Ampeg PF-350 Musical Instrument Amplifier User Manual

PF-350
PF 350
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Safety Instructions..................................................2
Introduction...........................................................................4
PF-350.............................................................................5-10
(Front/Rear Panel, Block Diagram, Tech Specs, Service Info)
PF-500...........................................................................11-17
(Front/Rear Panel, Block Diagram, Tech Specs, Service Info)
Fault/Thermal Considerations...............................................18
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read these instructions. power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has
been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug
has two blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding-type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with a cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified
by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used,
use caution when moving the cart/
apparatus combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
PORTABLE CART
WARNING
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as
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15. Do not overload wall outlets and extension
cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric
shock.
16. This apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing, and no object filled with
liquids, such as vases or beer glasses, shall be
placed on the apparatus.
17. This apparatus has been designed with Class-I
construction and must be connected to a mains
socket outlet with a protective earthing connection
(the third grounding prong).
18. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is
used as the disconnect device, so the disconnect
device shall remain readily operable.
19. For the terminals marked with symbol of “ ”
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk
of electric shock. The external wiring connected to the terminals requires installation by
an instructed person or the used of ready-made
leads or cords.
CAUTION
AVIS
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK)
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL
ATTENTION: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE, NE PAS ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE.
AUCUN ENTRETIEN DE PIECES INTERIEURES PAR L'USAGER.
CONFIER L'ENTRETIEN AU PERSONNEL QUALIFIE.
AVIS: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES D'INCENDIE OU D'ELECTROCUTION, N'EXPOSEZ PAS CET ARTICLE
A LA PLUIE OU A L'HUMIDITE
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous
voltage" within the product's enclosure, that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
Le symbole éclair avec point de flèche à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral
est utilisé pour alerter l'utilisateur de la présence à l'intérieur du coffret de
"voltage dangereux" non isolé d'ampleur suffisante pour constituer un risque
d'éléctrocution.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user of the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Le point d'exclamation à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral est employé
pour alerter les utilisateurs de la présence d'instructions importantes pour le
fonctionnement et l'entretien (service) dans le livret d'instruction
accompagnant l'appareil.
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the
receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by LOUD Technologies Inc. could void the user's authority
to operate the equipment under FCC rules.
This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B (whichever
is applicable) limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
CONSIGNES DE SECURITE IMPORTANTES
ATTENTION — Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de
bruits radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils numériques de class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites
dans le réglement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par les
ministere des communications du Canada.
Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause permanent
hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to noiseinduced hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some hearing
if exposed to sufficiently intense noise for a period of time. The
U.S. Government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has specified the permissible noise level exposures shown
in the following chart.
