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Moving Combos a Quantum Leap Forward

Chris Minh Doky and his Combo450

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After we revolutionized the bass world with the original Bass Amp 2.0 rig (RH450 + RS cabs),  we decided to shrink the package down into a combo.

Compact portability and all the killer features from RH450 makes it a winning combination!
 

  • RH450 Bass Amp
  • 2 x 10" Driver + 1" Tweeter
  • 3 Presets
  • Onboard tuner

Ultimate Tone Tools

Use the 4-band semi-parametric EQ to sculpt your basic tone. Then apply SpectraComp and/or TubeTone for the finishing touch.

Traditional compressors tend to be controlled by the lower strings only, but with multi-band compression, you get even 'per string' compression.

TubeTone emulates not only a tube preamp, but also the power amp section of a classic tube amp. Shockingly convincing!

Tune Up

Why no one has ever done this before is simply beyond us. Adding an onboard chromaitic tuner makes life so much easier for everyone!

The tuner is always on, and you can check your tuning state at any point. And when you need to tune up between songs, the built-in tuner will get you back and playing in seconds. Crowds just hate to wait!

Presets

Different situations call for different tones. Be it a change of bass, a different song/style or a different venue, you need your amp to be instantly flexible and adapt to your needs.

You can store up to 3 different presets so you can handle whatever music might throw at you. Also, the optional RC4 footswitch allows you to instantly control your presets.

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  • 450 Watts
  • 4-band Semi-parametric EQ
  • 3 Presets
  • 2 x 10" Custom Eminence Drivers
  • Ultimate Tone Tools
  • TubeTone
  • SpectraComp
  • 1" Custom Eminence Tweeter
  • Chromatic Bass Tuner
  • Rehearsal Input / headphone Out
  • First-grade DI Out
  • Pull-up Handle and Wheels

Backstage Pass – All Access

Built–in Bass Tuner

The on-board bass tuner is chromatic, and it’s always on. In other words, you can check up on your tuning state at any time – even at a quick glance in the middle of a tune. And tuning up between songs is faster then ever. Crowds just hate waiting!

3 Presets

Do you ever play different basses – or tunes that need unique tones – on the same gig? You can create 3 presets tailored for e.g. a Jazz Bass, a P Bass and an active bass, or it could be for Rock, Slap or Upright bass. It’s all up to you, and you’ll find that swapping basses on the stage is faster than ever!

TubeTone

TubeTone gives you that vintage feel of an all–tube bass amp. Rather than fitting a single tube in the preamp section, we have designed a pristine circuit that emulates not only a tube preamp, but also a complete tube power amp. Add subtle tube warmth or crank it all the way up for dirty drive tone.

SpectraComp

Multi–band compression – the musical way to control dynamics. SpectraComp can be subtle or downright aggressive, but either way you get the best bass compressor ever made. Single–band compressors tend to be controlled only by the lower strings, but with SpectraComp you virtually get ‘per string compression’.

Flexible Tone Controls

The EQ section is semi–parametric on all 4 bands. You may never need to use the semi–parametric option, but if you should happen to be at a venue that requires surgical frequency adjustment, just hit the Shift button and define exactly at which frequency each EQ–band should cut or boost.

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.

Power Up Anywhere

The ultimate in convenience for the traveling musician. The built–in power supply operates from 90 to 240 Volts, making life a lot easier if you’re on the road as there’s no complicated fuse changing – just plug and play wherever you are!

Effects Loop

Use the Send/Return connectors to hook up external effects. Traditionally, dry/wet effects such as chorus or reverb are used in a Send/Return system, but today there are no rules. If you want to experiment with adding effects like drive or filter modulation ‘on top’ of your clean signal, this is the way to go.

Line Driver

The built–in DI is state–of–the–art. In many cases superior to external DI boxes, so if you need to send a signal to an FOH engineer, try this option first. You can also use it when recording in the studio, taking advantage of the flexible EQ section, SpectraComp and TubeTone.

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!

Vertical Stacking Explained

Vertical Stacking... It may sound like a term that was developed by our sales and marketing departments, but in reality Vertical Stacking was born in our bass development department. The concept emerged from years and years of bass playing. Yep, that's right! The guys developing TC bass gear are actually bass players themselves, and they know what it's like out there in the real world of bass.


The Problem

If you ever play gigs at private parties or small to mid-sized venues, you probably decided to only bring one bass cab - typically one with a 4x10" speaker configuration.  

