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TC Electronic Staccato'51 - 450 watt bass amp head Rocco Prestia custom tuned version

TC Electronic Staccato'51


 
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STACATTO '51, 450 watt bass amp head
Rocco Prestia custom tuned version, TC Electronic


Staccato'51

The bass world's response to our introduction of award winning RH450 and Classic450 has been overwhelming. Now, with the help of a true world-class bass legend, we introduce our third amp to deliver instant world-class bass tone - we are proud to present our cooperation with, Tower Of Power's Rocco Prestia on Staccato'51

Think of legendary bass players and Francis Rocco Prestia features on every list. For over 40 years now Rocco's bass has been underpinning the groove for Californian funk legends Tower of Power. In that time Rocco has defined his own style and become synonymous with the much-imitated 'Finger Style Funk' that he pioneered back in the '60s and '70s.

Laura Clapp & Rocco Prestia
Laura Clapp presents the new Staccato'51 bass amp to Francis Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power. Afterwards, they talk about how it all came together and how it was to develop the amp together with TC Electronic. We also hear the response from other members of ToP including Rocco's bass tech.

Laura Clapp & Rocco Prestia
Laura Clapp presents the new Staccato'51 bass amp to Francis Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power. Afterwards, they talk about how it all came together and how it was to develop the amp together with TC Electronic. We also hear the response from other members of ToP including Rocco's bass tech.

Now TC and Rocco have joined forces to make Staccato'51 - a custom-tuned version of the RH450 that's been made to Rocco's exact specification and ear. It may look like the RH450 bass head, but the sound design is completely different and meets the demands of a legend like Rocco Prestia - both on stage and in the studio.

Rocco's sound design on Staccato'51 fits his legendary finger-muting technique like a glove. The full-bodied tone with plenty of highs and lows as well as the ultra fast precision response enhances the percussive elements of Rocco's playing to perfection.

In addition to the sheer tone shaping, Rocco has added a touch of our SpectraComp� per-string compression to tighten the sound even more. And finally a touch of TubeTone� brings out the growl of Staccato'51 when really digging into those low-end notes with his powerful right hand technique.

To achieve perfect tone, Rocco pairs his Staccato'51 with a stack of our RS cabinets - An RS410 and two RS212s - giving him both punch and enough low end to stand out on stage with the 10-piece Tower of Power band.

Uffe Hansen presents Staccato'51
Head of the TC Electronic bass division, Uffe Hansen, presents the new Staccato'51 bass amp. Uffe gives a complete rundown on the new specifications on Staccato'51

Uffe Hansen presents Staccato'51
Head of the TC Electronic bass division, Uffe Hansen, presents the new Staccato'51 bass amp. Uffe gives a complete rundown on the new specifications on Staccato'51

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BassIda compares Staccato'51 with RH450
TC Electronic�s own bass demonstrator, the very lovely and talented Bass Ida, compares the new Staccato'51 bass amp with RH450. Ida is using RH450 and 2 x RS210's as her main rig and she is trying out Staccato'51 here for the first time.

BassIda compares Staccato'51 with RH450
TC Electronic�s own bass demonstrator, the very lovely and talented Bass Ida, compares the new Staccato'51 bass amp with RH450. Ida is using RH450 and 2 x RS210's as her main rig and she is trying out Staccato'51 here for the first time.

How Rocco Prestia and TC Electronic developed the Staccato'51
Staccato'51 was created by combining the unique 'Bass Amp 2.0' capabilities of our RH450 and Rocco's decades of experience as a true bass legend. To get the sound exactly as Rocco wanted, we went through thorough tuning sessions along with countless hours of real life gigs on the road with Rocco and Tower of Power. Here's a rundown of how this unique bass amp came into being...

Rocco had been on the lookout for the ultimate bass amp. Hearing rumors about a new and very different bass amp concept � 'Bass Amp 2.0', Rocco arranged to meet with us on the Denmark leg of Tower of Power's 2009 European tour.

Rocco tried out the RH450 rig prior to the Tower of Power sound check - and liked what he heard so much that his usual rig was instantly removed from the stage the RH450 put in its place.

