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TC Electronic BH550 Bass Amp

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With BH550 we're building on everything that people loved about the original BH250, by simply throwing in more of what made the amp so innovative. You get more power, more punch and more creative features without compromising with the original's ultra-lightweight design. On top of that you get a highly intelligent EQ section, and a build in tuner. And you know what that means... total tonal bliss!

 

  • TonePrint - Instant Inspiration
  • Lightweight
  • 550Watt

TonePrint: Complete Creative Control

No longer is your creativity held back by some fixed set of build-in effects! With the innovative TonePrint technology you become the amp designer. So if you need a swirling vintage flanger and a TubeDrive for your next rock gig, or a compressor and a chorus when you play with your funk band, you simply just load them into the amp. This may sound surreal, but trust us, it's THAT easy!

TonePrint means signature effects made by the most awesome bass players around, like Victor Wooten, Duff McKagan, Nathan East and many more. These TonePrints are available for free, straight from your smartphone - and with 2 switchable TonePrint slots available, you can mix and match to your heart's desire!

Art. Where Technology And Design Meet.

Long gone are the days where bassists where the quiet dudes side of stage staring at their shoes pumping roots and fifths. Today's bassist is versatile, expressive, loud, and ready for his place in the spotlight. To perfectly support the needs of our fellow lovers of low-end, we've designed the BH550 to fit the needs of busy bassists on-the-go. That means a lightweight, portable design, a killer EQ section and unlimited tonal versatility through TonePrint - plus an on-board tuner. So just like you, this amp was born to rock!

Tone Is Where The Heart Is

We don't know what magical schools of Bass-Wizardry our engineers attended, but boy do they know tone! And with the BH550's intelligent EQ section we've once again placed ourselves far ahead of the tone-tailoring-game. Behind the deceptively simple four dial design lies a frequency range perfectly tuned for bass. So no matter if you like your sound nice and scooped, fat and groovy or filled with high-end sparkle the BH550's tone controls will be sure to cut and boost in all the right places, leaving you sounding your best every single time!

Backstage Pass - All Access

BH550 offers the perfect mix between weight and power, intuitive controls, TonePrint and an onboard tuner making it the must have tool for virtually any bassist.

TonePrint: Your Vision, Your Sound

BH550 features a wide range of TonePrint effects, from Chorus, Flanger, Vibrato, Octaver to our custom SpectraComp & BassDrive – and they all sound killer! We even have Combined TonePrints that let you enjoy the power of two TonePrints in one!

Frequent Awesomeness

The intelligent EQ section is designed to cut and boost at different frequencies. Tailored specifically for bass for ultra-precise tonal shaping.

Bass Tuner

The BH550’s ultra-precise on-board tuner is there when you need it. It’s always on, so you constantly have a clear read of whether you’re in tune or not. And with a frequency range that supports up to six-string basses, you can be sure that your low-notes will always be in tune!

Plug & Play

Use your iPod, phone, MP3 player or similar to jam along your favorite tracks. Just plug it into the AUX input and you’re ready for a rehearsal session, combining your favorite music with your favorite bass tone!

Late Night Jammin’

If you like jamming late at night, plug in a pair of headphones for a silent session. Keep it grooving, and keep your family and neighbors happy at the same time.

Balanced Output

Use the balanced output to send a signal to a PA or a sound engineer when playing live, or use it as a high–quality bass preamp in the studio when recording, taking advantage of the tone controls and TonePrint features. Choose between sending a pre signal for a completely clean and direct sound or chose post to get the flavor of the amp.

Foot Control

You can hook up a Switch 3 pedal for complete creative control. The first switch will turn TonePrint 1 on and off, the second turns TonePrint 2 on and off, while the third will mute the amp. Glorious sonic options straight at your feet!

Sounds

Sound examples by Oliver McEwan

TonePrint® Enabled - Signature Bass Effects

Bass TonePrints are free, custom-tuned effects, provided by your favorite bass players! TonePrints give you access to an effect as it is used by the artist - so you can tap directly into the TC tones used by the best bass players in the world.

