Product Spotlight – Blackstar Unity Bass Amps

Product Spotlight – Blackstar Unity Bass Amps

Obtaining a bass amp that checks off all the boxes is no easy task. For many bassists, finding an amp with all the desired built-in features to go along with a killer tone is nearly impossible. For other players, they’re really struggling to get that sound in their head. At the affordable end of the bass amp market, these types of scenarios can be quite challenging to rectify. There are just not too many options for tone-minded bassists on a budget.

Blackstar’s new line of Unity bass amps challenges the idea that you can’t have both features and tone at a low price point. Let’s see why that is.   

 

UNITY 30 - $229.99

Starting things off with the most affordable option, this compact 30-watt amp sits as a fantastic foundation in the Unity line up. Like all the Unity bass amps, your sound is coming through a custom-designed Eminence speaker that has been dialed-in extremely well. The built-in overdrive and chorus effects sound great and are made to fit bass frequencies perfectly. Having the ability to switch between the three voices, classic, modern and overdrive greatly aid in this amp’s tonal versatility. The I/O on the Unity 30 is great for an amp of its size, giving the user both MP3/line in as well XLR and ¼ inch outs. Overall, for anyone in the market for this size of bass amp, you can’t go wrong.  

 

Unity 30 - Features :

  • 30 Watts
  • 8-inch Speaker
  • 3 Voices (Classic, Modern, Overdrive)
  • 10db Input-Cut Switch
  • Compressor
  • Overdrive
  • Chorus
  • 1/8-inch line in
  • XLR and ¼-inch line out

 

 

UNITY 60 - $299.99  & UNITY 120 - $399.99

Frankly, there is really one thing to consider when choosing between the Unity 30, 60, and 120… that would be volume. The only two changes you see with the Unity 60 and 120 are speaker sizes (10 and 12inch) and wattage (60 and 120). However, these changes are significant depending on your situation. For example, if you're trying to play with a drummer, you might want to consider going for the 120 to get as much volume possible*. Yet for those using in-ears or simply wanting a bedroom/practice amp the 30 or 60 is probably going to be your best bet.


Unity 60 - Features :

  • 60 Watts
  • 10-inch Speaker
  • 3 Voices (Classic, Modern, Overdrive)
  • 10db Input-Cut Switch
  • Compressor
  • Overdrive
  • Chorus
  • 1/8-inch line in
  •  XLR and ¼-inch line out

Unity 120 - Features :

  • 120 Watts
  • 12-inch Speaker
  • 3 Voices (Classic, Modern, Overdrive)
  • 10db Input-Cut Switch
  • Compressor
  • Overdrive
  • Chorus
  • 1/8-inch line in
  • XLR and ¼-inch line out

 

*Keep in mind, wattage does not scale 1:1 with volume. So, 30 to 60 watts does not = twice the decibels!

 

 UNITY 250 - $549.99

Once you get to the 250 (and the 500) you start to get a few extra features that you don’t get with the 120 and below. Perhaps the most notable of these added specs is the tube responses. With the 250 you get to choose between three different response models, Linear, 6L6, and 6550. These power section responses have a great deal of impact on the “feel” you get from the amp. Additionally, the 250 gives you more control over effects. The compressor has a level set knob and the chorus has a level control (found on the back of the amp). On top of this added effect control, you also receive an octave effect option as well. The octave has a knob on the back that lets you go between your upper and lower octaves. Speaking of the back of the amp, the Unity 250 boasts an upgraded I/O compared to the lower models. Now you can direct record via USB and listen with headphones via a ¼-inch input. That pretty much covers the added features, then there is also the volume difference. Having a 15 Opus speaker at 250 watts make the Unity 250 a great choice for playing with a live drummer.


Unity 250 - Features :

  •  250 Watts
  • 15-inch Opus Speaker
  • 3 Voices (Classic, Modern, Flat)
  • 3 Overdrives (OD, Distortion, Fuzz), with drive control
  • 10db Input-Cut Switch
  • Compressor, with level control
  • Chorus, with level control
  • Octave, with blend knob for upper and lower
  • 1/8-inch line in
  • XLR and ¼-inch line out
  • USB out (direct record)
  • Effects Loop

 

There is just so much to talk about when it comes to the Unity series of bass amps. Blackstar has clearly been doing their research on what people want to get out of their rigs. For each price point any of the Unity line sits in, they offer a great value to the player. It can be hard enough just to find a bass amp with a built-in chorus, let alone with the plethora of other features Blackstar is including here. With this Unity series Blackstar is becoming one of the best bangs for your buck names out there. Check them out!

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