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of these permissible limits could result in some hearing loss. To ensure against
potentially dangerous exposure to high sound pressure levels, it is
recommended that all persons exposed to equipment capable of
producing high sound pressure levels use hearing protectors while
the equipment is in operation. Ear plugs or protectors in the ear
canals or over the ears must be worn when operating the equipment in order to prevent permanent hearing loss if exposure is in
excess of the limits set forth here:
Duration, per
day in hours
8
6
4
3
2
1.5
1
Sound
Level dBA, Slow
Response
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
0.5
0.25 or less
110
115
Typical Example
Duo in small club
Subway Train
Very loud classical music
The boss screaming at his minions about
manual deadlines
Loudest parts at a rock concert
- LIRE, SUIVRE TOUTES LES INSTRUCTIONS ET LES PRECAUTIONS D’UTILISATION
- NE PAS UTILISER PROCHE D’UNE SOURCE DE CHALEUR ET NE PAS BLOQUER OU OBSTRUER LE SYSTEME DE VENTILATION SUR CET APPAREIL. POUR UNE
UTILISATION CONFORME, CET APPAREIL NECESSITE ENVIRON 7CM D’ESPACE BIEN VENTILE AUTOUR DE SON SYSTEME DE REFROIDISSEMENT, AINSI QU’UN COURANT
D’AIR FRAIS CONSTANT
- NE PAS UTILISER CET APPAREIL PROCHE D’UNE SOURCE LIQUIDE
- NETTOYER SEULEMENT A L’AIDE D’UN CHIFFON DOUX ET SEC ET NE PAS UTILISER DE PRODUITS MENAGERS
- CONNECTER UNIQUEMENT LE CABLE D’ALIMENTATION FOURNI SUR UNE PRISE AVEC MISE A LA TERRE, ET COMPATIBLE AVEC LA TENSION, L’INTENSITE ET LA
FREQUENCE REQUISES INDIQUEES SUR LA FACE ARRIERE DE L’APPAREIL
- S’ASSURER DE NE PAS MARCHER, PLIER OU TIRER SUR LE CABLE D’ALIMENTATION
- DEBRANCHER L’APPAREIL LORS D’UNE TEMPETE OU LORS D’UNE TRES LONGUE PERIODE DE NON UTILISATION
- UTILISER UNIQUEMENT DES ACCESSOIRES SPECIFIES PAR LE FABRICANT POUR UNE UTILISATION EN TOUTE SECURITE ET POUR EVITER DES BLESSURES
- ATTENTION: AFIN DE PREVENIR TOUT RISQUE DE CHOCS ELECTRIQUES OU DE DEBUT D’INCENDIE, NE PAS EXPOSER CET APPAREIL A LA PLUIE ET A L’HUMIDITE
- TOUT ENTRETIEN DOIT ETRE FAIT PAR UN TECHNICIEN QUALIFIE
- NOS AMPLIFICATEURS PEUVENT PRODUIRE DE TRES HAUTES PRESSIONS ACOUSTIQUES QUI PEUVENT CAUSER DES DOMMAGES AUDITIFS PERMANENTS OU
DEFINITIFS. L’UTILISER AVEC UNE GRANDE PRECAUTION EST CONSEILLE ET DES PROTECTIONS AUDITIVES SONT RECOMMANDEES POUR UNE UTILISATION A FORT
VOLUME.
- ATTENTION: CET APPAREIL REQUIERT UNE PRISE MURALE AVEC MISE A LA TERRE, AUX NORMES ACTUELLES ET COMPATIBLE AVEC LES SPECIFICATIONS
ELECTRIQUES SE TROUVANT EN FACE ARRIERE DE L’APPAREIL. LA PRISE ELECTRIQUE DOIT RESTER ACCESSIBLE POUR DEBRANCHER L’APPAREIL EN CAS DE DEFAUT
PENDANT L’UTILISATION
- CET APPAREIL DOIT ETRE DEBRANCHE SI IL N’EST PAS UTILISE
Elimination correcte du produit : Ce symbole indique que ce produit ne doit pas être éliminé avec les ordures ménagères, comme le prévoiT la directive WEEE (2002/96/
EC) et votre loi nationale.
Ce produit doit être remis à un site de recyclage des déchets électriques et des équipements électroniques (EEE).
Un mauvais recyclage de ce type de déchet peut avoir de possibles impacts négatifs sur l’environnement et la santé humaine dus aux émanations de substances.
Dans un même temps, votre coopération à un recyclage correct de ce produit contribuera à la bonne utilisation des ressources naturelles.
Pour connaître l’endroit où il est possible de recycler ces équipements, merci de contacter votre mairie, les services de recyclages ou le service des déchets ménagers.
Correct disposal of this product: This symbol indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your household waste,
according to the WEEE directive (2002/96/EC) and your national law. This product should be handed over to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could have a
possible negative impact on the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time, your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will contribute to the effective usage
of natural resources. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your
local city office, waste authority, or your household waste disposal service.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
Introduction
Portable. Powerful. Sexy. Ampeg designed and built the original Portaflex Series over 50
years ago. Congratulations are in order – for today, in your hands, is the new-and-improved
Portaflex!
Featuring Class-D power and knobs galore, these beasts pack a mean punch with a wide variety of tones at your disposal. Also, the switching power supply keeps the weight low, without sacrificing power output or our legendary sound quality.
Don’t stop now! Your Portaflex amplifier is an ideal companion to the Ampeg PF-115HE or
Ampeg PF-210HE cabinet, available separately.