If you place a 4 x10" cab on the floor the sound waves will bounce off the floor.  While this is great for getting that fat low-end impact, the downside is that you can't hear the details of your playing.  (Well, your knees can, but not your ears.)

One solution is to place the cab on a chair, a rack case or similar. Now, you can hear the mid and high frequencies much better, but the downside is lack of low-end presence. Since you elevated the cab, you lose the early reflections bouncing off the floor. 

In other words, no matter what you do, using only one 4 x 10" cab means a compromise of sound quality.


Horizontal Alternative

As long as you use TC cabinets, most of our amps can actually handle 3 cabs simultaneously.

Obviously, it would become a very tall stack if you stacked 3 2x10" or 2x12" cabs vertically, in fact you may not be able to reach the amp...

But don't worry, due to the extra cab, it actually makes sense to stack them in the traditional, horizontal way if you hook up three cabs.

The Solution

The solution to the problem is our unique Vertical Stacking concept. There is nothing wrong with using 4 10" speakers. In most situations, that is more than enough - the problem is that all 4 speakers are fitted inside a square box in a 2x2 configuration.

Our answer is a 4x1 speaker configuration using either two 2x10", 2x10"/2x12" or two 2x12" cabs. Whether you want 10 or 12" speakers or a combination, the point is that you stack the speakers vertically.

The early reflections add punch and low-end to your sound, but at the same time, you can hear every detail thanks to the fact that the top speaker is aligned with your ears. 

No More Compromises. Issue Solved!


Classic Stacking

If weight and space is less of a concern, you can always go for the classic configuration of 8x10". Or how about 2x12" in the bottom, 4x10" in the middle and 2x10" on top? Obviously, such solutions will also give you all the benefits of vertical stacking using smaller cabs.

Acoustic Tilt

Acoustic tilt using Combo450 stacked with RS112

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Just like early reflections are key to the Vertical Stacking concept, you can take advantage of the same phenomenon if you use either an RS212 or RS112 as the lower cabinet and an RS210 as the upper cabinet.

It's perfectly fine to align the front of each cabinet, but if you want to emphasize clarity and definition in a natural way (without adjusting the tone controls of the amp), try pushing the upper RS210 cab back a bit.

Now, you will get eary reflections of the upper cabinet coming your way, and even though it may sound like a minor adjustment, the difference is significant and you can control the amount of early reflections by how far you push back the RS210 cab. 

RC4 Perspective

RC4 Remote

Want to switch easily between your presets, or tune up without having to turn around? The RC4 Remote is your solution!

You gain total control right at your feet, and it will also allow you to quicly mute the amp for silent tuning in betweens songs.

Images

Artists Using Combo450

Reviews

Bass Player
by Jonathan Herrera

With the controls set for the flattest response, the RH head was beautifully textured and fast, with warm and supple mids, taut lows, and a mellow top.

Premier Guitar
by Dan Berkowitz

As far as tone, I really discovered the character of the RH450 while A/B’ing with another brand of mini-amp. One note and I was struck with the transparency of that other amp - nearly to the point of sounding sterile. In contrast, the RH450 had a warmth and tonal character that were very pleasant, yet assertive.

Check out the full review by Premier Guitar
Performing Musician
by David Heap

This is some serious piecs of kit. The clever designs and functions on the amp ensure that no feature is redundant. The rotary LEDs are a little disconcerting to use at first, but for quick visual reference they turn out to be fantastic, as is the onboard tuner, which is such a simple thing to incorporate but is again just so useful for speed of setup and reference.

Check out the full review by Performing Musician (PDF)
No Treble
by Kevin Johnson

Technology is a beautiful thing, and TC Electronic’s RH450 head unit is just another reminder of how sweet it can be. The amp is a solid-state head with a built in multi-band compressor, semi parametric EQ, and tube simulator. It features 450 Watts with a switchmode power supply and Class D power amp. With a handful of cool studio-quality features packed into a very portable housing, this amp is built for the gigging audiophile.

Check out the full review by No Treble
Music Players
by Scott Kahn

The result of TC Electronic and Tannoy’s design collaboration is nothing short of brilliant — we unequivocally love this bass rig, and if we had the spare cash, we’d make it a permanent fixture in our studio. It offers plenty of volume, great definition and a punchy sound, cool player-friendly features that are rarely found in bass amps, and an easily transportable design that enables you to fit a full-range bass rig within the confines of a tightly-packed club stage… and carry it all back to your car without requiring a team of roadies!

Check out the full review by Music Players

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