Crate Amplifiers BFX100 Stereo Amplifier User Manual

BFX100
BASS AMPLIFIER
WITH
DIGITAL SIGNAL
PROCESSING
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10
X
F
B
DSP
OWNER’S MANUAL
Congratulations!
You are now the proud owner of the portable and powerful Crate BFX100 Bass
Amplifier with Digital Signal Processing. The BFX100 offers a wide selection of digital effects designed especially for the bass guitar, each of which are easily accessed
with a simple turn of a control knob. (No programmer’s degree required!) The BFX100
boasts an improved cabinet design with a front port, an extended range bass driver,
an extremely clean power amp and very flexible tone circuitry. The balanced line out
jack has a level control for the best signal match to a recording console or live PA system, and is selectable for either pre or post EQ. The built-in limiter ensures pure,
clean power even at its full 100 watts output. An effects loop, a headphones jack, and
an extension speaker jack add to the overall versatility of this incredible bass amp.
Your BFX100 is Musician Made in the U.S.A., using only the best components.
Extensive testing at the hands (and ears) of skilled technicians and musicians
ensures you that this amplifier is the absolute best it can be.
In order to get the most out of your new bass amp, we urge you to read this manual before you begin playing.
And thank you for choosing
BFX100 Bass Amplifier
The Front Panel:
INPUT
1
2
CONTOUR
3 4
5 6
1. INPUT: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) or a line level signal
may be connected here by means of a
shielded instrument cable.
2. -15dB/0dB: This switch, when depressed,
attenuates the input signal by 15dB.
Attenuation allows the Gain control (#3) to be
functional over a larger portion of its range. If
the Gain control is near minimum and the
Peak LED (#4) is flashing (indicating clipping
of the input signal), attenuation is needed.
3. GAIN: This serves as the input signal level
control for the amplifier, allowing you to
adjust the amplifier for the best signal to
noise ratio.
4. PEAK LED: This LED flashes when the
signal level into the preamp approaches clipping. Adjust the Gain control (#3) until a
strong signal from your instrument causes
this LED to flicker.
NOTE: If the LED flashes frequently with the
gain control at a low setting, use the -15dB
pad (#2) to attenuate the input signal, then
readjust the gain.
5: CONTOUR SHAPE: This control is only
active when the Contour Active switch (#6) is
EQUALIZATION
7
MASTER
8
9
depressed. The setting of this control shifts
the frequency where the contour effect is
centered, giving you a wide variety of tonal
variations, from a studio “V”-shaped tone to a
sound that’s more “live” and up-front.
6: CONTOUR ACTIVE: This switch, when
depressed, activates the Contour Shape control (#5).
7. GRAPHIC EQ: Use these sliders to adjust
the output signal to best suit your playing
style, to match room acoustics, and to get the
best overall sound. The sliders control the
output of the frequencies indicated below
each control. The center position of each
control is flat (no boost or cut).
8. MASTER LEVEL: This is the overall output level control for the amplifier.
9. LIMIT: The BFX100 uses an internal limiting circuit to assist in keeping the power
amplifier’s output “clean” at extreme volume
levels. (All amplifiers begin to clip their output
signals as they approach maximum output
levels, resulting in distortion which may damage the speaker.) Whenever the amplifier is
at full power, this LED will flash. This is an
indication that the limiter is keeping peak signals from clipping the output.
BFX100 Bass Amplifier
DSP
BFX100
ON
10
11
12
13
10. DSP MODE: Select the type of digital
effect(s) applied to the signal with this control. The effects are described as follows:
DELAY: Slapback delay effect
ECHO: Long delay effect with regeneration
CHORUS: Chorus effect
FLANGE: Light flange effect
FUNK-WAH: Touch-sensitive wah-wah (“T-Wah”)
effect
OCTAVE: Adds secondary note one octave
lower than original note
CHO/HALL: Chorus effect with large hall reverb
effect
RM: Small room reverb effect
HALL: Large hall reverb effect
11. DSP LEVEL: This is the output level control for the selected DSP effect(s). For a dry
signal (no effect), rotate the control full
counter-clockwise. Rotating the control
clockwise increases the magnitude of the
DSP effect(s) applied to the signal.
