read these safety notes before you use
the device!
qualified staff only. Any unauthorized tampering will
void the 2-year warranty.
2. Keep these safety notes in a safe place.
13. In keeping with the EMV regulations screened
cables with correctly fitted connectors must be used
for all signal connections.
3. Pay attention to all warnings, instructions and additional texts on the unit.
4. This device was only designed for operation under
normal climatic conditions (temperate climate).
5. Do not install or use your amp in close proximity
to water or if you are wet yourself.
6. Do not subject your device to sudden and severe
temperature changes. This could cause moisture
condensation inside the unit, which could damage
it. In the event of moisture condensation allow the
device to dry out completely before use.
7. Use your amp in a safe place where nobody can
step on cables or trip over and damage them.
8. Pay attention to an unhindered air circulation
around the amp, never obstruct the air vents or grilles.
9. Always pull the mains plug before cleaning your
amp or when left unused for a long period of time.
Use only a dry cloth for cleaning. Avoid the use of detergents and do not let any liquids seep into the unit.
10. Use only the right fuses with the same current
rating and trigger characteristic as replacements.
Never mend fuses! Pull the mains plug before replacing a fuse. Should a fuse blow again after a short
while, the device needs to be checked.
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The exclamation point
within an equilateral
triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence
of important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying this product.
14. Always use an earthed power supply with the
correct mains voltage. If you are in doubt about the
power outlet ground, have it checked by a qualified
technician.
15. Cable up your amp only when it is powered off.
16. This device should be installed near the socket
outlet and disconnection of the device should
be easily accessible. The mains plug of the power
supply shall remain readily operable. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point
where they exit from the apparatus.
17. This product may cause permanent hearing loss.
Do not operate for long periods of time at a high
volume level or at any level that is uncomfortable.
If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the
ears, you should consult an audiologist.
18. The product should be located away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers or other products that produce heat.
19. Do not place any open sources of fire, like candles, on the device.
11. Never install your amp close to devices with
strong electromagnetic fields such as large mains
transformers, revolving machines, neon illumination
etc. Do not lay signal cables parallel to power current
cables.
20. Care should be taken so that objects do not fall
onto the device and liquids are not spilled into the
enclosure through openings. Ensure that no objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, are placed on the
device.
12. There are no user-serviceable components inside the unit. To avoid the risk of an electric shock,
the unit must not be opened. All maintenance, adjustment and repair works should be carried out by
21. Do not place this device on an unstable
cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The device may fall, causing serious injury to you
and serious damage to the device itself.
3. Controls and connections
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3.1 Front side
1)input (ch. 1)
signal input, socket for 6,3 mm mono jackplug
2)high/low
input sensitivity switch, attenuator
3)clip
overload indicator
4)gain
input level control
5)colour
tone colour filter activation switch
6)bass
bass frequency level control
7)middle
middle frequency level control
8)treble
treble frequency level control
9)input (ch. 2)
signal input, combo-socket for 6,3 mm mono jackplug and
XLR-connectors
10)line/mic
signal source selector switch: line (only via jackplug)
for instruments (pickup) and other line level sources,
mic (only via XLR-connector) for microphones
11)pan
effect signal distribution control
12)select
effect select switch
13)level
level control internal effect
14)power
on/off status indicator
15)master
master level control
= off
= on
= not active
= active
channels 1 + 2
efx
mains & master
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line out
send
2
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headphones
return
twin channel acoustic amplifier
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tuner
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footswitch
tip = int. efx
ring = ext. efx
on/off
power on
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DI-out
1 = gnd
2 = pos
3 = neg
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C AU T I O N
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AT T E N T I O N
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
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3.2 Rear side
1) line out
The line out supplies a pre-amp signal taken after
tone-control, effects and master for forwarding to
other appliances.
2) headphones
This output enables you to connect stereo headphones and mutes the loudspeaker.
!!!Warning: Only use
headphones with stereo
jackplugs in this output
socket!!!
