Blackstar FLY 3 Bass Pack

Electric Bass Combo SetElectric-Bass Combo:

  • Power: 3 watts
  • Equipped with 3" speaker
  • 2 Channels: Clean & OD
  • Integrated bass EQ
  • Sub Control
  • Line In
  • Line Out with Speaker Simulation

With Blackstar FLY 3 Bass Extension Cabinet / additional box:

  • Power: 3 Watts
  • Loudspeakers: 3"
  • Turns the Blackstar FLY 3 Bass into a 6 Watt stereo setup
  • Also suitable as a PC speaker
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 11 x 17.5 x 13.8 cm
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes power supply (battery operation possible)
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Great little bugger

aborgfeld, 08.10.2017
I bought the Fly 3 Bass Pack for 2 reasons: For practicing my electric base and for giving a little extra bass volume when playing Trad with my Höfner HA-B174 accoustic bass.

When I bought the device I was a little anxious if this unit would actually do what I wanted it to do. Lets be fair: It looks like a toy and considering that the rated amplifier power is either 3W (single) or 6W (both speakers) it was more than likely you would not get anything more than a slight idea of a bass sound from it.

God was I educated wrong: The Fly3 is a total surprise to me. This is as it is fully capeable to perform even in life-pub situations against the scream of the audience and multiple accoustic instruments.
Off course: The speakers are not 15" monsters. Due to this physical fact the low end will lack. However: If you enjoy to hear your bass (specifically the acoustic bass I am using) loud enough to know you are playing bass this thing is your choice.

The distortion channel works. I cannot say more as I never really liked distorted bass sounds. The compressor does a decend job if your playing is uneven equalising these peaks. It also adds to funky bass patterns. The sound control is as good as it needs to be for this application.

I would recommend this unit to anyone. IF you use it in full volume the unit can get into a slight unwanted compression. Then again if you want to rock a hall buy AMPEG
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Fun and usable, but begs for an upgrade

BassCrab, 24.11.2017
If you?re wondering whether to buy the single amp or the stereo package ? buy the package because with the single amp YOU DON?T GET THE POWER SUPPLY! That?s just horrible in my opinion and easy to miss in the product description. What?s worse, the Blackstar engineers decided on the totally non-standard 6.5V 1.5A so it would be difficult to find a replacement.

The stereo pack however, comes with everything you need.
The size is indeed tiny, but it produces quite a big sound. It?s loud enough for the bedroom and can easily keep up with an acoustic band. Your bass will be heard, but not felt rumbling the room, which is to be expected from a mini-amp.

The sound is decent and quite usable, but it has a ?plastic? character to it. A real shame because it might be a killer set with a couple of improvements. I?d like to see a version with wooden enclosure like in Genius PC speakers. It wouldn?t cost much more to produce, but I expect it would sound more natural.

The OD channel is louder and has a lot more treble and hiss. On light gain settings it has it?s moments.

One knob EQ is actually great! Clockwise from the center you get a typical mid-scoop with boosted highs and lows, and CCW it gets more vintage by cutting the highs. Works great! My favourite setting is 1-2 o?clock.

Compressor is very useful when kept really low as it adds a lot of warmth and punch to the sound. However, crank it up past 10% and the artificial cut-off with hiss becomes too annoying. A slightly better compressor would have made this a far better unit.

The SUB knob is a simple analogue octaver with all its shortcomings. The tracking is so-so and what it adds to the sound is mostly farting noises with a slight delay from your playing. I think that wasn?t a good idea. A simple EQ bass boost or even a cheap chorus would have made more sense than the octaver which, for me, was unusable.

The headphone output is where this thing shines! It gives one of the most pleasing headphone sounds I ever experienced on a bass. With my AudioTehnica ATH-M50 the bass was deep and punchy, presence was decent and the noise was surprisingly low. If not for anything else, this amp is great for silent practice.

On the other hand, the Aux input was surprisingly crap. The Fly3 stereo speakers sounded weaker and more mid-rangey than my laptop speakers. Which was a huge disappointment.

The extra speaker does make a difference and I?m glad I bought the stereo pair.

Overall, It?s a fine mini-amp, good for bedroom practice and outdoors. I would recommend it to a beginner as a first bass amp, especially if you want to travel with it or play with headphones.
This amp has a potential to be a must-have, but because of all the unfortunate shortcomings, I?ll be looking forward if Blackstar decides to make a V2.
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