Like all Ampeg products, your Portaflex amplifier is designed by musicians and built using
only the best of components. Each amplifier is tested to confirm that it meets our specifications, and we believe that this amplifier is the absolute best that it can be.
In order to get the most out of your new amplifier, please read this manual before you begin
playing.
And thank you for choosing Ampeg.
Here are some of the features packed into
your new PF-350 Amplifier:
The PF-500 Amplifier has the same features
as the PF-350, as well as the following:
• Selectable -15 dB input pad
• Dual JFET preamp
• Gain control
• Mute switch
• Bass, Mid, and Treble controls
• Dual-function mute and peak LED
• Master volume control
• On-board variable compressor
• Selectable Limiter and LED [PF-350 only]
• Ultra Lo and Ultra Hi switches
• Peak LED
• 5-way Midrange Frequency control
• Stereo 1/8" auxiliary input
• FX Mix control
• Headphone output
• Tuner output
• Effects loop with separate send and
return jacks
• Preamp Out and Power Amp In jacks
• Balanced XLR line output
• Single Speakon & 1/4" speaker output
jacks
• Lightweight and fan-cooled switching
power supply
• Voltage selector switch
• Class-D power amplifier rated at
350 watts rms into 4 ohms [PF-350]
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• Footswitch jack
• Class-D power amplifier rated at
500 watts rms into 4 ohms
• XLR Line Out features:
• Pre/Post EQ
• –40 dB pad (mic/line level)
• Ground lift
PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-350 Front Panel
PF 350
-15dB
input
pad
1
2
limit
peak
0
gain
3
4
10
0
10
0
10
bass
midrange
5
6
1. INPUT: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) may be
connected to this 1/4" input by means
of a shielded instrument cable.
2. –15 dB PAD: Press this switch in to
reduce the input signal by 15 dB and compensate for higher output sources.
This attenuation is suited for use with
basses that have active electronics or
high-output pickups. Use this pad if you
notice that the peak LED [3] comes on
regularly. It will reduce the chance of
overdriving the preamplifier stage, and
allow more usable range and fine adjustment of the gain control.
3. PEAK LED: This red warning LED will
come on if: the input signal is too high,
the gain control is set too high, or there
is too much boost from the bass, midrange and treble controls. If it comes
on regularly, even when these controls
are low, try engaging the –15 dB pad [2].
4. GAIN: This varies the amount of signal
driving the preamplifier. If a small clockwise rotation from minimum leads
to overloading and the peak LED illuminating, try engaging the –15 dB
pad. This will give more usable range
with the gain control.
0
10
0
10
treble
volume
7
8
fault
audio
in
phones
limiter
9 10 11 12 13
5. BASS: Use this to adjust the low frequency level of the amplifier. This provides up to 14 dB of boost, or –12 dB of cut at 40 Hz. The low frequency output is flattest at the center
position.
6. MIDRANGE: Use this to adjust the midrange frequency level of the amplifier. This provides up to 5 dB of
boost, or –13 dB of cut at 500 Hz. The
midrange frequency output is flat at the
center position. Rotate the control counter clockwise for a “contoured”
sound (more distant, less midrange
output) or clockwise for a sound which
really cuts through.
7. TREBLE: Use this to adjust the high frequency level of the amplifier. This
provides up to 19 dB of boost, or –25 dB of cut at 8 kHz. The high frequency output is flattest at the center
position.
8. VOLUME: Use this to control the overall output level. It affects the speaker outputs and preamp level to the
headphone output. Use it wisely, and
turn it down when making connections,
putting on headphones, or trying something new.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-350 Front Panel continued
PF 350
-15dB
input
pad
1
2
limit
peak
0
gain
3
4
10
0
10
0
10
bass
midrange
5
6
9. LIMIT LED: This LED illuminates when
the limiter circuit is activated, indicating
that the amplifier is nearing full output
and the limiter is keeping peak signals
from clipping the output.
