Drive Me Wild
Want some soft-clip purr added to your fundamental tone? How about searing distortion or gritty fuzz that sounds like a big tube amp is about to blow up? With our Big Fat Tube (BFT) drive circuits, all of that is at your fingertips. Also, don’t worry about losing your low end or foundational tone, we’ve made sure that will never happen.
By adding a clean/dirty blend screen, YOU control how much drive you want mixed into your signal. Don’t worry though, even at 100% full drive, people will know who the bass player is.
Overdrive adds harmonic texture to the circuit, extending the voicing of the B|Amp Mk2 closer to the tone of a tube amplifier. The Distortion 1 setting is voiced like a tube amplifier driven into clipping, while the Distortion 2 mode recreates a harder-hitting tone, reminiscent of some of the classic pedals we all love.
Any of the three distinct drive tones can be used globally or easily saved in the memory settings.
Compress Not Depress
The built-in proprietary Bergantino Variable Ratio Compressor (VRC™) was designed to take into consideration the compression needs of today’s bass players and simply take the mystique out of compression to give you a better tone. We know of no other off the shelf compressor available today which can do what the VRC can do and with such ease of use.
With most of the currently available compressors on the market, you have to settle for a fixed compression ratio which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to find the sweet spot between finger style and the more dynamic needs of such playing styles as popping and slapping. Choosing a ratio which evens out the dynamics and thickens the notes for finger style playing will not eliminate or curtail large transients that can be created by slap or pop styles. On the other hand, a compression ratio chosen for countering large dynamic swings will typically squash the dynamics and musicality of regular finger style playing.
Using Bergantino’s VRC, the compression ratio will change dynamically, essentially adjusting itself to the style and needs of your playing. Set up properly, it will give the player a nice, even and thick fingerstyle tone while attacking those large, over the top transients, all without even having to turn a knob!
In B|AMP Mk2, VRC now comes with two options: Parallel and Series.
In Parallel mode, 50% of the signal passes through the compressor and then sums with the unaffected signal, adding a very pleasing sound and feel. With the Parallel compressor engaged, players can expect more of a note thickening that adds weight and smoothness to your tone. Conversely, our Serial compressor takes 100% of your bass signal and passes it through. This gives a more traditional compression of your bass tone allowing for a more affected sound, popular for many styles of playing.
One of the many features that makes the B|Amp platform unique, is that it considers and includes the response of connected speaker cabinets as part of the amplification signal path. This is a completely new approach to bass amplification and is accomplished through Bergantino’s proprietary “Profile EQ System”.
No other bass amplifier on the market has the ability to manage speaker and the overall system performance like the B|Amp Mk2, while at the same time uphold the utmost fidelity we crave with all our designs. Our approach to bass amplification is to give you, the player a blank canvas to create your tone, rather than be forced into a manufacturers insistence on how you should sound.
As a long-time speaker designer, Jim is well aware of the lumpy frequency response of the average bass cabinet out there. Many musicians try and use the simple EQ of an amplifier to correct their tone, whereas in fact what they are doing is actually trying to correct these anomalies to give a flatter response.
So, we decided to do something much more useful, by allowing you to mitigate issues by closer matching the amp with the cabinet(s). In order to achieve this flatness, the frequency response of a given speaker cabinet must be known. With a complex counteracting EQ curve, the various dips and peaks can then be applied to a signal.
When shipped from the factory, the amp is loaded with a general-purpose profile that should suit pretty much any standard cabinet design out there. But to make this really simple and effective, we have made extremely accurate measurements for most of our own cabinet designs and configurations and you can download these specific Profiles directly from the Bergantino website. Profiles are then easily loaded to the B|Amp Mk2 via the front USB port and a standard FAT32 thumb drive.
