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CA120D
Acoustic Amplifier
User’s Guide
CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
Table of Contents:
About the Crate Acoustic CA120D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
The Front Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
The Rear Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
To Eliminate Instrument Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
The DSP Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
System Block Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Technical Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover
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Product Type:
Audio Amplifier
Complies with the following Standards:
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PRECAUCION
ATTENTION
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DO NOT OPEN
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RISQUE D'ELECTROCUTION
NE PAS OUVRIR
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THIS APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
PRECAUCION: PARA REDUCIR EL RIESGO DE INCENDIOS O DESCARGAS ELECTRICAS, NO PERMITA QUE ESTE APARATO QUEDE EXPUESTO A LA LLUVIA O LA HUMEDAD. PARA DISMINUOIR EL
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REPARATION, S'ADRESSER A UN TECHNICIEN QUALIFIE.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
• READ, FOLLOW, HEED, AND KEEP ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS.
• DO NOT OPERATE NEAR ANY HEAT SOURCE AND DO NOT BLOCK ANY VENTILATION OPENINGS ON THIS APPARATUS. FOR PROPER OPERATION, THIS UNIT REQUIRES 3”
(75CM) OF WELL VENTILATED SPACE AROUND HEATSINKS AND OTHER AIR FLOW PROVISIONS IN THE CABINET.
• DO NOT USE THIS APPARATUS NEAR SPLASHING, FALLING, SPRAYING, OR STANDING LIQUIDS.
• CLEAN ONLY WITH LINT-FREE DAMP CLOTH AND DO NOT USE CLEANING AGENTS.
• ONLY CONNECT POWER CORD TO A POLARIZED, SAFETY GROUNDED OUTLET WIRED TO CURRENT ELECTRICAL CODES AND COMPATIBLE WITH VOLTAGE, POWER, AND
FREQUENCY REQUIREMENTS STATED ON THE REAR PANEL OF THE APPARATUS.
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PROTECT THE POWER CORD FROM DAMAGE DUE TO BEING WALKED ON, PINCHED, OR STRAINED.
UNPLUG THE APPARATUS DURING LIGHTNING STORMS OR WHEN UNUSED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.
ONLY USE ATTACHMENTS, ACCESSORIES, STANDS, OR BRACKETS SPECIFIED BY THE MANUFACTURER FOR SAFE OPERATION AND TO AVOID INJURY.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK OR FIRE, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
SERVICE MUST BE PERFORMED BY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
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:
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"DANGEROUS VOLTAGE"
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“VOLTAJE PELIGROSO”
"DANGER HAUTE TENSION"
"IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE USER TO REFER TO THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL"
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“ES NECESARIO QUE EL USUARIO SE REFIERA AL MANUAL DE INSTRUCCIONES.”
"REFERREZ-VOUS AU MANUAL D'UTILISATION"
CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
About the Crate Acoustic CA120D:
D
esigned for the performing artist,
Crate’s CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
gives you more of what you want.
More power. More clarity. More control. And,
more freedom. Imagine: microphone quality
sound, without feedback. And without being
“chained” to a mic stand!
More power: a 120 watt RMS power amplifier drives a Studio Monitor-style 12” subwoofer for plenty of volume and low end
punch.
More clarity: a specially designed tweeter
provides clean crisp highs and natural midrange blend. A tweeter level control allows
you to adjust the high frequency output to
suit your taste.
More control: two separate channels, each
with its own gain, tone, and reverb/effects
controls. An automatic feedback elimination
circuit with two filter select controls lets you
kill feedback without sacrificing sound quality. The filters can be controlled by means of a
footswitch provided with the unit.
Enough already? Not for us. The CA120D
features Crate’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
for a variety of digital reverbs, effects and
delays specifically designed for acoustic
instruments.
The CA120D was designed, evaluated, and
tweaked by music loving engineers. Each
amplifier is produced by skilled assemblers
using sophisticated assembly machines and
the finest components. Trained craftsmen
assemble and cover every cabinet by hand.