12. DSP FOOTSWITCH: Connect a one button footswitch (such as the Crate CFP-1)
here for remote on/off control for the internal
DSP effects.
14
15
16
17
13. INSERT: Connect an external effects
device using this jack. Use a stereo 1/4” male
Y-cord: ring = send, tip = return, sleeve =
ground. See the illustration to the right for
more information.
14. HEADPHONES: For private listening,
connect a pair of stereo headphones into this
jack. The internal speaker is disconnected
when headphones are plugged in.
15. SPEAKER: Use this jack to connect the
amplifier to an external speaker with a minimum impedance rating of 4 ohms. The internal speaker is disconnected when this jack is
used.
WARNING: TO AVOID POSSIBLE
HEARING DAMAGE, DO NOT
USE HEADPHONES IN THE
SPEAKER JACK!
16. ON LED: This LED will illuminate when
the amplifier is turned on.
17. POWER: This switch applies AC power
to the amplifier. The amplifier is ON when the
side of the switch with the indicator (|) is
depressed.
BFX100 Bass Amplifier
The Rear Panel:
BALANCED LINE OUT
PRE
POST
LEVEL
18
19
18. FUSE: This protects the unit from damage due to overload conditions or power line
surges. If the fuse blows, replace it only with
the same size and type.
19. AC LINE CORD: Plug this cord into a
properly wired, grounded, 120 volt, 60 cycle
outlet. DO NOT attempt to defeat the
ground connection of this power cord! If
your amplifier was purchased outside of the
United States, see the unit’s rear panel labeling for its power rating, and follow the above
guidelines.
20. BALANCED LINE OUT: This XLR-type
connector supplies a balanced preamp output
signal for connecting to a house mixing board,
recording console or external amplifier with
balanced inputs. The signal can be set to Pre
or Post EQ by the Pre/Post switch (#21). The
line out signal level can be controlled by the
Balanced Line Out Level control (#22).
21
22
post-EQ—the output signal is affected by the
gain, contour and graphic EQ controls.
22. BALANCED LINE OUT LEVEL: Use this
control to adjust the output signal at the
Balanced Line Out jack (#20). This control
works independently from the the front panel
Master Level control.
Connecting to the Insert jack:
The Insert jack (#13) lets you patch external
effects into the amplifier just prior to its power
amp stage. Use Crate’s STP201, STP202 or
STP203 stereo-to-mono Y-cord or an adapter
such as Crate’s YPP117 and 2 1/4” mono signal
cables to connect to the effect as shown below.
Stereo-to-mono Y-cord:
to Insert
jack
TIP
RING
SLEEVE
(STP201, 3'
STP202, 6'
STP203, 9')
Y-adapter and 2 cables:
RETURN
SEND
GROUND
TIP
RING
SLEEVE
to Insert
jack
(YPP117)
RING
TIP
RING
TIP
21. PRE/POST SWITCH: You can select
either Pre or Post EQ for the signal at the
Balanced Line Out jack (#20) with this switch.
When the switch is depressed, the signal at
the jack is pre-EQ—a direct output, not affected by the gain, contour, or graphic EQ. When
the switch is in the out position, the signal is
20
(1/4"-TO-1/4"
MONO SHIELDED
CABLES)
to
effect
"OUT"
jack
to
effect
"IN"
jack
External Effect
to
effect
"OUT"
jack
to
effect
"IN"
jack
External Effect
BFX100 Bass Amplifier
Suggested Starting Tone Settings:
ROCK:
CONTOUR
EQUALIZATION
MASTER
EQUALIZATION
MASTER
EQUALIZATION
MASTER
EQUALIZATION
MASTER
OUT
JAZZ:
CONTOUR
IN
COUNTRY:
CONTOUR
IN
FUNK:
CONTOUR
IN
System Block Diagram:
INPUT
CONTOUR
R
8-BAND
GRAPHIC
INSERT
GAIN
-15dB PAD
T
LEVEL
SHAPE
ON/
OFF
DSP
POWER
AMP
PEAK
LED
LEVEL
POST
EQ
PRE
EQ
BAL. LINE
OUT LEVEL
BAL.
