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Contents
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Page
1. Introduction
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2. Safety Instructions
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3. Controls and Connections
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3.1 Front Side
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3.2 Rear Side
5
4. Starting-up
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4.1 Cabling and Switching-on
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4.2 Level Adjustment
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5. Functional Characteristics
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5.1 Mute
7
5.2 Tone Control Networks
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5.2.1 colour
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5.2.2 bass boost
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5.2.3 parametric equalizer
5.2.4 tone balance
5.3 Compressor
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5.4 Rear Side Features
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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 amp one out of the AER bottom-lineseries.
This series has been specially developed for the modern bass player
who values performance, versatility and easy handling.
Please take a few minutes to read through these instructions. We
want you to understand just what the amp one can do and how to
set it up so that you can get maximum benefit out of it.
The amp one is an „all-rounder“, designed for the „Top 40“ bassist
who is used to switch between several styles and who sets value on
weight, dimensions and easy operation. The 10-inch high performance bass-loudspeaker supports this versatility whilst simultaneously adding some tube-like compression. The design of the power-amp
especially supports the impulse response and provides impressive power at short term, exceeding significantly the specified 200 W on 8
ohm, which you can clearly hear.
Amp one is professionally and richly equipped and, of course, it produces the unmistakeable AER sound character. Technically speaking,
the amp one is designed for high-impact and extreme dynamics.
From the musical point of view, the bass combo is clear, differentiated, assertive, punchy and inspiring.
At this point we would like to thank Paul Sips for his „final blessings“.
Read on and have fun with your amp one!
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2. Safety Instructions
The following instructions help to minimize the risk of
injury through fire and electric shock.
7. Never install your device close to devices with strong
electromagnetic fields such as large mains transformers, electrical motors, neon illumination etc. Do not
lay signal cables parallel to power current cables.
1. Read these safety instructions carefully prior to using
the device.
8. There are no user-serviceable components inside
your device. To avoid the hazard of an electric shock,
the unit must not be opened. All maintenance, adjustment and repair work must be performed by qualified
technicians only. Any unauthorized tampering will void
the 2-year warranty.
2. Keep these safety instructions in a safe place.
3. Do not install or use your device in close proximity to
water, liquids or with wet hands!
4. Use your device in a safe place where nobody can
step on cables or trip over them – damaging the cables,
the device or themselves!
9. To comply with the EMV requirements, shielded
cables with correctly fitted connectors must be used for
all signal connections.
5. Pay attention to air flow and cooling – never obstruct any air vents or grilles or cover it and allow it to
overheat.
10. Please connect audio connections before powering
the unit.
6. Unplug from the mains before cleaning the device.
Use only a dry cloth for cleaning – no detergents or
cleansers – ensure that no liquid ever enters the unit.
3. Controls and Connections
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4
5
2
1
3
6
7
12
9
8
10
11
21
19
13
14
15
16
17
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3.1 Front Side
input
1)
high/low
2)
gain
3)
clip
4)
5) mute LED
6) mute
colour
7)
bass
8)
9) bass boost
middle
10)
freq.
11)
bandwidth
12)
treble
13)
signal input - socket für 6.3 mm mono jackplug
input sensitivity switch, attenuator:
deactivated
input level control
overload indicator
channel mute indicator
channel mute switch:
deactivated
acitve
balance
14)
intensity 15)
tone balance emphasis control
tone balance level control
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tone colour filter activation switch:
low frequency level control
low frequency boost:
deactivated
middle frequency level control
middle frequency control
middle bandwidth switch
treble frequency level control
deactivated
acitve
acitve
equalizer
acitve
tone balance
16)
threshold
17)
ratio
18)
active
19)
on/off
treshold control input signal
compression ratio control
compressor active mode indicator
compressor activation switch:
master
20)
power
21)
master level control
on/off status indicator
electric bass amp
compressor
deactivated
acitve
amp one
bottom line
power on
headphones
2
sub out
4
send
6
insert pre eq
8
aux in
aux level
gnd lift
3
line out
5
footswitch
7
return
9
insert post eq
DI
16
10
12
1
di level
11
pre/post
14
15
13
tuner
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT
OPEN
Caution: Risk of electric shock. Do not open!
No
user serviceable parts
inside. Refer servicing to qualified personnel. Made in Germany by AER.
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3.2 Rear Side
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
11)
12)
13)
14)
15)
16)
gnd lift
headphones
line out
sub out
footswitch
send
return
insert pre eq
insert post eq
aux-in
tuner
aux level
DI pre/post
DI-level
DI-out
power on
signal-/protective-ground disconnecting switch:
deactivated
acitve
stereo headphones socket
signal output socket
subwoofer output socket
stereo footswitch socket (on/off-switch)
effects output socket
effects input socket
insert socket pre equalizer
insert socket post equalizer
stereo input socket for additional signal sources (e.g. for CD player)
tuner output socket
aux signal level control
DI signal sequence switch
pre
post equalizer
DI signal level control
signal output, symmetrical, XLR socket
power on/off switch with fuse holder (ref. to technical data: mains fuse)
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4. Starting up
4.1 Cabling and Switching on
Before connecting to the 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 as desired 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 components of a unit (e.g. equalizer, tone balance, compressor).
