- Bad Cat
TROUBLESHOOTING
Your new Bad Cat amplifier is designed for many years of professional trouble free operation. Common
sense will tell you that if you notice any severe abnormalities in operation like burning smell, smoke,
etc.; you need to shut down the amp immediately. Always consult Bad Cat customer service if you are
unsure of the problems that you are experiencing.
CONSUMER NOTE***
There are NO user serviceable parts inside this amplifier! Any attempt to modify this amp will void the
limited 5 year warranty!
CAUTION
With a little care and caution, your Bad Cat amplifier should provide you with years of trouble-free operation and
enjoyment. Please avoid damp areas and moisture during operation of the amp and in storage. This includes
placement of beverages near or on the amp that could spill into the amp’s chassis. Liquids can easily damage,
switches and other parts.
GROUNDING
Please check thoroughly that the ground tip on the power cord plug is connected to true ground prior to operation
of your Bad Cat amp. Using unfamiliar junction boxes can cause potentially dangerous floating grounds. Please do
not cut or defeat the ground tip.
Operating Manual
UNLEASH
Re-Amplifier & Attenuator
Congratulations and thank you for purchasing the Bad Cat Unleash. As with
all Bad Cat products, your amplifier is designed from the ground up to provide the very best tones possible in a rugged, reliable package. Each one of
our pro quality models is constructed with Bad Cat’s commitment to making
the highest quality, hand-built, American-made products.
LIMITED 5 YEAR WARRANTY
Bad Cat Amplifiers warranties our amps and cabs against workmanship or defect for 5 years. The warranty does not cover cosmetic
damage, wear and tear, or abuse.
This warranty is transferable. Please see your local dealer and distributor for warranty information. Modifying or altering the amp in any
way voids the warrantee. Shipping to and from the warranty repair center is the responsibility of the customer.
IMPORTANT!
FOR YOUR PROTECTION, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
WATER AND MOISTURE: Appliance should not be used near water (near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc). Care should be taken so that objects
do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the enclosure through openings.
POWER SOURCES: The appliance should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions or
as marked on the unit.
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION: Precautions should be taken so that the grounding or polarization means of an appliance is not
defeated.
POWER CORD PROTECTION: Power supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items
placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit
from the appliance.
SERVICING: The user should not attempt to service the unit beyond that described in the operating instructions. All other servicing
should be referred to qualified service personnel.
FUSING: If your unit is equipped with a fuse receptacle, replace only with the same type fuse. Refer to replacement text on the unit
for correct fuse type.
WARNING: Do not connect speaker
outputs to grounded plug or allow
speaker cable housings to be in
contact with any metal objects,
i.e. adjacent jacks.
CAUTION: Dangerous voltage
within this product’s enclosure.
DO NOT OPEN.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL!
THIS UNIT CONTAINS HIGH VOLTAGE INSIDE!
PHONE 800.730.0966
FAX 714.630.0106 [email protected]
WWW.BADCATAMPS.COM
5 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE IRVINE CA 92618
BAD CAT HOLDINGS LLC. USA
Last updated: May 28 2013
FOR YOUR RECORDS, YOU MAY WISH TO RECORD THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.
SERIAL NO._____________________ INVOICE DATE______________________
SPEAKER - 4, 8 or 16Ω
STEP 1. INITIAL SETUP
HELPFUL INFORMATION
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SEND
WARNING
This device is capable of producing
extreme volume levels. Please
exercise caution when operating this
device. Failure to use adequate
precautions can result in permanent
hearing damage and/or loss.
FX LOOP
NO LESS THAN 4Ω TOTAL
FUSE - 2.5A
100-130VAC
50/60 HZ
RETURN
200-260VAC
50/60 HZ
DIRECT OUT
8Ω
Set your guitar and guitar amp controls to about
where you ordinarily play.
Disconnect the speaker from your guitar amp. Make
sure UNLEASH™ is OFF. Now plug that speaker
output of your guitar amp into the 8Ω input of the
UNLEASH™. If your guitar amp has switchable
outputs, switch to 8 ohms.
4
AMP INPUT
!Note: If you are using a 4 or 16 ohm guitar amp
FOOTSWITCH
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output into the UNLEASH™, you will hear slight tonal
differences compared to an 8 ohm input.
3
2
1. - As long as the INPUT to the UNLEASH™ is not overdriven, the OUTPUT is transparent.
That is, what tonal quality you put in, you get out.
2. Is the UNLEASH™ output fuzzy?
The Cause: You’re overdriving the UNLEASH™ INPUT.
The Solution: Reduce INPUT TRIM (see 3c).
3. Does the UNLEASH™ have a darkening
tone?
3
2
The Cause: You’re overdriving the power section of your guitar amp which causes clipping (dark tone).
The Solution: Try slightly backing down the volume on the power section of the guitar amp.
Also try increasinng Treble control.
EFFECTS SEND
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SPEAKER - 4, 8 or 16Ω
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extreme volume levels. Please
exercise caution when operating this
device. Failure to use adequate
precautions can result in permanent
hearing damage and/or loss.
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TITLE
SPEAKER - 4, 8 or 16Ω
SEND
WARNING
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This device is capable of producing
extreme volume levels. Please
exercise caution when operating this
device. Failure to use adequate
precautions can result in permanent
hearing damage and/or loss.