10. LIMITER SWITCH: Press this switch in
to add the limiter circuit. If the signals
driving the amplifier start to peak, the
limiter will automatically reduce the signals to prevent clipping, and the LED [9] will flash. The limiter will help
keep the amplifier’s output “clean” up to
high output levels and avoid potentially
damaging distortion.
11. FAULT LED: This LED illuminates amber
if the amp thermals and shuts down or
develops other fault conditions. See
“Fault/Thermal Considerations” on page
18 for more information.
0
10
0
10
treble
volume
7
8
fault
audio
in
phones
limiter
9 10 11 12 13
12. AUDIO IN: The audio output from line-
level sources, such as an iPod®, MP3,
or CD player, can connect to this
1/8" TRS stereo input. The incoming
audio is mixed with the preamp signals,
so you can play along to a practice
track as you listen with headphones.
(The audio coming in here only plays in
the headphones, and appears nowhere
else. It is not affected by the volume
control.)
13. PHONES: Use this 1/8" TRS stereo
output to connect your headphones.
The output here is a mix of the line-level
signals reaching the amplifier, and any
incoming audio from the audio in jack [12].
If you just want to listen and practice
through headphones, disconnect the
speaker-level outputs [18] from the
speaker cabinet. There is no harm in
playing the PF-350 without speakers.
Before putting on headphones, make
sure the volume control [8] is turned
down, and (if connected) any external
audio source has its level turned down.
This will reduce the chance of hearing
damage due to loud volumes.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-350 Rear Panel
speaker outputs
PF 350
XLR line out
fx loop
250W rms @8
350W rms @4
power
return
send
14
15 16
14. IEC POWER INPUT CONNECTOR: This
is where you connect the supplied AC
power cord.
Before plugging in the power cord, make
sure that the voltage selector switch
[15] is set to the same voltage as your
local AC mains.
15. VOLTAGE SELECTOR SWITCH:
Make sure the switch is in the correct
position for your local AC mains voltage
before you plug in the AC power cord.
Use a small flat screwdriver to slide the
switch if required.
16. POWER SWITCH: Use this switch to
turn the overall system power on or off.
Press the switch to the left to turn on
the power. Press the switch to the right
to put the amp into standby mode. It will
not function, but the circuits are still live.
To remove AC power, either turn off the
AC mains supply, or unplug the power
cord from the amplifier and the AC
mains supply.
17. VENTILATION: Make sure that the ventilation openings are not obscured in
any way. This will allow the flow of
cooling air to the power amplifier’s heatsinks. See “Fault/Thermal
Considerations” on page 18 for more
information.
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18
18
19
20
21
18. SPEAKER OUTPUTS: These 1/4" TS
output jacks supply speaker-level power
to the speaker cabinet. The rated power
output is 250 watts rms into 8 ohms or
350 watts rms into 4 ohms.
The two identical outputs are wired in
parallel, and you can use either one, or
use both. Make sure the total speaker
impedance load is 4 ohms or greater.
For example, you could connect:
Two 16 ohm speakers (an 8 ohm load),
Two 8 ohm speakers (a 4 ohm load)
or one 4 ohm speaker.
Use speaker cables with 1/4" TS ends
to make the connections. Do not use
instrument cables as they may overheat.
19. XLR LINE OUT JACK: Typically, you
would connect this balanced output to
the balanced input of an external mixer,
or a recorder. In this way, you do not
have to mic the speaker cabinet in order
to add it to the main mix, or to record.
The output is not affected by the volume
control [8].
This output can connect to external
power amplifiers, or powered loudspeakers, as long as they have their
own input controls to adjust the volume
level.
Balanced connections allow long cable
runs to be used, as hum and noise
pickup in the line is minimized.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-350 Rear Panel continued
speaker outputs
PF 350
XLR line out
fx loop
250W rms @8
350W rms @4
power
return
send
14
15 16
20. FX SEND JACK: Use this 1/4" TS
unbalanced output to send a line-level
output to an external effects processor
(for example). The output here is affected by all controls except the volume.
8
Use the FX return jack to feed the
returned processed signals back into the
power amplifier.