LINE
OUT
MODE
FOOT
SWITCH
LIMIT
LED
EXT.
SPEAKER
HEAD
PHONES
BFX100 Bass Amplifier
BFX100 Technical Specifications:
Output Power Rating
Speaker Size and Rating
Graphic Equalizer
Input Impedance
Maximum Input Signal Level Accepted
Gain @ 1kHz
Line Output Jack
Balanced Line Out Jack
Signal to Noise Ratio
Input Power Requirements
Size and Weight
100 watts RMS @ 1% THD 4 ohms, 120 VAC
Custom Design 15” with 2” voice coil
Power Handling: 150 watts RMS
24dB range @ 50Hz, 100Hz, 225Hz, 625Hz,
1.6kHz 4kHz, 8kHz and 16kHz
200k ohms
15 volts, peak-to-peak
65dB w/EQ flat, contour off
2 volts peak-to-peak @ full rated power
2 volts peak-to-peak @ full rated power w/600Ω load
65dB below full power, tones flat, contour off,
gain and level @ “10”
120 VAC, 60Hz, 115VA
100/110VAC, 50/60Hz, 115VA
230VAC, 50/60Hz, 115VA
25” H x 20.75” W x 15.75” D, 67 lbs.
Specifications subject to change without notice.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER.
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
PRECAUCION
RIESGO DE CORRIENTAZO
NO ABRA
PRECAUCION PARA DISMINUOIR EL RIESGO DE CORRIENTAZO
NO ABRA LA CUBIERTA
NO HAY PIEZAS ADENTRO QUE EL USARIO PUEDO REPARAR
DEJE TODO MANTENIMIENTO A LOS TECHNICOS CALIFICADOS
ATTENTION
RISQUE D'ELECTROCUTION
NE PAS OUVRIR
ATTENTION: POUR REDUIRE D'ELECTROCUTION NE PAS
ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE. AUCUNE PIECE INTERNE N'EST REPRABLE
PAR L'UTILISATEUR. POUR TOUTE REPARATION, S'ADRESSER A UN
TECHNICIEN QUALIFIE.
VORSICHT
ELEKTRISCHE SCHLAGGEFAHR
NICHT OFFENEN
VORSICHT: ZUR MINIMIERUNG ELEKTRISCHER SCHLAGGEFAHR NICHT
DEN DECKEL ABENHMEN. INTERNE TEILE KONNEN NICHT VOM
BENUTZER GEWARTET WERDEN. DIE WARTUNG IS QUALIFIZIERTEM
WARTUNGSPERSONAL ZU UBERLASSEN.
THIS EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN
DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED TO
PROVIDE SAFE AND RELIABLE
OPERATION. IN ORDER TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF THE UNIT AND
PREVENT ACCIDENTAL DAMAGES OR INJURY, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE PRECAUTIONARY
GUIDELINES:
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK
OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
OPEN CHASSIS; DO NOT DEFEAT
OR REMOVE THE GROUND PIN
OF THE POWER CORD; CONNECT ONLY TO A PROPERLY
GROUNDED AC POWER OUTLET.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK
OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION: NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
PERSONNEL.
CAUTION: OUR AMPLIFIERS ARE
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HIGH
SOUND PRESSURE LEVELS.
CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO HIGH
SOUND PRESSURE LEVELS CAN
CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING
IMPAIRMENT OR LOSS. USER
CAUTION IS ADVISED AND EAR
PROTECTION IS RECOMMENDED
IF UNIT IS OPERATED AT HIGH
VOLUME.