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NO LESS THAN 4Ω TOTAL
100-130VAC
50/60 HZ
RETURN
50/60 HZ
OFF
FUSE
50/60 HZ
REV
B
200-260VAC
50/60 HZ
STEP 2. UNLEASH2 SPEAKER OUTPUTS
SHEET
1
FUSE
With the provided Bad Cat speaker cable, connect the
UNLEASH™ to your speaker cabinet - 4, 8 or 16 ohms.
!Note: Always connect a speaker to the UNLEASH™
before turning power switch on.
8Ω
AMP INPUT
OUTPUT
DIRECT OUT
4
User Tip: It is preffered to use the UNLEASH™ loop
8Ω
AMP INPUT
with time based effects such as delays, choruses
and pitch shifting devices.
2
3
FOOTSWITCH
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Example 1
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Example 2
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STEP 3. INPUT TRIM
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line level SIZE
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to a PA or recording console. B
Unleash Chassis Final sp
FX LOOP
NO LESS THAN 4Ω TOTAL
FUSE - 2.5A
SCALE
3
100-130VAC
SIZE
200-260VAC
50/60 HZ
1
1 OF 1
FOOTSWITCH
RETURN
Use a simple single button 1/4” FOOTSWITCH
(not included) to switch between the CH 1 & CH 2
volume controls.
REV
DWG NO
3 G_punch
B key to understanding
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Understanding how to use the INPUT TRIM is
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the3 UNLEASH™.
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1
The INPUT TRIM controls the amount of input signal from your amp
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into the UNLEASH .
DIRECT OUT
8Ω
AMP INPUT
B
™
a. Turn all 3 UNLEASH™ front panel knobs fully counter clockwise to
the OFF position.
b. Turn the UNLEASH™ power switch ON (switch is above power cable)
c. Now play your guitar amp into the UNLEASH and increase the INPUT TRIM knob until the INPUT TRIM
‘led’ starts to blink. You now have the right amount of drive signal into the UNLEASH™.
d. Then adjust CH 1 for your desired volume / attenuation sound levels.
!Note: Switching between CH 1 & CH 2 requires a footswitch (not included).
!Note: For low volume attenuation, keep the UNLEASH™ INPUT
TRIM lower than the UNLEASH™
Unleash F/B/S Drawing
CHANNEL VOLUME.
Attenuating more than 100 Watts into the UNLEASH™ can cause
the UNLEASH™ to fail. Under this
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condition the warranty will not cover the cost of repairs.
!Note: Experiment with different amounts of INPUT TRIM.
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UNLEASH™ SPECIFICATIONS
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MFG
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SIZE
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DWG NO
3
SCALE
4
3
2
SHEET
1
1 OF 1
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TITLE
AC VOLTAGE
UNLEASH UNL A - 100 to 130 VAC 50/60 Hz
MFG to 260 VAC 50/60 Hz
UNLEASH™ UNL B - 200
Unleash Rear Silkscreen
INPUT OHMS
8 ohms - ideal for bestAPPROVED
sound
SIZE
DWG NO
4 and 16 ohm inputs work but with slight tonalB differences
Unleash Chassis Final sp
SCALE
compared to an 8 ohm input
SHEET 1 OF 1
3
2
1
INPUT WATTAGE
Min - 2 Watts (for full output)
RANGE
Max - 100 Watts
OUTPUT POWER
into 4 ohm cabinet - 180 Watts
into 8 ohm cabinet - 100 Watts
into 16 ohm cabinet - 50 Watts
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A
TITLE
QA
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A
SHEET
2
APPROVED
4
Unleash Rear Silkscreen
MFG
SEND
50/60 HZ
1
Unleash
Rear Silkscreen
MFG
2
3
This device is capable of producing
extreme volume levels. Please
exercise caution when operating this
device. Failure to use adequate
precautions can result in permanent
hearing damage and/or loss.
Bad Cat Holdings, LLC.
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Bad Cat Holdings, LLC.
TITLE
DIRECT OUT
SPEAKER - 4, 8 or 16Ω
WARNING
Combo Amp
2/25/2013
Peter Vu
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2/25/2013
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Gain and distortion devices are best used in front of
your guitar amp input.
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OUTPUT
Unleash
4
Use a 1/4” cable from the UNLEASH™ RETURN jack
to the output of your effects devices.
RETURN
1 OF 1
Coupler
DIRECT OUT
EFFECTS RETURN
NO LESS THAN 4Ω TOTAL
100-130VAC
3 G_punch
Unleash Chassis Final speakon
SCALE
3
FX LOOP
FUSE - 2.5A
FX LOOP
FUSE - 2.5A
200-260VAC
QA
!WARRANTY
INFORMATION: Connecting anything to the
UNLEASH™MFG
output speaker connectors
other
than
speakers
Unleash
Rear
Silkscreen
will causeAPPROVED
the UNLEASH™ Class ‘D’ amplifier to fail. Under
this condition, the warranty will notSIZE
cover the cost
DWGof
NO repairs.
Use a 1/4” cable from the UNLEASH™ SEND jack to
the input of your effects devices.
SEND
WARNING
DRAWN
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