3) send
Send is an output to connect to an external effect
device and in conjunction with return (input) forms
a loop here designed as external effect loop. The effect can be switched on or off via footswitch.
4) return
Return as part of the effect loop operates as signal
input from an external effect device (from output
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of the effect device). The effect can be switched on
or off via footswitch. Return on its own can also be
used as quasi auxiliary signal input (-10 dbV).
5) tuner
The tuner output supplies a pre-master signal (-9
dbV) to connect an external tuner to the Compact 603.
6) footswitch
Connection socket for a double-footswitch (on-/
off-switch, tip = internal effect/ring = external effect
on/off ).
7) DI-out
Preamp-output with symmetrical signal, after tonecontrol, pre master, without effects.
8) power on
Combined mains switch with mains socket and fuse
holder.
4. Starting up
short flicker can be accepted, to be on the safe side
you should reduce the gain slightly to achieve an
optimal and distortion-free performance.
4.1 Cabling and switching on
Before connecting to mains, please ensure that your
local mains voltage is
suitable for the voltage of the device (e.g.
120V in the USA, 230V
in Europe). The relevant
specs and safety symbols are printed on the rear side of the unit.
Connect all cables according to your application
and switch the amplifier on. The green power control LED indicates operational readiness.
4.2 Level adjustment
Note: Level adjustment
By setting the level correctly we mean the signal level in one or several devices in a signal chain is neither too high nor too low. This applies equally to all
circuits in a complete circuit design (EQs, preamps
etc.)
Consequently, care must be taken that no part of the
circuit is overloaded or that distortion is unintentionally added to the signal.
We have carefully designed the circuit to achieve this
objective whilst also providing controls for „manual“
intervention.
channel 1
channel 2
First ensure, that the master level control is zeroed
(over to far left), so that when you are setting the
sound level, the signal passes through the electronics only and does not reach the loudspeaker.
By pressing the high-/low- (attn.) resp. line-/micswitches you can adapt the amplifier to your signal
sources (guitar pickups, microphone etc).
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Turn the gain control clockwise until the red clip
indicator flashes momentarily when playing with a
strong attack. Thus you make sure that your signal
source (e.g. instrument) provides the input-stage of
the amplifier with the necessary input.
The clip-LED indicates an overload. A short flicker
is of no danger to AER devices. During operation a
Finally set the desired overall volume level with the
master level control.
5. Functional characteristics
5.1 Equalization
The triple-/dual-band equalizer of your Compact
603 provides you with an active and high quality
sound interaction tool that supports the natural
tone of instruments and voice whilst simultaneously offering you the possibility of a controlled accentuation.
With all controls in mid position the filters are set
to produce a very pleasing and natural sound impression that you can „colour up“ by using the colour filter with the effect of lowering the mids and
lifting the trebles. The tone becomes more open
and light and is especially suited for fingerpicking
techniques.
The equalization can support or soften the effect of
the colour filter and allows a differentiated midsaccentuation.
A: with colour-filter (switch pressed)
reduce treble to soften possible sharpness
colour
bass
middle
treble
B: without colour-filter (switch not pressed)
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boost treble to brighten the sound
colour
bass
middle
Com
treble
Note:
The active equalization of the Compact 603 effects
the signal adjustment. If you spot an intensified flickering of the clip indicator, level the signal level
with the gain control (s. 4.2 Level adjustment).
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5.2 Effects
5.4 Phantom power
The Compact 603 has a built-in (internal) digital effect processor, with the select-switch you can choose
between 4 different effects:
Microphones requiring 48V phantom power can be
connected to the XLR-socket of channel 2 directly.
Factory-provided phantom power is activated but,
if required, may be deactivated by an internal jumper.
1 = reverb 1 (short)
2 = reverb 2 (long)
3 = delay (320 ms)
4 = chorus
The efx-level-control determines the intensity of
the internal effects (left stop = no effect).
