All models of Blackstar Amplification's ID: Series of affordable programmable guitar amplifiers are now available and in stores. The series includes six amps and two cabinets, ranging from 15 Watts through 100 Watts. Designed by the same team responsible for the Blackstar tube amps, each amp in the Series has a control set like a traditional amp, coupled with versatile programmability and USB connectivity. In addition, says Blackstar, 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 at an unprecedented price point. Here's more details in Blackstar's own words...
For the first time ever in an affordable programmable series, guitarists can have an amp that can deliver live, with the same loudness and feel as a tube amp. Blackstar's patent-applied-for True Valve Power™ mode exactly 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.
The Voice control offers a selection of six channels – Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD1, OD2. When used together with Blackstar's patented 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 (60W and 100W) complete the package.
Pricing and Availability:
The full ID: Series of programmable guitar amplifiers includes the following models: