You can now order your Rack Mount or Tardis Monique with a 700 watt Class D bass amplifier included.
Jule Amps recently teamed up with Hypex Electronics in The Netherlands to add amplification to Monique. This is no small undertaking and this is no simple amplifier. This thing is a beast. It is a beast as to power delivery and a beast as to tone. It is the perfect amplifier to take advantage of the “touch” of Monique and the beauty and richness of tone. It is a very musical, very fun combination for bass players.
The first two versions of Monique that can be ordered with the 700 watt amplifier installed are the Rack Mount 700 and the Tardis 700. Two more models of this combination of Monique and the Hypex Amplifier will be available as soon as we can get them out of development and hand build them. The Monique 700 models to come will be a Dove Cage inspired Combo 700 (very pretty) and a stand-alone version of the amplifier designed to sit beautifully beneath existing Dove Cage Moniques.
The power rating of this amplifier has to be taken seriously. It delivers a true 700 watts RMS. Other amplifier manufacturers publish power ratings that are peak values. Not this one. This combination of Monique and the Hypex Amplifier will deliver 700 watts RMS continuously. Make sure your speakers can handle a “real” 700 watts.
The two Combo/Speakons (accept both 1/4″ and Speakon cables) on the back of the Monique 700 are in parallel. The optimum impedance to deliver 700 watts is 4 ohms. This means that a couple of 8 ohm cabinets can be connected up to deliver 700 watts. It also means you are ready if you have a single 4 ohm cabinet that can handle 700 watts.
You get to hear exactly what you and your bass produce without the “mush” of excessive latency or holes in the frequency response of the amplifier. This is because the 700 watt Hypex amplifier delivers clean musical power across the audio spectrum better than any Class D amplifier we have ever heard. It has specifications good enough to make it a pristine Mastering Monitor. It is extremely fast with as close to zero latency as anything we have ever heard. It delivers amazing amplification for bass.
No feature of Monique has been left out to make this 700 watt amplifier. That is why you see a separate power switch for both Monique and the 700 watt amplifier. Especially in the studio or where we are simply sending balanced output to FOH, you will not need the amplifier. The amplifier is there when you need it.
In addition to the two speaker outputs, Monique has Line Level output (1/4″ Single Ended TRS) and a separate XLR balanced DI output that is driven by a beautiful Cinemag transformer. Both the Line Level and the Balanced Output have their own separate level controls. The Line Level control, that controls the amplifier volume, is also a push-pull switch. You should never have to pull the Line Level control out for more level when using the amplifier. Left in, the Line Level control gives you the original Monique (0db .775volt) output and that is what the amplifier is designed to accept. When you pull the Line Level control out you get a 4db increase in both the Line Level and the Balanced XLR outputs. This increased level is to match up with external amplifiers that require up to +4db input.
Monique 700 for the Rack Mount has two internal silent fans that are switch-able on the back. As long as the back panel is left open for ventilation, you should be able to run full blast in any environment. A “Clipping Detection” LED has been added (between the Line Level and Balanced Level knobs) for those times when you find yourself pushing the amplifier too hard. It will light up to tell you you have to back off on your input level.
All the tone and all the playing characteristics of the best all-tube Bass pre-amplifier ever made, but now in an amplifier. That is the Monique 700.
TARDIS 700 is available to order only – Estimated delivery approximately 6 weeks
Monique is about love for Bass
Monique is the all-tube Bass pre-amplifier. Monique is the all-tube Bass DI. Monique is the all-tube active EQ for Bass.
We all enjoy the sound and playing characteristics of the great all-tube Bass amps, but few of us look forward to carrying that much weight around. Imagine an all-tube bass amplifier with the perfect tone and astounding touch – but without the power output section. That is Monique.
Monique is the perfect front end for the modern Bass Amp rig.
Monique is the perfect studio Bass front end.
Monique keeps you in control of your sound and your playing experience in every environment.
Here is a video of the fantastic Zach Rudulph playing Monique on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Andy Grammer Band. Tom Bowlus reviewed Monique in Issue #8 of Bass Gear Magazine in July 2012. You can also learn more about Monique in this review by Jake Wolf of Bass Musician Magazine.
Plug your bass into the front of Monique and jack her into your favorite bass amplifier. Monique will always reproduce the sound of your bass and your playing technique beautifully. Monique is not a High Gain distortion box. Plenty of pedals will do that. She is here to make sure your sound is heard and felt accurately. Your input “Sensitivity” is fully adjustable from pristine clean to huge bass tone for both active and passive pickups. To add some boost to passive pickups, pull the “Sensitivity” knob out for a 4db gain increase.
Monique has two outputs: Line Level output (1/4″ Single Ended TRS) and a separate XLR balanced DI output that is driven by a beautiful Cinemag transformer. Both outputs have their own separate level controls. The Line Level control is also a push-pull switch. Left in, the Line Level control gives you the original Monique (0db .775volt) output. When you pull the Line Level control out you get a 4db increase in both the Line Level and the Balanced XLR outputs. That gives you up to (+4db 1.25volts) from the Line Out and (-10db .775volts) from the Balanced XLR output.
The Line Level Output often goes directly to the input jack of your amplifier, but it’s 10K output impedance also hooks up well to an Effects Loop Receive, a Power Amp Input, or a Line Input jack. This Line output is designed for amplifiers with an input sensitivity specification of up to 1.25 Volts RMS. If you have any doubts about your amp having sufficient input sensitivity to work with Monique, give us a call and we will check your amp specifications for you.
The DI Balanced XLR output will keep your most critical studio engineer very very happy.
The three phase EQ of the Monique is a Baxandall type, similar to that used in the Ampeg SVT. This EQ gives you 20db plus and minus from the center of each control. This also means that this is a non-interactive equalizer.
In the Studio, just like on stage, Monique sounds astounding and plays with a “touch” that will amaze you. She also has exceptionally low noise levels (way lower than any tube Bass Amplifier). You can check out sound samples, and some very well prepared A/B sound tests of Monique and other excellent DI’s here.
Small in size at 10″ wide, 6″ deep, and 8″ tall (except for the rack mount), Monique is light and easy to get to the studio or the gig. You can have her in the gorgeous bamboo cabinet shown on the left, or the all steel “Dove Cage” configuration on the right. For the road warriors among us she is also available as a 2 space 19″ rack mount shown below. She also comes ready for US power or anywhere else in the world.
Monique is completely hand made here in the United States. The chassis is American made. Even the transformers are American made. All the point-to-point wiring in the Monique is done by hand in Santa Cruz California. There are no printed circuit boards.
She is all tube and she is all love.
All the tone and all the playing characteristics of the best all-tube Bass amplifier ever made, but in a preamplifier. That is Monique.