17
18
18
19
20
21
21. FX RETURN JACK: Use this 1/4" TS
unbalanced input to return the processed line-level output of an external
effects processor (for example). The
processor could be fed by signals from
the FX send.
PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-350 Block Diagram
PEAK
LED
PEAK DETECTOR
INPUT
PREAMPLIFIER
15 dB PAD
GAIN
TONE CONTROLS
TREBLE MIDRANGE
BASS
XLR BALANCED
LINE OUTPUT
SEND
EFFECTS
LOOP
RETURN
LIMIT
LED
LIMITER
POWER
AMPLIFIER
SPEAKER
OUTPUTS
VOLUME
AUDIO INPUT
(STEREO)
RIGHT
LEFT
RIGHT
LEFT
PHONES
OUTPUT
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-350 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Output Power Rating
250 watts rms @ 8 ohms, 5% THD
350 watts rms @ 4 ohms, 5% THD
Signal to Noise Ratio
75 dB (20 Hz–20 kHz, unweighted)
Maximum Gain
64 dB, tone controls centered
Tone Controls
Bass: +14/–12 dB @ 40 Hz
Midrange:+5/–13 dB @ 500 Hz
Treble: +19/–25 dB @ 8 kHz
Power Requirements
~100–120 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 100W
~200–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 100W
Size (H x W x D)
2.7 in / 69 mm x 10.8 in / 275 mm x 10.7 in / 272 mm
Weight
7.8 lb/3.5 kg (approximately)
The PF-350 is covered with sheet metal, so be sure to clean with a dry lint-free cloth. Never spray
cleaning agents on the PF-350. Avoid abrasive cleansers which would damage the finish.
Ampeg continually develops new products and improves upon existing ones. For this reason, the specifications
and information in this manual are subject to change without notice.
“Ampeg” is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Service Information
If you are having a problem with your PF-350, you can go to our website (www.ampeg.com)
and click on Support for service information, or call Technical Support at 1-800-898-3211
Monday-Friday during normal business hours, PST, to receive assistance. If you are outside of
the U.S., contact your local distributor for technical support and service.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-500 Front Panel
mute
peak
mute
1
2
fault audio
in
thresh
-15dB
input
PF 500
1 2 3 4 5
ultra hi
0
10
compression
3 45
6
0
gain
7
10
ultra lo
0
bass
10
8 9 10
1. INPUT: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) may be
connected to this 1/4" input by means
of a shielded instrument cable.
2. PEAK/MUTE LED: This red warning
LED will come on if: the mute switch [4]
is engaged, or if the input signal is too
high, the gain control is set too high, or
there is too much boost from the bass, midrange and treble controls. If it comes
on regularly, even when these controls
are low, try engaging the –15 dB pad [3].
0
10
midrange
frequency
11
12
0
10
treble
13
0
10
fx mix
14
0
phones
10
volume
15 16 17 18
6. COMPRESSION: This controls the
amount of signal compression. At the
fully counter-clockwise position, there is
no compression; at the fully clockwise position, the compression
ratio is 10:1. The sonic effect of
compression is reduced dynamics,
increased sustain and a more consistent
output level regardless of how light or
hard the strings are played. The compressor is very transparent - that is,
there is very little effect on the tone of
your instrument.
7. GAIN: This varies the amount of signal
driving the preamplifier. If a small clockwise rotation from minimum leads
to overloading and the peak LED illuminating, try engaging the –15 dB
pad. This will give more usable range
with the gain control.
3. –15 dB PAD: Press this switch in to
reduce the input signal by 15 dB and compensate for higher output sources.
This attenuation is suited for use with
basses that have active electronics
or high-output pickups. Use this pad if
you notice that the peak/mute LED [2]
comes on regularly. It will reduce the
chance of overdriving the preamplifier
stage, and allow more usable range and
fine adjustment of the gain control.
8. ULTRA LO: This switch, when engaged,
enhances the amount of low-end output
by 2 dB at 40 Hz and –10 dB cut at 500 Hz.
4. MUTE: Press this switch in to mute the
signal. The peak/mute LED [2] will illuminate when this switch is engaged.
