The Blackstar Unity 500 2 x 10 Bass Combo Amplifier is the ultimate gig-ready, recording-friendly amp for those who crave affordability but don't want to compromise on performance or versatility. Equipped with a host of tone-sculpting options built-in, as well as possessing the ability to incorporate external gear with ease, you're good to go wherever you are.
The Blackstar Unity 500 offers a pad switch on the input that accommodates active- and passive-powered pickups. The input gain control allows you to dial in the signal level with an indicator to prevent signal clipping. The Unity 500 boasts a trio of voices that includes Classic, Modern, and Flat modes. Classic mode delivers valve-inspired thickness with emphasis on vintage-style EQ, Modern mode offers cleaner, smoother tones with greater headroom, whilst Flat mode allows the natural tone of your bass to shine. By attenuating the Drive control, you can blend in as much of the selected mode as you wish.
Along with the voicing options, Blackstar offer three overdrive options in the form of Overdrive, Distortion, and Fuzz. Overdrive offers old-school smooth, open, harmonically-dense overdrive. Distortion is a more balanced pedal-influenced distortion. Fuzz is exactly what you'd expect, a big full-on face full of fuzz.
Blackstar have employed a built-in three-band EQ section with controls for Low, High, and a semi-parametric Mid-section. From heavy rock inspired fat and thick low-end through funky mid to high end energy, all you need to do is tweak these beauties to find your sweet spot and get your groove on.
Unique Response control
Blackstar's Unity 500 features a unique Response control that unlocks 3 power amp stages - Linear, 6L6, 6550 - to shape compression and feel. There are built-in compression and chorus effects, with switchable chorus or octave options - with corresponding level controls on the rear - that allow you to add shimmer and increased breadth to your tone. The switchable compression allows you to finely hone your sound to extract a tightened attack or loose response to suit your style.
The Unity 500 has everything to get you through small to large gigs, recording direct to your DAW of choice, or simply practising in silence. The XLR output features switchable cabinet emulation, as well as a ground lift button to prevent unwanted hum from blemishing your tone. The USB audio output allows you to connect to a DAW for fuss-free recordings. The headphone output enables you to practise silently, whilst the MP3/Line input allows you to plug in external audio sources to practise or jam along with.
The series effects loop features a send and return for integrating outboard effects. You'll also notice the chorus and octave blend level controls. The footswitch affords hands-free control to keep your performance ticking along smoothly.
Manufacturer Blackstar Model Unity 500 2 x 10 Bass Combo Amplifier Output Power 500 Watts RMS Speaker Custom-Designed Eminence Opus Speaker Configuration 2 x 10-inches Speaker Outputs Jack/XLR Connectivity Inputs: 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch Line in
Output: XLR with Ground Lift
USB Audio Out
Cab Link: XLR
Series Effects Loop
EQ Low, Middle Frequency x 2, High Voicing Classic, Modern, Overdrive Response Linear, 6L6, 6550 Drives Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz
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