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 (gain, master, level) for manual intervention.
First ensure, that the mute
switch is deactivated and
the master level control is
zeroed (over to far left),
so that the signal passes
through the electronics
but does not reach the loudspeaker, while you are adjusting the level.
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 level.
An illuminated clip-LED indicates an overload. A short
flicker is no danger to AER devices. During operation
a 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.
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Just like the gain control, the high/low switch (attenuator de-/activation) also serves to adjust the signal. Start
at high with the switch not pressed down. If the input signal is too strong and you cannot avoid clipping
even when you adjust with the gain control, then select the low setting.
When you have adjusted the sound level, then you
can set the desired final volume with the master control.
5. Functional Characteristics
5.1 Mute
The mute switch turns the appliance to mute as required. The function can also be activated by a standard
footswitch (on/off switch).
5.2 Tone Control Networks
As with all AER products, the amp three is fitted with
an excellent basic tone thanks to the selection of components, circuits and pre-equalizations. In addition, various equalizer networks enable you to adjust the basic tone to suit your personal requirements. With amp
three you can activate fixed filters (colour, bass boost)
and two adjustable filter networks (equalizer and tone
balance).
Note:
A parametric equalizer is a filter network in which all
the parameters of a filter (amplitude/level i.e. increase
or decrease; frequency i.e. tone pitch, Q-factor/bandwidth i.e. filter quality) are adjustable.
This means that increase and decrease, position and
width of the frequency range can be adjusted independently and over a wide range.
In this way, the parametric equalizer enables you to
equalize frequency response errors – hence the name
equalizer – and to combat feedback and resonance rises. On the other hand you can use it as a flexible tool
to change specific tones.
Note:
Basically, instruments reproduce their typical frequency
spectrum, but this is not necessarily what you want, or
there are some sounds you want, which the instrument
doesn’t „naturally“ reproduce or can play, but not in
the appropriate ratio. There are all kinds of electronics
can make these things possible, but in certain circumstances the price you have to pay can be a bad signalto-noise ratio.
In this case the advice is quite simple: in general, go
easy with the many equalizer possibilities. Sometimes
less is more!
5.2.1 Colour
5.2.4 Tone balance –
How does it work?
The tone balance is served by the
two controls balance and intensity.
The intensity control determines the
degree to which bass and treble are
increased simultaneously and are
mixed to the original signal (parallel mode). If the intensity control is
far over to the left (min), then the
original signal is not influenced (flat). (see fig. above)
Turning the control to the right (--> mid --> max) mixes
the relevant bass and treble mix to the original signal.
The balance control influences the relationship between bass and treble. If it is in middle setting, bass and
treble are balanced. The tone balance is now in equation. (siehe Fig. 1)
level
The colour switch activates a fixed, pre-set contouring
„voicing“-filter, which reduces mids slightly at 360 Hz
and strongly emphasises trebles at 3.8 KHz.
5.2.2 Bass Boost
5.2.3 Parametric Equalizer
With the amp three 3-band equalizer, bass and treble are fixed, the sensitive mids band can be adjusted
in the frequency range of 200 Hz to 2 kHz. The bandwidth is adjustable between 1 octave resp. 1.6 octaves.
It remains constant whatever the selected frequency.
max
intensity
The bass boost strengthens the low frequencies at
55Hz. This gives the amp three enormous sound pressure, so that it produces rich bass tones both when it is
placed on the ground and on a stand.
mid
(flat)
min
100 Hz
1 kHz
balance in middle
10 kHz
frequency
Fig. 1
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level
If you turn the balance control to the left (Fig. 2), the
bass range is further increased, but the treble is decreased by max. 0dB.
intensity
max
5.3 Compressor
A compressor is an electrical
circuit (a device) which you
can use to influence the dynamic behaviour of a signal. The
aim can be, for example, to
minimise the risk of distortion.
In use the signal level change can be kept constant at
a set ratio from a set threshold. The following figure
illustrates the correlation.
mid
ratio 1:1
dB
min
100 Hz
1 kHz
10 kHz
frequency
Fig. 2
level
A turning to the right (Fig. 3) affects an increase in treble
whilst at the same time reducing the bass.
OUT
ratio 2:1
balance in left position
1
ratio 4:1
threshold
ratio ∞ : 1
1
IN
dB
intensity
max
On axes the input level (X axis = IN) and the output
level (Y axis = OUT) are shown in dB.