9. ULTRA HI: This switch, when engaged,
enhances the amount of high frequency
output by 9 dB at 8 kHz.
5. THRESH LED: This illuminates when
the signal level is above the compressor
threshold and gain reduction is active.
10. BASS: Use this to adjust the low frequency level of the amplifier. This provides up to 12 dB of boost, or –12 dB of cut at 40 Hz. The low frequency output is flat at the center
position.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-500 Front Panel continued
mute
peak
mute
1
2
fault audio
in
thresh
-15dB
input
0
10
compression
3 45
6
0
gain
7
10
ultra lo
0
bass
10
8 9 10
11. MIDRANGE: Use this to adjust the midrange frequency level of the amplifier. This provides up to 10 dB of
boost, or –20 dB of cut at the frequency
selected. The midrange frequency output
is flat at the center position. Rotate the
control counter clockwise for a “contoured” sound (more distant, less
midrange output) or clockwise for a
sound which really cuts through.
12. FREQUENCY: This control allows you to
select the center frequency for the midrange control [11], giving you a choice
of five “voices” for the midrange. The
numbers correspond to the following
center frequencies: 1=220 Hz, 2=450
Hz, 3=800 Hz, 4=1.6 kHz, 5=3 kHz.
13. TREBLE: Use this to adjust the high frequency level of the amplifier. This
provides up to 15 dB of boost, or –20 dB of cut at 4 kHz. The high frequency output is flat at the center
position.
14. FX MIX: This control varies the mix
between the direct (dry) signal and the
effects (wet) when the effects loop is
used. Fully counter-clockwise results
in all direct signal (no effect) and fully
clockwise adds all effect with no direct
signal. The fully clockwise position is
equivalent to a series effects loop and
should be used with such devices as
limiters and equalizers.
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10
midrange
frequency
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12
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10
treble
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10
fx mix
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phones
10
volume
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15. VOLUME: Use this to control the overall output level. It affects the preamp
level to speaker and phone outputs. Use
it wisely, and turn it down when making
connections, putting on headphones, or
trying something new.
16. FAULT LED: This LED illuminates amber
if the amp thermals and shuts down or
develops other fault conditions. See
“Fault/Thermal Considerations” on page
18 for more information.
17. AUDIO IN: The audio output from line-
level sources, such as an iPod®, MP3,
or CD player, can connect to this 1/8" TRS stereo input. The incoming
audio is mixed with the preamp signals,
so you can play along to a practice
track, as you listen with headphones.
(The audio coming in here only plays in
the headphones, and appears nowhere
else. It does not affect the signal fed to
the audio input.)
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compression
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gain
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ultra lo
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bass
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midrange
frequency
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treble
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fx mix
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phones
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volume
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18. PHONES: Use this 1/8" TRS stereo
output to connect your headphones.
The output here is a mix of the line-level
signals reaching the amplifier, and any
incoming audio from the audio in jack [17].
If you just want to listen and practice
through headphones, disconnect the
speaker-level outputs [23] from the
speaker cabinet. There is no harm in
playing the PF-500 without speakers.
Before putting on headphones, make
sure the volume control [15] is turned
down, and (if connected) any external
audio source has its level turned down.
This will reduce the chance of hearing
damage due to loud volumes.
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PF-500 Rear Panel
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ft switch
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31
pwr amp in
pre amp out
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tuner out
PF 500
patch
speaker outputs
power
CLASS 2 WIRING
XLR line
out
fx loop
post-EQ
pre-EQ
0dB
-40dB
return
GND
LIFT
300 W @ 8Ω
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19. IEC POWER INPUT CONNECTOR: This
is where you connect the supplied AC
power cord.
Before plugging in the power cord, make
sure that the voltage selector switch
[20] is set to the same voltage as your
local AC mains.
20. VOLTAGE SELECTOR SWITCH:
Make sure the switch is in the correct
position for your local AC mains voltage
before you plug in the AC power cord.
Use a small flat screwdriver to slide the
switch if required.
21. POWER SWITCH: Use this switch to
turn the overall system power on or off.