EXPLANATION OF GRAPHICAL SYMBOLS:
EXPLICACION DE SIMBOLOS GRAFICOS:
EXPLICATION DES SYMBÔLES GRAPHIQUES:
=
"DANGEROUS VOLTAGE"
“VOLTAJE PELIGROSO”
"DANGER HAUTE TENSION"
"GEFAHLICHE SPANNUNG"
ESTE APARATO HA SIDO DISENADO Y
CONSTRUIDO PARA PROVEER ANOS
DE OPERACION SEGURA Y CONFIABLE. PARA PROLONGAR LA VIDA DE
ESTA UNIDAD E IMPEDIR DANOS ACCIDENTALES POR FAVOR SIGA ESTAS
INSTRUCCIONES PREVENTIVAS:
PRECAUCION: PARA DISMINUIR EL
RIESGO
DE
DESCARGAS
ELECTRICAS: (1) NO ABRA LA CUBIERTA, (2) NO ES RECOMENDABLE
REMOVER O DESACTIVAR LA PATA
DEL POLO A TIERRA DEL CABLE DE
CORRIENTE, CONECTE CORRECTAMENTE A UNA TOMA DE CORRIENTE A
TIERRA.
ADVERTENCIA:
PARA
EVITAR
DESCARGAS EL ECTRICAS O PELIGRO
DE INCENDIO, NO DEJE ESTE APARATO EXPUESTO A LA LLUVIA O
HUMEDAD.
PRECAUCION: NO HAY PIEZAS ADENTRO QUE EL USUARIO PUEDE
REPARAR. DEJE TODO MANTENIMIENTO A LOS TÉCNICOS CALIFICADOS.
PRECAUCION: NUESTROS AMPLIFICADORES PUEDEN PRODUCIR NIVELES DE PRESION DE SONIDO ALTO.
EXPOSICION CONTINUADA A LOS
NIVELES DE PRESION DE SONIDO
ALTO PUEDE CAUSA DANO PERMANENTE A SU OIDO. ES ACONSEJADO
QUE USE PRECAUCION AL USUARIO Y
ES RECOMENDADO PROTECCION
PARA LOS OIDOS SI LA UNIDAD ES
OPERADA A VOLUMEN ALTO.
=
CET ÉQUIPEMENT AVAIT ÉTÉ INVENTÉ ET ARRANGÉ POUR POURVOIR
DES ANNÉES D'USAGE SAUF ET
SÛR. POUR PROLONGER LA VIE DE
CET APPAREIL ET POUR EMPÊCHER
LES DOMMAGES ET LES TORTS
ACCIDENTELS,
SUIVEZ
LES
INSTRUCTIONS DE PRÉCAUTION.
AVERTISSEMENT: POUR RÉDUIRE
LES RISQUES D'ÉLECTROCUTION:
(1) N’OUVREZ PAS LE CHÂSSIS, (2)
NE PAS ESSAYER DE SUPPRIMER
LA BROCHE CORRESPONDANT À LA
TERRE.
ATTENTION: POUR RÉDUIRE LES
RISQUES D'UN FEU OU D'ÉLECTROCUTION, N’EXPOSEZ PAS L'APPAREIL À LA PLUIE OU À LA MOITEUR.
ATTENTION: IL N'Y A PAS D’ÉLÉMENTS RÉPARABLES DANS L'APPAREIL. CONSULTER UN TECHNICIEN QUALIFIÉ POUR LES RÉPARATIONS.
ATTENTION: NOS AMPLIFICATEURS
SONT CAPABLES DE LA PRODUCTION DES NIVEAUX DE SON D'UNE
HAUTE PRESSION. L'EXPOSITION
CONTINUE AUX CES NIVEAUX PEUT
CAUSER LA SURDITÉ PERMANENTE.
LA PRUDENCE EST ADVISÉ À UTILISATEUR ET LA PROTECTION DES
OREILLES EST RECOMMANDÉ SI
L'APPAREIL EST UTILISÉ À UN HAUT
NIVEAU DE VOLUME.
"IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE USER TO REFER TO THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL"
“ES NECESARIO QUE EL USUARIO SE REFIERA AL MANUAL DE INSTRUCCIONES.”
"REFERREZ-VOUS AU MANUAL D'UTILISATION"
"UNBEDINGT IN DER BEDIENUNGSANLEITUNG NACHSCHLAGEN"
The BFX100 is covered with a durable black Tolex material: wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth. Never spray
cleaning agents onto the cabinet. Avoid abrasive cleansers which would damage the finish.
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