Along the 45° line the input and output levels are the
same – that means a compression (ratio) of 1:1 – therefore: no compression.
mid
min
100 Hz
1 kHz
10 kHz
frequency
balance in right position
Fig. 3
In its function and signal path the tone balance is deliberately designed as a somewhat „different“ equalizer.
It offers a comfortable way of giving the original signal
more zip without distorting it. Especially on those occasions, when the equalizer has to be used to suppress resonance or feedback.
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A compression of e.g. ratio 4:1 means that further increase in level above the threshold will be maintained
at a constant ratio of 4:1. In other words: if the input
level increases by a factor 4, then the output level only
increases by a factor 1.
This means that loud signals are muffled and the overall signal level becomes quieter. This difference in level
can mostly be compensated by increasing the master
setting without any difficulty. Then the signal is louder
and more compressed in total, because soft and loud
signals come closer together.
For a compression ratio of „infinite“ to 1 (ratio ∞ : 1)
we no longer talk about compression, but about limiting. Die AER compressor switch here offers compression ratios of 1:1 to 5:1.
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5.4 Rear Side Features
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7) return
The ground lift switch separates the earth conductor
from the signal ground and suppresses humming.
Being part of the effect loop path, return represents
the input for an external effect device (from the output of the effect device). Return on it’s own may also
be used as quasi auxiliary signal input (-10 dbV).
2) headphones
8 and 9) insert pre eq / insert post eq
1) gnd lift
This output enables you to connect stereo headphones and switches the loudspeaker over to mute. The
device is a quality stereo headset amplifier which
outputs 2 x 50 mW and 32 Ohm.
!!!Warning: Only use
headphones with stereo
jack plugs in this output
socket!!!
3) line out
The line out provides the pre-amp signal for conduction to other appliances with 0 dbV.
4) sub out
This socket provides a frequency-adjusted output signal for operating an active subwoofer.
5) footswitch
The footswitch socket enables the connection of a
stereo footswitch (on/off switch) which can be used
to switch the amplifier to mute or to switch the effect loop on or off. The switches are: TIP = mute,
RING = effect loop.
6) send
CAUTION
This socket connects the amp three to the input of
AT T E N T I O N
an external effect device. Together with return, send
forms an effect loop path. The effect can be switched
on or off via a footswitch.
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Insert pre/post eq are two more effect loop paths to
loop additional external effects (filter, compressor
etc.) inzo the signal path, either pre or post equalization.
10 and 12) aux in / aux level
The aux in is an additional stereo-input for connection of external signal sources (e.g. CD-player). With
the aux level control you adjust the signal strength
of the aux signal.
11) tuner
Output socket (-6 dbV) with pre master signal to connect an external tuner to the amp three.
13, 14 and 15) DI
The DI-out (XLR socket) delivers a symmetrical preamp signal pre master. The DI-Level control adjusts
the signal output level and with the DI pre/post
switch you can choose between pre- and post-equalizer signal.
Power on
Combined mains switch with
mains socket and integrated
fuse holder to switch your
amp three on and off.
P.S.: For questions or suggestions contact us:
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Technical data
6.
Technical Data
Inputs (notes 1, 4)
input
tone balance
High-impedance instrument input
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Sensitivity: 21 mV (-34 dBV)
Impedance: 1 Megohm
Equivalent input noise:
1.4 μV (–117 dBV), A-weighted
balance left:
+12 dB at 50 Hz
balance center:
+9 dB at 50 Hz, and
+10 dB at 10 kHz
high / low switch: 10 dB attenuation
balance right:
–2 dB at 50 Hz, and
+11 dB at 10 kHz
clip indicator: 8 dB headroom
aux in
return
Stereo jack, ¼ “ (6.35 mm)
L + R mixed and added pre master, but
after tone controls.
Level control.
Sensitivity: 2 x 170 mV (–15 dBV)
Impedance: 22 k (each channel)
Return for external, parallel effect loop
Mono jack socket, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Sensitivity: 360 mV (–9 dBV)
Impedance: 10 k
Outputs (note 2)
headphones
Headphones output. When connected,
internal speaker is muted.
Flat if intensity is set fully anticlockwise.
The following values apply if intensity is
set fully clockwise:
(shelf-type frequency response)
Compressor (note 5)
Characteristics
Soft-knee, RMS-responding, gain reduction
Threshold
adjustment range
 0.25 mV…78 mV (–72 dBV … –22 dBV) at
instrument input
Ratio adjustment
range
1:1…5:1
RMS Time
constant
40 ms
Indicator LED
Lights up at ca. 1 dB gain reduction.