Press the switch to the left to turn on
the power. Press the switch to the right
to put the amp into standby mode. It will
not function, but the circuits are still live.
To remove AC power, either turn off the
AC mains supply, or unplug the power
cord from the amplifier and the AC
mains supply.
22. VENTILATION: Make sure that the ventilation openings are not obscured in
any way. This will allow the flow of
cooling air to the power amplifier’s heatsinks. See “Fault/Thermal
Considerations” on page 18 for more
information.
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500W @ 4Ω MIN LOAD
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23. SPEAKER OUTPUTS: These individual
Speakon / 1/4" TS output jacks supply speaker-level power to the
speaker cabinet. The rated power output
is 300 watts rms into 8 ohms or 500 watts rms into 4 ohms.
The two outputs are wired in parallel,
and you can use either one, or use both.
Make sure the total speaker impedance
load is 4 ohms or greater.
For example, you could connect:
Two 16 ohm speakers (an 8 ohm load),
Two 8 ohm speakers (a 4 ohm load)
or one 4 ohm speaker.
Use speaker cables with Speakon or
1/4" TS ends to make the connections.
Do not use instrument cables as they
may overheat.
24. XLR LINE OUT JACK: Typically, you
would connect this balanced output to
the balanced input of an external mixer,
or a recorder. In this way, you do not
have to mic the speaker cabinet in order
to add it to the main mix, or to record.
The output is not affected by the volume
control [15].
This output can connect to external
power amplifiers, or powered loudspeakers, as long as they have their
own input controls to adjust the volume
level.
Balanced connections allow long cable
runs to be used, as hum and noise
pickup in the line is minimized.
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ft switch
32
31
pwr amp in
pre amp out
30 29
tuner out
PF 500
patch
speaker outputs
power
CLASS 2 WIRING
XLR line
out
post-EQ
pre-EQ
0dB
-40dB
GND
LIFT
300 W @ 8Ω
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25. GROUND / LIFT: Press this switch in to
engage the Ground Lift, if necessary, to
help eliminate hum at the XLR jack.
26. 0 dB (line level) / -40 dB (mic level):
Press this switch in to apply a –40 dB
cut to the signal at the XLR Line Out
[24].
27. POST-EQ/PRE-EQ: The signal at the
XLR Line Out [24] can be set to either
Pre-EQ or Post-EQ with this switch. With
the switch in the IN position, the signal
at the XLR Line Out is Pre-EQ. This is a
direct output not affected by any EQ or
boost settings. With the switch in the
OUT position, the signal is Post-EQ and
is controlled and modified by the tone
controls, and the effects loop.
28. FX SEND JACK: Use this 1/4" TS
unbalanced output to send a line-level
output to an external effects processor
(for example). The output here is affected by all controls except the volume.
Use the FX return jack to feed the
returned processed signals back into the
power amplifier.
29. FX RETURN JACK: Use this 1/4" TS
unbalanced input to return the processed line-level output of an external
effects processor (for example). The
processor could be fed by signals from
the FX send [28].
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fx loop
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30. TUNER OUT: This jack supplies the
only live output when the mute switch
is engaged. This allows for silent tuning
through an electronic tuner or killing the
house send with a monitor mixer send
still active.
31. PREAMP OUT: This jack is a direct
post master preamp output for use with
an external power amp. Connect the
external amp’s input to this jack using a
shielded instrument cable.
32. POWER AMP IN: This jack connects
directly to the internal power amp for
use with an external preamp. When
using an external source, connect the
OUTPUT of the source to this jack using
a shielded instrument cable to feed the
signal into the power amp section. The
internal signal is disconnected when a
plug is inserted into this jack.
33. FOOTSWITCH: Connect a dual footswitch to this jack for remote Mute
and FX On/Off control. On the stereo
1/4" plug, the tip controls Mute and
the ring controls FX On/Off. The Mute
function is available from either the front
panel or the footswitch.
NOTE: A footswitch may be purchased at
your local Ampeg Dealer or ordered
directly from LOUD Technologies Inc. Be
sure to ask for model #AFP2.