Furthermore an additional effects unit (external
effect) may be connected to the Compact 603. For
this purpose use the send and return sockets on
the rear side of the amplifier (send goes to input,
return to the output of the external effects device).
The intensity of the effect is adjusted at the external
effects unit.
With the efx-pan control the different effects are
blended with the original signal. The efx-pan works
as follows:
left stop:
internal effect on channel 1
external effect on channel 2
mid position:
internal effects on channels 1 + 2
external effects on channels 1 + 2
right stop:
internal effects on channel 2
external effects on channel 1
5.3 Footswitch
A standard double-footswitch (on-/off-switch)
can be plugged into the footswitch-socket on the
rear side of the amplifier via stereo cable. By this
footswitch the internal and external effects can be
switched on and off.
We wish you lots of fun playing your Compact603!
P.S.: For questions or suggestions contact us:
tachauch@aer-amps.com
In contrary 9V phantom power, if required, can additionally be activated in channel 1 by an internal
jumper.
Please note: For both alterations the device must
be opened, therefore only qualified service personnel may carry out the modifications concerning the de-/activating of phantom power.
General Note: Use of 48V or 24V phantom power
(Phantom power = remote supply, here: powering
an audio device via the connected audio line)
Turn on the phantom power only if the unit connected to an XLR socket is designed to handle it!
In general, suitable units are e.g. condenser microphones, active DI-boxes and other special audio
devices, whose power supply is drawn from the
phantom power. Such devices are also labelled accordingly; please heed the permissible power consumption (max.10mA).
High-quality dynamic microphones with a balanced
signal need no phantom power, but can handle it
anyway.
Other devices, which have not been designed explicitly for phantom power operation, can suffer from
considerable malfunctions and damage may result
as well.
Examples of devices that may be damaged by incorrect application of phantom power include:
Low-cost dynamic microphones with a mono jackplug (unbalanced signal) that were fitted afterwards
with an XLR connector.
Audio devices with a balanced XLR output (e.g. DIboxes, effects devices, instrument preamps with
a DI output etc.) which are not protected against
phantom power applied to their XLR output. (The
DI connectors on AER products are protected
against applied phantom power.)
Other audio devices (such as preamps, effects pedals etc.) whose unbalanced line output was replaced by an XLR socket.
If in doubt please consult the manufacturer of the
device you are using.
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Technical
data specifications Compact603
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Technical
Effect is OFF when the footswitch is ON.
Inputs (notes 1, 2, 4)
channel 1
channel 2
High impedance, unbalanced input for
instruments (pick-ups) and line-level sources
Mono jack socket, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Sensitivity: 22 mV (–33 dBV)
High/low (attenuator) switch: –10 dB
Impedance: 2.2 Meg
Equivalent input noise, A-weighted:
1 uV (–120 dBV)
Phantom power (optional): 9 V DC / max. 100 mA,
short-circuit protected
Tone controls
Switchable instrument or microphone input
Combo socket, XLR + jack ¼” (6.35 mm)
Internal effects
line mode
High impedance, unbalanced input for
instruments (pick-ups) and line-level sources
Jack socket only
Sensitivity: 27 mV (–31 dBV)
Impedance: 1 Meg
Equivalent input noise, A-weighted:
2.4 uV (–112 dBV)
mic mode
XLR (balanced), stereo jack (balanced), or mono
jack (unbalanced) input
Sensitivity: 3.3 mV (–50 dBV)
Impedance (balanced mode): 1.2 k
Impedance (unbalanced mode): 2.7 k
Voice filter: –10 dB at 270 Hz (referred to 10 kHz)
Equivalent input noise, A-weighted:
0.8 uV (–122 dBV)
Phantom power (XLR only): 48 V, max. 10 mA,
short-circuit protected
clip indicators
for ch. 1 and 2
Headroom: min. 8 dB
return
Input from external parallel effect loop, or
supplementary input, before master volume
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Sensitivity: 320 mV (–10 dBV)
Impedance: 20 k (note: impedance changes to 5 k
while external effect is switched OFF by
footswitch)
Outputs (note 3)
phones
Headphones output. When plugged in, internal
speaker is muted.