Stereo jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Power
Output power: max. 100 mW into 32 ohms
Power amp
200 W / 8 ohms, discrete bipolar transistor
output. Dynamic range, A-weighted: 102
dB (note 4)
Limiter threshold
160 W
Input sensitivity for 2 x 50 mW / 32 ohms:
25 mV (–32 dBV) at instrument input
For stereo headphones only. Connecting
mono plugs causes overload and may
damage the amp.
Analog signal
processing
Subsonic filter, low distortion RMS limiter
Speaker system
10" (250 mm) woofer, bass reflex enclosure
line out
Preamp output, post master (note 6)
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 1.9 V (+6 dBV)
Mains power
sub out
Subwoofer output without filter
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 1.9 V (+6 dBV)
Mains voltage (depending on model): 100,
120, 230, or 240 V AC, 50–60 Hz
Power consumption: max. 500 W
Mains fuse
send
Send for parallel effect loop
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 760 mV (–2 dBV)
5 x 20 mm
slow 3.15 A for 230 and 240 V models
slow 6.3 A for 100 and 120 V models
General
tuner
Tuner output, not affected by mute
Mono jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 800 mV (–2 dBV)
Cabinet
15 mm (0.59") birch plywood
Finish
waterbased acrylic, black spatter finish
Dimensions
325 mm (12.8“) high
DI out
Balanced XLR output, pre-master,
switchable pre or post tone controls /
effect / aux (note 6).
Output voltage (adjustable): 33…330 mV (–
30 dBV … –10 dBV)
Weight
13.5 kg (29.8 lbs)
295 mm (11.6“) deep
Notes:
Insert points
insert pre eq
Insert loop before tone controls and
compressor
Stereo jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 800 mV (–2 dBV)
tip = send, ring = return
insert post eq
Insert loop after tone controls
Stereo jack, ¼” (6.35 mm)
Output voltage: 760 mV (–2 dBV)
tip = send, ring = return
Footswitch connections
footswitch
375 mm (14.8“) wide
Stereo jack, ¼” for dual footswitch
tip = switch for input muting
ring = on/off switch for external effect
loop (send and return)
sleeve = common (ground)
mute switch disabled when footswitch is
plugged in
Tone controls
colour
–1 dB at 360 Hz, +14 dB at 3.8 kHz
bass
9 dB at 80 Hz
1. Input sensitivities refer to 160 watts into 8 ohms at full gain and
volume settings, neutral tone control settings (intensity fully
anticlockwise), and 1 kHz sine-wave test signal.
2. Output levels refer to –25dBV (56.2 mV) / 1 kHz at instrument
input, unless stated otherwise.
Earlier models have a DI out adjustable down to zero.
3. Bandwidth of tone controls refers to one-half of gain at center
frequency, in decibels. For example, if a tone control has 15 dB
center gain, then bandwidth refers to the 7.5 dB points.
4. Equivalent input noise voltage obtained by measuring noise
voltage at speaker output and dividing by the voltage gain of the
amplifier for white noise. Full gain and volume settings, neutral
tone control settings, input shorted, frequency range 20 Hz – 20
kHz.
Dynamic range of power amplifier is defined as ratio of output
voltage at limiter threshold to A-weighted noise voltage at master
volume in zero position.
5. Compressor threshold refers to 1 dB gain reduction and input gain
fully clockwise, ratio refers to 20 dB gain reduction. Ratio varies with
gain reduction due to soft-knee compression.
6. If required, aux in and return signals can be disconnected from DI
out by an internal jumper even in the post switch position.
bass boost
+10 dB at 55 Hz
line out can be made master-independent by an internal jumper.
middle
15 dB at 200…2000 Hz (adjustable)
Bandwidth (switchable, note 3):
wide: 1.6 octaves
narrow: 0.6 octaves
Specifications and appearance subject to change without notice.
treble
12 dB at 6 kHz
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INPUT
HIGH/LOW
PREAMP
R
T
GAIN
T
TUNER
INSERT PRE EQ
R
MUTE
MUTE
CLIP DETECTION
FOOT SWITCH
OFF/ON
COLOUR
MIDDLE
BANDWIDTH
BASS
FREQ
TREBLE
AUX IN
R
R
T
INSERT POST EQ
OFF/ON
T
RETURN
BASS BOOST
SEND
EXT. EFFECT
AUX
CLIP DETECTION
OFF/ON
DI OUT LEVEL
COMPRESSOR
HEADPHONES AMP
SUBSONIC
RMS LIMITER
MASTER
1
2
3
HEADPHONES
SUB OUT
LINE OUT
DI OUT
B080725B_20110329
SPEAKER MUTE
POWER AMP
LINE OUT PRE/POST MASTER
THRESH RATIO ACTIVE
TONE BALANCE
CLIP DETECTION
DI OUT PRE/POST EFF.
DI OUT PRE/POST EQ
7. Circuit Diagram
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