Whoa! So this is what Blackstar’s been cooking up. For seven years. The same team that designed the Series One, Artisan and HT Venue lines has been quietly beavering away on a programmable line of amps featuring True Valve Power – which they say is ‘LOUD as Valve’ – six selectable classic channels (EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88), three band EQ with patented ISF control, Resonance and Presence controls, four modulation effects, four delays, four reverbs, 128 user storable patches.
So how’s it work?
And how’s it sound?
And here’s the press release:
Blackstar Amplification announces the first models in their ID: Series of programmable guitar amplifiers. Each amp in the Series (60W combo; 2x60W combo; 60W head; 100W head) has a control set like a traditional amp, coupled with versatile programmability and USB connectivity. In addition, new proprietary True Valve Power (TVP) technology ensures that the amps will deliver in a live environment at the same performance level as a tube amp.
Blackstar’s True Valve Power mode reproduces six distinct power tube responses – EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88. When engaged, it delivers the response, dynamics, sag and break up characteristics of a tube amp and uniquely delivers the same power output as an equivalent tube power amp. This means that for the first time ever in an affordable programmable series, guitarists will have an amp that can deliver live, with the same loudness and feel as a tube amp.
The Voice control offers a selection of six channels – Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD1, OD2. When used together with Blackstar’s ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control and the True Valve Power mode, these amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility in enabling players to design ‘the sound in your head.’
The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects that can be used simultaneously and stored with user sounds.
Deep editing and storing of up to 128 patches can be easily done using the supplied Blackstar GUI software and USB connector. Patches can then be shared and uploaded/downloaded via the online community. The USB connector also allows for direct recording to a computer, or re-amping guitar tracks. A speaker emulated output, MP3/line input and MIDI footswitching complete the package.
The ID: Series of programmable guitar amplifiers includes the following models, with summer 2012 availability, and pricing to be announced shortly:
ID:60TVP – 60W programmable combo
ID:260TVP – stereo 2 x 60W programmable combo with 2×12″ speakers
ID:60TVP-H – 60W programmable head
ID:100TVP – 100W programmable head
ID:412A – 4 x 12 angled cabinet
ID:412B – 4 x 12 straight cabinet