Shortly afterwards the idea of the customized Staccato'51 was born - Staccato because of Rocco's style of playing, '51 to represent his birth year. Next we meet with Rocco in Hollywood, to start the work on the custom tuning.

During the days of tuning, hours of intensive playing, listening and comparing was undertaken. We tested different playing styles in addition to Rocco's to make sure that the amp would work perfectly - not only for Rocco, but for any player.

Rocco took the first Staccato'51 prototype 'live' on the Japanese TOP tour (May '09). The results were extremely positive. Fine-tuning and minor tweaks finalized Staccato'51, and the rest is history.

Details

World Ready power supply
The ultimate in convenience for the traveling musician. The built-in power supply operates from 90 to 240 Volts, making life a lot easier for anyone on the road as there's no complicated fuse changing - just plug and play!




Digital Recording output

The AES/EBU connector means you can record straight into your DAW, such as Pro Tools or Logic. For maximum flexibility it�s also S/PDIF compatible and switchable from pre to post in the pre-amp section.



Integrated Linedriver
Quality can vary wildly with built-in linedrivers, but Staccato�51�s linedriver is transformer balanced and galvanically isolated from the rest of the amp, which means no ground loops or hum. And don�t worry about long cable runs � Staccato�51 will draw at least 100m of cable with zero drop in audio quality.


Even though the integrated linedriver in Staccato�51 does not need 48v phantom to operate, it does not get harmed either if your sound engineer accidently leaves it on.


Portability
The versatility of Staccato�51 wouldn�t really make sense if it came in an oversized, bulky box. Its stylish design with the smooth grab�n�go handle just spells out portability. It sets your creativity free and screams for you to bring it along wherever your bass talent takes you. Bring your own sound for whatever show or studio session you�re involved in or jam out on the tour bus, at the hotel room, at home - and hey, it works for rehearsals too.


Power Handling
The 450w high power output level of Staccato'51 is accomplished by using Class D amplifier technology in combination with TC Electronic�s Active Power Management�. APM effectively means that the amp behaves very much like a tube amp when getting close to maximum performance by optimizing the power impact, contrary to the hard-clipping tendencies of transistor amps and most other Class D amps.


Active Power Management
This abstract outlines the background and basics for the TC Electronic Active Power
Management� first introduced on the RH450, now also in Staccato'51.
Active Power Management

Features

Staccato'51 Features

Staccato�51 feature similar functionality to RH450
Spectra Comp�
Most bass players know that integrated compressors generally don�t sound that good. A regular compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but Staccato�51�s SpectraComp� technology allows virtually �per string� multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings - Rocco adds a touch of SpectraComp� to tighten up his sound.
TubeTone�
TubeTone� emulates all characteristics of both the pre- and power amp to deliver the full tube sound. Staccato�51 uses the TubeTone� to add the growl when really diggin� in.
3 User memories
With the 3 user memories on Staccato�51 you can easily switch between, for example, your 4- and 5-string basses, or your Rickenbacker and Fender Jazz. Just plug in the bass and use the �car radio� style Store & Recall controls to easily switch between presets for your chosen model. There are three bass user memories, remote control access and visual indicators for Mute and the Tuner.
Flexible Tone Control

Straightforward controls like you know them from traditional amps. Voiced by Rocco Prestia to give you plenty of tweaking options to nail the perfect tone. Chances are that this is all you�re ever gonna need. However, if you�re not fully satisfied with the default frequency areas, fear not - we�ve given you the option to change the focus of each of the tone controls through semi parametric access through the shift button.
Integrated Chromatic Tuner
Every bass player needs a tuner, so we built one in. Simply push the Mute button to get a full-resolution tuner �light ring� to help you tune your instrument quickly and accurately. You can also use the RC4 for easy remote access to this functionality.
Once you�ve tried it, you won�t go back�.Rocco couldn�t!
Rehearsal input
Playing any instrument on its own can be a little dull, but everyone needs time to practice, which is why Staccato�51 has rehearsal inputs. This rear panel-mounted feature allows you to plug in your iPod, phone, computer or MP3 player via the supplied mini-jack to RCA cable adapter for easy practicing and playing along with recorded music.


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