Hartke launched a pair of new bass amplification products at NAMM this year: the TX300 bass amplifier and the HyDrive 112b cabinet. Both products are lightweight and a good match for each other, with the TX300 weighing in at just five pounds.
The TX300 offers 300 watts with Hartke’s 3-band EQ and Shape circuit for tonal flexibility. “The Shape control is a contour filtering system designed to enhance the sound of bass instruments,” they explain. “When enabled, it allows the player to continuously sweep a filter through various frequencies to customize the effect of the curve for the specific tonal characteristics of their instruments. This curve provides moderate boost at certain frequencies and deep attenuation at others.”
The front end of the amp also includes an onboard overdrive, mute switch, and compressor. For connectivity, it has an aux input, a headphone output, and a balanced XLR output.
Hartke’s HyDrive 112b is a four-ohm cab fitted with their 12-inch patented paper/aluminum HyDrive hybrid cone driver. “The hybrid makeup delivers an exceptional blend of warmth and attack that cannot be attained by traditional all-paper bass speakers. The outside paper cone delivers a smooth, even response with a deep tone, while the inner anodized aluminum cone produces smooth mids for an even tone that can be tailored to any style of music.” Hartke covers the ported cab in a textured vinyl complete with inset carry handles and protective corners.
The Hartke TX300 and HyDrive 112b will be available soon, each with a price of $299.99.
Hartke TX300 Bass Amplifier Features:
|300-watt Class D bass amplifier that weighs 5lb|
|Drive circuit for added distortion effect|
|Variable compressor for increased dynamic control|
|3-band EQ with Shape control|
|1/4″ active/passive input|
|1/8″ Aux input|
|1/8″ headphone output|
|Balanced XLR direct output|
|Output Mute switch|
|Rugged anodized aluminum chassis|
Hartke HyDrive 112b Bass Cabinet Features:
|Description:||1 x 12″ bass cabinet|
|Power Handling:||300W RMS|
|Driver:||12″ HyDrive paper/aluminum hybrid cone|
|Frequency Response:||70Hz–5kHz (-3dB)|
|-10dB LF Response:||35Hz|
|Inputs:||1 x 1/4″|
|Cabinet Construction:||Solid plywood, extensive bracing, dado joinery, textured vinyl covering|
|Grille:||Black perforated steel|
|Additional:||1 x inset handle, 8 x protective corners|
|Dimensions:||17″ (432mm) x 19.75|