The finished product is tested – and played –
by skilled musicians/technicians. It is only
after the amplifier has passed this meticulous
design/assembly/performance/approval
process that we allow it to be shipped to our
customers.
The CA120D Acoustic Amplifier. Designed
to be the best, so you can sound your best!
A pair of CD Input jacks allows you to play
along with a compact disc, cassette tape, or a
rhythm machine.
Still more: Footswitch jacks on the rear
panel provide control for the feedback circuit
as well as two “tracking” DSP presets. Levelcontrollable XLR and 1/4” balanced line outs
allow you to patch into house sound boards
or recording consoles, plus an effects loop
line-in/line-out setup allows connection of
external effects. An external speaker jack lets
you connect the amplifier to another separate
speaker cabinet.
To get this amplifier to sound its best,
read this owner’s guide prior to its use.
To keep this amplifier looking its best, avoid
abrasive cleansers. Wipe the cabinet clean
using a slightly dampened cloth. Never use
brass cleaners on the hardware since they
could damage their protective coatings.
Crate Acoustic amplifiers are Made With Pride in the U.S.A.
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CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
The Front Panel:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
NOTE: Channel 1 and Channel 2 are independent of each other up
to the Effects and Master sections. The text below (#1–10)
applies to both channels.
1: Low-Z. The signal from a low impedance microphone may be connected here by means of a shielded, balanced microphone cable terminated with an XLR connector. This jack has 15 volts phantom
power applied to pins 2 and 3. (Mics not requiring phantom power
will not be affected.)
2: Gain 1. This serves as the input level control for the XLR Input jack
(#1). For the best signal to noise ratio set this control so the Peak LED
(#5) flashes on strong signals.
3: High-Z. The signal from your acoustic instrument may be connected
here by means of a shielded signal cable. This input will accommodate a piezo pickup or an active system.
4: Gain 2. This serves as the input level control for the High-Z jack (#3).
For the best signal to noise ratio set this control so the Peak LED (#5)
flashes on strong signals.
5: Peak. This LED flashes when the signal level into the preamp
approaches clipping. Adjust the Gain controls (#2, #4) until a strong
signal causes this LED to flash.
6: Low. This serves as the bass control. Adjust this control to get the best
sounding bass response for this channel. Excessive boost of the low
control can cause an unnatural howling and should be avoided.
7: Mid. This serves as the midrange control. Adjust this control to get
the best projection and midrange tones for your instrument. The center point of the mid control is chosen by the setting of the Contour
control (#8).
8: Contour. Use this control to set the center point of the Mid control
(#7). Set this control at the frequency which gives you the most natural-sounding midrange tones.
9: High. This serves as the treble control. Adjust this control so your
high notes and harmonic overtones are lively but not overpowering.
10: DSP/Eff Send. Use this control to adjust the amount of internal
Digital Effect and/or external effect (if used).
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8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
The Master Section - part one:
11: CD Input. Use these RCA jacks to connect a CD or tape player to the
amplifier. Use the CD Level control (#12) to adjust the level of the
player.
12: CD Level. Use this control to adjust the signal level at the CD Input
jacks (#11).
13: Tweeter Cut. Use this control to reduce the output level of the internal high frequency driver. In the fully counter-clockwise position, the
tweeter is at its full output level. As you rotate the control clockwise,
the tweeter level decreases. Adjust this control to best suit your playing environment.
14: Feedback Filters. Use these switches to activate the CA120D’s
advanced feedback elimination circuitry. For complete details, see the
section entitled “To Eliminate Feedback” on page 6.
The Effects Section:
15: Mode. Use this control to select the type of Digital Signal Processing
effect applied to the output signal. For a listing of the effects, please
see the section entitled “The DSP Section” on page 6.
16: DSP Level. Use this control to adjust the amount of internal DSP
effect.
17: Aux In/Eff Ret. Use this control to adjust the mix of the line level signal
applied to the Effects Aux In/Eff Ret jack (#24, page 5) with the main
input signal.
The Master Section - part two:
18: Level. Use this control to set the overall output level of the amplifier.
CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
The Rear Panel:
19
20
21
19: Power. Use this switch to turn the amplifier on (top of the switch
depressed) and off (bottom of the switch depressed.) The power
switch illuminates when the amplifier is on.
20: AC Line Cord. The grounded power cord should only be plugged
into a grounded power outlet that meets all applicable electrical
codes and is compatible with the voltage, power and frequency
requirements stated on the rear panel. Do not attempt to defeat the
safety ground connection!
21: External Speaker. Use this jack to connect the amplifier to an external
speaker cabinet. This jack is wired in series with the internal speakers
which remain active when an external speaker is connected.
22: Feedback Filters Footswitch. Connect the three-button footswitch to
this jack for remote control of the feedback filters. The Feedback
Filters ON LED (#14, front panel) illuminates and the feedback circuit
is activated when a footswitch is connected to this jack. Footswitch
button #1 controls Feedback Filter 1, button #2 controls Filter #2. (See
illustration below.)
Note: This is a STEREO jack: tip = Filter 1, ring = Filter 2, sleeve is
ground. Use only a footswitch equipped with a stereo 1/4” plug.
NOTE: The Feedback
circuit is activated
when a footswitch is
plugged into the
Feedback Filters
Footswitch jack ---->
1
Button #1:
Turns
Feedback
Filter #1
on and off
2
3
CA120D Rear Panel:
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
23: DSP A/B Bank Footswitch. Connect the three-button footswitch to
this jack for remote control of two DSP settings:
1.With footswitch button #3’s LED illuminated, select one of the DSP
settings
2.Step on footswitch button #3 - the LED will go out - select a different DSP setting
3.Step on footswitch button #3 again - the LED illuminates, and the
DSP automatically changes back to the setting chosen in step 1.
4.Step on footswitch button #3 again - the LED goes out, and the DSP
automatically changes back to the setting chosen in step 2.
24: Effects Aux In/Eff Ret. When using an external signal processor or any
line level signal (drum machine, keyboard, etc), connect the output of the
device to this jack by means of a shielded signal cable.
25: Effects Send. When using an external signal processor, connect this
jack to the input of the effect by means of a shielded signal cable.
26: Line Out Level. Use this control to adjust the output level of the line
out signal. (This control works independently from the amplifier’s
master level control.)
27: High Z Bal Line Out. Use this jack to connect a high impedance, line
level signal to a house sound board, a recording console or an external power amplifier by means of an 1/4” stereo plug-terminated
cable. (Ring is signal +, tip is signal -, and sleeve is ground.)
28: Gnd Lift. This switch, when depressed, electronically disconnects
both of the Line Out jacks’ (#27, #29) chassis ground connections. If
you experience excessive noise when using the Line Out jacks,
depress this switch.
29: Low Z Bal Line Out. Use this jack to connect a low impedance, line
level signal to a house sound board, a recording console or an external power amplifier by means of an XLR-terminated cable. (Pin 1 is
ground, pin 2 is signal +, and pin 3 is signal -.)
Button #2: Button #3:
Turns
Feedback
Filter #2
on and off
Togg es
between
DSP
settings
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CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
To Eliminate Instrument Feedback:
One of the most common problems encountered when amplifying
acoustic instruments, especially in small environments, is feedback.
Acoustic instruments typically have inherent qualities which cause resonant feedback at specific frequencies. Instrument tone controls and sound
board equalizers are helpful in getting rid of the problem, but they typically operate around relatively wide frequency bands. This almost always
means the musician must sacrifice sound quality in his quest to do away
with feedback. But since Crate’s feedback elimination circuit isolates only
the offending frequency, instrument feedback from the CA120D can be
eliminated without affecting the overall sound.
If you experience feedback while playing, depress the Feedback Filters On
switch. This actives the automatic feedback control circuit. Depress the
Feedback Filter 1 switch to isolate and control the offending frequency. If
feedback occurs again while the Filter 1 switch is depressed, depress the
Filter 2 switch to isolate and control the second offending frequency.
The LEDs above the switches illuminate when the switches are depressed.