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FOOT CONTROL
EFFECTS EFFECTS
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1M
INPUT
FX
MIX
WET
DRY
2-STAGE
FET
PREAMP
TUNE OUT
MUTE
MASTER
POST-EQ
PRE-EQ
PRE-OUT
-40 dB
AUDIO INPUT
(STEREO)
COMPRESSION
COMPRESSOR
THRESH LED
PEAK / MUTE LED
AMP-IN
GND LIFT
XLR BALANCED
LINE OUTPUT
GAIN
PEAK
DETECTOR
LIMITER
ULTRA
HI
BASS
POWER
AMPLIFIER
LEFT
RIGHT
MIDRANGE
TREBLE
MIDRANGE
FREQUENCY
TONE CONTROL CIRCUITRY
ULTRA
LO
PHONES
OUTPUT
SPEAKER OUTPUT
(1/4” TS)
SPEAKER OUTPUT
(SPEAKON)
PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-500 Block Diagram
PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
PF-500 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Output Power Rating
300 watts rms @ 8 ohms, 3% THD
500 watts rms @ 4 ohms, 3% THD
Signal to Noise Ratio
72 dB (20 Hz–20 kHz, unweighted)
Maximum Gain
69 dB, tone controls centered
Tone Controls
Bass: +12/–12 dB @ 40 Hz
Midrange:+10/–20 dB @ 220 Hz, 450 Hz, 800 Hz, 1.6 kHz or 3 kHz
Treble: +15/–20 dB @ 4 kHz
Power Requirements
~100–120 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 125W
~200–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 125W
Size (H x W x D)
3.1 in/80 mm x 14.0 in/355 mm x 10.8 in/272 mm
Weight
11.0 lb/5.0 kg (approximately)
The PF-500 is covered with sheet metal, so be sure to clean with a dry lint-free cloth. Never spray
cleaning agents on the PF-500. Avoid abrasive cleansers which would damage the finish.
Ampeg continually develops new products and improves upon existing ones. For this reason, the specifications
and information in this manual are subject to change without notice.
“Ampeg” is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Service Information
If you are having a problem with your PF-500, you can go to our website (www.ampeg.com)
and click on Support for service information, or call Technical Support at 1-800-898-3211
Monday-Friday during normal business hours, PST, to receive assistance. If you are outside of
the U.S., contact your local distributor for technical support and service.
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PF-350 / PF-500 Bass Guitar Amplifier
Fault/Thermal Considerations:
As an amplifier works, it produces heat.
The higher the signal level, the louder
and hotter it gets. It is important to dissipate the heat as quickly as possible.
This results in increased reliability and
longevity for the amplifier.
The amplifier module is mounted on a
large heatsink, which is cooled by convection where cool air is drawn
through its fins, carrying the heat away.
In order for this convection cooling to
work efficiently, it is important to provide
adequate airspace behind and to the
side or above the amplifier. When positioning the Portaflex, we recommend
leaving at least six inches of air space
behind it.
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In the unlikely event of the amplifier
overheating, a built-in fault switch will
activate, muting the signal and lighting
the thermal LED. When the amplifier has
cooled down to a safe operating temperature, the fault switch resets
itself, and the Portaflex resumes normal
operation.
If the fault switch activates frequently, try
turning down the volume control a notch
or two to avoid overheating the amplifier. Be aware that direct sunlight
and/or hot stage lights may be the culprit of an amplifier overheating.
Flip-Top Instructions:
So you’ve made it this far and you are
now ready to flip your lid...or at least the
amp. We will instruct you on how to do
the latter, as we are not in the business
of lid-flipping!
It is accomplished in five simple steps:
Step 1: loosen the latches on each side
of the cabinet. There are two latches on
each side, four total.
Step 2: using the handle, lift the top of
the cabinet (amplifier is attached underneath) and rotate it 180˚ clockwise (as indicated in the middle
drawing below).
Step 3: set the cabinet top handle-side
down on the top of the cabinet. The
amplifier should now be on the top, rightside up, with the front of the amp and
the front of the cabinet facing the same
direction.
Step 4: line up and lock all four latches.
Step 5: rock out like there is no tomorrow!
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