Featured Bergantino Launch B|Amp Mk2 Bass Amplifier “The ultimate working musician’s toolbox”

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    In late 2015, Bergantino Audio Systems launched the original B|Amp. This award-winning, ground- breaking and revolutionary bass amplifier broke the mold, gaining a host of awards and accolades, not only from the industry, but from the bass playing community worldwide.

    With the launch of B|Amp Mk2, the updated model gives the modern bassist even more tools for their sonic armory. Time never stands still, so founder and head engineer Jim Bergantino has taken all the goodness from the original B|Amp design and brought it forward, not only updating its look with a gorgeous new OLED screen, but also adding new and powerful features in the process; such as serial and parallel compressor options and a clean blend for the drive effects. Much of the updates have been based on players’ feedback and suggestions.

    Jim Bergantino shares: “We are never satisfied with the status quo and are always looking for ways to advance the bass amplification industry. While this theory guides us, input from players has also played a critical role in assisting us as to what features are needed to help make the B|AMP the ultimate working musician’s toolbox.”

    Perfect for the studio, rehearsing at home, recording or playing live, the highly-advanced B|Amp Mk2 is incredibly flexible and delivers maximum performance in a lightweight, compact, yet intuitive package.

    More than suitable for electric, electronic and amplified acoustic bass tones, B|Amp Mk2 plays well with any genre of music. With its 800 W RMS output, unique Speaker Profile System, 4-Band Multi-function EQ, Programmable Filters, built-in Chromatic Tuner, Variable-Ratio Compressor and BFT Drive Effects, it truly is a chameleon in the world of bass amplification.

    Mk 2 New Features:

    • New ultra-crisp and easy-to-read OLED display

    • User choice of serial and parallel compressor (scene savable)

    • Added clean/dirty blend percentage for drive effects (scene savable)
    Special Features:

    • 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
    Additional Features:

    • 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 - 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
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  2. Direct Box Rox

    Direct Box Rox Silence = Deaf

    Feb 12, 2012
    Looks awesome.
  3. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
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  4. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Perhaps I am too old and set in my ways, but I cannot imagine having to drill down through choices using multi-function buttons during a gig (or even at home); when I want to adjust a variable high-pass filter, I want to reach for a knob and turn it, not figure how how to access the function.
  5. Charlie Tuna

    Charlie Tuna

    Feb 21, 2005
    Key West, FL
    It's easier than you think and can be as simple as you want it to be. The B|amp has spoiled me for all others.
    Jefenator, Dragonlord, MDBass and 2 others like this.
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I agree, it really is crazy easy to use. I was worried about it being too complicated to use before actually getting one, and soon found my worries were for nothing.
    Jefenator, MDBass, Jazzdogg and 2 others like this.
  7. kerryg

    kerryg Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Vancouver BC, Canada
    Until you “drill down”, it’s just a dirt-simple and killer sounding six-knob amp. Input gain, 4 band EQ, master volume. By comparison an SVT has a much more complex front panel. My Streamliner has more knobs.

    “Drilling down” gives you great functionality for at-home setup then storing into memory locations. I think they’ve done a great job of figuring out what you’re likely to need to reach for live.

    Although I cannot for the life of me figure why we would be restricted to three memory locations in 2021 - I suppose I’m the only guy on the planet who has a handful of basses with quite different characteristics I’d like to set up at least a basic preset for just to send FOH a predictable and consistent level, let alone actually having room for different presets for each.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2021
  8. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    GAS! Guess it couldn't do any harm to download the operator's manual and give it a read. ;) Just out of curiosity, of course.
  9. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Love the new features they add real value IMHO. And the new display looks like it would be easier to see under certain conditions, thats a plus. I found that once the frequency centers were set and saved as a scene, recalling them was fast and simple on the fly.
  10. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Dingwall-Fender-Bergantino-Dunlop-Tech 21-Darkglass-Nordstrand
    Learning the entirety of this particular amps operation takes about 5 minutes total: it literally IS as simple as reaching for a knob and turning it ;)
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  11. Jim Bergantino

    Jim Bergantino Commercial User

    Feb 27, 2003
    Bergantino Audio Systems
    Early on when potential customers would ask if the BAmp was difficult to understand and operate, I would respond with, if you know how to read, turn a knob, and push a button, you can easily operate the BAmp!;-)
  12. Astronaut


    Jul 21, 2013
    I like the rubber feet.
  13. packrat

    packrat Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2017
    Sydney, Australia
    How is the noise floor compared to the mk1 which could be a little hissy.
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