Stereo jack socket, L/R connected, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Max. output power: 2 x 100 mW / 1000 ohm
Input sensitivity for 2 x 50 mW / 1000 ohm:
23 mV (–33 dBV) at channel 1 input
Impedance: 470 ohm (common for L and R)
Note: Suitable for headphones with stereo jack.
Does not work with mono jacks.
ch. 1
colour
bass
middle
treble
–3 dB at 700 Hz, +10 dB at 8 kHz
8 dB at 100 Hz (shelf type)
6 dB at 800 Hz
8 dB at 10 kHz (shelf type)
ch. 2
bass
treble
8 dB at 100 Hz (shelf type)
11 dB at 10 kHz (shelf type)
Effects
1
2
3
4
Reverb 1
Reverb 2
Delay
Chorus
External effect
Parallel effect loop (see also send and return).
eff. pan
Blends both internal and external effects
between channels 1 and 2, with reverse direction
of rotation for the external effects.
Power
Power amp
60 W / 4 ohm, DMOS, monolithic I.C.
Dynamic range, A-weighted: 92 dB (note 2)
Limiter
threshold
50 W
Analog signal
processing
Dedicated equalizer, subsonic filter, adaptive
peak limiter
Speaker system
8” (200 mm) twin cone full-range speaker, bass
reflex enclosure
Mains power
Mains voltage (depending on model):
100, 120, 230, or 240 V AC, 50–60 Hz
Power consumption: max. 120 W
Mains fuse
5 x 20 mm
T 1 A L / 250 V for 230 and 240 V models
T 2 A L / 250 V for 100 and 120 V models
General
Cabinet
12 mm (0.47”) birch plywood
Finish
Waterbased acrylic, black spatter finish (standard
model)
Dimensions
260 mm (10.2“) high
325 mm (12.8“) wide
235 mm (9.25“) deep
Weight
6.5 kg (14.3 lbs)
Notes:
1. Sensitivity
tuner
Tuner output
Mono jack socket ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 340 mV (–9 dBV)
Input sensitivities refer to 50 W into 4 ohm, full gain and master settings,
neutral tone control settings, and 1 kHz sine-wave test signal.
line out
Preamplifier output after tone controls, with
effects, and after master volume
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 1.4 V (+3 dBV)
Equivalent input noise voltages are typical values obtained by measuring
noise voltage at speaker output and dividing by the voltage gain of the
amplifier for white noise. Full gain and master settings, neutral tone
control settings, input shorted, measuring bandwidth 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
DI-out
Balanced XLR output before master, after tone
controls, without effects
1 = ground
2 = positive
3 = negative
Differential output voltage: 140 mV (–17 dBV)
send
Output to external parallel effect loop
Before master, after tone controls
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 1.4 V (+3 dBV)
Footswitch connector
footswitch
Stereo jack socket ¼” (6.35 mm) for a dual
footswitch
Tip = internal effect on/off
Ring = external effect on/off
Sleeve = common (ground)
2. Noise and dynamic range
Dynamic range of power amplifier: Ratio of between output signal at
limiter threshold to A-weighted output noise with master in zero
position.
3. Output levels
Output levels refer to 50 mV / 1 kHz sine-wave test signal at channel 1
input, full gain and master settings, neutral tone control settings, send
fully clockwise.
4. Options
Gain of channel 2 in mic mode can be decreased by 4.6 dB by an internal
jumper.
48 V phantom power can be deactivated by an internal jumper.
9 V phantom power for channel 1 can be applied by an internal jumper
to the “ring” terminal of the input jack. Caution: Use this option with
care. Read the operating instructions.
Specifications and appearance subject to change without notice.
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Clip detect
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