Oh, this being the 21st century and all, we've made a TonePrint App which allows you to beam TonePrints from your phone to your TonePrint-enabled pedal or amp. Easy, fast and totally free of charge! 

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TonePrints for BH550

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Effect Types

You can load and swap effect types on your BH-and BG-Series bass amps via USB or the TonePrint App for smartphones. Once you load an effect of your choice to the amp, you can use the white TonePrint knob to adjust the wet/dry balance - more or less effect so to speak.

 

Octaver

You will find that our Sub'n'Up Octaver is one of the most flexible octavers you'll ever come across. It can take you up an octave, or down an octave, keep it clean, or add some dirt. And it tracks like no other octaver you have ever tried - all the way down to the low B-string!

Chorus

The Chorus effect is based on our legendary Stereo Chorus Flanger - aka SCF - that set new standards for chorus greatness decades ago and is still going strong. Now, it has been tailored with painstaking attention to detail for one specific purpose: Bass! 

SpectraComp

SpectraComp is the same multi-band compressor that you'll find in the Blacksmith. In essence, you get a 'compressor per string' that is not fooled by the impact of the lower strings only, which is a known problem when using single-band compressors for bass.

Flanger

The Flanger effect builds on our Vortex Flanger pedal that has amazed and inspired bass players all over the world ever since its release in 2010. 

Bass Drive

Bass Drive will give you the same convincing tube-like character that the TubeTone feature of e.g. RH750 and the Blacksmith is so famous for. On top of that, it can also get downright dirty and add drive, distortion or fuzz for more heavy duties.

Vibrato

The Vibrato effect is similar to our Vibrato Shaker pedal. It may not be the most common effect for bass players, but many have found it great for experimenting with new styles and creative ideas. 

Cabinet Configurations

BH550/800

Combine any two RS Cabinets

Combine any two K Cabinets

RS112

RS210

RS212

RS410

K210

K212

K410

BH550's Resume

  • Light and portable
  • Inspirational - TonePrint® signature bass effects

  • TonePrint Enabled - two switchable TonePrint slots

  • Built-in bass tuner
  • Intelligently contoured tone controls

Videos

Oliver McEwan BH550/800 Examples

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Reviews

iGuitar Magazine
by Dan Veall

I really like the clarity and low end punch with the BH heads that demonstrate TC's commitment to offering up a wide range of quality amplification for all tastes and needs. For once again being able to crowd so much into such small boxes it has to be top marks - especially at these prices!

Check out the full review by iGuitar Magazine
Bass Professor
by Jogi Sweers

The new BH550/800 amps deserve top marks! They're small, lightweight and powerful while offering excellent tone and plenty of options for tweaking it to taste. I simply can't recommend these amps enough!

Premier Guitar
by Steve Cook

TC Electronic doesn’t weigh down the BH800 with bells and whistles, yet they’ve packed all you need into one compact package. The amp sounds fantastic, fits in a backpack, and pretty much eliminates the need for a tuner, practice amp, or chiropractor. The BH800 can easily transition from backstage/hotel practice amp to the stage, and you can download a huge collection of virtual effects for free from the TonePrint library. Not to sound like the old guy in the room, but I wish this amp was around when I started out.

Check out the full review by Premier Guitar
Audiofanzine
by David Lo Pat

This is without any doubt the best of all the compact bass amps I’ve been reviewing lately. There are very few things that can compete with this amp in its category, and certainly not at this price. In short, you have to go and try out the BH800 NOW!

Check out the full review by Audiofanzine
Bass Guitar Magazine
by Alexo

Despite being small and light enough to hoist with just your little finger, the BH550/800 still manages to feel robust enough to throw at your drummer when he drops his umpteenth stick during the first song of your set – and it sounds great. You see, size really isn’t everything, and big things often come in small packages. Feel free to add whatever other clichéd platitudes you like here – they’re all true!

Check out the full review by Bass Guitar Magazine

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