- DSP Embedded System Controlled Bass Amplifier
- 800W RMS output (@ 2.67/2 Ω), 700W RMS (@ 4Ω), 350W RMS (@ 8Ω)
- Software Speaker impedance matching for optimal power transfer
- 4-Band Multifunction EQ with adjustable frequency range and “Q”
- Revolutionary Bergantino Speaker Profile EQ System
- Programmable Filters: Bright Switch, Variable High-Pass Filter, Variable Low-Pass Filter, Variable Feedback filter
- Built in Chromatic Tuner
- On-Board Variable-Ratio Compressor (VRC)
- M Big Fat Tube (BFT) drive circuits – Overdrive, Distortion 1 or Distortion 2 (Fuzz)
- User Programmable Memory Settings
- Auxiliary Input and Headphone jacks – for personal monitor and practice use
- Effects send and return loop
- Dual Speakon Outputs
- Studio-Quality DI – Software selectable Pre or Post EQ
- Line Output – Pre-amp
- Selectable Phase Output (Normal or Reverse)
- USB port: allows software upgrades/profiles, wireless footswitch connectivity (optional) and portable device charging
- Bergantino B|Amp profiles https://bergantino.com/bamp-profile-downloads/
Power on Tap
Many brands sadly often rate their amps without real-world, verifiable figures. The B|Amp MK2 features a custom tuned, yet powerful amplifier module and will provide up to genuine 800 W RMS power depending on the speaker load. At 8 Ω (for example a single small cab) B|Amp Mk2 will provide 350 W RMS, @ 4 Ω this is increased to 700 W RMS, while at a 2 or 2.67 Ω load the power output goes to 800 W RMS.
Speaker impedance of the connected cabinets can also be matched in the software, this allows for optimal power transfer and allows B|Amp Mk2 to function safely right down to a 2 Ω minimum load – that’s low for an amp this size!
Multifunction EQ Tone and Filters
Gigging bassists realize that the room has the ultimate say in your bass tone.
The B|Amp Mk2 employs a quasi-parametric EQ that lets you hone in on any frequency in the band as well as adjust the Q width of that frequency. This translates into being able to quickly and easily handle any issues that tough rooms throw at the player.
- Bass: +/- 9 dB Variable from 40 Hz to 120 Hz
- Lo-Mid: +/- 9 dB Variable from 150 Hz to 800 Hz
- Hi-Mid: +/- 9 dB Variable from 800 Hz to 3 kHz
- Treble: +/- 9 dB Variable from 3 kHz to 8 kHz
- Bright switch:
+3 dB to +12 dB in 1 dB increments
or variable from 2 kHz to 10 kHz in 500 Hz increments
- High-Pass Filter (VHPF):
Adjustable from 30 Hz to 100 Hz in 2 Hz increments
How about those annoying frequencies that ring out and feedback, especially with upright basses? With its Variable Feedback Filter, B|Amp Mk2 lets you find and hone in on that note to attenuate it accordingly.
- Feedback filter:
Adjustable from off to -6 dB to -12 dB in 1 dB increments
Frequency/note range from E1 (41 Hz) to G3 (196 Hz) in half step increments
Tune all the way down
Helpful Connectivity Features
B|Amp features a myriad of connectivity options to suit many situations.
Dual Speakon outputs allow you to hook up multiple cabinets without daisy chaining.
The built-in studio-quality XLR Direct Output is software selectable Pre or Post EQ. This is ideal for recording in the studio or just for giving the house PA a suitably balanced line signal to work with. In addition, the secondary Line Output gives another option if you need an additional Pre-amp output.
For adventurous and creative musicians, effects can add a lot to your sound. With the B|Amp’s effects send and return loop, you can insert these effects directly after the preamp for more artistic tonal options.
The 3.5mm/1/8th” Auxiliary input, with independent gain control, allows you to hook in your phone, computer or an MP3 player for playing along with recorded music or another line level signal, like synths or drum machines for example.
As the B|Amp Mk2 can actually be safely run without a speaker load, the headphone jack provides a useful personal monitoring and practice solution. This makes it perfect for your late-night practice sessions, recording or when you just don’t want to disturb the neighbors!
Again, all of these features are designed to give you a blank slate to create, craft and evolve your tone with an amp that never goes out of style!
Throughout that nearly 40-year career, Dave has amassed a truly impressive performance portfolio working with some of the finest musicians and artists in the world. These include playing and recording with George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Adele, Michael Bublé, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran, to name but a few … oh and not to forget that Dave has also played with three of The Beatles and two of The Rolling Stones! Dave has also been the featured bassist on seven double platinum selling albums.
“From the moment I auditioned the Bergantino gear, the accuracy, articulation and detail from their amps and cabs was nothing short of breathtaking. Jim Bergantino is also a genius! He’s clearly a mind reader too, because within my Bergantino B|Amp is every desired feature I would’ve chosen if I was designing the amp myself, plus when connected with my HDN-112 & HDN-210 cabinets, the immediacy, clarity, richness and definition of sound is absolutely exceptional. Congratulations Jim, you did it!”
Acclaimed UK bassist Dave Swift on Bergantino B|Amp
A great big thanks goes to our friends and distributor “Audio Distribution Group” for their support in creating this video with Dave Swift.