When a footswitch is used in the Feefback Filters Footswitch jack (#22),
the ON LED illuminates when the plug is inserted into the jack and the
front panel switches are rendered inoperative.
The DSP Section:
The CA120D features Crate’s On-Board Digital Signal Processing
(DSP) technology that was designed specifically for use with
acoustic instruments and vocals. This provides a large selection
of digital reverbs, effects and delays. Select the type of effect
desired by rotating the Mode control (#15). The effects are
described below.
When a footswitch is used in the DSP A/B Back Footswitch jack (#23), a
separate DSP setting can be stored and recalled for each of the
footswitch’s two button positions (LED on, LED off). Refer to the steps on
page 5, item #23.
The following chart provides a list of the DSP settings along with a brief description of
each effect.
Reverb: R average room reverb
S small dark hall reverb
M medium hall reverb
L large hall reverb
Delay: S 100 milisecond delay
M 200 milisecond delay
L1 335 milisecond delay
L2 500 milisecond delay
Rev/Dly: M reverb with 250 milisecond delay
L1 reverb with 400 milisecond delay
L2 reverb with 550 milisecond delay
Multi: Ch1 chorus effect
Ch2 chorus, 375 milisecond delay, reverb
Ch3 425 milisecond delay with chorus, reverb
Dblr adds second signal slightly out of sync with original
Bypass effects “off”
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CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
phantom
power
line out
Channels 1 and 2:
master
effects
System Block Diagram:
peak
low-z
tones
gain
DSP/eff
send
high-z
low mid cntr high
gain
effects
send
mode
high-z
bal
DSP
line out
level
foot
switch
aux in/
eff ret
aux in/
eff ret
low-z
bal
cd
input
gnd
lift
gain
high pass
level
hi-freq
driver
feedback
filters
on/off*
limiter
low pass
feedback
circuit
foot
switch* filter
1
tweeter
cut
power
amp
filter
2
low-freq
driver
external
speaker
*NOTE: Feedback circuit activated when footswitch plug is inserted into Feedback Filters Footswitch jack
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CA120D Acoustic Amplifier
Technical Specifications:
Output Power Rating:
120 watts @ <1% THD
Channels 1 & 2: Low:
+/-15dB @ 80Hz
Mid:
High:
+15, -30dBdB from 450Hz – 1.2kHz (Contour)
+/-15dB @ 10kHz
Input Impedance:
3.3M ohm High-Z, 3k ohm Low-Z
Input Sensitivity:
5mV High-Z, 2mV Low-Z
Sens. to Eff Send/Line out:
6mV High-Z, 3mV Low-Z
Max Input Signal:
CD Input: Input Impedance:
6V RMS (17V peak to peak)
22k ohm
Input Sensitivity:
150mV
Max Input Signal:
6V RMS (17V peak to peak)
AuxEff. Return: Input Impedance:
11k ohm
Input Sensitivity:
80mV RMS
Max Input Signal:
6V RMS (17V peak to peak)
Eff Send Out. Impedance:
2.2k ohm
Line Out Out. Impedance:
220 ohm Low-Z, 2.2k ohm High-Z
Feedback Filters:
10Hz to 4.8kHz range, -15dB cut per filter
Internal Woofer:
12” w/polypropylene cone, rubber surround, 45oz magnet, 2” voice coil,
4 ohms, 175w RMS, 95dB 1w 1m
Internal Tweeter:
Internal Crossover:
Power Requirements:
Size and Weight:
High efficiency Piezo, 110dB 1w 1m
Passive type
120VAC, 60Hz, 160VA
100/115VAC, 50/60Hz, 160VA
230VAC, 50/60Hz, 160VA
18”H x 17-1/2”W x 15-1/2”D, 45 lbs.
Crate continually develops new products, as well as improves existing ones. For this reason,
the specifications and information in this manual are subject to change without notice.
www.crateamps.com
©2004 SLM Electronics
A Division of St. Louis Music Co.
1400 Ferguson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63133
47-942-01 • 021604
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