NAMM 2018: Blackstar announce the new Unity Pro Bass Series

Blackstar has announced the new Unity Pro Bass series of amplifiers, a 5-strong range that they believe is the "new face of bass". Here's all the details from Blackstar…

Unity Pro Bass are the result of countless hours of technical research and benchmarking against the most iconic historic references. Designed from the ground up by bass players, for bass players they are straight forward and powerful. The new Unity Pro Bass System’s deceptively simple controls allow you to quickly and easily create your tone, with rock solid bass, detailed dynamics and innovative features in a compact package from 30 Watts to 500 Watts.

Blackstar’s unique Response control allows the player to choose between the sound and feel of three classic power amp stages, shaping compression, natural drive and dynamics. Combined with three distinct preamp voicings and a 4-band semi-parametric EQ, Unity produces in nitely exible bass tone and exceptional feel, whatever your playing style.
The Unity 250ACT powered cabinet can be linked to any model in the line to add 250W or more of active power to your rig; taking you from the studio or rehearsal room to the gig with ease and portability.

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From the organic response of classic valve amps, to a transparent clean platform, Unity brings together the ultimate in bass tone.

Unity Pro Bass Series key features:

  • Ultimate tonal flexibility – from valve grind to high-headroom clean
  • Unique Response control – 3 power amp stages to shape compression and feel
  • Drive section – 3 overdrives (Overdrive / Distortion / Fuzz) with user-controllable blend
  • Compressor and effects – Chorus and Sub-Octave
  • Pro connectivity – balanced XLR, jack or USB are perfect for live, studio and home use
  • Unity Bass Series Active Cabinet – connect to any amp in the Unity Bass Series for 250W of extra power

U30 features

  • 30 Watts
  • Custom designed 8″ Speaker
  • 3 Voices – Classic, Modern, Overdrive
  • 4-band EQ with semi-parametric Mid
  • Footswitchable Overdrive and Chorus
  • Compressor
  • Input Gain with clip indication
  • Pad Switch for active / passive instruments
  • Master Volume
  • Link to Unity Bass Series Active Cabinet
  • MP3 / Line in
  • XLR + 1⁄4″ Line Out / Headphones with independent level control

U60 features

  • 60 Watts
  • Custom designed 10″ Speaker
  • 3 Voices – Classic, Modern, Overdrive
  • 4-band EQ with semi-parametric Mid
  • Footswitchable Overdrive and Chorus
  • Compressor
  • Input Gain with clip indication
  • Pad Switch for active / passive instruments
  • Master Volume
  • Link to Unity Bass Series Active Cabinet
  • MP3 / Line in
  • XLR + 1⁄4″ Line Out / Headphones with independent level control

U120 features

  • 120 Watts
  • Custom designed Eminence 12″ Opus Speaker
  • 3 Voices – Classic, Modern, Overdrive
  • 4-band EQ with semi-parametric Mid
  • Footswitchable Overdrive and Chorus
  • Compressor
  • Input Gain with clip indication
  • Pad Switch for active / passive instruments
  • Master Volume
  • Link to Unity Bass Series Active Cabinet
  • MP3 / Line in
  • XLR + 1⁄4″ Line Out / Headphones with independent level control

U250 features

  • 250 Watts
  • Custom designed Eminence 15″ Opus Speaker
  • 3 Voices – Classic, Modern, Flat
  • 3 Footswitchable Drives with user controllable blend – Overdrive / Distortion / Fuzz
  • 4-band EQ with semi-parametric Mid
  • Unique Response control – Linear, 6L6 and 6550
  • Footswitchable Chorus and Sub-Octave with adjustable level control
  • Compressor
  • Input Gain with clip indication
  • Pad Switch for active / passive instruments
  • Master Volume
  • Link to Unity Bass Series Active Cabinet
  • USB audio out for direct recording
  • Series effects loop
  • MP3 / Line in
  • XLR + 1⁄4″ Line Out / Headphones with independent level control
  • D.I. / cabinet emulated line outputs

U500 features

  • 500 Watts
  • Custom designed Eminence 2 x 10″ Opus Speakers
  • 3 Voices – Classic, Modern, Flat
  • 3 Footswitchable Drives with user controllable blend – Overdrive / Distortion / Fuzz
  • 4-band EQ with semi-parametric Mid
  • Unique Response control – Linear, 6L6 and 6550
  • Footswitchable Chorus and Sub-Octave with adjustable level control
  • Compressor
  • Input Gain with clip indication
  • Pad Switch for active / passive instruments
  • Master Volume
  • Link to Unity Bass Series Active Cabinet
  • USB audio out for direct recording
  • Series effects loop
  • MP3 / Line in n XLR + 1⁄4” Line Out / Headphones with independent level control
  • D.I. / cabinet emulated Line outputs

Active Extension Cab features

  • 250 Watts
  • Custom designed Eminence 15″ Opus speaker
  • Independent volume control
  • Combined XLR + 1⁄4″ input allowing use with external preamps
  • Passive 1⁄4” input for use as a standard extension cabinet
  • XLR Through to chain together multiple Unity active cabinets

Pricing and Availability:
There’s no word from Blackstar yet as to the pricing for the Unity Pro Bass series, however, they are expected to become available in June 2018. For further information head to the Blackstar website.

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