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Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator Black 

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Unleash the world's first re-amplifier/attenuator. The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator Booster will take any amplifier from 1 to 100 watts and either ...Read More

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The first re-amplifier and attenuator in one easy-to-transport, USA-made housing.

Unleash the world's first re-amplifier/attenuator. The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator Booster will take any amplifier from 1 to 100 watts and either attenuate or boost, from whisper quiet in the bedroom, to 100-plus blaring watts in the club. Two footswitchable volume controls allow for rhythm and lead volumes. Unleash also offers an effects loop and direct out. Another first from the engineers at Bad Cat.

Boost
The Unleash is very simple to use in application. To boost, plug the speaker output of your low-wattage amp into the unleash input and the output of the Unleash into a speaker cabinet. Now you have your favorite small-wattage amp with the tone intact and 100 watts of available power. Don't forget that the Unleash has an effects loop to plug that delay or chorus pedal into.

Attenuate
How often have you wound up the gain on your 100-watt firebreather, rolled back the volume on your attenuator and hit the front end with a booster and got nothing? It just got dirtier with no appreciable boost in volume. With the Unleash you have boost to spare without changing the tone that you took so long to dial in. Having two channels to switch between affords the ultimate clean boost. Try putting an EQ in the effects loop and the tonal shaping options expand.

Sound Transparent
The Unleash leaves your tone intact like no attenuator that has come before it. The reactive load circuitry fools the tube amps output section into thinking it is still reacting with a speaker cabinet. It will bloom and squash just as if you are plugged into your cab.

Input Trim
When the input trim LED lights up, it is an indication of sufficient signal to drive the full potential of the Unleash output. Try to set the input trim to light up when signal is peaking. Feel free to push it harder. You cannot hurt it.

Effects Loop
Don't forget the ability to insert effects post tube power amp. Try placing an EQ after your favorite amp and open all kinds of tonal possibilities. The Unleash come with a direct out to record or send to a board while doing away with the necessity of plugging your amp into a cab. This is useful for those late-night recording sessions.

Direct Out
The Unleash comes with a direct out to record or send to a board. This is useful for those late night recording sessions. This direct out is a line level signal.

FEATURES
  • 100W of available power
  • Extremely portable and compact
  • Features, Input Trim, Effects Loop and Direct Out
  • Hand-wired and U.S. made
  • Footswitch available separately
  • Weight: 4.5lb.
  • Dimensions WxHxD: 5.5" x 5.5" x 7"

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Bad CatThe Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    1.0

    Does not deliver hot distortion

    By Heavy Rock Joker

    from Wichita, KS

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

      I use a Marshall 50 watt JCM 900 amp with a lot of distortion. I was looking for a screaming hot distortion sound. I expected this unit to deliver a hotter tube sound at lower volume levels. It did not deliver. In my opinion it was no more than a amp with volume that thinned out the sound. My amp sounded better without it at low volume levels. I returned the unit and consider it a waste of time. That being said it could be used to increase the volume of a small amp. I do think this may be one of the better attenuator products on the market. This will not give the Slash or Eddie Van Halen sound in my opinion.

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      5.0

      Invaluable Tool

      By Les Ismour

      from Atlanta GA

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      Pros

      • As Advertised
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Not Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Gigging
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

      My Ultimate Attenuator was good, as far as it went, and until it irreparably failed after 7 years of use. The Bad Cat Unleash, however, finishes the job and delivers on the promise of both transparent attenuation and transparent amplification. Icing on the cake is an effects loop and foot-switchable channel selection. With it's lifetime warranty it won't be going the same way as my UA (to the trash can).

      I have been waiting for a tool like this for decades. It really takes effective stage volume out of the equation. With the Unleash I can play my 12 watt 5E3 (with a speaker or cab that will handle 75 or 100 watts), and get stage volume anywhere from 1 watt to 100 watts. This means I can turn up the 5E3 to its sweet spot, and get that same sound at any stage volume I want. I no longer have to go to a 5 watt for the coffee house or the 40 watt for the larger stages. My favorite little amp now can do it all.

      Did I mention it is light weight and the size of a six pack? A soft-sided six pack cooler makes the perfect inexpensive carrying case. This is one piece of gear I will not do without.

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      5.0

      Good product

      By Jammer234

      from Midwest

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

        Good product that does what it says it would. Changes the tone slightly when comparing the amp with the Unleash to the amp without the Unleash and matching the levels.
        Having said that, it's not a whole lot, and certainly no more than how switching cables might affect it. Very disappointed with MF's customer service, however. My order was backordered for several months and communication from them was non-existent throughout the process.
        I have been ordering from MF from the very beginning, but may have placed my last order with them as a result of this experience.

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        3.0

        DOES NOT COME WITH COUPLER OR FOOTSWITCH

        By Culld

        from Denver

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              Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

              I love the idea of this thing, but have yet to try it out because it does not come with a 1/4" coupler or a footswitch. I guess you don't need the coupler if you are using a head/cabinet approach, but for us combo users you need this piece. There appears to be no way to switch between channels A and B without the footswitch. I guess I assumed everything would come in the box, but my expectations were off. I'm sure it's not a bad product once i get around to using it...

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              5.0

              Serves Its Purpose Well

              By Mike

              from Milton, Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

                I needed something to tame my 15 and 22 watt hand wired tube amps on the church stage. I was also interested in the effects loop although I thought my effects were not bad running in the front of my amp. The attenuator works very well except at low attenuation and that's to be expected since the speaker has to move enough to sound good. So don't kid yourself thinking you can get anything to sound good at really low volume, it's not going to happen. It sounds better just keeping your volume low. I have my amp at the edge of breakup, then attenuated about half way and my effects running through the loop and into a seperat cab for a wet dry setup. This is were it really sounds awesome. I did have to change the routing of my pedals a little. If you want your volume pedal to work with both the dry and wet signal, put it after your last drive pedal into the amp input and not before your time based effects into the loop. I'm really impressed with this setup. Make sure you get an additional
                speakon cable, speaker cable and 1/4" cable coupler. Also, John from Bad Cat personally walked me through different setups over the phone. That's customer service. Thanks John

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                5.0

                Impressive!

                By Runnin Late

                from South Georgia

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

                To my ears this works as advertised. It just takes your low wattage amp's tone and just makes it louder. I did not purchase this for attenuation as every amp I own is 5 watts or less. I have every one of the 50th Anniversary Marshall 1 watts and all of them sound great through the Unleash. Very transparent and the tone of the amps stay the same but as much volume as I need. I can say though that the amp that most impressed me with it is the Class 5. It actually sounds better to me boosted and into a more efficient speaker like a Celestion Gold. The effects loop works great and I hear subtle nuances of the effect like adding modulation to my TC Nova Delay that I didn't notice as much when using it either in front of an amp or through an amp's effects loop.

                Overall this piece of gear is perfect for players like me that have done the band thing in the past but are basically home players now with amps to match but still like getting out every now and then to jam with friends. With the Unleash I can do that with whatever amp I want to use and get great tone with volume and a great post power stage effects loop. Love this thing.

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                5.0

                Bad Cat Leash Attenuator

                By PFL

                from Atlanta

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Bad Cat The Unleash Amplifier / Attenuator:

                  Really nice Attenuator plus has an effect loop so if you are working with a cranked amp can take the EFX out of the front of the amp and have a clean signal for your delay and etc.

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